Sharm El Sheik, December 9, 2017 – At the Africa 2017 Business Forum held in Sharm El-Sheik-Egypt, Liberian medical scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, is one of the top three African innovators recognized for outstanding inventions. The other two scientists recognized were Dr. Aly El-Shafei of Egypt, and Gift Gana of Zimbabwe. The three scientists, Nyan, El-Shafei, and Gana, were recognized at a special presidential discussion plenary that included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Abdel Al-Sisi of Egypt, and Nigerian millionaire, Mr. Tony Elumelu as panelists.
Distinguished out of about 21 participating innovators, the three African scientists, Nyan, El-Shafei, and Gana were applauded by the presidential panel and audience for their respective innovations which provide needed solutions to specific problems in Africa and the world. Dr. Dougbeh Nyan developed a rapid diagnostic test that detects and identifies at least 3 to 7 infections at the same time in less than one hour, thus helping doctors make faster and accurate diagnosis of infections like HIV, hepatitis, ebola, malaria, typhoid and yellow fever that carry similar sings. The test is simple to use and can be performed at low cost. Dr. El-Shafei designed a smart bearing that can make turbine run smoother for producing more electricity which is widely needed in Africa for industrialization. Gift Gana developed a computer aided system that helps doctors read medical X-rays images more accurately and at a low cost.
In July 2017 at the African Innovation Prize Award (AIF) held in Accra, Ghana, Dr. Nyan won the African Innovation Special Prize for Social Impact. Gift Gana was one of ten AIP 2017 nominees, while Dr. Aly El-Shafei won the AIP 2017 first prize. The African Innovation Prize is an annual event held by the African Innovation Foundation of the Swiss-Angolan entrepreneur-philanthropist Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais and headed by Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl as Program Director.
The three African scientists were recognized as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Day program of the Africa 2017 Business Forum in Sharm El Sheik, thereby showcasing some disruptive innovations by Africans. The Africa Business Forum was organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of the Egyptian Government in conjunction with the Regional Investment Agency of COMESA and held under the theme, “Business for Africa, Egypt and the World – Driving Investment for Inclusive Growth.” The 2017 Africa Business Forum saw the attendance of a number of African leaders, President Alpha Conte of Guinea and President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast. The African leaders stressed the need to move Africa forward by inter-regional economic integration, women and youth empowerment, and providing support for the many innovations and young entrepreneurs of the African Continent.