When it comes to science and technology, many eyes around the world are currently on Africa. From the rise of “Afrofuturist” science fiction novels to South Africa becoming joint host of the largest science project in the world, the African continent is a veritable hotbed of fascinating scientific developments.

Álvaro Sobrinho, a businessman and philanthropist from Angola, is keen to help Africa achieve its goal of becoming a worldwide centre of technology. Although he is currently based in London, Sobrinho’s heart is very much in his native continent: through the Planet Earth Institute charity, which is helped to set up, he hopes to achieve scientific independence for Africa.

Alvaro Sobrinho’s Vision

 

In an interview with Post2015.org, Sobrinho expresses his regret that Africa has for so long consumed technology from around the world without adding its own developments to the field. He states that Africa has a comparatively low percentage of scientists amongst its population, and aims to redress this by backing research and academia that will change how the continent views the topic of science. As he points out, certain countries in Asia and Latin America underwent a similar process – and he feels that it is high time Africa stepped up to the world scientific stage. He argues that Africa faces a number of issues, from unsatisfactory scientific education to the “brain drain” problem of African scientists moving abroad for better opportunities, but he is confident that these problems can be tackled.

 

Alvaro Sobrinho The Philathropist

Sobrinho has written multiple times for the Huffington Post, outlining ways in which Africa can improve its scientific standing. In one article, he discusses the recent history of South Korea as a relevant success story. Elsewhere, he talks about the Global Goals set forth by the United Nations as a step in the right direction, arguing that they will encourage business growth in Africa and – from there – scientific growth. His writing is full of optimism about the future of science and technology in Africa.

Anybody who wishes to keep up with Álvaro Sobrinho and his projects is encouraged to follow him on Twitter, where he regularly tweets about his work in encouraging the scientific growth of the African continent.

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