Victor Daitz Chair elected Fellow of AAS

Joining the ranks of esteemed world leaders like South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, within a community of proven science, technology and innovation leaders, Professor Thumbi Ndung'u, Victor Daitz Chair for Tuberculosis and HIV at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), has been elected a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Recognising his contribution to “Medical and Health Sciences”, the fellowship was based on a series of reviews conducted at various levels following his nomination in 2016.

The AAS Fellowship recruitment follows a rigorous review and evaluation by independent participants in addition to 10 Membership Advisory Committees (MACs) in different fields. The penultimate step prior to the decision by the Governing Council was the voting by Fellows of the Academy, which took place in February. The recommendations of the MACs, and the votes by the Fellows, were compiled and submitted to the 34th meeting of the Governing Council for review and final endorsement. Ndung’u will receive his Certificate of Fellowship at the AAS’s next General Assembly Meeting later this year.

Dr Thomas Kariuki, Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative launched in 2015 by the AAS and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency, said, “The AAS Fellowship is reserved for individuals  who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement science on the continent. Through his pioneering research in HIV/TB and his commitment to developing the next generation of scientists, Thumbi has distinguished himself and contributed knowledge to help the continent deal with the diseases and is deserving of this acknowledgement.”

“I am excited for Thumbi and for the AAS because of the wealth of experience he is bringing to the organisation. As an Academy, we draw on the expertise of our Fellows and scientists across the globe to provide evidence needed in various aspects of policymaking at an organisational and continental level.  We also rely on their expertise to engage with governments and policy makers in ways that will inspire political leaders to invest in the continent’s future. We are focused on building scientific leadership and supporting early career scientists to develop their careers. With his expertise in health research and capacity building experience, Thumbi will be a resource for us as we implement our programmes and carry out the mandate of the AAS.”

Publication Date: Mar 2017