Onesmo K. ole-MoiYoi, M.D., ScD
Director of Research and Partnerships, ICIPE, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology and Founder of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology-Africa, grew up herding livestock with his Maasai family in the plains of northern Tanzania. Educated in Arusha and the Old Moshi School on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, at the age of 20, he was selected as the Aga Khan Scholar at Harvard University and earned degrees in Chemistry and in Medicine. Ultimately, ole-MoiYoi became a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. In 1981, he returned to Africa to join the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases. He is a key leader in the global research effort to develop environmentally sound solutions to the control of disease vectors affecting both humans and animals. In addition to his work as a Scientist, he has been a major advocate for education in Kenya, and was awarded that country's EBS, Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear of Research and Partnerships, ICIPE, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology and Founder of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology-Africa.
Dame Bridget Ogilvie, DBE, ScD, FRJ
Reared on a sheep station in Australia. After receiving her undergraduate degree in agricultural science at Queensland, she began her distinguished science research career qualifying for the Ph.D. at the veterinary school of Cambridge University, England. After many years as a successful bench scientist focusing on parasitology and immunology in humans and animals, she became Director of the Wellcome Trust, now the world's largest medical charity. She has played an influential role in promoting the funding of science and technology and the public understanding of science. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at University College London. A former Trustee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, she has received many honorary degrees and is a much sought after participant on boards and committees in science and industry. She is Chairman of the Medicines for Malaria Venture, and Trustee of Cancer Research, UK.
Ralf David Hotchkiss
Distinguished Research Scientist and Technical Director of Whirlwind Wheelchair International at San Francisco State University and is a consultant to wheelchair manufacturers in developing countries throughout the world. He has been a designer and inventor of wheeled mobility devices since the late 1950's working both with high and low levels of technology. Mr. Hotchkiss has established a network of wheelchair builders in over 35 shops in 25 developing countries and holds regular courses on the San Francisco State University campus and in other countries to train new groups to build and manufacture the Whirlwind wheelchair. The Hotchkiss wheelchairs have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, Ph.D.
One of the four top Managing Directors of the World Bank, where she leads the mandate for health, education, and social protection, and oversees the strategic positioning and operations of the World Bank Institute and the Vice Presidency of External Affairs. Educated in South Africa, she is a physician who was banished by the South African government during Aparthide to the remote township of Lenyenye, where she found ingenious ways to serve the rural poor, including creating the Ithuseng Community Health Programme. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, and diplomas in Tropical Health & Hygiene & Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Janna Levin, Ph.D. - Young Innovator
A promising theoretical physicist who has recently made significant breakthroughs in theories of the early universe, chaos, and black holes. She has been a visiting fellow in astrophysics at Oxford University and as a part of a Dream Time Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts, she is the first Scientist-in-Residence at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing. Dr. Levin is the author of, "How the Universe Got its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space", and was an Advanced Fellow at Cambridge University's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. In 2004, she became affiliated with Barnard College in New York, USA.