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26 MAR 2018

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  • 26th March 2018
  • Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

 07:00 – 09:45

Coffee and Networking

 10:00 – 11:00

Welcome and Opening Ceremony

 11:00 – 12:00

Presidential Panel: Laying the Groundwork for Knowledge Led Economies: Policy & Practice

During the Presidential Panel, Heads of State will be given the opportunity to express their views on a White Paper jointly prepared in advance by NEF, the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa, the African Academy of Sciences and Carnegie Melon University Africa, submitted to the Heads of State a few months ahead of the Global Gathering. This paper entitled “Laying the Groundwork for Knowledge Led Economies” will focus on regulatory framework, scientific culture and capacity, and partnerships and structured financing required to build knowledge led economies. Moderated by Didier Acoutey, Heads of State and Former Heads of State will discuss their aspirations and commitments vis-a-vis the paper’s recommendations.

 12:00 – 12:30

NEF Fellows Award Ceremony & Pictures

 12:30 – 13:30


 13:30 – 14:00

NEF Fellows Spotlight Session 1

 14:00 – 15:00

Special Session: Bridging the Gap for Women in Science and Technology

ModeratorÉliane Ubalijoro, McGill University

Tolu Oni, NEF Fellow & Co-Chair Global Young Academy
Heide Hackmann, Executive Director of the International Council for Science
Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

This special session will focus on conclusions and recommendations from a White Paper on best practices for advancing women in scientific research. While panel on Women in STEM at the NEF GG2016 sought to define and to challenge barriers that cause women’s under representation in STEM fields, this 2018 special session will bring together political and industry leaders and focus on innovative policies to put in place by governments and industries to advance the status of women in science in academia and industry.

 15:00 – 15:30


 15:30 – 16:45

Plenary: Driving Innovation through Africa’s Digital Economy

Keynote address: Ron Mobed, Chief Executive Officer, Elsevier

Moderator: Yinka Adegoke, Africa editor for Quartz


Solomon Assefa, Vice President, IBM Research Africa and Emerging Market Solutions
Aminata Garba, NEF Fellow and Director of Kigali Collaborative Research Center
Josh Ghaim, Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies
Lutz Ziob, Dean of the 4Afrika Academy at Microsoft
Steve Mutabazi, Chief Investment Strategist, Rwanda Development Board

Panelists will discuss how new digital trends are radically transforming the business landscape, reshaping the nature of work and the boundaries of enterprises, spurring innovation in business models and driving the transfer of knowledge and access to international markets. The digital economy is indeed the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth, and it holds huge potential for African entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A small percentage of African enterprises currently taking advantage of new digital opportunities even though SMEs are the backbone of Africa’s economy. How African businesses adopt digital technologies will be a key determinant of their future growth.

 16:45 – 17:00


 17:00 – 18:00

Special Session: Inspiring the Next Generation: An Intergenerational Conversation with Top Scientists

Opening Remarks: Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Moderator: John Travis, Managing Editor of News, Science


Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Klaus von Klitzing, Director, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

 17:00 – 18:00

NEF Ministerial Meeting

 19:00 – 22:30

NEF VIP Dinner

  • 27th March 2018
  • Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

 08:15 – 09:00

NEF Fellows Spotlight Session 2

 09:00 – 10:00

Plenary: Playing Catch Up: Accelerating Africa’s Lab to Market Process

Keynote Address: Albert G. Zeufack, Chief Economist of Africa, The World Bank

Moderator:  Lerato Mbele, Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News

Johannes Fruehauf, President of Lab Central and CEO of Cambridge Biolabs
Thierry Zomahoun, AIMS President and CEO and NEF Chairperson
Virginia (Ginger) Smith-Swintosky, Mental Health Global Program Leader, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health
Haruo Takeda, Corporate Chief Engineer, Hitachi, Ltd.

This plenary session will focus on product innovation, in particular how to accelerate the time to market for African innovations. Panelists are expected to shed light on why Africa is missing opportunities to adopt innovative products and solutions and what can concretely be done.

