Dr Thomas Kariuki is Executive Director of the Science for Africa (SFA) Foundation. Dr Kariuki previously served as the Director of Programmes for the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and Director of a Biomedical facility, the Institute of Primate Research / National Museums of Kenya where he established his infectious immunology research group. As an Immunologist, Dr Kariuki’s research interests have spanned the immunology of neglected infectious diseases and he has been deeply involved in global efforts to develop vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for poverty-related diseases. He has published widely on vaccines and diagnostics development for schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), malaria and co-infections and on policy issues related to biomedical research and funding. Throughout his career he has been the recipient of various international awards, a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS), Senior Fellowship of the European Foundations Initiative for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Presidential honour of the Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) for scientific leadership and public service, Honorary Professor of Research of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, LSTM.