Bekolle, David, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2009: Mathematics, Analysis and Geometry
Born in 1953, Cameroon

Prof. Bekolle obtained his Doctorat 3è Cycle in 1978 and PhD in 1984 at University of Orleans. He held his first position in France at the University of Bretagne as Associate Lecturer, Associate Senior Lecturer and in charge of laboratory analysis. He then moved to Cameroon and held positions as Associate Professor, Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and became Professor in 2003 at the University of Yaoundé I.

He has been Vice Rector of the University of Ngaoundéré. His research interests are in Mathematics and classical analysis; partial differential equations, numerical analysis, probability theory, application of Mathematics and mathematical modeling of the epidemiology and infectious diseases. He has collaborations with many professional organizations and Scientific Institutions. He has published 27 articles, 22 papers of research and seminars. He is the founding Editor in Chief of the Journal IMHOTEP and has national and international recognitions.

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Ekosse Ekosse, George-Ivo, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2009; Environmental and Earth Sciences
Born in 1960, Cameroon

PhD; DTech; FAAS

Academic qualifications: Higher Diploma in Applied Chemistry (Ibadan Poly), Postgraduate Diploma in Geological Sciences (ASUTECH), Master of Technology in Extraction Metallurgy (UJ), Master & Doctor of Technology in Environmental Health (CUT), PhD in Soil Mineralogy (UNIN), Certificates in Higher Education Management (UNIVEN), Project Management (UJ), Advanced Project Management (Thomson Netg & UL), Strategic Management (UNISA), and Governance, Risks & Ethics (Ernst & Young, ID & UJ). Research interests: geochemistry & mineralogy of soils and clay minerals, and environmental & human health.

He is Professor of Applied Clay Mineralogy & Environmental Geology since 2008, Secretary General of African Academy of Sciences (AAS) (2014 -) & Member of its Advisory Committee on Space, Earth and Environmental Sciences (2014-) and its Management Committee and Governing Council; Life Member: Geological Society of Africa (GSAf); and Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID); Member of Soil Science Society of Southern Africa (SSSSA), and International Association for the Study of Clays (AIPEA). He is Deputy Chairperson of Limpopo Research Forum (LRF) of South Africa; and National Research Foundation (NRF) C2 rated Researcher 2007-2012, 2013-2018.

Awards include: Indiana Black Expo, 1992; Briscoe Scientific (UK), 1996/1997; ESKOM Development Foundation, 2002; Ron Jenkins (USA), 2003; and INORMS-SARIMA, 2010; and leader of both Clays and Clay Minerals in Africa; and Human and Enzootic Geophagia in Southern Africa Projects. Importantly, he convened the 1st and 2nd International Conferences on Human and Enzootic Geophagia in Southern Africa; and chaired the Scientific Committee of the 1st International Conference on Clays and Clay Minerals in Africa; and the 1st and 2nd UNIVEN-WSU International Research Conferences.

He is Director of Research and Innovation, University of Venda; has worked in Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, USA, Botswana and South Africa. Some previous positions held include Director: Research Development, Walter Sisulu University; Professor and Coordinator of Geology, Mining and Minerals Programs, University of Limpopo; Scientist in charge of the X-Ray Diffraction Unit, University of Botswana; Visiting Research Associate, Clay Minerals Research Laboratory, and Academic Tutor, Afro-American Tutorial Program, Indiana University, USA. Professor Ekosse has assisted, trained, supervised, promoted several postgraduate/masters/doctoral students, and continues to do so.

He has authored/co-authored 4 books; 10 book chapters; 138 refereed journal articles; 55 refereed articles in conference/workshop proceedings; six technical reports; 42 conference/workshop/seminar papers; one article in popular magazine; five edited works; two published book reviews; five articles in non-refereed journals; and 10 posters. In the last 15 years, he has organised 25 different scientific fieldworks in Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa & Swaziland; 5 Workshops, 6 International Conferences and Symposium. His research findings have been presented in Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Spain, South Africa, Swaziland, and USA.