 10:00 – 11:15

Side Event: Editors' Forum on Growing Science and Technology Reporting in Africa

Time: 10:00am – 11:15am
SciDev.Net with the support of Robert Bosch Stiftung

Lead: Nick Perkins, Lead Technical Advisor (Development Communication and Extension) at CABI

This forum will bring together editors from a number of leading regional media titles to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing science journalism in Africa. The discussion will consider the media industry in Africa’s relationship with the scientific community, and explore the collective challenges faced by those seeking to communicate science to their readers.

The forum will take the structure of an informal round table discussion, together with a small audience of twenty interested observers. Steered by Nick Perkins, a professional with more than twenty years’ experience working with media across the globe, participants will be encouraged to share experiences, discuss common barriers to scientific journalism, and identify opportunities to facilitate better media-science collaboration. To register interest in being a member of the audience, please email Sarah Hebbes at

Editors attending:

David Aduda, Head of Business Development and Partnerships, Nation Media Group

Haruna Idris, Deputy Director Current Affairs and Special Assistant to the Director General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Radio Nigeria)

Juliet Masiga, Peace and Security Editor, The Conversation Africa

Andrew Meldrum, Acting Africa Editor, The Associated Press

Fulgence Sene, Editor and Head of Translation Desk, African Press Agency

Other names to be confirmed.

 10:00 – 11:00


 11:00 – 11:45

NEF Fellows Spotlight Session 3

 11:45 – 12:45

Plenary: Africa’s Low Carbon Circular Economy

Moderator:  Kathryn Toure, International Development Research Centre Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa

Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Republic of Rwanda
Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, the United Nations Cultural, Scientific and Educational Organization (UNESCO)
Rocio A Diaz-Chavez, Deputy Director for Research and Energy and Climate Change Programme Leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre
Hans Bolscher, Senior Consultant Climate and Renewable Energy
Justus Masa, NEF Fellow

This plenary session will provide recommendations on how to unlock the full potential of this new emerging concept for Africa. The transition of African nations to industrial economies that do not produce waste and pollution will help accelerate its growth. However, each continent, country, region, city must design its own approach to a Circular Economy following its definition, principles and objects.

 11:45 – 13:00

Ci2i Challenge Top 15 Pitching Session

Africa’s top 15 innovators, pre-screened by the NEF team and a smaller Scientific Programme Committee, will participate in the NEF Ci2i Challenge Top 15 Pitching Session. This includes five candidates per category: Climate Smart Innovations, Personalized Health Care Innovations and Deeptech Innovations. The Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) is the NEF’s innovation competition. Judged by industry leaders and researchers, the NEF is looking for the best research based innovations with potential for impact and immediate scale up. Each innovator will have no more than five minutes to pitch their idea and/or product. The top six as selected by the judges will pitch to all participants in plenary on Day 3.

 12:30 – 14:00

Side Event: Demographics of Faculty in Higher Education in Africa

Side Event

Tuesday 27th March

Lunchtime 12.30-14.00

Room: MH3, Kigali Convention Centre

Opening remarks on Rwanda’s strategy in becoming a technology and innovation hub, highlighting key aspects of its policies regarding areas such as development of qualified faculty and how this impacts on Higher Education.

Speaker:  Hon. Eugene Mutimura, Minister of Education, Rwanda


“Join up, inspire, inform, focus, impact”: An introduction to ESSA

Uta-Micaela Dürig, Vice Chair of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch Foundation and Trustee of ESSA

Patrick Dunne, Chair, Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA)

Panel discussion:

Demographics of Faculty in Higher Education in Africa’

Moderator: Milton Nkosi, BBC Africa


Etienne Ehile, Secretary General, Association of African Universities (AAU)
Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
Jonathan Mba, Director of Research & Academic Planning, Association of African Universities (AAU)
Olaf Hahn, Director, Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA)

Join us for an insight into the work of Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA), a new initiative in African Education with the aim to ‘join up, inform, inspire, focus and increase impact’ for everyone investing in education in sub-Saharan Africa. With an initial focus on Higher Education, ESSA has started, as one of its key activities, to co-create a globally relevant African Knowledge Hub on education, responding to one of the key objectives of the African Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-25 to build and enhance capacity for data collection, management, analysis and communication.

