Yabebal Tadesse Fantaye Post-doc, Department of Mathematics, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Yabebal hopes to develop cutting-edge statistical and machine learning methods for the analysis of cosmological and social Big Data in Africa. His project aims to explore the African social network and mobile generated Big Data to uncover smart insights on Africa’s socio-economic issues.
TOLU ONI 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW SENIOR LECTURER, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND FAMILY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
FIELD: Urban Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine
Tolu is working on establishing the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), an interdisciplinary research programme for urban health research in Africa. The RICHE program will be a platform to address urban health inequity and to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal
challenges through a coordinated and intersectoral partnership between academia, civil society and government
JOSEPH BEN GELOUN 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT EXPERIENCED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AT MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS, ALBERT EINSTEIN INSTITUTE
FIELD: Mathematical Physics/Quantum Properties
Joseph hopes to determine how the generic features of
the quantum models that he is investigating are helpful for describing the birth of our spacetime and universe.
KOMMINIST WELDEMARIAM 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW RESEARCH SCIENTIST & MANAGER, IBM RESEARCH AFRICA
FIELD: Computer Science/Cognitive Systems
Kommy hopes to create intelligent systems that help shape the
future of education and healthcare in Africa.
NOBLE BANADDA 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MAKERERE
FIELD: Bio-processing Engineering
Noble hopes to create infrastructure value added products from
solid biowaste resources.
ALETTA E SCHUTTE 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW UNIT DIRECTOR, MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, RF/DST SARCHI RESEARCH CHAIR, HYPERTENSION IN AFRICA RESEARCH TEAM, NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY
FIELD: Cardiovascular Physiology
COUNTRY: South Africa
Alta hopes to turnaround the upward trend in hypertension development in Africa. She wants to find alternate ways to prevent hypertension not only by improving the early detection of disease but also by population-wide approaches to significantly reduce risk.
EVELYN GITAU 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW PROGRAMME MANAGER, AFRICAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
FIELD: Cellular Immunology
Evelyn hopes to hopes to develop cheap, point-of-care diagnostic methods that can better stratify malnourished children, to inform on alternative clinical management for those that remain at risk of death due to infection despite nutritional
AXEL NGONGA 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW HEAD OF AGILE KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING AND SEMANTIC WEB (AKSW) LAB/ UNIVERSITY OF LEIPZIG
FIELD: Big Data/Semantic Web Technologies
Axel hopes to create efficient approaches for the time
efficient processing of Big Data at low cost that will facilitate the development of intuitive information systems for
domains such as biomedicine, agriculture and education.
MOHLOPHENI JACKSON MARAKALALA 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW SENIOR LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY, HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN, VISITING SCIENTIST
FIELD: Infectious Diseases
COUNTRY: South Africa
Mohlopheni hopes to discover new therapeutic and diagnostic tools to combat infectious diseases mostly prevalent in Sub-
Saharan Africa. He hopes to contribute towards public dialogues that will help inform better health policies. He also envisions to build capacity in Africa by training PhD students from
WILFRED NDIFON 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW RESEARCHER, AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (AIMS) SOUTH AFRICA/GHANA
FIELD: Biological Dynamics
Wilfred hopes to discover and use the immune system's organising principles to develop a probabilistic theory – akin to a quantum mechanics – that would allow many aspects of the system's structure and functioning to be deduced from first principles.
HALLOWED OLAOLUWA 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
FIELD: Mathematical Physics
Hallowed hopes to provide more answers to questions in quantum ergodicity and quantum chaos and how the answers apply to wider concepts of differentiation, medical imaging and robotics and interception.
MOUHAMED MOUSTAPHA FALL 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW ENDOWED CHAIR IN MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS, AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (AIMS) SENEGAL
Moustapha hopes to understand the interplay between non local geometry and relativistic quantum mechanisms (RQM). Of equal importance, he wants to make mathematics accessible to both the educated and illiterate in Africa by demonstrating the practical applicability of mathematics and benefits of shape optimisation.
ASSANE GUEYE 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
FIELD: Cyber Security
Assane hopes to do for “cybersecurity” what Claude Shannon did in information theory: Come up with fundamental limits and metrics for the security of information and communication systems. Indeed, “to measure is to know – If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” (Lord Kelvin) by demonstrating the practical applicability of mathematics and benefits of shape optimisation.
Ghada Bassioni 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW Associate Professor & Head of Chemistry Division, Ain Shams University
Einstein Challenge: Ghada plans to spearhead initiatives around chemical safety and the use of green chemistry. She hopes to use interdisciplinary approaches to solve societal challenges like fresh water supply.
Sherien Elagroudy 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW Associate Professor, Ain Shams University Founding Director, Egypt Solid Waste Management Center of Excellence
FIELD: Environmental Engineering
Sherien is working to upcycle different waste materials, i.e transform waste materials into new materials or products on the upper end of innovation scale.
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Amanda Weltman 2015/2016 NEF FELLOW South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology Associate Professor, University of Cape Town
FIELD: Theoretical Physics
COUNTRY: South Africa
Amanda hopes to develop a fundamental theory to explain dark energy and the cosmological constant, Einstein's so called fudge factor, that appears to be causing the accelerated expansion of our universe.