Executive Director, The African Academy of Sciences

Prof Nelson Torto

Executive Director, The African Academy of Sciences


Prof Nelson Torto is the Executive Director of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS). 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 so that science remains at the forefront of the African agenda and is adequately supported to transform people’s lives. At the core of his agenda is empathy; the stakeholder has to be part of finding the solution to their challenges. Prior to joining The AAS, Prof 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 and has graduated 19 PhD students during his tenure at the University of Botswana and Rhodes University. 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 (UK). He is a recipient of the Young Separation Science Award by the American Chemical Society.

Other Members


October 29, 2018

Prof Nelson Torto

Prof Nelson Torto is the Executive Director of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS). Under his leadership, the goals of The AAS are to promote partnerships, mobilise the African scientific community
April 4, 2018

Dr. Francis Collins

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate.
April 4, 2018
Dr. Jeremy Farrar

Dr. Jeremy Farrar

Jeremy was appointed OBE in 2005 for services to tropical medicine, was awarded the Memorial Medal and the Ho Chi Minh City Medal by the Government of Vietnam