Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award

Photo (from left to right) :
AfricaRice Board Chair Dr Peter Matlon, Ms. Maimouna Ouattara,
Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky, Dr Ibnou Dieng, and
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley.

At the 37th Meeting of AfricaRice Board of Trustees, the 2015 AfricaRice Dr Robert Carsky Award was presented on 27 March to AfricaRice Biometrician Ibnou Dieng for his outstanding dedicated service, integrity, technical skills and very positive attitude that have contributed to the success of the Center and to Maimouna Ouattara, Human Resources Coordinator, for demonstrating exceptional commitment to her work in support of the Center’s activities.

To honor the contribution and dedication of the late Dr Robert Carsky, who served as agronomist at the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) until his tragic death in 2004 in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, a prestigious annual award in his memory has been set up by the Center.

Ibnou Dieng has been the brain behind the development of the AfricaRice Open Access and Data Management policy and implementation guidelines. The policy was approved by the Board in 2014 and is aligned with the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets and Open Access Policy. He has also developed tools to facilitate statistical and GxE analysis for scientists involved in the Africa-wide Rice Breeding Task Force, providing support to decisions related to advancement of rice breeding lines.

Maimouna Ouattara has successfully applied knowledge gained from the One Corporate System (OCS) training to ensure that workflows in the Human Resource field at AfricaRice were simplified and then captured properly in OCS in a very efficient manner.

The Carsky Awards for 2015 were presented at the end of the meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees on 27 March by Mrs Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky. 

The AfricaRice Board of Trustees  and members of the AfricaRice family warmly congratulated Ibnou and Maimouna. 

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