World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been named to the 2018 list of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and joins more than 200 scholars, artists and scientists in this year’s class.
The Ethiopian health chief was named an International Honorary Member this week, along with Esther Mwaikambo of Tanzania, pictured above. She is a maternal and child health expert at the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Dar es Salaam, and was the first female physician in the country’s history.
Also inducted are Jacqueline King of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, whose career is devoted to water resources and their protection, and Myma Belo-Osagie, a philanthropist and attorney in Nigeria.
“This class of 2018 is a testament to the academy’s ability to both uphold our 238-year commitment to honor exceptional individuals and to recognize new expertise,” said Nancy C. Andrews, the Chair of the Board of the American Academy.
“John Adams, James Bowdoin, and other founders did not imagine climatology, econometrics, gene regulation, nanostructures, or Netflix,” she said of the academy, whose members have included Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “They did, however, have a vision that the academy would be dedicated to new knowledge – and these new members help us achieve that goal.”
The Class of 2018 will be formally honored in October during a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States. The Academy’s projects and publications generate ideas and offer recommendations to advance the public good in the arts, citizenship, education, energy, government, the humanities, international relations, science, and more.