The ATPS Board
The overall policy-making body of ATPS is the international Board of Directors comprising African and non-African scholars, policymakers and private sector actors. The Board formulates and monitors the implementation of policies and procedures designed to fulfill the network's objectives. To ensure proactive monitoring and evaluation of the activities of the ATPS, both at the regional and sub-regional levels, the Board membership represents the main regions covered by the ATPS: Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa; a representatives of the Francophone speaking countries to address the language barriers and the two representatives of the international community. The Board meets twice each year to review and approve program implementation plans and budgets for each period and assess performance of the Network accordingly
The new ATPS Governance Structures comprises of a Board of Governors with specialized Board Committees to provide more proactive direction and supervision of ATPS activities in between the Biannual Board meetings.
The operational structure of the ATPS Board is shown in the figure below:
Three ATPS Board Committees exist together to form the ATPS Board of Governors. The ATPS Board of Governors meets twice (November/December and June/July) each year to review and approve annual program of activities and budgets of the organization for each forthcoming year; and review and approve financial and technical progress reports on all program implementation activities of the ATPS for the concurrent year, respectively. At each meeting, the Board of Governors assesses the overall performance of the Network (administrative controls, financial audits, and quality of STI capacity development activities) and provides strategic supervision and guidance to the ATPS Secretariat management accordingly. This biannual meeting provides the forum for appraising the performance of the network. The Board of Governors also appoints external auditors to audit the accounts of the ATPS to ensure that funds are properly expended and accounted for by the ATPS Secretariat.
In addition to the two meetings of the ATPS Board of Governors each year, each Board Committee ensures proactive and dynamic engagement with the ATPS Regional Secretariat and the National Chapters for ongoing/continuous supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the core activities of the ATPS Network throughout the year.
The Board Committees include:
- The Administrative Board Committee
- The Fund-raising and Finance Board Committee
- The Responsible STI Advisory Committee
Prof. Shaukat Ali Abdulrazak is the Chairperson of the ATPS Board. He is also the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), which is the focal point on Science, Technology and innovation in Kenya. As the Executive Secretary to the NCST, Prof. Abdulrazak is the technical and administrative head of the NCST and is responsible for its day to day management of financial and physical resources as well as the management of human resources and programmes. He also guides the Council in the development and advocacy of Science and Technology policy popularization and promotion of science and technology as a tool for national development. Prior to joining the NCST, Prof. Abdulrazak was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Research and Extension unit of the Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya, a position he held from 2002 – 2007. He also held worked as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor the university between 1997-2001 and since 2005 Professor of Animal Science at Egerton University.
Prof. Abdulrazak holds membership in many high level organizations including member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC); Board member of Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and Board Member of the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resource Education (ANAFE). He is an Editorial Board member of the African Journal for Agricultural Research and has written over 50 publications in referred journals. He is a fellow of Society (FIBiol), U.K and 2009 he was decorated with Moran of Order of Burning Spear (MBS) by His Excellency the President of Kenya. Professor Abdulrazak was included in 2009, 27th Edition of Marquis Who is Who in the world.
Prof. Abdulrazak holds an M Sc. in Animal Nutrition, Ph.D. in Animal Science both from the University of Aberdeen, UK and a Post Doctorate certificate from Shimane University, Japan under Japan Society for Promotion of Science.
Prof Turner T. Isoun was the Minister of Science and Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between October 2000 and May 2007. He initiated policies that promoted both high-tech and low-tech science for development and specifically guided the NigerSat I (a land observation satellite), and NIGCOMSAT 1 (an advanced communication satellite projects from development to launch).
During his tenure as the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof Isoun directed the development of policies in a wide range of Science and Technology (S&T)sectors, such as the Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy that enabled the establishment of ICT infrastructure in Nigeria.
Prof Isoun also supervised the completion of a gamma radiation facility for food sterilization, medical products manufacturing and materials engineering. Other accomplishments included major advances in translation of research and development (R&D) results to products and services, such as the incorporation of 10% cassava flour into wheat bread, the production of Nicosan - a herbal drug for the management of sickle cell diseases; and the processing of neem seeds for fertilizers, organic pesticides and oils.
Prof Isoun holds a Bsc (hons), D.V.M (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), and PhD in Veterinary Medicine and Pathology from Michigan State University. His research findings have been recorded in over 50 scientific publications and scholarly journals. As a lecturer at the University of Nigeria and Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Ibadan, he taught at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and served as Head of Department in Ibadan. During his academic career, he was awarded research and travel grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Foundation (DAAD), the Commonwealth Fellowship Foundation, and the International Development Research Foundation (IDRC).During his sabbatical leaves, Prof Isoun has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Bernard Notch Institute for Tropical Medicine.
As the Special Advisor on Science and Technology to the Government of the Rivers State, Prof Isoun established Rivers State University of Science and Technology, the first university of science and technology in Nigeria, and served as its first Vice Chancellor in 1980. Prof Isoun was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), in recognition of his contribution to the establishment of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and outstanding service to humanity. He was also awarded an Honorary PhD from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
Prof Isoun is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences. He has also served on the academy's Executive Board and was the first Executive Editor of the pan-African science journal, Discovery and Innovation, a publication that promotes science and technology, applied and theoretical, academic and commercialized in Africa.
