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Launching of CARI at the World Economic Forum, DAVOS

Date: January 20, 2017


​Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim chaired a multilateral session on the Coalition for African Research and Innovation (CARI). An alliance of African science leaders and international funders has joined to catalyse greater investment in research that underpins the health-food-water nexus (including agriculture, climate change, zoonosis, urban health and sanitation) through a process initiated at Davos 2017.
By floating this initiative at Davos, the alliance will engage African governmental leaders, the private sector and philanthropists, who can support and drive greater research leadership and innovation. During 2017 the CARI Steering Group (AESA, BMGF, NIH and Wellcome) will develop a road map and business plan informed by the experience of other World Economic Forum-supported initiatives including the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative (CEPI).

Speakers and Participants included:

        • Opening Remarks by
          Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Global Health and Healthcare Industries, Member of the Executive Committee World Economic Forum
        • Speaker                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
          Francis S. Collins, Director National Institutes of Health
          Jeremy Farrar, Director Wellcome Trust
          Thomas Kariuki, Director African Academy of Sciences
          Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
          Trevor Mundel, President, Global Health Programme Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
        • Chaired by

                    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius

        •  With
          Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
          Ameet Nathwani, Group Chief Medical Officer; Executive Vice-President Sanofi
          Cyril M. Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa
          Peer M. Schatz, Chief Executive Officer QIAGEN, Germany
          Paul Stoffels, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer Johnson & Johnson
          Gunhild A. Stordalen, Founder and President EAT Foundation
          Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
          Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dangote Foundation

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