Debating Africa

Sarah Anyang Agbor

Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission


H.E. Professor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor, from Cameroon, was elected in 2017 as the new Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission (HRST-AUC). H.E. Professor Anyang Agbor has over Twenty (20) years’ experience in the field of Academia. She is a Professor of African and Commonwealth Literature. She was Inspector of Academic Affairs No. 1 at the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon. Previously, she was the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World (DVC-RCB) in the University of Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon. Professor Anyang Agbor has written a number of academic Books and Publications to contribute to scholarship. She was Fulbright Scholar –in- Residence (SIR) to the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA in 2004-2005.

 Presently, Commissioner heads three divisions namely; Human Resource and Youth Development; Education; and Science and Technology and several bodies. She provides guidance and vision to the HRST Mandate on Education, Science and Technology, Youth and Human Resources.  Significantly, she ensures the coordination of AU policies and programmes on human resource development matters, science and technology.

In addition, she encourage and provide technical support to Member States and RECs in the implementation of continental strategies such as CESA 16-24, STISA 2024 and the TVET strategy. Furthermore, she plays key roles in promoting research and development and inter-African cooperation on education and training; encouraging youth empowerment and participation in the integration of the continent.

 She has participated in many Forums and Conferences as Keynote Speaker representing the African Union Commission. She heads several bodies: Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (STRC) based in Nigeria; African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) based in Equatorial Guinea, Pan African University (PAU) with Rectorate in Yaoundé with five institutes based in Kenya (Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI); Nigeria (The Pan African University Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (including Health and Agriculture) (PAULESI)); Algeria (Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change (PAUWES); and Cameroon (PAU Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, PAUGHSS, and South Africa to host the Pan African University Institute for Space Sciences. Also, The Pan African Virtual and E University, (PAVEU) Yaoundé. International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (CIEFFA) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The Pan African Institute for Education for Development (IPED)/African Observatory for Education.

 Notably, she is Member of the following bodies: Coalition on Media and Education for Development Africa Forum; Governing Board Member, Vice Chair and standing committee member of the UNESCO INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING 2019 to 31 December 2022 and Member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Education – Journal for Lifelong Learning (IRE). She is Vice President of the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE), and member of the African Progress Group (APG) amongst others.

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