Meet the 2020 AfOx Visiting Fellows

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We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme. This year 21 researchers from 14 countries have been selected from a competitive pool of more than 200 applicants. The Fellows will spend 8 weeks in Oxford and will be hosted in our partner colleges and departments during their time in Oxford.  

The AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme is now in its fourth year, and the growing community of AfOx Fellows stands at 57 research leaders from 47 institutions across Africa working in a range of fields such as astrophysics, conservation, economics, law, marine science, mathematics and medical humanities. Previous Fellows have gone on to receive further research funding from external sources, prestigious awards, published their research and extended their global networks.  

Established in 2017, the AfOx Visiting Fellows Programme is designed to provide exceptional African researchers an opportunity to form international networks and focus on a project of their choice, away from teaching and administrative duties at their home institutions. Open to all research fields, the Fellowship supports researchers to spend 8 weeks at Oxford. 

While the Fellows were not able to physically visit Oxford due to the pandemic, we are developing a suite of tools for virtual engagement to augment the physical visit.

Find out more about the 2020 AfOx Visiting Fellows and their research plans below. 

AfOx Collaborative Fellows
  • Dr Tolulope Adeleye, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria: Dr Adeleye will be hosted by the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford to work on her project 'Improving the efficiency of hydrolysis in Anaerobic Digesters'
  • Dr Nosiphiwo Zwane, University of Eswatini, Eswatini: Dr Zwane will be hosted by the Department of Physics at Oxford to work on her project 'Cosmological tests of Cosmic Acceleration due to Inflationary Quantum Fluctuations'
  • Prof Abera Kenay Tura, Haramaya University, Ethiopia: Prof Tura will be hosted by the Department of Population Health at Oxford to work on his project 'Collaboration to establish the Ethiopian Obstetric Survey Systems (EthOSS)'
  • Prof Ameha Muluneh, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia: will be hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford to work on his project 'An Investigation of deformation patterns in the Main Ethiopian Rift'
  • Dr Cindy George, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa: Dr George will be hosted by the The George Institute for Global Health to work on her project Piloting the African network for chronic kidney disease (CKD) epidemiology: the CKD-AFRICA Collaboration
  • Dr Peter Amadi, Imo State University, Nigeria: Dr Amadi will be hosted by the Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford to work on his project 'Impact of Zika virus infection on the metabolic state of microglia, and neural progenitors'
  • Dr Dimakatso Gumede, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa: Dr Gumede will be hosted by the Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford to work on his project 'Generation of genetically-modified iPSC-derived macrophages'
  • Dr James Njunge, African Research Collaboration for Health, Kenya: will be hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford to work on his project 'Is systemic LPS a marker of intestinal dysfunction and a driver of systemic inflammation and mortality among acutely ill undernourished children'
  • Dr Mkunde Chachage, University of Dar es Salaam-Mbeya College of Health and Allied Sciences-Tanzania: will be hosted by the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at Oxford to work on her project 'Establishing a collaboration for studying dysbiosis in the gut microbiome of HIV-helminth co-infected Africans/Tanzanians'
  • Dr Sara Abdel Gaber, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt: will be hosted by the Department of Materials at Oxford to work on her project 'Development of natural polymer-based scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration' 
  • Dr Sadio Soukouna, University of Bamako, Mali: will be hosted by the Department of International Development at Oxford to work on her project 'Mechanisms and figures of local governance of mobility in Africa'
  • Dr Anani Badje, Programme PACCI, Côte d'Ivoire: will be hosted by the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford to work on his project 'Emerging infectious diseases in the context of climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa'
  • Dr Ismaila Emahi, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana: will be hosted by the Department of Chemistry at Oxford to work on his project 'Electrode Modification Strategies for Toxic Metal Detection via Voltammetry'
AfOx-ASC Fellows
  • Dr Asante Mtenje, University of Malawi, Malawi: will be hosted by the African Studies Centre at Oxford to work on her project '(Un)Dressing the nation: Power, Dress and Sexuality in Malawian Popular Art'
  • Dr George M. Bob-Milliar, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana: will be hosted by the African Studies Centre at Oxford to work on his project 'Party Politics and capital mobilization in in Ghana'
AfOx-TORCH Fellows
  • Dr Endalkachew Hailu Guluma, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia: will be hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities at Oxford to work on his project 'An Ecocritical Revaluation of Traditional Environmental Thought and Ecological Knowledge of the Aari of Southern Ethiopia'
  • Dr Gcobani Qambela, University of Johannesburg, South Africa: will be hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities at Oxford to work on his project 'The Anthropology of Boyhoods'
AfOx-Law Fellow
  • Dr Emile Sunjo, University of Buea, Cameroon: will be hosted by the Faculty of Law at Oxford to work on his project 'From peace-breakers to peace-makers? The role of the Anglophone diaspora in the Cameroon’s Separatist Conflict'
AfOx-TRADE Fellows
  • Dr Krossy Mavakala Kalunseviko, Regional Postgraduate School for Integrated Planning and Management of Tropical Forests and Territories (ERAIFT), DR Congo: will be hosted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science at Oxford to work on his project 'The flow of Wildmeat from Rural DR Congo'
  • Suzanne Mogue Kamga, Congo Basin Institute, Cameroon: will be hosted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science at Oxford to work on her project 'Ecological sustainability and conservation of Bush Mango under Cocoa agroforestry systems'
  • Dr Alice Karuri, Strathmore University, Kenya: will be hosted by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science at Oxford to work on her project 'Sustainability in global commodity chains: an institutional analysis of farmer organisations'