Scientific Advisory Board
The grantees of the Transform Fund were selected by the Scientific Advisory Board, comprising of world renowned scientists and leaders. The Board helps to provide critical advice and guidance to the IsDB President and help set the Bank’s STI strategic objectives towards achieving its development mission.
Dr. Hayat Sindi
Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank.
Dr. Hayat Sindi is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists and a global champion of science and technology. She is currently Senior Advisor to the IsDB President on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), and also Supervisor of the Bank’s Community Outreach programme. She served as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. As an inspirational woman leader, she aspires to solve the greatest development challenges with the power of science, technology and innovation. She is affiliated with founding three entrepreneurial initiatives in the field of biotechnology: Diagnostics for All (DFA), Sonoptix, and i2 (the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity). Dr Sindi won the Mekkah Al Mukaramah prize for scientific innovation, given by HRH Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud; was named an Emerging Explorer by The National Geographic Society and was awarded with 'Leadership in Civil Society' by the Clinton Global Initiative. She was voted one of the BBC’s top 100 Women 2018, a list of inspiring and influential women from around the world. She is one of the first women in the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia (Shura).
Dr. Myrna Cunningham
President of the Centre for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI).
Dr Cunningham is one of the most recognized figures of the World Indigenous Movement, highlighted by her high merits as a social activist for the rights of indigenous peoples of Nicaragua. She served as a Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues of the UN; FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Family Farming, adviser to the President of the UN World Conference of Indigenous People. She is currently Chairperson of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous People (CADPI) and Vice President of the board of the Latin American and Caribbean Indigenous People Development Fund. She has been a delegated governor of the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean of Nicaragua. Dr Cunningham has a wealth of experience of UN SDGs and her representation of indigenous people has been invaluable to the SAB.
Dr Abdallah S. Daar
Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery, University of Toronto.
Dr Abdallah Daar is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Public Health, Global Health, and Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is a co-founder of Grand Challenges Canada. He has served in many founding positions including as the Founding Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health; and a Member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences; the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017. His academic expertise are in the fields of biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health, and bioethics. He holds the world record for performing the youngest kidney transplant.
Prof. Mohamed H. A. Hassan
Co-chair of IAP.
Professor Hassan is the President of the World Academy of Sciences, Italy; Chairman of the Governing Council of the United Nations Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Turkey. He was President and Co-Chair of the Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP); founding Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS); founding President of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC); Chairman of the Council of the United Nations University (UNU); and Chairman of the Honorary Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Nigeria. Among his honours are Comendator, Grand Cross, and National Order of Scientific Merit, Brazil; and Officer, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He is a recipient of the G77 Leadership Award and the Abdus Salam Medal for Science and Technology.
Dr. Firdausi Qadri
Director of the Centre for Vaccine Sciences.
Dr Qadri is an Emeritus Scientist specialising in immunology and infectious disease research at icddr,b, a leading public health institute of the Global South, where she previously led the Infectious Diseases Division, the Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology laboratories. Her work includes basic and applied immunology of infectious diseases but also clinical and large field-based studies on enteric vaccines. She has widely published and had an impact in the field of enteric diseases specifically around immunological and genetics and genomic mechanisms, diagnostics and vaccine development. She received the TWAS prize from the World Academy of Science for excellence in research and was made a member of the High-Level Panel of the UN Technology Bank.
Prof. Ismail Serageldin
Founding Director Emeritus, Library of Alexandria.
Professor Serageldin is the Founding Director, Emeritus Librarian, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) - the newly inaugurated (2002) Library of Alexandria, Egypt. He serves as Chair and Member of several advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions, including his position as co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC). He serves as Patron of the International Science Council (ISC) and has held many international positions such as Vice President of the World Bank (1993–2000).
Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid
Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Professor Zakri is the former Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He is the founding Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. He sits on the Global Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as the Co-Chairman of STI Advisory Board of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Recently appointed as IsDB Scientific Advisory Board. Zakri’s professional interests include crop science, biodiversity and science diplomacy.
Director of the National Authority for Evaluation.
Professor Rahma is the Director of National Evaluation Authority in the Higher Council of education training and research in Morocco since 2014. She is a member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco. She served as President of Hassan II University-Mohammedia from 2002 to 2010. She is former member of the Royal Committee for the Reform of the Moudawana (Personal Status Code) and the Commission for the Reform of Justice. She is presently a board member of the United Nations University in Tokyo and the Alexandria Library in Egypt.