Natnael Tilahun Sinshaw, a young researcher from Addis Ababa University of Science and Technology (AASTU) in Ethiopia, has been awarded the ENI 2023 Prize in the category "Early Stage Research: Young Talent from Africa".
The ENI Prize, launched in 2007 by the Italian National Hydrocarbon Company (ENI), has become an international benchmark for research in the fields of energy and the environment.
"Early Stage Research: Africa's Young Talent Awards" is one of the six sections of the ENI Awards, along with the Energy Frontiers, Advanced Environmental Solutions, Energy Transition and Young Researcher of the Year awards, as well as the ENI Innovation Recognition.
The aim of the "Research Starts: Young Talents from Africa Award" is to help new generations of African researchers to emerge, offering them the opportunity to follow a doctoral course in cooperation with prestigious Italian universities and research institutes and supporting their research and innovations on the various scientific topics promoted by the ENI Award.
Natnael Tilahun Sinshaw is one of the beneficiaries of the call for proposals on "Improving inclusion and gender equality through AI in sub-Saharan Africa" and is currently working on a project entitled "Gender diversity and equity in the AI ecosystem: an SLR of African languages".
This project is being carried out as part of the Gender and Responsible AI Network Initiative, the aim of which is to advance inclusion and gender equality in sub-Saharan Africa through the development, responsible deployment and local innovation of artificial intelligence. GRAIN is supported by a consortium made up of IPAR, Sunbird AI and CSEA, and funded as part of the Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D Africa) programme, with financial support from Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).