icipe Director General appointed panel member of BMI prize

The icipe Director General, Dr Segenet Kelemu, has been appointed a member of the evaluation panel of the Boris Mints Institute prize.

The prize, which starts in 2017, will award USD 100,000 to an exceptional individual who has devoted their research and academic life to solving a strategic global challenge. The researcher’s public action and ideas will also have had transformative impacts on global policy formation, and proven contribution to the welfare of a significant number of communities worldwide.

Based in Tel Aviv University, Israel, the Boris Mints Institute (BMI) for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges was founded to encourage research, planning and innovative thinking to promote significant positive change in the world. BMI focuses on finding strategic feasible solutions to provide tactical plans and innovative projects to enhance the welfare of communities around the globe.

Nominees for the BMI prize must be focused on a specific global challenge within the scope of the Institute’s fields of activity: food security, renewable energy, conflict resolution and the plight of the middle class.

In addition to Dr Kelemu, the BMI prize evaluation panel includes four other renowned international experts and policy makers. They are:  Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President, Toledo International Center for Peace and former Foreign Minister of Israel; Prof. Jean Ensminger, Edie & Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Science, California Institute of Technology, USA; Prof. Gabriela Shalev, Lawrence D. Biele chair in law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a senior faculty member at Ono Academic College, Israel and former Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Prof. Mitchell Small, H John Heinz III Professor of Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs, Engineering and Public Policy and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The evaluation panel will conduct an independent review of nominations and submit a report to the BMI Academic Board, which will determine the winner of prize. The Board will be headed by Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI, and will also include Prof. Itamar Rbinovich, former Ambassador of Israel to USA and President Emeritus of Tel-Aviv University, as an ex-oficio representative of BMI International Advisory Board and Dr. Alexander Pesov, as a representative of Dr Boris Mints, after whom BMI is named.

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