Champions of Science

Champions of Science®—Africa Storytelling Challenge: Meet the Judges

After receiving more than 100 contest submissions between May and August 2018, nine individuals had the daunting task of narrowing the inspiring essays and videos down to just five winners. The judges—comprised of scientists, policy makers and science journalists—have impressive resumes, themselves, having each made important contributions to the advancement of science. Here, meet the members of the independent committee who had the opportunity to review the contest submissions and determine who would be named the inaugural Champions of Science® in Johnson & Johnson’s 2018 Africa Storytelling Challenge.
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Luc Allemand, Ph.D., Director, Afriscitech
Luc Allemand is a science journalist with over 20 years of experience, including as Editor-in-Chief of the French publication La Recherche. He is the creator of, an on-line destination for news and stories highlighting science and technology produced on the African continent.

Rebekah Corlew, Ph.D., Project Director, Mass Media Fellowship, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rebekah Corlew oversees the Mass Media Fellowship at AAAS. Previously, Rebekah served as both Public Engagement Lead Scientist and Research Coordinator at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

Carly Cox, Ph.D., M.S., Civic Engagement Project Manager, Research!America
Carly Cox is the Civic Engagement Project Manager at Research!America where she manages initiatives that translate science into fact-based policy. Prior to this role, she served as a Science Policy Fellow.

Francois Davel, Director, Science Forum South Africa, South Africa Department of Science and Technology
François Davel has more than 30 years of work experience in various industries. In his current role, he works to position the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) as one of Africa’s undisputed leading annual open science events.

Aidan Gilligan, CEO, SciCom - Making Sense of Science
Aidan Gilligan has over 15 years of experience in communicating international science and advancing understanding for science around the world. Aidan has managed over one hundred press, stakeholder events, and numerous scientific symposia at the nexus of science and society.

Mark Henderson, Director of Communications, Wellcome Trust
Mark Henderson leads the Communications Department at the Wellcome Trust. Previously a science journalist, he skillfully manages media relations, marketing, publishing, design, web and social media.

Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director, Next Einstein Forum
In her role as Managing Director, Next Einstein Forum, Nathalie Munyampenda ensures the smooth implementation of the NEF impact work plan and provides day-to-day leadership of the NEF team. Previously, Nathalie worked in the Canadian public service and international social media consulting before working to build the Government of Rwanda’s central communication unit as coordinator in the Office of the Government Spokesperson.

Tolu Oni, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Res), Clinical Senior Research Associate, Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Tolullah Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and urban epidemiologist. She works as a Clinical Senior Research fellow with the University of Cambridge Global Public Health Research programme; and is an Honorary Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. She completed her medical training at University College London, postgraduate medical training in the UK and Australia, a master’s in public health (Epidemiology) at the University of Cape Town, and her research doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology at Imperial College London. She is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, and co-chair of the Global Young Academy.

Ron Winslow, freelance science journalist, former deputy bureau chief, health and science at The Wall Street Journal and past president of the National Association of Science Writers
Ron Winslow is a highly regarded science journalist who has written more than 1,500 articles describing new medical and health care research and chronicling the economic forces transforming the U.S. health care system. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and was a founding board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

We launched Champions of Science®, a multifaceted initiative, to convene and catalyze champions of science and engage people of all generations and backgrounds to see the unlimited opportunities that science brings.

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