General Assembly of the EDCTP Association

The principal responsibility of the General Assembly is to ensure that all necessary activities are undertaken to achieve the statutory objectives of EDCTP, and that its resources are properly and efficiently managed. The General Assembly entrusts the management of the Association and the oversight of the Secretariat to the EDCTP Association Board.

The voting members of General Assembly are the countries participating in the EDCTP Association. The African Union, the European Union and the World Health Organization also send representatives as observers.

Currently, Prof. Yazdan Yazdanpanah is the Chair of the General Assembly and Chair of the Board.

Member countries and their representatives

Angola (AO)
(Aspirant Member)
Dr Joana Filipa Machado de Morais Afonso, National Institute of Public Health
Dr Moisés Francisco, Angolan Health Research Centre

Austria (AT)
Dr Christiane Druml (Member of the Association Board), Medical University of Vienna
Dr Hemma Bauer, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research

Burkina Faso (BF)
Dr Sodiomon Bienvenu Sirima, Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme (CNRFP)
Dr Ali Sie, Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna (CNRST)

Cameroon (CM)
Prof. Sinata Koulla Shiro, Ministry of Public Health
Prof. Anne-Cécile Zoung Kanyi Bissek, Ministry of Public Health

Congo (CG)
Prof. Francine Ntoumi, University Marien Ngouabi
Dr Arnaud Wilfrid Etou Ossibi, University Marien Ngouabi

Denmark (DK)
Dr Mikkel Lyndrup, Statens Serum Institute

Ethiopia (ET)
Dr Abebe Genetu Bayih, Armauer Hansen Research Institute
Dr Ebba Abate, Ethiopian Public Health Institute

Finland (FI)
Dr Jarmo Wahlfors, Academy of Finland
Dr Sirpa Nuotio, Academy of Finland

France (FR)
Prof. Yazdan Yazdanpanah (Chair of the General Assembly and Association Board), Aviesan, Institut thématique multi-organismes: Immunologie, inflammation, infectiologie et microbiologie (Itmo I3M)
Prof. Yves Lévy, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm)
Dr Virginie Sivan, Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation

Gabon (GA)
Prof. Ayola Akim Adegnika, Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL)
Prof. Jean-Bernard Lekana Douki, Université des Sciences de la Santé

The Gambia (GM)
Dr Mustapha Bittaye, Minister of Health
Mrs Phebian I.G. Sagnia, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

Germany (DE)
Andrea Spelberg, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Dr Detlef Böcking, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt e.V.

Ghana (GH)
Dr Abraham Hodgson, Ghana Health Service
Prof. Kwadwo Koram, University of Ghana

Ireland (IE)
Mr Vincent Maher, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Mr Patrick Empey, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Italy (IT)
Dr Pietro Alano, Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Dr Benedetta Mattioli, Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Luxembourg (LU)
Dr Helena Burg, Fonds National de la Recherche

Mali (ML)
Prof. Abdoulaye Djimdé, University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako
Prof. Mahamadou Aly Thera, University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako

Mozambique (MZ)
Dr Ilesh Jani, Ministry of Health
Dr Eusebio Macete, Health Research Centre of Manhiça

Netherlands (NL)
Dr Annie Vestjens, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr Gerrie Tuitert, NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development

Niger (NE)
Mrs Sakina Habou Ocquet, Ministry of Public Health
Dr Halima Boubacar Maïnassara, Centre de Recherche Médicale et Sanitaire (CERMES)

Nigeria (NG)
Mr Godwin Brooks Federal Ministry of Health
Prof. Babatunde L. Salako, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

Norway (NO)
Dr Sigurd Røtnes, Norwegian Directorate of Health
Mrs Karin Kålsås, Research Council of Norway

Portugal (PT)
Dr Ricardo Pereira, Foundation for Science and Technology
Dr Ana Quartin, Foundation for Science and Technology

Senegal (SN)
Prof. Alioune Dieye, University Cheikh Anta Diop
Dr Youssoupha Ndiaye, Ministère de la santé et de l’action sociale

South Africa (ZA)
Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, Department of Science and Technology
Mr Daan du Toit, Department of Science and Technology
Mr Toto Matshediso, Department of Science and Technology
Ms Vinny Pillay, Department of Science and Technology
Prof. Jeffrey Mphahlele (Vice-Chair of the General Assembly and the Association Board), South African Medical Research Council

Spain (ES)
Dr Tomás López-Peña Ordoñez, Instituto de Salud Carlos III

Sweden (SE)
Prof. Hannah Akuffo, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Dr Markus Moll, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Switzerland (CH)
(Aspirant Member)
Prof. Juerg Utzinger, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Tanzania (TZ)
Dr Khadija Malima, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology

