Improving lives through
sustainable bioinnovations

Cohort 4

Dr Aneth David, Tanzania

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Aneth is an academic and research scientist in the field of biotechnology. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her expertise is on utilizing biotechnological tools for sustainable development in agriculture and health. She teaches and conducts research on microbiomes, antimicrobial resistance and microbial biotechnology.

Aneth is also a science communicator and advocate who envisions science taking a more prominent role in not only the daily lives in our community, but also in policy development and decision making. Her passion for science communication and advocacy has seen her engage in various initiatives to advance science and technology in Tanzania and Africa. She co-founded Tanzania Human Genetics Organization (THGO), an initiative that aims at expanding human research and application in Tanzania, the Open Science Community of Tanzania and Africa and the Biotechnology Society of Tanzania (BST). She serves in various boards including the THGO board of directors and the advisory board for the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB).  She has served in several international positions that aim at promotion of science including as an eLife ambassador, a country lead for Women in Tech Africa (WiTA) and an ASAPbio fellow.

Aneth has been recognised for her role in science advocacy through various awards including the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) ambassador prize (2015), Malkia wa Nguvu nomination (2018), Tanzanian sheroes (2018) and NEF women in STEM careers award (2022).

She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).