NASAC - Network of African Science Academies

The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC www.nasaconoline.org) is a consortium of merit-based science academies in Africa. NASAC was established on 13 December 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya, and is currently the African affiliate network for the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP).

NASAC aspires to make the “voice of science” heard by policy and decision makers within Africa and worldwide, and its membership comprises of twenty-four (24) science academies on the continent. NASAC is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of existing national science academies and encouraging African scientists to establish new academies in countries where none exist. The governance structure of NASAC comprises of a General Assembly, the Board and ad hoc/standing committees.

The NASAC secretariat serves as the implementation arm of the Network, which organizes regional conferences, meetings or expert panels to enable exchange of experiences and publishing of science-advisories for further engaging with African policymakers, media, public and scientists.

Activities

NASAC will mainly contribute to the project through WP 2 (as co-leader of Task 2.2: Scientific Sorting Houses) and through WP 1 (task 1.2 “strategic stakeholder engagement”).

People

  • Jacqueline Olang Kado is the Executive Director for the NASAC. She is responsible for the operations of the NASAC secretariat and will be able to draw programmatic support from her staff members. Mrs. Kado holds a Masters of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed.) for Mathematics and Commerce from the University of Nairobi. She has basic knowledge of French as second foreign language and her specialization is project management for policy interventions. She currently provides input to a number of projects supported by a wide range of development partners and development agencies and also serves as a member of several local and international Committees.