Africa and the SDGs: the role of science in their delivery

On September 25, 193 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious 17-point agenda that will shape the development landscape for the next 15 years. The PEI’s last Africa Breakfast Club meeting for the year will explore the role that science plays in the Sustainable Development Goals, and implications for Africa’s continued growth. Chaired… Read More



The PEI launches in Mauritius

We were absolutely delighted to celebrate our launch in Mauritius, and HE President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim’s appointment as Vice Chairman and President with two events at the State House, Reduit, on November 23. The day opened with a high-level presentation on the Planet Earth Institute’s work for a selection of distinguished guests including government ministers, representatives… Read More


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The PEI Partners Forum is building a movement for science, technology and innovation (STI) in Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind. We believe STI must be at the heart of the African-development agenda and that business should be a key partner.

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Our network brings together expert views on cutting edge thought on science in Africa. Each one of them is helping us map our journey to scientific independence.

Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho is a prominent Angolan businessman and philanthropist. Born and raised in Angola, Álvaro has been at the forefront of the rise of one of Africa’s most powerful economies and is now devoted to his mission to empower the continent through investment in science, technology and advanced academic training. Following the completion of the United Nations sponsored International Year of the Planet Earth in 2009, Álvaro was one of the key founding members of the PEI as a means to bring academia, governments and the private sector together to develop innovative, locally-led projects to train a new generation of African scientists.

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Rt Hon Lord Boateng

Rt Hon Lord Boateng

Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng is a leading figure on Africa and its development and a member of the UK House of Lords, having been raised to peerage in July 2010. Appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in May 2002 under Prime Minister Rt Hon Tony Blair, he then took the office of the British High Commissioner to South Africa from March 2005 to May 2009. In March 2012 he was invited to become a Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute and remains a strong voice for the PEI across Africa and beyond.

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HE President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

HE President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

HE Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is President of Mauritius, a passionate advocate for science, technology and innovation in Africa, and now Vice-Chairman and Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute. Before her appointment as President in 2015, HE Dr Gurib-Fakim was a distinguished scientist and entrepreneur. Between 2004 and 2010, President Gurib-Fakim was dean of the University of Mauritius’ science faculty, and subsequently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. Since 2011, she has been managing director of the Centre for Phytotherapy Research (CEPHYR), a private laboratory, and will maintain her involvement during her presidential term.

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CESSAF – Angola’s first major PhD programme

The Centre of Excellence in Science for Sustainability in Africa (CESSAF) is a new PhD facility in Luanda, Angola, based at Agostinho Neto University . The first of its kind, CESSAF will focus on teaching and research in applied science for sustainability in Angola and throughout sub- Saharan Africa. CESSAF is the result of a unique… Read More


Mobile technologies, science & key skills training in Africa

As part of the PEI’s work investigating how Africa’s technology boom can be applied for scientific development, we have undertaken a series of research and mapping consultations to explore the potential for pilot programmes for higher education and industry training on the continent. Our consultations have interviewed and surveyed academics and others across Africa and… Read More


#scienceAfrica campaign

Our #scienceAfrica campaign is focused on pushing science, technology and innovation higher up the developmental agenda. Working with governments in Africa and beyond, as well as businesses, NGOs and the academic community, we are committed to promoting and championing the role of science. Our campaign this year has seen us take delegations across Africa, as… Read More


About Us

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development. And we want that to change, fast.