KEMRI scientist Faith Osier has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world who will deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver.  A full list of the new TED Fellows and Senior Fellows is available at

Congratulating Dr. Osier, the Acting Director KEMRI, Dr. Yeri Kombe said “we are very proud of Dr. Osier and we want to join the rest of the world in congratulating her and this shows that we as an Institute continue to provide leadership in health research not only in Africa but the world over’

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 453 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have collectively been viewed more than 178 million times. In its nine-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network – made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond — leading to many meaningful and unexpected collaborations.

Such collaborations include BRCK, the self-powered, mobile WiFi router that can work anywhere, even in the harshest conditions; Fine Acts, the international collective bringing together artists and activists to instigate social change; and Brick x Brick, a public art performance inspired by the 2016 election that builds human “walls” against misogyny.

“We are proud that our 2018 Fellows comprise a truly global, cross-disciplinary group of individuals, each of whom has already had extraordinary impact in their fields. They are boldly using technology, the arts, science, advocacy and beyond to address some the most pressing topics of our day – including campus sexual assault, refugee health, a free and independent press, and climate change,” said TED Fellows Deputy Director Shoham Arad.

Once a year, the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers, encouraging innovators over 18 years old to apply.