Professor Yaye Kene-Gassama Dia: Scientist of many firsts.

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The former Minister of Scientific Research in Senegal is co-chair of the 10-member expert panel of the African Union (AU) Commission appointed in January to advise African governments on existing and emerging technologies to foster economic development. A professor of plant biotechnology at Dakar's Cheikh Anta Diop University, Professor Yaye is highly respected and celebrated for many firsts, including her study on the utilisation of the Neem tree in the treatment and prevention of malaria.

She is also the first woman to attain the level of full professor in fundamental sciences in Senegal and remains one of the few high-profile women scientists dedicated to the field in Africa today. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Forum for African Women Educationalists...

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