I welcome the opportunity to serve ICSU in its Regional Office for Africa (ROA). Like many other stakeholders, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing the vast African continent, and sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Within the context of the role of the ICSU Regional Offices, i.e. to promote the further development and strengthening of science in the context of regional priorities, and bring the science of developing countries closer to the ICSU Family, ICSU ROA acknowledges the competing priorities of the African continent, as well as the scarcity of resources to honour these priorities. Therefore we would very much like to engage meaningfully with all scientists undertaking research for Africa and with Africa, including those in the Diaspora and those in other countries with an interest for Africa. Only if we work with one another and not against each other can we achieve the small milestones necessary to develop to a sustainable society we strive to be.