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Thierry Zomahoun

Thierry Zomahoun

President and CEO of AIMS Next Einstein Initiative

Thierry Zomahoun is the founding executive director, and currently the President and CEO, of African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Global Network. AIMS is Africa’s first and largest network of centers of excellence in mathematical sciences. Thierry is the global head of AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI). The Next Einstein Initiative is a plan to provide talented young African scholars with cutting edge mathematical sciences research and training skills through the establishment of a network of 15 centers of excellence across Africa. Founded in 2013, AIMS has won international acclaim for its scientific model which builds independent thinking, problem-solving and widely applicable mathematical skills for its graduates while offering exposure to development fields of greatest relevance to Africa such as health, epidemiology, information technology, finance and banking and natural resource management. In 2013, Thierry founded the Next Einstein Forum, an international forum for science on African soil which sets to make of Africa the next hub for global science. The Next Einstein Forum is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Foundation.

BREAKING THE WALL TO UNTAPPED GENIUS. How Capacity Building in Mathematics Lays the Foundation for Scientific Excellence

As a result of the strong economic growth in many African countries, the continent has a growing demand for young professionals, particularly in mathematics, IT, and engineering, in order to ensure rapid and stable economic, social, and political development. Yet only 6 per cent of post-secondary-age Africans are enrolled in apprenticeships, colleges, or universities, compared with the global average of 26 per cent, and the European and North American average of 70 per cent. The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is playing a major part in closing this gap. Led by its global head, Thierry Zomahoun, the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative is a model to provide talented young African scholars with cutting-edge mathematical sciences research and training skills through the establishment of a network of 15 centres of excellence across Africa by 2023. Founded in 2003, AIMS has won international acclaim for its scientific model, which builds independent thinking, problem-solving, and widely applicable mathematical skills for its graduates while offering exposure to development fields of the greatest relevance to Africa, such as health, epidemiology, information technology, finance, banking, and natural resource management. At Falling Walls, Zomahoun explains how AIMS-NEI can promote the transformation of Africa through cutting-edge postgraduate training and research, resulting in technological progress and scientific discoveries which might benefit the whole of society.

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