Professor Awa Marie Coll Seck is Minister of State to the President of the Republic of Senegal and she chairs the National Committee of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (CN-ITIE). She is also President of the Scientific Committee of the Forum Galien Africa.
Prof. Coll Seck has been twice Minister of Health in Senegal (2001-2003 / 2012-2017). She was named “Best Minister in the World” in Dubai in February 2017 at the World Government Summit.
Prof. Coll Seck had the responsibility of directing the Department of Infectious Diseases at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Prof. Coll Seck was Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) from 2004 to 2012 and Director of the Department of Policy, Strategy and Research of UNAIDS (1996-2001).
Prof. Coll Seck is on the Board of Directors of: Resolve to Save Lives, AFRIVAC, GAVI-the Vaccine Alliance, Grand Challenges Canada, Exemplars in Global Health, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Prof. Coll Seck is a member of the Jury of the ISA Prize for Services to Humanity (Bahrain), of the Noguchi Africa Prize (Japan) and of the Virchow Prize (Germany). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program (USA), of the ANRS steering committee | Emerging infectious diseases (France) and a new member of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) / (Malaysia).
Prof. Coll Seck has received numerous honors, including Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite of Senegal, Burkina Faso and Gambia, as well as the the Palmes académiques, Ordre du Mérite and the Légion d’Honneur of France. She has also received the Japan Merit Certificate.
Prof. Coll Seck is a specialist in infectious diseases and bacteriology-virology, and the author of more than 150 scientific publications.