Prof. Dr. Francine Ntoumi

Fondation Congolaise Pour la Recherche Medicale (FCRM), Congo

Coordinator of PANDORA and CANTAM networks in Africa

Research interests: Malaria, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Antimicrobial Resistance, Chikungunya, SARS-COV-2, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and capacity development.

Prof. Francine Ntoumi is founder, chairperson and executive director of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research, Republic of Congo, lecturer in immunology at the University of Marien Ngouabi, Republic of Congo, and research group leader at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is coordinator of the PANDORA-ID-Net consortium and collaborates with Africa CDC, IRD, African Academy of Sciences and WHO-AFRO. She is also the coordinator of the Central African Clinical Research Network (CANTAM). She is a strong advocate and leader for “Women in Science in Africa”. 

She is a member of several scientific committees and international scientific networks in Africa and Europe and serves as a reviewer for a number of leading scientific journals. In 2015 and 2016, she was awarded the Georg Forster Prize (Germany) and the Christophe Mérieux Prize (France).

She is responsible for coordination, management, communication, advocacy and networking with African stakeholders and was instrumental in the COVID 19 pandemic, the Chikungunya outbreak response and the preparation for the Ebola outbreak in the Republic of Congo.

In PACE-UP, she will coordinate all activities between PANDORA and CANTAM network.