Through a panel discussion, ESSA will also introduce one of its programmes: ‘Demographics of Faculty in Higher Education in Africa’.  With an anticipated expansion of enrolment in Higher Education, countries and universities need to be able to ensure there are sufficient faculty with relevant expertise in anticipated growth areas available. It is the intention of The Association of African Universities (AAU,, together with ESSA and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB, in Washington DC, to create, in the next decade, a comprehensive continentally relevant system that models anticipated growth, projects faculty needs by specialization and informs training and development plans at a systems level.

In partnership with Ghana’s National Council on Tertiary Education (, AAU and ESSA have launched a pilot for this initiative in Ghana. The Event will present and discuss this pilot in a panel discussion involving a high representative of Ghana, the Secretary General of the AAU and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Washington DC, one of the most distinguished demographic research centres globally.

Register your interest to attend:

 12:45 – 14:00


 12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Panel: Opportunities for Blockchain Technologies in addressing Africa’s challenges

Moderator: Jake Bright, Contributor on Africa at TechCrunch and Crunchbase. Award Winning Author of The Next Africa

Chelsea Barabas, Research Scientist at MIT
Komminist Weldermariam, IBM-Research Africa, Kenya

This session will focus on Blockchain technologies in particular their applications beyond cryptocurrencies as well as policy implications. Panelists will provide insights on how blockchain application in several sectors that include logistics, finance, healthcare, etc… as well as the policy implications for the adoption of such a cutting-edge technology in the current environment in Africa.

 14:00 – 15:30

Discovering Africa's Brightest Innovators (PLENARY)

Arthur Zang, CardioPad
Ms. Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Life Bank
Brian Turyabagye
Dougbeh Christopher Nyan
Cedric Atangana, CEO of Infinity Space, Builder of WeCashUp
Mahmud Johnson, Founder and CEO of J-Palm Libera
Grâce-Françoise Nibizi,  Founder, SaCoDé & Ageteka Project
Grace Nakibaala, Founder and CEO PedalTap
Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga, Founder and CEO, SMIN Power Group
Patrick Nsenga Buchana, CEO of AC Group Ltd
Michelle Gregory, Vice-President of Content and Innovation, Elsevier

Every year, brilliant young Africans are making inspiring new discoveries, pushing the boundaries of innovation.  This plenary session will help participants catch up with recent breakthroughs across the continent. Each Innovator will share their breakthrough in five minutes and take a few audience questions.

 15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 17:00

Parallel Session: Africa: The New Fintech Frontier

Moderator: Jake Bright, Contributor on Africa at TechCrunch and Crunchbase. Award Winning Author of The Next Africa


Abdigani Diriye, NEF Fellow
Rose Muturi, East Africa Regional Director at TALA
Moussa Dembele, CEO, Danapay
Alice Kilonzo-Zulu, MD, Ecobank Rwanda

This session will be focus on the challenges ahead for fintech in Africa. Africa is fertile ground for new fintech services, which leverage the power of communities and digital technology to make financial services more relevant. Fintech businesses have developed into remarkable success stories. Innovators and fintech-preneurs have built new platforms that consumers can easily understand, trust, and in a click, can transact, borrow, save and insure. Despite the potential, even the most disruptive Fintech firms fail. Panelists will discuss this high failure rate and what can be done to mitigate risk.

 16:00 – 17:00

Parallel Session: Learning to Lead: What Capacities do Scientists of Tomorrow Need?

