Almas T. Awan received her PhD degree in Chemistry from Campinas State University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. At present, she is running ZikaLab Diagnostics, a startup company. She is an elected member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentee for the Mentoring Women in Business program (London, UK), an alumnus of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology program of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Sciences), and an independent scientific researcher. She is also an independent science diplomat and a founder of the science diplomacy working group within the GYA.
A multidisciplinary group of scientists discusses the past and present status of science diplomacy in South Asia, with particular reference to existing science and technology agreements, COVID-19 diplomacy, and nationalism.