Three recent and representative publications:

Diko M, Ekosse G, Ogola J (2016) Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Thermal analyses of kaolinitic Clays from South Africa and Cameroon. Acta Geodyn Geomater 13 (2) (182) DOI: 10.13168/AGG.2015.0052

Ngole-Jeme VM, Ekosse GE (2015) A comparative analyses of granulometry, mineral composition and major and trace element concentrations in soils commonly ingested by humans. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph120808933, 12, 8933-8955

Ekosse GE, Mwitondi KS (2015) Principal component analysis evaluate the variations in major elements in kaolin deposit. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia 29 (1), 41-51

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Fofack, Hyppolyte, Dr.

Fellow of AAS since 2006; Economics and Mathematics
Born in 1963, Cameroon

Dr. Fofack obtained his PhD in 1998 from the American University of Washington D.C in the USA. He has served as Lecturer in France (1989 - 1991) and USA (1994 - 1997) then joined the World Bank in 1995 as Research Economist for the Poverty Reduction and Social Development (1995).

From this time, he has been serving the same institution in different countries and since 2002, he was appointed at the World Bank Institute as Senior Economist and Leader Macroeconomics and Policy Assessment Skills Program. He is contributing to the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Institute supported by institutions such as TWAS and AAS.

His research interests include: Banking and finance in economic growth and development, perspectives in economic and financial integration, dependency structure between official and parallel exchange rates in dual exchange regimes, micro-macro linkage and design of growth strategies, public expenditure allocation and growth. He has published 3 books, 22 articles (2005).

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Kofane, Timoleon Crepin, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006; Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Born in 1956, Cameroon

Prof. Kofane obtained his PhD in 1987 from the University of Bourgogne in France. He has been Head of the Mechanical Laboratory of Physics of the faculty of Science at the University of Yaoundé I and is the originator of the parameterized double-well potential used in phase transitions in quantum tunneling. More recently, he has pioneered a Hamiltonian which describes the spin dynamics of ferromagnets subject to ease-plane anisotropy and a parameterize Zeeman energy.

His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, solution theory, chaos theory, statistical mechanics, classical and quantum mechanics and have made important contributions in the area of the theories of solutions and chaos including continuous and discrete non linear systems, classical and quantum systems. He has written more than 100 papers and is Senior Associate of the Abdu Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). He is a member of many professional Societies and Scientific Institutions.

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NGADJUI, Bonaventure T. (Prof.)

Field: Chemistry
Gender: Male
Country: Cameroon

Prof. Bonaventure T. Ngadjui has mainly been involved in the study of the active components of plants used in indigenous medicine in Cameroon. His research approach has progressively been directed to the bioassay-guided isolation, leading to the isolation of several compounds from plants.

He has investigated, among others, the constituents of the cameroonian medicinal plants Alchornea cordifolia, Dorstenia mannii, Dorstenia poinsettifolia, Dorstenia involuta, Dorstenia zenkeri, Dorstenia prorepen, Bridelia micrantha Harungana madagascariensis, Vismia laurentii, Eriosema glomerata. Several new secondary metabolites were isolated from the active extracts, from which he was able to identify several promising antiinflammatory, antimicrobial and alpha-glucosidase inhibitor compounds, using the untapped potential Cameroonian medicinal plants.

These compounds are of high interest for the pharmaceutical industry. The results were reported in journals of high international repute (more than 130 publications).

His research interests have also expanded to the isolation of several bioactive compounds including plumericin and isoplumericin, two carcinogenic compounds, from the Cameroonian medicinal plant Plumeria rubra. These two compounds showed strong antifungal activities with radii of zones of inhibition of 28 and 25 mm, respectively, compared to the potent commercialized antifungal compound Nystatin (zone of inhibition 20 mm). Fractions containing these compounds were also very active and cannot be recommended for healing a cold or related disease by the local population due to their carcinogenic properties.

