#scienceAfrica UnConference: Africa’s scientific independence: No more business as usual

July 21, 2015

The PEI #ScienceAfrica UnConference series is back and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! Over 150 delegates from business, academia and policy will come together for a day of exciting and interactive high-level panel discussions, focus groups and participant-led workshops.

The PEI passionately believes that for-profit businesses can and should play a key role in spurring scientific and technological progress on the continent – as the leading source of job-creation, for- profit companies can help equip the continents young and dynamic population with the skills they need to thrive, whilst also safeguarding the growth of their businesses.

Addressing a variety of trends, challenges and opportunities related to science, technology and education in Africa, we’ll be challenging attendees to find new innovative ways by which the private sector can contribute to and drive scientific and technological development, working with governments, academic communities and the broader civil society to support sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent.

Alongside PEI Trustees Rt Hon Lord Boateng and Sir Christopher Edwards, the new President of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim GSK, CSK, will be giving the opening address. Panellists will include:

  • Professor Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa
  • Minister Professor Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, Minister of Higher Education, Uganda
  • Professor Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education, Senegal
  • Minister Shiferaw Shigute, Minister of Education, Ethiopia
  • Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai GOSK, Former Secretary General, Association of African Universities
  • Alan Kalton, Commercial Director, IBM Research-Africa
  • Dr. Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng, Executive Director, ACTS

To get more of a feel for the event, please take a look at our event brochure.

Register here

If you have any further questions, please email

You are also cordially invited to send us your videos on why science and tech are important for Africa’s future, and why the private sector can help drive scientific and technological advancement.


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