Opening Remarks: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council
Moderator: Katrin Rehak-Nitsche, Senior Vice-President of Science and Research at Robert Bosch
Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa
Neil Turok, AIMS Founder and Director of Perimeter Institute
Tumani Corrah, African Research Excellence Fund (AREF)
Tom Kariuki, African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Connie Nshemereirwe, Acutalise Africa

The speed and quality of developing science capacity depends not only on infrastructure and the technical training of people, but is intimately linked to the quality of leadership to lead change. It is widely accepted that the future of scientific development lies in enabling interdisciplinary, interconnected and often large, international teams. Furthermore, as economies become more and more dependent on knowledge and innovation, and considering tremendous societal challenges such as rapid urbanization, sustainable use of natural resources or climate change, the need for transdisciplinary science and research is growing. For both these developments, effective leadership in science and research is pivotal. The session will gather experts in the field of science leadership to discuss what capacities scientists of tomorrow need in order to lead.

 16:00 – 17:00

Parallel Session: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Improve Health Outcomes

Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo, Professor, UQAM & Chief Scientist My Intelligent Machines
Naheed Kurji, President and CEO of Cyclica
Naser Faruqui, Director of Technology and Innovation, Canada’s International Development Research Centre
Jean-Francois Gagné, Co-founder and CEO of Element AI
Joelle Pineau, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the School of Computer Science at McGill University
Manuela Veloso, Professor & Head of the Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University

 16:00 – 17:00

Parallel Session: Towards Africa’s Energy Independence

Moderator: Paulina Jaramillo, Co-director of the Green Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Gadi Taj Ndahumba, African Legal Support Facility
Peter Ngene, NEF Fellow
Wilfrid Lauriano do Rego, Lead Partner – Energy & Power/Utilities, KPGM France
Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary-General & Spokesperson of Terrawatt Initiative
Veerle BerbersSenior Advisor Impact Investing

This session will be introducing different Electricity-to-gas “pathways” including electricity to hydrogen, electricity to natural gas end-users, electricity to renewable content in petroleum fuel, seasonal energy storage to electricity, electricity to zero emission transportation, electricity to seasonal storage for transportation, etc. Electricity-to-fuel or Electricity-to-gas is indeed a promising option for storing interment renewables and distributed energy. It is a concept for the transition to increased renewable content of current fuels with a goal of transitioning to a sustainable low-carbon future energy system that interconnects power, transportation sectors and thermal energy demand all together. In this session, panelists will debate on barriers to adoption of these promising technologies, which ultimately will contribute in making the continent self-sustainable in energy.

 16:00 – 17:00

Side Event: "People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace - Building scientific capabilities to support evidence-based policies in Africa" by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre

 16:00 – 17:00

Ci2i Challenge Top 15 Pitching Session

Africa’s top 15 innovators, pre-screened by the NEF team and a smaller Scientific Programme Committee, will participate in the NEF Ci2i Challenge Top 15 Pitching Session. This includes five candidates per category: Climate Smart Innovations, Personalized Health Care Innovations and Deeptech Innovations. The Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) is the NEF’s innovation competition. Judged by industry leaders and researchers, the NEF is looking for the best research based innovations with potential for impact and immediate scale up. Each innovator will have no more than five minutes to pitch their idea and/or product. The top six as selected by the judges will pitch to all participants in plenary on Day 3.

 18:00 – 22:30


Pan-African Robotic Competition

The Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) is an All-African Robotics competition which brings together middle, high-school, and university robotics teams to participate in a competition around a challenge based on a real-world topic relevant to science and the sustainable development of Africa. The theme for 2018 is Innovation in Health Care.

