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Romain Murenzi is the Executive Director of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world. He has been a member of the Fossey Fund’s board of trustees since 2002. He is currently a visiting professor at the Maryland Institute of Advanced Computer Studies, a senior scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and vice-president of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

From August 2001 to March 2006 he was Rwanda’s minister of education, science, technology and scientific research, and from 2006 to 2009 he was minister in the Office of the President in charge of science and technology, including information communication technologies. Earlier, he chaired Clark Atlanta University’s Department of Physics. Murenzi is a member of the Advisory Board of Scientists Without Borders, a board member of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and a member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Basic Science Program.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Burundi and a Master of Science in Physics and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. His research interests include leading edge technology such as continuous wavelets application to multidimensional signal processing. He is co-author of Two-Dimensional Wavelets and their Relatives (Cambridge, 2004).