The Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
"The world's poorest countries and their allies must focus on Internet and communications technology to build research capacity in science and engineering, and develop solutions to pressing challenges. Without computing technology and affordable broadband access to the Internet, researchers in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will lack the capacity to analyze data, or to store it and share it with colleagues. In effect, then, they cannot participate in the global scientific enterprise. That raises a clear risk: While other countries advance, the LDCs fall further behind"
Prof. Romain Murenzi serves as the executive director of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, based in Trieste, Italy since April 2011. He directs a secretariat that administers some 500 PhD and postdoctoral fellowships per year for scientists from developing countries, plus approximately USD$2.5 million in research grants, travel grants and scientific meetings in developing countries. Murenzi also plays a key role in global science diplomacy and science policy initiatives.
He has over 30 years of experience in academia, education and public sector. He served from 2001 to 2006 as Rwanda's Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Scientific Research, and from March 2006 to July 2009 as Minister in the President's Office in Charge of Science, Technology, and Scientific Research, with responsibilities including Information and Communications Technology.
Prof. Murenzi also member of the Carnegie Mellon University President's Global Advisory Council, Chair of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism for the Least Developed Countries, and member of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.