The AFRA Programme must lead to the sharing of resources, knowledge and expertise among the participating countries, the transfer of technology available in advanced countries to countries where such technology is needed; and the creation of regional capabilities that, once developed, will, in turn, lead to further regional cooperation. This demands vision, commitment and effective management.

The AFRA Programme is composed of a set of cooperative projects which are endorsed by at least three Member States. An AFRA project is the vehicle that translates external and internal funds into a development objective designed to meet identified human needs of end-users and has a significant social and economic impact. It must be technically sound and should be based on a cost-benefit analysis.

The project has a time limit for producing the expected achievements, a workplan, a schedule of inputs and outputs and a budget. AFRA projects must emphasise the following elements:

  • It entails mutual collaboration and full involvement of participating countries in the design, formulation and implementation of project activities. Projects should make use of the existing expertise and facilities in the participating countries. Inputs, such as the provision of experts and training, should be drawn as far as possible from within the participating countries or other developing countries;
  • Projects must respond to the needs of participating countries and address serious problems common to them. They should have a clear inter-country dimension, a limited duration and attainable and measurable objectives and significant impact;
  • Efforts must be combined to implement a small number of projects within high priority areas to which participating countries would be prepared to contribute resources and which would also attract outside resources, leading to demonstrable mutual benefit.


Following the decision made by the High Level Policy Review Seminar (HLPRS) held in Aswan, November 2007, to support the improvement of the managerial procedures of AFRA, to increase effectiveness and efficiency and to promote full ownership of its programmes by AFRA Member States, the HLPRS proposed that the AFRA-FMC should be replaced by three committees to address high priority needs of managing the AFRA Programme.

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Country Representatives are Government officials who are authorized to commit their governments with respect to matters pertaining to the AFRA Agreement.

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Technical Working Group Meeting

The Technical Working Group Meeting (TWGM), composed of the National Coordinators shall meet at least once every year, normally in July preceding the meeting of AFRA Representatives.

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AFRA Committees

Following the decision made in November 2007 by the High Level Policy Review Seminar (HLPRS) to support the improvement of the managerial procedures of AFRA, to increase its effectiveness and efficiency and to promote full ownership of its programmes by AFRA Member States, the new management structure of AFRA includes three committees.

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Project Scientific Consultants

When appropriate, AFRA Member States appoint Project Scientific Consultants (PSCs) to provide upon request technical backstopping to AFRA Member States and to the AFRA Committees. PSCs are African scientists recognized as experts and regional leaders in their respective fields. PSCs participate in AFRA activities in their individual capacity.

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Institutional Governance

As part of its mandate to support AFRA Member States in their effort to enhance their capability and relevance to compete in the global markets, AFRA took the initiative to make available, to decision-makers and managers of Atomic Energy Commissions and National Nuclear Institutions, guidelines and indicators of sustainability to enable them to monitor progress and plan actions to pursue the path to sustainability and excellence.

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AFRA Programme Management Committee (PMC)
Name Country Position Year Status
Dina Husseiny S. Farag Egypt flagEgypt Chair 2021-2024 First term
Dina Husseiny S. Farag
Maryam Aminu Nigeria flagNigeria Secretary 2021-2024 First term
Maryam AminuProfessor Maryam Aminu is the Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. She is a distinguished academic with extensive experience in microbiology, having earned her B.Sc., M.Sc., PGDE, and Ph.D. degrees from the same institution. With nearly 27 years of service at ABU, she has held various roles, including Deputy Dean and current Head of the Department of Microbiology. She is a UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellow and a Senior Fulbright Scholar.

Prof. Aminu has played a significant role in immunization surveys and the characterization of viruses, focusing on rotaviruses, human papillomaviruses, Dengue fever virus, hepatitis viruses, and SARS-CoV-2. Her contributions to rotavirus research in Nigeria have informed the development of current rotavirus vaccines. She has a robust academic record, having presented 89 papers at over 60 scientific meetings across multiple countries and authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 10 proceedings, 2 books, and a manual.

In addition to her academic achievements, Prof. Aminu has supervised and mentored numerous Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. She actively participated in the evaluation of microbiology programs in 22 universities as a member of the National Universities Commission's Accreditation and Resource Verification Committee. She has also served as an external examiner for nine universities, including one in South Africa.