Prof Isoun is widely travelled in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and is, therefore, conversant with the physical, political, science and technology challenges of these continents. Professor Isoun has additionally interacted with the Ford Foundation, International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), and the Macarthur Foundation through his assignments and networked with many academics, policy makers and representatives of major international organizations during his travels.
In 1992, Prof Isoun teamed up with other academics that were concerned about the local problems of the Niger Delta in Nigeria and established the Niger Delta Wetlands Centre, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mission to improve the quality of life of the rural populations through applied scientific research, resource management and conflict management.
Prof. Turner T. Isoun (Nigeria)
Former Honourable Minister
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Prof. Banji Oyelaran- Oyeyinka is the Director, Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) UN-HABITAT. Banji is also a Professional Fellow in Technology, Innovation Policy and Development at United Nations University- MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands and a Visiting professor; Innovation Policy and Development at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
He holds a PhD in Science, Technology Management and Innovation Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex, UK and MSc Chemical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada. His main areas of interest include Innovation Systems in Comparative Perspective, Sectoral Innovation Systems in Industry and Engineering, Innovation and Economic Development and Industrialization and Latecomer development.
Ex Officio Member
Nicholas Ozor, B. Agric. (Nig., First Class Honours); MSc (Nig., Distinction) Ph.D. (Reading, UK & Nigeria), is the Acting Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) Nairobi, Kenya where he is responsible for direction of affairs and transactions of the organisation; the exercise, discharge and performance of its objectives, functions and duties; and the administration and control of employees. Prior to this appointment, he worked as the Senior Research Officer at the ATPS where he provided leadership in Research, Communication, Training and Outreach for the organization. He was formerly a Senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also worked as an Agricultural Extension Agent for many years with the Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Enugu State, Nigeria. Dr Ozor is a Commonwealth Scholar (Split-site Doctoral Programme) and holds the Best PhD Thesis Award in Agriculture in Nigeria, 2006, under the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Theses Award Scheme (NUDTAS) organized by the National Universities Commission. He holds the Wellcome Trust Award for the Best PhD Presenter in 2006 during the Development Studies Association Conference at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He is also a Teaching Fellow and Mentor, African Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP), funded by the International global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START).
Dr Ozor has led and is currently leading many internationally funded research projects bordering on science, technology and innovation (STI) ; natural resource management; innovation systems; climate change; development issues; policy development, analysis and advocacy; technology management and transfer; and private sector engagements. He has good mastery of the computers and its applications to problem solving situations. Dr Ozor is a member of many professional organizations and has published over 75 articles in reputable international journals and as book chapters. He has attended many international conferences/workshops aimed at evolving sustainable best practices for national, regional and international developments. He holds many distinctive prizes and awards for academic excellence and good community leadership. Dr Ozor’s vision is to be at the frontier of learning and in the consequent application of the rich knowledge acquired to make a positive difference to humanity. He is married to Gloria, a literary artiste, and blessed with children.
Dr. Ozor’s Key Skills include:
Fundraising from multiple donors in areas of STI including agriculture and food systems; environment and climate change; and low carbon energy development; etc.
Core research, teaching and programme implementation across the STI areas stated above
Network building with stakeholders at inpidual and institutional levels aimed at forging effective and efficient partnerships and collaborations to solve complex societal challenges
Capacity building and training of varied stakeholders in STI including researchers, policymakers, civil society, the private sector and the media among others
Policy analysis and advocacy across STI issues for empowering policymakers to utilize homegrown research evidence in policymaking processes that enhance development and good governance
Knowledge valorization across STI issues that aim at bringing technology and innovation to the market place
Outreach and Communication that aim to increase awareness and understanding of key STI issues among relevant stakeholders for use in development objectives
Publications: very quick in transforming ideas from research into published outputs to contribute to the knowledge economy
Leadership and mentorship: providing strategic direction for organizations and teams to achieve their goals as well as grooming the future leaders through informed mentorship and support systems
Dr. Peggy Oti-Boateng is the Senior Programme Specialist for Science and Technology for Africa and Coordinator, African Network of Scientific and Technological Intuitions (ANSTI), UNESCO, Regional Office for Southern Africa. She has over 30 years professional experience in teaching, research and development and consultancy service in Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI), science-policy-society and sourcing for funding.
Peggy has a passion for harnessing SETI for solving basic needs of food, energy, water, health and sustainable environment for the poor and the promotion of technologies. She holds a PhD in Food Technology and Nutrition from University of Adelaide, Australia and BSc Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, has been President of Future University- Sudan since 2011 and is the former Director of the Division for Science Policy & Sustainable Development at UNESCO, member of the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences, member of the Arab Academy of Sciences and corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Science (Belgium).
He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Research and Training Centre in China, a member of the Governing Board of the International Center for South-South Cooperation in STI in Kuala Lumpur, and a member of the organizing committee for the Daejeon Global Innovation Forum, Korea.
Mr.Chuma Ikenze is the CEO & Founder of Kenzel, LLC, a Technology and Financial Management Solutions firm, with over 35 years of experience in private as well as public sector activities. Chuma is an International Business Development expert who has assisted companies seeking opportunities in the sub-Saharan African Market.
His passion is to facilitate effective transfer of technology and management know-how into the African economies. Chuma holds an MBA degree from Cornell University, Ithaca NY. He is also a registered Certified Public Accountant in the United States of America and an Enrolled US Taxation (IRS) specialist.