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Director-General, Audrey Azoulay

Audrey AzoulayAudrey AzoulayThe 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference elected Audrey Azoulay as Director-General of UNESCO, succeeding Irina Bokova. She took office on 15 November for a fouryear term.

A graduate of France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration and of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques, she holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Having worked in the sector of culture since the start of her professional career, Audrey Azoulay has notably focused on the funding of French public broadcasting and on the reform and modernization of France’s film support system.

IHE Delft Postdoc wins prestigious Marsh Award

John Simaika receiving the awardJohn Simaika receiving the awardThe Marsh Award for an Early Career Entomologist is awarded for an early career contribution to Entomological Science that is judged to be outstanding or exemplary with single or ongoing impact on the science.

John Simaika received this award for his outstanding contribution to the development of the Dragonfly Biotic Index (DBI), a rapid biomonitoring method using adult dragonflies for streams and wetlands. The DBI is rapidly becoming accepted as a mainstream method of assessment in South Africa. Its use in other African countries, particularly the Afrotropics is being investigated.

Peter Piot welcomes appointment of alumnus Dr Tedros as new WHO Director-General

Peter PiotDirector of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Professor Peter Piot, has welcomed the appointment of School alumnus Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Tedros completed a Master’s in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the School, graduating in 1992. In 2012, the School awarded him an Honorary Fellowship, its most prestigious honour. Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health and then Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board, and as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Tanzanian heart specialist wins USD15, 000 for his scholarly work: African Award

Dr Pedro PallangyoDr Pedro PallangyoDr Pedro Pallangyo, a specialist in heart diseases and Head of research and training at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) has won the Young African Researchers Award, 2017. He becomes the first Tanzanian to have won the award since 2014 when the programme was initiated.

JKCI, a National Specialized and University Teaching Hospital offering cardiovascular care, training and research services, issued the statement on Dr Pallangyo’s success on Tuesday 18th July.

The statement said Dr Pallangyo has won USD15,000(Tsh30million), a certificate and a trophy for his outstanding scholarly work, including publishing 16 papers in various international journals.

Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme 

Achim SteinerThe UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres. UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories across the world to help them eradicate extreme poverty, strengthen good governance, and prevent and respond to crises. 

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene November - December 2017 Vol.12 No.6