Armel is a theoretical physicist. He completed a MSc in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oran in Algeria
and a 1-year Post-Graduate Diploma in High Energy Physics, Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology at ICTP in
Italy. His research interest is in recent developments in theoretical particle physics, especially the AdS/CFT
correspondence which arises from the superstring theory. He is currently working on finding exact solutions
in ABJM matrix model and the eventual implications in M theory and/or condensed matter physics. In the
past, he worked on Gaussian matrix model and Wilson Loops in N=4 SYM.
After finishing his undergraduate studies in Physics at University of Burundi, Bonaventure did a MSc in
Mathematical Sciences at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa. He is
currently an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of the University of Burundi. His area
of research is theoretical and computational condensed matter physics as well as mathematical physics.
Claude-Michel is a research assistant and doctoral candidate based in Canada. His research interests are in
climate science with a focus on numerical modelling of the feedbacks between the physical climate system
and the carbon cycle. His other research interests include atmospheric science, air pollution as well as
statistical modelling with applications in agriculture. He holds a MSc degree in Environmental and
Geographical Science and a BSc degree in Applied Mathematics. So far, he has published 3 scientific articles
as principal author and contributed to academic teaching in 4 countries.
David is a TWAS/NRF PhD Fellow working towards a PhD in Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University in the
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has an educational background in Mathematics. His research is
on using mathematical and computational techniques for disease modelling especially the genetic variation
of the HIV virus. In the past, he worked as a teaching assistant at University of Burundi and visiting lecturer
at Institut Supérieur des Cadres Militaires of Burundi. Beside his scientific research activities, David
participates in the mobilisation of other young scientists and in the nurturing of science in his country. He
has been selected as the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for Burundi and was invited by the Global
Young Academy to participate and to give a presentation in the second regional conference of National
Young Academies in October 2016.
As source of inspiration and perseverance, David is always inspired by two quotes of Nelson Mandela, stating
that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and “it always seems
impossible until it’s done.”
Emery is a PhD candidate with research interests in the field of high energy physics, commonly known as
elementary particle physics. His degrees include a MSc in Mathematical Sciences and a MSc in Particle
Physics. He currently works at Laboratoire de Physique Corpsculaire at Université Blaise Pascal in France.
His work focuses on understanding the basic constituents of matter and how they interact between each
other using the CERN particle accelerator.
His favorite quote is: “A good dose of curiosity is all one will need to discover a whole world that spans from
the infinitesimally small and stretches to the infinitely large” by Pauline Gagnon.
Jean de Dieu Nkurunziza
Jean de Dieu is working towards a PhD in Statistics at Centre d’Excellence en Sciences Mathématiques et
Applications in Benin. His ambition is to apply statistics in his everyday life especially in problems related to
sampling and estimations. He holds a BSc degree from University of Burundi and a MSc degree from the
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal. He has taught at Petit Séminaire de Kanyosha
and at various higher institutions in Burundi such as Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université du Lac
Tanganyika, Hope Africa University and East Africa Star University of Rugombo. Beside his scientific research
activities, Jean de Dieu is a member of Consultative Commission for Protection Against Radiation in Burundi.
Pacifique holds degrees (BSc and MSc) in Mathematical Sciences and a MSc degree in Mathematical
Modelling. His research interests are in climate change modelling using mathematical and geostatistical
models as well as participatory tools to develop livestock and livelihood options best-suited to agricultural
circumstances. He is currently working as Assistant Lecturer at University of Burundi. His ambitions are to
impart strong morals of science in general and mathematics in particular to the youth and to public
After completing his BSc in Burundi and a MSc at the African Institute for mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in
Tanzania, Paterne is currently based in Benin where he is doing a PhD research on stochastic modeling. Apart
from academic activities, Paterne worked as volunteer at Centre de Recherche en Didactique des Sciences au
Viateur holds a MSc degree in Mathematical Sciences from the African Institute for Mathematics (AIMS) in
Senegal and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Burundi. His research interest is in statistics. He has
a rich teaching experience in Burundi at both the university level (Université de Ngozi and Université des
Grands Lacs) and high school level (Lycée Buye and Lycée Clarté Notre Dame de Vugizo). Beside his scientific
research activities, Viateur is a member of Health for All Association in the Department of Voluntary