  • 28th March 2018
  • Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

 7:30 – 8:30

Side Event: Global State of Young Scientists(GloSYS) - Africa Workshop

Identifying barriers and Opportunities to improve the State of Young Scientists in Africa

Lead: Global Young Academy

Time: 7:30am – 8:30 am

The global state of young scientists (GLOSYS) studies grew out of the desire of the Global Young Academy (GYA) members to compare and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by young scientists across the globe. The GYA now conducts regional studies to explore these issues more deeply and within a regional context; with the Africa study report due to be published in late 2018. Particular themes of interest for the GloSYS Africa project are young scientists’ motivations to enter research, support mechanisms, access to mentoring, scientific productivity and challenges faced as well as funding, mobility, issues of “brain drain”, and gender inequities within the higher education/research environment. With the knowledge gained through this study, the GYA and collaborating researchers will develop evidence-based policy recommendations that highlight the ways in which young scientists can be better supported in their research efforts and career development.

During the NEF Global Gathering 2018, the GYA will hold a workshop to present the goals and successful outcomes of the previous GloSYS studies and present interim results of the Africa study. The participants will discuss tangible recommendations to improve the research environment and enhance the career trajectory of early career researchers on the continent, to entice researchers to the continent and to develop an attractive career path for the next generation of young African scientists.

 8:15 – 09:00


 9:00 – 10:00

Breakthroughs from Across the World (PLENARY)

Oshiorenoya Agabi, Koniku, CEO, Koniku Inc
Douglas Wallace, Director, Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Sayed Azam-Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Crops For the Future (CFF)
Chamindie Punyadeera, Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Eliza Anyangwe, Founder, The Nzinga Effect
Samaya Nissanke, Assistant Professor,  Radboud University, Netherlands

The afternoon will start with an exciting peek session that will give scientists and researchers selected from all over the globe an opportunity to unveil their exciting discoveries. Their breakthroughs in all kinds of different fields have many important implications for human life.

 10:00 – 10:30


 10:30 – 11:30

Plenary: Feeding the World, Preserving the World

Moderator: Adam Sneyd, University of Guelph


Ousmane Badiane, Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute
Sanushka Naidoo, NEF Fellow
Pierre Thiam, Co-founder of Yolele Foods
Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Agriculture is the most important component of most African economies and has significant implications for food security and poverty reduction in the region. Climate Change Agriculture (CSA) is a conceptual framework focusing on sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, building resilience to foster adaptation to climate change and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production, where appropriate. The potential benefits of CSA are clear but its adoption by smallholder farmers in Africa is slow. The panel will address factors influencing CSA adoption in Africa including the technical, social, political and institutional environment.

 11:30 – 11:45


 11:45 – 12:45

Parallel Session: The Changing Global Map of Science

Moderator: Ingrid Wuenning Tschol, SVP Robert Bosch Stiftung


Nelson Torto, Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences
Tatsuo Arai, Director for Special Missions, Department of International Affairs, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Rush Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Prof. Dame Anne Glover, Vice-Principal, University of Aberdeen & former Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Union
Peter Strohschneider, President of DFG, German Research Foundation
Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden- Württemberg State, Germany

This session will discuss the opportunities and risks of /for science in light of the global political developments. The top 20 positions of the often disputed, yet highly observed Shanghai Academic Rankings of 2017 are occupied by US and UK-Universities with one exception, the ETH in Zürich (19). In the remaining 80 positions of the top 100 European universities together with UK and US are dominating and only 5 Asian universities (4 from Japan and 1 from China) are present. The first African University, the University of Cape Town enters the ranking at position 300.

Political events and the way we will evaluate science and research in the future may clear the way for more fluctuation within this or similar rankings. International collaborations and competition for attracting the best brains from all over the world have become more difficult for so far highly successful countries like the UK and the US. China’s universities are rapidly developing and African scientists have started to become more visible on the global map of science. Every continent needs strong science and innovative solutions, as we are all facing awesome challenges, such as climate change, food production for a rapidly growing population, epidemic diseases or the decimation of other species. More than at any time in our history, we need to work together. We have developed the technology to destroy the planet, but not the ability to solve the problems. To do this, we need to break down, not build up barriers, between and within our nations.

