RSIF Pre-Conference: Covid in Africa

Sakina Kahindi
30 Aug 2022 0

The keynote and subsequent panel discussion will provide African ministers and higher education stakeholders with a global updated perspective on the current covid situation and foresight analysis. We will look closer at what is happening in Africa – what has worked, what has not and what strategies/ best practices are emerging. Specific attention will be given to the impact of covid on education systems and what should be pursued; as well as impact on students and what needs to be done.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Patrick Amoth, President of the WHO Executive Board

Moderator: Dr. Mercy Korir

Rapporteur: Prof. Gerald Misinzo, RSIF Coordinator, Sokoine University of Agriculture

Panel – Covid as a catalyst for science, technology and innovation response in Africa

Panelist 1: Dr. Mark Rweyemamu, Sokoine University of Agriculture, RSIF AHU. The role of African universities in supporting response to the covid pandemic and similar epidemics/ pandemics in the future.

Panelist 2: Dr. Shikoh Gitau, CEO Qhala and Member of ICT Advisory committee on Covid-19 in Kenya. Catalysing Africa’s digital future. What role for responding to covid and similar epidemics in the future.

Panelist 3: Mr. Rafiq El Alami, Director of Digital Learning Lab, UM6P. University responses to covid: Online education and creation of MOOCs in Africa.

Panelist 4: Dr. Danica Ramljak. Senior Science and innovation consultant, World Bank. Implications for the RSIF research strategy.