Moroccan-born scientist Moncef Slaoui completed his doctoral studies in Belgium and the moved to the US for further research at Harvard. In his career of almost 3 decades at GlaxoSmithKline, he oversaw the development of many vaccines. He later headed Operation Warp Speed, the US government’s initiative to develop COVID-19 vaccines.
Currently the Chief Scientist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Ismahane Elouafi is considered one of the twenty most influential women scientists in the Islamic world. Having twenty years of experience in agricultural research and holding top posts in different distinguished organizations, she is known to promote underutilized crops and use of non-fresh water in agriculture.