Dr. Cheikh Modibo Diarra
Dr. Cheikh Modibo DIARRA is a Malian astrophysicist, a specialist in space exploration and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. In 2006 , he was appointed head of Microsoft Africa at Bill Gates's request and with whom he has long been a friend. He was also the Prime Minister of Mali from April 17, 2012 to December 12, 2012. Cheikh Modibo Diarra was recruited by the Nasa and, as their first African researcher, he has participated in programmes such as Magellan (Venus), Ulysses (Sun's pole), Galileo (Jupiter), Mars Observer and Mars Pathfinder. In 1999, he created the Pathfinder Foundation for the education and development of Africa by 2002 had developed the laboratory for solar research at Bamako. On the 20th of February 2006, he was appointed the head of Microsoft Africa. The nomination of Cheikh Diarra has helped Microsoft, with projects such as the Pathfinder pilot scheme which is being carried out in Namibia. Nine African countries were selected for this project, the object of which has been to supply new computers in order to set up a network capable of using modern software which they could not have otherwise afforded. Doctor Diarra is the founder and President of the African Science and New Technology Summit, the Vice President of the World Commission for the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) in the United Nations and a member of the Independent Commission of Africa and the Millennium. He was also the first President of the Virtual African University and member of the Africa Union for panel of Biotechnology in the partnership for the development of Africa (NEPAD); he has also been awarded the African Lifetime Achievement Award.