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PASET’s Governance Structure


The PASET Board of Directors (BoD) adopted a Charter and governance structure, comprised of a PASET Governing Council (GC), An Executive Board (EB), Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), an RSIF Implementation Unit or Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) and the PASET Secretariat.

1. Governing Council (GC)

The PASET Governing Council led by a Chair, is responsible for providing strategic direction and thought leadership for PASET, making policy decisions and is the apex body for PASET. It is comprised of Ministers of Education/Higher Education/TVET of SSA countries that are contributing to the RSIF and/or PASET’s Regional TVET Centres of Excellence initiative, the World Bank and key donors.

2. Executive Board (EB)

The Executive Board (EB) serves as PASET’s oversight body in charge of all PASET operations. It comprises senior representatives of the contributing country governments, a World Bank representative, donors and the private sector. It is led by an Executive Director who serves in his/her individual capacity.

3. Consultative Advisory Group (CAG)

The Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) consists of eminent African scientists/academics and representatives from the private sector; international partner countries and national agencies whose role is advisory to PASET. The CAG meets at least once a year physically and virtually as needed and provides technical advice to the EB and GC  on an as-needed basis for all PASET initiatives. The CAG maintains two sub-committees to provide inputs on higher education and TVET. The CAG higher-education sub-committee  plays a critical role in providing expert advice and guidance in the development and implementation of RSIF and its components. The CAG is led by a Chair who works closely with the EB.

4. PASET Secretariat

The PASET Secretariat, which is in the interim hosted at the World Bank, convenes and facilitates meetings of PASET’s governing bodies and stakeholders including the GC, EB , CAG, the PASET Forums and engagements with new partner countries. The World Bank provides technical assistance to PASET at both the regional and country levels through capacity building activities including workshops. Additionally, the Secretariat uses its networks and convening power as a key instrument in facilitating PASET’s growth by strengthening the partnership among SSA governments, the private sector and partner countries. The Secretariat commissions the development of PASET related studies and reports, including those specific to the RSIF. The World Bank will continue with its role until the Secretariat effectively transitions into an African institution within a couple of years. The Secretariat reports to the EB. For more information about the Secretariat, please visit the PASET website.

5. RSIF Regional Coordination Unit (RCU)

The RSIF Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) is based at the icipe. The RCU is charged with the implementation of the RSIF and achieving benchmarks set by the GC. The RCU works closely with the PASET Secretariat and reports to the EB. Its responsibilities include:

  • Creation and oversight of the Permanent and General Funds of the RSIF for supporting PhD training, research and innovation
  • Setting up administration units for the three RSIF windows – PhD training, research and innovation.
  • Managing the selection process for host universities following guidelines approved by the World Bank in consultation with the PASET EB
  • Overseeing the selection of students and faculty for RSIF awards (i.e PhD scholarships, research and innovation grants) by administration units to ensure a fair and efficient process that selects a balanced class of the most highly qualified students/ staff
  • Identifying partner institutions for RSIF host institutions and preparing and finalizing agreements (including MoUs)
  • Planning, executing and managing RSIF program marketing strategies
  • Reporting progress of RSIF to PASET governance bodies
  • Hiring and managing staff of the RSIF
  • Developing programmatic linkages between RSIF and other related programs that are relevant (such as journal publishing or PhD capacity building).

The PASET Governing Council


The PASET Governing Council (GC) is the overall governing organ of PASET, constituted by Ministers responsible for higher education and scientific research in PASET member countries as well as development partners. The GC provides thought leadership and take major policy decisions for RSIF’s overall direction.  The GC is also responsible for resource mobilisation and provides overall guidance on partnerships for RSIF. The GC’s current composition is provided below.

The PASET Consultative Advisory Group


The PASET Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), provides technical expertise to the PASET Governing Council and PASET Executive Board based on PASET’s emerging needs, as well as innovative, operational solutions for realizing PASET goals.

The CAG is appointed by the Executive Board with a balanced membership representing a spectrum of legitimate advisory stakeholders in PASET. The CAG is led by a Chair who works closely with the PASET Governance Bodies. CAG members serve in their individual capacities.

The CAG has two sub-committees on higher education and on technical, vocational education and training (TVET). The higher-education sub-committee provides advice in the development and implementation of RSIF and its components.

Goolam Mohamedbhai

Chairperson

Wole Soboyejo

Member

Crispus Kiamba

Member

Yanfen Wang

Member

George Afeti

Member

Hwa Ick Jeon

Member

Joy Papier

Member

Solange Uwituze

Member

Chao Chen

Member

Mouhamed Fadel

Member

Ange Nzihou

Member

Miriam Altman

Member

The Grants Independent Technical Committee


The Grants Independent Technical Committee (GITC) provides technical support to RSIF on the review, selection and award of research and innovation grants. The GITC also provides technical advice to RSIF on the implementation of the grants and other RSIF components as needed. GITC members serve in an individual capacity.

The GITC currently comprises seven eminent members with expertise in the following fields; (a) Engineering sciences, (b) Agriculture and environmental sciences, (c) Social sciences and humanities, (d) ICTs, (e) Higher education; and (f) Industry/private sector,  innovation and commercialization of knowledge.

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Emmanuel Tanyi

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the University of Buea

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Hendrina Chalwe Doroba

Division Manager, Education and Skills Development at the African Development Bank

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Patricia Poku Diaby

Chief Executive Officer of Plot Enterprise (Gh) Ltd

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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director of the Department of Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST), of the African Union Commission

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Aggrey Ambali

Supervisor of the Technical Cooperation and Programme Funding team AUDA-NEPAD

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Mafini Sarratou Dosso

Chief Economist and Policy Analyst

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Shikoh Gitau

CEO of Qhala

RSIF Regional Coordination Unit


The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF)’s Regional Coordination Unit at icipe is led by the Director General. The RCU ensures overall coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation of RSIF’s activities as contracted under a World Bank funded project and agreed with the PASET governance bodies.

The dedicated RSIF team comprises staff hired for their relevant expertise. Other departments within icipe provide support for activities that do not require fulltime RSIF project staff.

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Moses Osiru

RSIF Manager

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Julius Ecuru

BioInnovate Africa, Programme Manager

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Rob Skilton

Head of the Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme

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Bonface Nyagah

Capacity Building Officer

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Cynthia Orangó

Research and Innovation Grants Officer

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Francis Gichugu Kinyanjui

Financial Management Specialist

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Jacqueline Mayira

Project Support Officer

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Kristin Seljeflot

Resource Mobilization Specialist

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Mary Ngure

Information Resource Centre (IRC) Coordinator

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Maureen Agena

Senior Communications Specialist

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Mercyann Gacingiri

Finance Officer

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Michael Mukembo Kidoido

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

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Monicah Waruinu Njuguna

Supply Chain Officer

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Wilberforce Wanjala

ICT Specialist