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  • Elham Ali (fr) Professor of Oceanography at the University of Suez, Egypt where she is the head of the Department of Aquatic Environment Sciences and Director of Suez University International Relations Office.
  • Rondrotiana Barimalala (fr) Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interests include climate variability, modeling and change, air sea interaction and African climate.
  • Aïda Diongue-Niang (fr) Adviser of the National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology, Senegal.
  • Fatima Driouech (fr) Associate Professor and the Executive Coordinator of the Adaptation Metrics and Techniques Cluster at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco. Her research interests include climate variability, regional climate modeling and climate science.
  • Emma Liwenga (fr) Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her research focuses on agriculture, food and livelihood security, natural resource management and climate change adaptation.
  • Catherine Masao (fr) Lecturer at the Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her research interests include conservation biology, ecology, biodiversity management and impact assessments.
  • Grace Ngaruiya (fr) Head of the Ecology and Conservation Biology Section and a Lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences at Kenyatta University, Kenya.
  • Isabelle Niang (fr) Professor at the University of Chiekh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. An expert in coastal erosion and climate change; coordinating lead author of the chapters on "Afrique du Groupe de travail II" for IPCC, in the 4th and 5th reports.
  • Mary Scholes (fr) Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa who has served on several international global change committees. Studies plant physiology and biology, especially nutrient cycling, sustainable agroforestry, and soil biology.
  • Gina Ziervogel (fr) Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interests include climate change adaptation and resilience across scales, multi-level governance of urban adaptation, and social justice.
  • Mahama Kappiah (fr) is the Executive Director of the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).He played a leading role in the establishment of the Centre, which aims to ensure increased access to reliable, affordable and clean energy in the West African region. From 1992 to 2004, Mr. Kappiah worked in the Planning and Development Department of Ghana's Volta River Authority. In 2017, he was named African Energy Leader of the Year and received the Green Future Leadership Award.
  • Mohamed Sefiani (fr) has served as the Mayor of Chefchaouen, Morocco, since 2009. Moreover, he is the regional ambassador of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM).
  • H.E. Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (fr), an Angolan national, is a leading African agronomist, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission.
  • Agnes Matilda Kalibata (fr) is a Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker, and president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
  • Mohammed Adjei Sowah (fr) is the former mayor of Accra, Ghana whose tenure ended in 2022. His major priority is to improve the sanitation of Accra, especially in relation to waste collection and disposal and sanitation infrastructure, such as landfills.
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