MIT-Africa Distinguished Visitors Program

The Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities and the MIT Africa Faculty Steering Committee has announced the launch of the MIT-Africa Distinguished Visitors Program. Starting in the fall of 2021, MIT will host distinguished African visitors on the MIT campus to forge new connections between the MIT research community and its counterparts across the African continent. These visits will feature keynote lectures delivered to the MIT community. They will also provide other opportunities for engagement with faculty, staff, and students across the Institute’s departments, laboratories, and centers. The program’s goal is to spark new collaborations helping to lay the foundations for new research initiatives between MIT and African collaborators. In addition, the program seeks to strengthen the MIT-wide community of faculty, staff, and students whose work is motivated and informed by challenges, problems, and opportunities of particular significance to African societies. This Distinguished Visitors Program reflects the interest of MIT’s faculty, students, and administration to invigorate our intellectual engagement with leading scholars, practitioners, public figures, artists, and innovators from across the African continent.

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Distinguished Visitor

Dr. Mohamed Hassan – President, The World Academy of Sciences

Sustainability for Africa: The role of forefront scientific and technological innovation in achieving sustainable development on the African continent

Date: Spring 2022

Dr. Hassan will highlight the sustainability challenges that African countries face in their efforts to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

MIT-Africa Faculty Steering Committee

Gabriella Y. Carolini – committee co-chair
Associate Professor of International Development and Urban Planning
MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Elfatih A.B. Eltahir – committee co-chair
Breene M. Kerr Professor (1951)
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
MIT School of Engineering

Munther Dahleh
William A. Coolidge Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing

M. Amah Edoh
Homer A. Burnell Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies
MIT School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Anjali Sastry
Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics
MIT Sloan School of Management

Past Events

To mark the launch of the new MIT Africa Distinguished Visitors Program, the Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities and the MIT Africa faculty steering committee hosted an online panel discussion which featured leading voices from the African continent and the African diaspora who are engaged in critical public discourses around race and reform across diverse African contexts and different media.

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