Uganda (UG)
Dr Sam Okware, Uganda National Health Research Organisation (UNHRO)
Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, Uganda Virus Research Institute

United Kingdom (GB)
Dr Mark Palmer, Medical Research Council
Dr Martin Broadstock, Medical Research Council
Dr Bianca D’Souza, Department of Health and Social Care

Zambia (ZM)
Dr Godfrey Biemba (Member of the Association Board), National Health Research Authority
Hon. Prof. Nkandu Luo, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Vocational Training, Science and Technology

Observers to the General Assembly and their representatives

European Commission: Research and Innovation
Dr Barbara Kerstiëns, Head of Unit E2 – Combating Diseases
Dr Gianpietro Van de Goor, Principal Policy Officer for International Cooperation
Mrs Inmaculada Peñas-Jiménez, Policy Officer in Unit E2 – Combating Diseases

European Commission: Development Cooperation
Dr Jan Pähler, Head of Sector Health,
Mr Kevin McCarthy, Policy Officer for Development Cooperation on Global Health
Ms Mar Martinez, Programme Manager – Health

African Union Commission: Social Affairs
Dr Olawale Maiyegun, Director for Social Affairs of the African Union, Commission of Social Affairs

World Health Organization: Regional Office for Africa
Dr Joseph Cabore, Director for Programme Management, World Health Organisation African Region

Prof. Catherine Hankins, Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee.
Dr Leonardo Simão, High Representative for Africa
Prof. Marcel Tanner, High Representative for  Europe

Agenda and Minutes of General Assembly meetings

22-23 May 2019 | Agenda and Summary of decisions and actions

22 May 2019 | joint GA-SAC meeting: Agenda and Summary of decisions and actions

15 September 2018 | Agenda and Minutes

09 May 2018 | Agenda and Minutes

08 May 2018 | Agenda and Minutes (joint meeting of General Assembly and Scientific Advisory Committee)

22-23 May 2017 | Agenda and Minutes

Membership of the EDCTP Association

Membership of the EDCTP Association is open to:

  • Sovereign states from the European Union (EU)
  • Other sovereign states associated to the EU’s Framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities (Horizon2020)
  • Sovereign states from sub-Saharan Africa
  • (Groups of) institutions specifically mandated for this purpose by the aforementioned states
  • Alliances of sovereign states and/or mandated institutions from the EU, and
  • Alliances of sovereign states and/or mandated institutions from sub-Saharan Africa

Membership is regulated by the Articles of Association. Member countries of the EDCTP Association are also called Participating States.

What is the membership application process?
Countries interested in becoming Aspirant Members or Members of the EDCTP Association are required to apply for membership by submitting an official written request addressed to the EDCTP Executive Director with a copy to the Chairperson of the Board.

The letter should be sent by email to Ms Lara Pandya ( and the original should be sent to the EDCTP Europe Office by post.

Upon receiving the application for membership the EDCTP Executive Secretariat will screen the application to verify that the applicant meets the obligations of membership of the Association as specified in the Articles of Association and the Internal Regulations (IR) of the Association.

If all obligations are met the request for membership will be tabled at the next meeting of General Assembly of the EDCTP-Association. An application to join the EDCTP Association as Aspirant Member or Member must be unanimously approved by all EDCTP Association members entitled to vote. The country will be informed in writing on the outcome of the vote.

The official letter of request

The official request should be submitted in the form of a letter signed by an authorised government official confirming the country’s interest to become an Aspirant Member or Member of the Association and its agreement to respect all rules and procedures of the Association if they are admitted as an Aspirant Member or Member.

The request should follow the structure of the model letter of interest and should:

  • State the name of the government ministry or mandated institution that will represent the country or alliance of countries as an Aspirant Member or Member of the Association
  • Nominate delegates who will represent the Aspirant Member or Member on the General Assembly (GA), stating their name(s), positions and full contact details and indicate who will be the lead GA representative and the deputy(ies)
  • Confirm active participation of at least one delegate in the GA (two meetings per year) and agree to observe all rights and obligations as set out in the Articles of Association and the Internal Regulations (IR) of the Association, including providing full financial support for the participation of GA representatives in the meetings
  • If applying to become a Member, agree that the country or alliance of countries will commit to a minimum contribution of € 200,000 per year (cash, in-kind or a combination) to activities within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme, either individually or as an alliance
  • If applying to become a Member:
    1) agree to submit annually by 15 September an annual Participating State (PS) work plan outlining the activities within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme that the country will support, known as Participating States’ Initiated Activities (PSIAs);
    2) agree to report on the commitments for these activities as these commitments may count towards the annual membership contribution.

Documents and other information

EDCTP Association


European Union