Prof. Aminu is involved in various professional associations, such as the African Rotavirus Network, African Initiative Group Executive, African Virologists Network Interim Committee, and the National Verification Committee on Elimination of Measles. She is a member of international societies like the American Society for Virology and the American Society of Microbiology.

Her leadership qualities have been recognized through awards, and she holds positions such as Honorary Member of the Council of Science Association of Nigeria and Secretary of the Programme Management Committee to the African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development, and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology. In August 2023, she was appointed Vice Chair of the Committee of Deans and Directors at ABU, Zaria. Additionally, she served as a Selector for the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa in 2024.
Salah E. Bouyoucef Algeria flagAlgeria Member 2021-2024 First term
Salah E. Bouyoucef
Karim Tounkara Mali flagMali Member 2021-2024 First term
Karim TounkaraKarim Tounkara holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree (1978) and a Ph.D. in Microbiology (1982) from Moscow Veterinary Academy. He has certificates in Virology (Washington State University – 1987), Epidemiology, Statistics, and Economics (University of Reading, UK – 1991), as well as ELISA and Molecular Biology Techniques (IAEA - 1995). He is fluent in French, Russian, and English.

Karim Tounkara serves as the Regional Representative for Africa at the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), a role he assumed in January 2016. He began his career as a scientist at the Central Veterinary Laboratory of Mali and later became the Head of Diagnosis and Research from 1986 to 2000. Following this, he worked for five years (2001-2006) as an international consultant and staff member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seconded to the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) as a Regional Expert in Animal Disease Control for the Pan African Programme for the Control of Epizootics (PACE), focusing on rinderpest eradication and quality assurance for Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

Tounkara provided technical support to veterinary services in several African Union Member States during the rinderpest eradication process. From June 2006 to October 2014, he served as the Director of the Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, under the African Union. In February 2015, he joined WOAH as the Deputy Regional Representative for Africa before being appointed as the Regional Representative in January 2016.
Hamid Marah Morocco flagMorocco Member 2021-2024 Second term
Hamid Marah
Ramatsemela Masango South Africa flagSouth Africa Member 2021-2024 First term
Ramatsemela MasangoDr Ramatsemela Masango is the Director of Mzesi Energy (Pty) Ltd, a company appointed as the Technical Support Organisation of the National Nuclear Regulator in South Africa. Dr Masango is also a Director of ArioGenix, an engineering and project management company in the energy, mining, and defence sectors as well as Ario MetaPower, which develops microgrid systems for the renewable energy sector.

She was previously employed by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation as a Group Executive responsible for NECSA operations, with focus on the operations of the SAFARI-1 research reactor. Her work experience includes management roles at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company in safety, licensing, and nuclear compliance. Prior to that she worked at Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station before joining the National Nuclear Regulator.

She has served as a Board member of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and also served on the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board of Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She obtained her PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (USA) in 2008.


AFRA-HLSC - AFRA High Level Steering Committee
Name Country Position Year Status
Catherine Mwaba Zambia flagZambia Chair 2021-2024 Second term
Catherine MwabaCatherine Mwaba completed her undergraduate training in 1997, obtaining a medical diploma from the St Petersburg Pediatric Medical Academy. In 2007, she graduated from Witwatersrand University with a fellowship in Radiation Oncology from the College of Medicine of Radiation Oncologists of South Africa.

Her expertise spans communication, interpersonal relations, collaboration, and organizational planning, including the successful development of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) through consultative processes.

Catherine made significant contributions by serving as a consultant on the ABC-DO Study (2016-2018) and playing a crucial role in establishing clinical services as part of Zambia’s first radiation oncologists’ team. She has also fostered collaborative relationships with international organizations, including the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup/Cervical Cancer Research Network (GCIG/CCRN) group and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Instrumental in various initiatives, Catherine facilitated the development of an MoU in 2018 between the hospital and EmpowerRT, introducing low-cost recyclable compensator IMRT. She has also contributed to the establishment of local training programs for Radiation Therapists (RTTs) and the Specialty Training Program in Clinical and Radiation Oncology.

Catherine actively engages in mentoring the next generation of clinical oncologists and currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on a collaborative project funded by the NCI-AYAHIVE Role-based Responsibilities of the Oncology Workforce (ARROW). Her successful coordination of projects includes the creation of a clinical database for breast and cervical cancer patients in Zambia. As a founding member and current Secretary General of the Clinical and Radiation Oncology Society of Zambia (ZASCRO), Catherine is committed to leading in cancer training and research. She also chairs the Quality Assurance and Safety Committee at the hospital, championing safe radiotherapy practices. In her role as the Head of the Breast Unit, Catherine is actively involved in developing standardized breast radiotherapy planning protocols.
Sheila Frimpong Ghana flagGhana Secretary 2021-2024 First term
Sheila FrimpongSheila Frimpong is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Ghana Business School, she holds an MBA in Marketing from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Sheila is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Ghana and the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana.

