Awa Marie Coll Seck

Advisory board member

MD, PhD, Specialist in Infectious diseases and Bacteriology-Virology

MD, PhD, Specialist in Infectious diseases and Bacteriology-Virology. Former Senior Minister to the President of the Republic of Senegal. She is the Chair of Galien Africa, which organizes annually the Galien Forum Africa and Prix Galien Africa.

Prof. Coll Seck has been twice Minister of Health in Senegal (2001-2003 / 2012-2017). She was named “Best Minister in the World” in Dubai in February 2017 at the World Government Summit.

She had the responsibility of directing the Department of Infectious Diseases at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Prof. Coll Seck was Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) from 2004 to 2012 and Director of the Department of Policy, Strategy and Research of UNAIDS (1996-2001).

She is on the Board of Directors of: Resolve to Save Lives, AFRIVAC, GAVI-the Vaccine Alliance, Grand Challenges Canada, Exemplars in Global Health.

Professor Awa Marie Coll Seck is a member of the Noguchi Prize for Africa (Japan), of the Virchow Prize (Germany) and of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program (USA) and of steering committee of the ANRS | Emerging infectious diseases (France).

She has received numerous honors, including Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite of Senegal, Burkina Faso and Gambia, as well as the the Palmes académiques, Ordre du Mérite and the Légion d’Honneur of France. She has also received the decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star of Japan

Professor Awa Marie Coll Seck is the author of more than 150 scientific publications.under Big Win’s umbrella. Other initiatives include the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, which has convened approximately 300 ministers progressing human capital development agendas for an intensive programme focused on envisioning big wins and exploring the political navigation, effective implementation, and multi sector collaboration required to achieve them. Cooper and Big Win also codeveloped the Amujae Initiative, the flagship programme of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center). The initiative aims to inspire and prepare women to unapologetically take up roles and excel in the highest echelons of public leadership, and to bring other women along.