IBRO Africa Regional Committee (ARC)

The IBRO Africa Regional Committee (ARC)
is the IBRO Regional Committee composed of elected voluntary leadership that focuses on supporting and promoting neuroscience in the African region based on its specific needs and conditions. Our activities include:

  • Advising IBRO leadership on regional needs, challenges and opportunities
  • Providing resources for African researchers and those interested in African neuroscience
  • Serving as IBRO regional ambassadors
  • Developing and proposing the annual budget for IBRO’s Africa activities
  • Reviewing African and global grant applications
  • Holding an annual committee meeting to review, discuss and identify African neuroscience priorities
  • Working closely with the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA), the IBRO African member societies and other African and global scientific networks to increase brain research and awareness in the region.

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IBRO-ARC Committee Members serve for 3-year terms (according to current IBRO Regulations established in November 2022) and have the option to run for re-election once. Candidates for new members are proposed by our Governing Council to the Nominations Committee who then evaluates and shortlists the final candidates. They are then presented to the Governing Council in an online election process that ultimately determines the new members.

Desire Tshala-Katumbay (2019-24, Chair)
University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo 
Oregon Health and Science University, USA

Bambidele Victor Owoyele (2021-25)
University of Ilorin

Esperance Kashala-Abotnes (2021-25)
Associate Professor
University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
University of Bergen, Norway

Khalid El Allali (2022-24)
Hassan II Vetarinary and Agronomy Institute

Lumbuka Kaunda (2024-26)
University of Zambia

Nadia El Kadmiri (2024-26)
Associate Professor
IBN ZOHR University

Rachael Dangarembizi (2022-24)
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Sara Elfarrash (2024-26)
Assistant Professor
Mansoura University

Thomas Tagoe (2019-24)
University of Ghana