Gayo Diallo is an associate professor in Computer Science at the University of Bordeaux and the leader of the Computer Research Applied to Health research group of the Bordeaux Population Health Research Center. He is also an associated member of the Bordeaux Laboratory in Computer Science (LaBRI). Gayo has an international reputation in traditional medicine knowledge modelling, phytovigilance, semantic web, knowledge modeling, data aggregation and reasoning, databases and information retrieval integration. He is an invited editor for the Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems. Gayo leads the efforts around the Herbal Traditional Medicine Database (TRADIMED) and the West African Herbal-based Traditional Medicine Knowledge Graph (WATRIMed), with the goal of finding solutions to the inaccessibility, unaffordability or unavailability of conventional medicines and services in Western Africa through formalisation and regulation of traditional medicine knowledge.
Berit Smestad Paulsen is a full professor in Pharmacy at the University of Oslo with a strong expertise in pharmacognosy, that is the study of medicinal drugs obtained from plants or other natural sources, ethnobotanical research as well as on evaluating the bioactivity of medicinal plants. She has supervised 8 Phd theses and over 30 Master students on topics related to medicinal plants, especially in the context of West African traditional medicine, building on a strong network of international collaborations that she brings in this research programme. She is the leader of a research group that is investigating the bioactive compounds and the effects of medicinal plants from Mali and South Africa. In collaboration with groups from Iceland and China they are also working on bioactive polysaccharides from lichen and microalgae.