Wilson Center Experts
Prof. Turner T. Isoun is a member of the ATPS Board and was the Minister of Science and Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between October 200 and May 2007. During his tenure, he initiated policies that promoted both high-tech and low-tech science for development and specifically guided the NigerSat I (a land observation satellite) and NIGCOMSAT 1 (an advanced communication satellite) projects from development to launch. Prof. Isoun holds a BSc (hons), D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), and PHD in Veterinay Medicine and Pathology from Michigan State University. His research findings have been recorded in over 50 scientific publicaitons and scholarly journals. His early career includes lecturing at the University of Nigeria and University of Ibadan where he taught at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Prof. Isoun is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences. He has also served on the academy’s Executive Board and was the first Executive Editor of the pan-African science journal, Discovery and Innovaiton, a publication that promotes science and technology, applied and theoretical, academic and commercialized in Africa. Prof. Isoun is widely travelled in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and is conversant with the physical, political, and S&T challenges of these continents. He has met and networked with many academics, policy makers and representatives of major international organizations in the course of his travels.