Science Officer, International Council for Science
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
As Science Officer at the International Council for Science, Charles Ebikeme oversees a suite of science programmes on a diverse range of issues such as urbanisation, health, and sustainability. Charles provides scientific advice to UN processes as well as convening scientists around the biggest research challenges of the 21st century.
Charles is a former biomedical scientist, writer and commentator on science, policy, and global health issues. He tweets about science, policy, and global health at @cebikeme.
In a previous role, Charles has worked at UNESCO for the International Social Science Council on early career scientist capacity development projects as well as redeveloping and revolutionizing the organisation's communications platform. Charles brought together early career social and natural scientists on topics ranging from food security to ecosystem services, creating a long-lasting group of networked researchers working together and using their talents in the international science policy arena. Charles has worked as a researcher at the Université Bordeaux II in France, in one of 1100 labs at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Europe's largest fundamental science agency comprising of 21 Nobel prize winners and 12 Fields medalists.
His research elucidated the inner workings of energy metabolism of the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, exploring the life cycle of the parasite that causes epidemics across Africa in both man and animals. He has degrees in Biochemistry from University College London, a Masters in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. His PhD thesis explored the metabolism of parasitic diseases such as African trypanosomiasis, and investigated the multitude of ways we discover novel drugs and drug targets for treatment of the disease.