 11:45 – 12:45

Parallel Session: Current Conversations in Physics


Jonathan Esole, NEF Fellow
Yabebal Fantaye, NEF Fellow
Prosper Ngabonziza, Scientist at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Germany
Neil Turok, AIMS Founder and Director of Perimeter Institute
Amanda Weltman, South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology

This session will bring together experts and young talented scientists from Africa and across the world to discuss recent discoveries and trends in mathematics and physics. This will provide an opportunity for young researchers to learn the current state of the research in these fields. The NEF welcomes researchers from both theoretical and applied mathematics and physics to use this opportunity to exchange ideas with the leading scientists.

 11:45 – 12:45

Parallel Session: Smart Cities & Smart Systems in Africa: Challenges & Opportunities


Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
Edgar Pieterse, South African Research Chair in Urban policy & Director of African Centre for Cities (ACC)
Hamidou Tembine, NEF Fellow
Gaetan Siew, Chairperson of the Port Louis Development Initiative and Special Envoy for UN Habitat
Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Special Advisor, Smart Africa
Christian Benimana, Director, Rwanda Programs, MASS Design Group

For this session, panelists will be looking at the concept of smart sustainable cities from the angle of city flows and urban planning. Within a city, there are two major classes of systems including flows that run through a city’s infrastructure and services. The former, city flows, include among other waste through sewerage and municipal waste systems and energy through electricity grids. In line with this, panelists will debate on challenges and opportunities for the continent to adopt waste-to-products technologies.

 11:45 – 12:45

Parallel Session: Changing the Way We Learn: Building Scientific Culture Early On

Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director, Next Einstein Forum

Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of Senegal
Romain Murenzi
, Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
France A. Córdova, Director of the US National Science Foundation
José M. F. Moura, Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor, CMU & IEEE President Elect
Aku Kwamie, NEF Fellow

This session will address critical points for the continent to build a pipeline of researchers and innovators. They will focus on how to build scientific culture early. Panelists will look at global best practices and provide recommendations on how to strengthen early and tertiary education.

 12:45 – 13:30


 12:45 – 13:00

Lunch Session: Meet Selected NEF Ambassdors

 13:30 – 14:45

Plenary Session: The Future of Health: Preventing & Diagnosing Disease

Moderator: Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs

Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity
Kevin Dzobo, NEF Fellow
Genya Dana, Head of Precision Medicine at the World Economic Forum
Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Tracey McNeill, CEO of babyl Rwanda

This plenary session will discuss the next generation of healthcare strategies and mechanisms that integrate diagnostic information collected from multiple sources combined with state of the art technologies. Currently, on the continent, the field of healthcare is primarily focused on late stage disease including treatments applied relatively late with suboptimal health outcomes. Instead of curing diseases after the fact, we must focus on preventing disease before it strikes by building a true culture of health and disease prevention. Advancements in science and technology are helping us understand disease risk, detect disease early, enable preventative interventions as well as matching medication to the genetic properties of a patient. In this plenary session, panelists are expected to review the barriers that prevent wide deployment of personalized health in Africa (skills gaps, reliable infrastructures for state of the equipment, etc.) and make concrete recommendations to support African governments and local authorities in making informed policy decisions to transition to a culture of precision health, which will improve health outcomes and the health system as a whole.

 14:45 – 15:00


 15:00 – 15:30

Ci2i Final Pitches

In this exciting pitching session, participants will get to vote via the NEF GG2018 App for their top choice in each category. This electronic voting will provide 50% of the vote, with the 50% coming from the judges. The winner will be announced in the closing ceremony.

 15:30 – 15:45


 15:45 – 16:30

Closing Ceremony

Hon. Eugene Mutimura, Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda.

The closing ceremony will start with a series of announcements including the NEF Ci2i competition Winner. This will be followed by the reading of the draft version of the Kigali Declaration. This declaration will be open to Public Consultation for the two weeks following the Global Gathering before it is finalized. The date of the next Global Gathering will be officially announced before the closing remarks by the Rwanda Education Minister.