Esther Obonyo is an associate professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering and director of the Global Building Network at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. She served as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2015-2016.


This is an urgent call for greater leadership, collaboration, and action. These need to be guided by visionary and strategic plans so that Higher Education Institutions can rebuild public trust in science and effectively engage in science diplomacy.