At its 92nd meeting in Dakar, the CODESRIA Executive Committee appointed 12 senior academics to the Council’s Scientific Committee. Eleven of those appointed accepted their appointment and have signed up to the responsibilities of the committee. The Scientific Committee is a charter organ in the governance structure of the Council with the mandate to advice the executive committee and the secretariat on the execution of the Council’s scientific programmes. The new Scientific Committee convened at the Council’s headquarters in Dakar from the 14-15 October 2019 for their inaugural meeting, this being the 19th meeting of the committee. Top of the agenda for the 19th meeting was the election of the chair and vice-chair of the committee and the induction of the members into the Council’s scientific programmes for the 2017-2021 programme cycle.
The members of the committee nominated Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi as chair and Dr. Marema Toure as vice-chair, positions and responsibilities which the two accepted. The full list of members of the Scientific Committee is as follows:
Prof. Olukoshi is the Regional Director for Africa and West Asia at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and also former Executive Secretary of CODESRIA. He has vast experience leading institutions engaged in various intellectual and policy work. He is widely published on a range of topics in the social sciences. Dr. Marema Toure Thiam is Senegalese, a sociologist by training and works as the Chief of the Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) at the West Africa Office of UNESCO. She has had a long association with the scientific activities of the Council and her intellectual work has focused on gender as her field of interest. She is also widely published on a range of topics.
In appointing the new Scientific Committee, the Executive Committee paid attention to diversities within the African social science and humanities community and sought to strike a balance between intellectual excellence and representation. Above all, the new Committee has the onerous task of positioning the Council for a new era in which CODESRIA continues to advance as the reference point for illuminating debates, quality knowledge production, and a strong focus in contributing to the reproduction of the new generation of the African social science and humanities community.
Godwin R. MURUNGA