Most of these scientific results were obtained in collaboration with foreign scientists such as Prof. Abegaz Berhanu at the University of Botswana, Prof. H. Laatsch at the Department of Chemistry, University of Goettingen, Prof. K. Krohn at the Department of Chemistry, University of Paderborn, Germany, Prof. J.D. Connolly at the Department of Chemistry, University of Glasgow and Prof. M. Iqbal Choudhary at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan. Prof. Ngadjui has been appointed as head of the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Traditional Pharmacopoeia in the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Yaounde 1.

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Titanji, Vincent P. K, Prof.

Fellow of AAS (2005); (Field) Biochemistry
Born in 1947, Cameroon

Prof. Vincent P.K. Titanji is currently an Honorary Dean at the Faculty of Science, University of Buea. He obtained his PhD degree (1978) and ‘Docent’ title (1988) in Physiological Chemistry from Uppsala University and his MSc degree in Animal Biochemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1973.

Subsequently, he founded and headed the Biotechnology Center, Nkolbisson, University of Yaounde I (1986-1996) and the Biotechnology Unit, University of Buea (1997-2012). He was appointed to the University of Buea as the Dean of the Faculty of Science (1993-1998) Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching (1998-2005) and Vice Chancellor or Rector (2006-2012).

As an expert in Protein Chemistry and Metabolic Regulation he initially focused on the elucidation the role of protein phosphorylation-dephosphorylation reactions in regulating glycolysis in the liver and the morphogenesis of the blinding parasite Onchocerca volvulus. Coordinating an interdisciplinary team on the applications of Molecular Biology techniques to tropical diseases, he and his colleagues devised diagnostic tests for river blindness, cloned vaccine candidates and identified new drug leads from medicinal plants for the treatment of  river blindness and malaria .

More recently his group has characterized new clades of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Cameroon and probed into their susceptibilities to first line TB drugs. He has successfully trained 18 PhD graduates, 60 MSc students and has published more than 110 research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. VPK Titanji was instrumental in the creation of the Cameroon Biochemical Society and has been President and Secretary General respectively of the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB) and the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS). He is a Knight of the Cameroon Order of Valour, a Chartered Biologist (C. Biol), and Fellow (FI Biol) of the Institute of Biology, London; a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (FTWAS) and a recipient of the IFS/DANIDA Prize.

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Francis Beng Nyamnjoh, Dr

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Social Sciences (Anthropology/Sociology/Communication Studies)
Born in 1961

Francis B. Nyamnjoh holds a BA (1984) and an MA (1985) from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and a PhD (1990), from the University of Leicester, UK. He joined the University of Cape Town in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal, where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009.

He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana, where he was awarded the “Senior Arts Researcher of the Year” prize for 2003. In October 2012 he received a University of Cape Town Excellence Award for “Exceptional Contribution as a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities”. He is recipient of the “ASU African Hero 2013” annual award by the African Students Union, Ohio University, USA, and winner of the 2014 Eko Prize for Literature. He is a B2 rated Professor and Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) since 2010, a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since August 2011, a fellow of the African Academy of Science since December 2014, a fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2016, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press since January 2011.

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Godfrey Banyuy Tangwa, Prof   

Fellow of AAS since 2015

Humanities/Philosophy

Born in 1957

Prof Tangwa is based at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon where is a teacher and researcher.  His university career began in 1978 as a graduate assistant at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. With doctoral specialisation in epistemology and metaphysics and focal interest in bioethics and African philosophy, he has taught courses in practically all branches of philosophy and risen steadily through the academic ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1979), Lecturer (1982), Senior Lecturer (1987), Associate Professor (1999) and Professor (2005).

Prof Tangwa has published about 9 books, 25 book chapters, 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and is recognised globally as an expert bioethics and African philosophy. He has contributed significantly in the domain of bioethics especially to research ethics, research regulation and governance, international guidelines, ethics committee work and capacity-building in science and research on the African continent in the past 15 years. He is also a member of numerous professional associations in many of which I have played a considerable leadership role.

Prof Tangwa is a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences;  Chair, of the CASE Work Group of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium and Chair of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative.

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