Sheila is a seasoned Senior Marketing Officer at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) with over 15 years of proficiency in communication, fundraising, and project management. In her role as the Deputy Director of Commercialization and Communication at GAEC, Sheila plays a pivotal role in aligning with the Director-General's vision to make GAEC responsive to the private sector in Ghana. Additionally, she serves as a committed member of the Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization Committee of AFRA, an organization under the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Sheila has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing communication and technology transfer plans for GAEC, enhancing the Commission's image through various media platforms. Her notable achievements include securing over GHC 10 million in grant funding from reputable multilateral and donor agencies, such as the World Bank, GIZ, Netherland Government, DANIDA, and the MasterCard Foundation.

In her capacity as the project manager for the Technology Transfer and Marketing Centre (TTMC) at GAEC, Sheila facilitated the disbursement of technology transfer grants to scientists, contributing to over GH¢500,000.00 in grant awards for scientific research with commercial value. She designed the Grant Application document and served on the Grant Selection Committee. Additionally, Sheila was instrumental in developing the Resource Mobilization Plan for GAEC and actively engages in fundraising activities.

Currently, Sheila is leading the implementation of the Ghana Skills Development Fund project, aiming to equip GAEC with necessary equipment and skills to train both formal and informal institutions in welding innovations.
Odile Fernande ZEH Cameroon flagCameroon Member 2021-2024 First term
Odile Fernande ZEHOdile Fernande ZEH is a Professor of Radiology, Radiodiagnostics, and Medical Imaging at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I in Cameroon. Holding the position of Vice-Dean in charge of Research and Cooperation at the same institution, they also serve as the Head of the Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Department and the Teaching Unit. Additionally, they are the CADMEF Focal Point and a Radiologist in the Radiology and Medical Imaging Department at the Yaounde Obstetrics and Paediatrics Hospital, where they also hold the position of Head of the Radiology and Medical Imaging Department.

Furthermore, they are involved in national and international collaborations, serving as a member of the Partnership Building and Resources Mobilization Committee of AFRA under the IAEA. Notably, they hold the position of President of the Cameroon Ultrasonography Society (SOCAMU).
Wilfrid Chrysante Solofoarisina Madagascar flagMadagascar Member 2021-2024 Second term
Wilfrid Chrysante SolofoarisinaProfessor Solofoarisina is a Docteur HDR in Nuclear Energy and High Energy Physics and a Lecturer at the University of Madagascar. He is also a Managing Director at the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires de Madagascar (INSTN-Madagascar) and the Vice-Chairman of the association CREE (Cercle de réflexion sur l’Etudes des Energies).
AFRA-HLSC - AFRA High Level Steering Committee
Name Country Position Year Status
Mr. James H. P. Kahindi Kenya flagKenya Chair 2018-2023 Second term
Mr. James H. P. KahindiProf. James Kahindi serves as the Vice Chancellor and Professor of Microbiology at Pwani University (PU). He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Sussex, with an M.Sc. in Botany (Microbiology) and a B.Sc. in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi. With a career spanning since 1984, he has engaged in lecturing and research.

Prof. Kahindi has held various administrative roles in both the private and public sectors, including Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Students Affairs at PU, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-A), and Associate DVC Academic Affairs (USIU-A). He has chaired the Board of Management of institutions such as the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR). He has also been a member of the boards of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), and the Governing Council of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). Prof. Kahindi's expertise extends to scientific presentations at conferences and workshops, with over 30 papers published in refereed journals.

His diverse knowledge spans Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Audit, and more than fifteen years of research in Microbial Biotechnology, focusing on Microbial Control of Pests & Vector Insects and Biological Nitrogen Fixation. He currently chairs the High-Level Steering Committee on Human Resource Development in NST and Nuclear Knowledge Management in AFRA.
Ignace Gatare Rwanda flagRwanda Secretary 2018-2023 First term
Ignace GatareDr. Ignace Gatare is currently the Principal of the College of Science and Technology in the University of Rwanda (UR-CST). Prior to this appointment, he served as the Director General of the Rwanda National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST), a public institution serving as think-tank and advisory board to the Rwanda Government on issues pertaining to the development of science, technology, research and innovation. He also served in the Government of Rwanda as Minister in Charge of Information and Communications Technology, from November 2009 until April 2012.

