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Nelson Torto

The African Academy of Sciences

Jury:
Science and Innovation Management

Nelson Torto is the Executive Director of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS). The AAS is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation whose vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science. Under his leadership, the goals of The AAS are to promote partnerships, mobilise the african scientific community, lead science advocacy efforts and ensure research findings are incorporated into policymaking. Prior to joining The AAS, Torto was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation. He has had an illustrious academic and research career. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, Inaugural Fellow of the Botswana Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has a PhD in analytical chemistry from Lund University in Sweden and a MSc from the University of Botswana. He is a Fellow of The African Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). He is also a recipient of several international awards, is an accredited Time To Think Coach and Facilitator, as well as an Ontology Coaching practitioner.

The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year will highlight breakthrough thinking from around the world in 10 categories, ranging from Life Sciences to Science Engagement. Counting more than 100 jurors, each breakthrough will be determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields.

We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, fmr. President of the European Research Council, will serve as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

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