Opening Keynote Speaker 24 May 2017


  •  - President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Nairobi, Kenya
  •  - Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.


Profile & Presentation

The keynote address of Prof. Aderemi Kuku will focus on the importance of the critical mass of qualified experts and professionals in the successful acquisition or transfer of technologies needed in Africa for its economic and social transformation.

Professor Aderemi Kuku was born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria on March 20, 1941. He obtained his B.Sc (Special Honours) Mathematics degree of the University of London in 1965; M.Sc (Mathematics) in 1968, PhD (Mathematics) 1971; both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with his PhD thesis written at Columbia University, New York, USA, under Professor Hyman Bas

He had a long teaching/research career at the University of Ibadan , Nigeria where he became full Professor of Mathematics in 1982, Head, Mathematics Department, 1983-86, Dean, Postgraduate school, 1986-90, and Chairman, Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools in Nigerian Universities, 1986-90. He was Professor of Mathematics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP) Trieste, Italy, 1995-2003) and has been the William. W. S. Claytor Endowed Professor of Mathematics at the Grambling State University, Louisiana, and USA. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.  He has held many visiting positions at highly reputable Universities and Research Centres in the USA, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, China, including: Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA , Visiting Research Professor, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute(MSRI), Berkeley, CA, USA; Visiting Professor, Cornell University , Ohio State University, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada; Universitat Bielefeld, Max-Planck Institut fur Mathematik, Bonn, both in Germany; University of Goteborg, Sweden; etc. Moreover, he has given numerous invited colloquia/seminar lectures and organized numerous conferences, workshops and symposia all over the world.

Professor Kuku is one of the world leaders in several aspects of K-theory and connections to commutative and non-commutative Algebra/Number theory/Geometry/Topology/ Representation theory-a contemporary and multidisciplinary subject that also have applications in mathematical physics, Dynamical systems, Econometrics and Control theory.

Professor Kuku was President of the African Mathematical Union (AMU) for nine years 1986-95; Current President, African Academy of Sciences, (2014 -); As AMU President, he created four Pan-African Commissions, namely, AMU Commission on 1) Mathematics Education, 2) Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad, 3)History of Mathematics in Africa, and 4) Women in Mathematics in Africa. Moreover, as AAS President, he has also been instrumental in creating four AAS Pan-African Commissions on 1) Science Education, 2) Pan-African Science Olympiad, 3) African Scientific Heritage and 4) Women in Science in Africa. He was Vice Chairman, First Congress of African Scientists, Brazzaville, Congo, 1987 and was a keynote speaker at the First Congress of African Scientists and policy makers in Alexandria Egypt in 2006.with a keynote address:”African solutions to African Challenges in Science and Technology”.

Professor Kuku is a recipient of several honours: He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012-;  Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (1989 -); European Academy of Arts, Science and Humanities (1986 – ); African Academy of Sciences (AAS) (1986 -) President (2 014 -); Nigerian Academy of sciences (1989 – ); Foreign fellow, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (2005 -);  Honorary President (AMU) for life;(1995- ); Fellow of the Mathematical association of Nigeria (MAN)  (1987-) ; Fellow of the Nigerian Mathematical society (2015-); Nigeria National Honours: OON (Officer of the Order of the Niger) 2008-; NNOM (Nigerian National Order of Merit) 2009; —the highest honour in Nigeria for academic excellence.