In addition to his full-time engagement at the University of Rwanda where he also teaches as well as supervise postgraduate students’ research projects, Dr. Gatare served or is still serving on various national and international governing board and committees, including: Member of the Governing Council of the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) – (2020 – present); Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Rwanda (2019 – present); Chairperson of the Regulatory Board of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory  Authority (2018-2022), Chairperson of the Joint advisory board of Carnegie Mellon University – Africa (2012-2022); member Program Advisory Committee of BioInnovate Africa (2019-2022); National Coordinator for AFRA (2015-2022), Member of the Advisory Committee of the GEONET project, an initiative of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM (2015-present); National Coordinator and Member of the High-Level Steering Committee on Human Resources Development of AFRA (2021-present).

Dr. Gatare is a Founding Fellow and the current Secretary General of the Rwanda Academy of Sciences (RAS). He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering (“Ingénieur Civil Electricien”) in 2004, with major in Telecommunications, from the Mons Engineering Faculty (FPMs), Mons, Belgium. In 2008, he obtained a PhD in Engineering Sciences with specialization in Photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow. He authored and co-authored 40 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He also served as reviewer for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.
Boitumelo Stokie Motswagole Botswana flagBotswana Member 2018-2023 First term
Boitumelo Stokie MotswagoleDr. Boitumelo Stokie Motswagole graduated with a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from North West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in 2010, with a focus on body composition in black South African children. She is recognized as an expert in body composition assessment using stable isotopes by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Dr. Motswagole earned her Master's in International Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen in 1999.

With over 26 years of experience in food research, Dr. Motswagole is a highly accomplished nutritionist. She has actively participated in numerous research projects related to human nutrition, acquiring substantial expertise in the field. Her dedication is evident in her role as a pioneer in establishing programs at the Nutrition Department of the National Agricultural Research & Development Institute (NARDI).

Dr. Motswagole is a self-motivated individual who has received personal recognition for her contributions to the Nutrition Department. She represents the company in various national committees, including the District Multi-sectoral AIDS Committee, National Nutrition Task Force, and the non-communicable diseases technical working group. Additionally, she serves as a board member of the Radiation Protection Inspectorate in Botswana.

As a nutrition researcher, Dr. Motswagole has a track record of successfully securing grant funding for her research work. Her long-term goal is to achieve international recognition as a nutritionist and contribute to improving the nutritional status of Botswana. She has presented papers on diverse nutrition topics at national and international gatherings and has published her work in international journals.
Ms. Lydia Ndinelao Horn Namibia flagNamibia Member 2018-2023 Second term
Ms. Lydia Ndinelao HornDr. Lydia Ndinelao Horn is a research coordinator at the Zero Emission Research Initiative, part of the Multidisciplinary Research Services at the University of Namibia. Holding a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, her expertise lies in crop improvement using nuclear science and technology.

During her tenure as a Scientific Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) for 16 years, Dr. Horn played a pivotal role in the development of Namibia's first-ever mutant germplasms of cowpea, Bambara groundnut pearl millet, and sorghum.

In 2018, she was appointed to the High-level Steering Committee for Human Resource Development and Nuclear Resource Management (HLSC) of the African Regional Co-operative Agreement for Research, Development, and Training in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA), in collaboration with the IAEA. Dr. Horn currently serves as the committee's secretary.

Her significant contributions to plant mutation breeding were recognized in 2021 when she received the Joint FAO/IAEA Outstanding Achievers Award.
  Chairperson Country Year
Mr. Abdelhamid Mellah Mr. Abdelhamid Mellah Algeria flagAlgeria 2023-2024
Mr. Fidel Ndahayo Mr. Fidel Ndahayo Rwanda flagRwanda 2022-2023
Mr. Ali Ada Mr. Ali Ada Niger flagNiger 2021-2022
Mr. Pascal Houngnandan Mr. Pascal Houngnandan Benin flagBenin 2020-2021
Mr. Mbambo Zizamele Mr. Mbambo Zizamele South Africa flagSouth Africa 2019-2020
Mr. Sabbiti Baguma Mr. Sabbiti Baguma Uganda flagUganda 2018-2019