Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue Honored for Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, the Deputy Editor- in-Chief of UAPS who is also chair and professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University received the Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy Award in a ceremony on November 5 celebrating research, extension and staff excellence at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Eloundou-Enyegue’s scientific work addresses the implications of demographic change for socioeconomic development and inequality, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. A Cornell faculty member for the past 15 years, he is at the forefront of promoting science to influence global development policy, consulting with and advising international organizations. His emphasis on the importance of scientific evidence in shaping development policy exemplifies the qualifications for this award, said Kathryn J. Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS.
« Parfait’s expertise at the nexus of science and policy is critically important as we try to understand the economic and equality implications of a global population expected to exceed 9 billion by the middle of this century, » said Boor.
Much of Parfait’s research is policy-relevant, but it is his ability to translate scientific findings into action items that has led to numerous senior-level consultancies for a range of institutions, including the United States Agency for International Development and the World Bank, among others.
In 2017, at the United Nation’s General Assembly meeting, he was the only academic invited to speak on a high-level panel alongside several African presidents. Currently, he is part of a 15-member panel of scientists drafting the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development report.
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