WIA is delighted to announce that Mrs. Francine N'Toumi will be a speaker at the next edition of the Annual Summit, June 27/28 ! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francine_Ntoumi
Francine Ntoumi (born 1961) is a Congolese parasitologist specializing in malaria. She is the first African woman in charge of the secretariat of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. In recent years, she has become involved in research on other infectious diseases.
Francine Ntoumi was born in 1961 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, to her electrical engineer father (one of the first in the Congo) and her neonatal nurse mother. The eldest of five siblings and the only girl, she received her primary education in Brazzaville. Ntoumi moved to France for her BEPC degree, which she earned in 1975, and her baccalauréat, which she earned in 1978 from the Lycée Marie Curie de Sceaux. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 1989, then her doctorate in 1992 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
After earning her Ph.D., Ntoumi began her molecular immunology and epidemiology research on malaria at the Pasteur Institute of Paris. She took a position in Franceville, Gabon, as a researcher at the International Center for Medical Research in 1995, and remained there until 2000. That year, she became the Head of Laboratory at the Medical Research Unit of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen. She remained in these positions until 2005. Between 2006 and 2007, Ntoumi was the Scientific Director of the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), located in The Hague, Netherlands. She then led the Secretariat of the Multilateral Initiative Against Malaria in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, until 2010, as its first African woman leader.
Ntoumi has worked to reinforce the African continent's public health research capacity, through efforts coordinating the Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and Malaria (CANTAM). She is a member of many scientific committees, including the Global Health Scientific Advisory Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
She is the President of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research, which she founded in 2008; she has also been an associate professor at the University of Tübingen since 2010. Since 2014, she has been a professor and researcher at the Marien Ngouabi University. Ntoumi was the first Sub-Saharan African woman to receive the Georg Foster prize, for her work creating networks to combat infectious diseases across Africa. She has also been lauded for her leadership and education of scientists across Sub-Saharan Africa.