Hassanali, Ahmed, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 1986; Chemistry
Born in 1941, Tanzania

Prof. Hassanali obtained his PhD in 1969 from the University of Nottingham in UK and held positions of Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (1969 – 1972), Consultant for International Development Research Centre of Canada on Striga and Orobanche germination stimulants at the University of Sussex in UK (1975 – 1976).

He has served at ICIPE as Senior, Principal Research Scientist and Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Unit (1983 – 1992) and became Professor in 1985 before his appointment as Deputy Director General of research (1995 – 1997). He recently holds the position of Professor of Chemistry in 2008 at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

His research interests are in desert locust, malaria vectors, tsetse flies, ticks, parasitic weeds, natural products, exploring multi-layered meaning of different messages of the Holy Qur’an, classical supplications, sufi’ philosophy and poetry, philosophy, science and religion, socio-economics of development and under-development. He has collaborations with professional Societies and Scientific Institutions. He has 216 publications and 15 patents.

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Kowero Sifueli, Godwin, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006; Forestry economics and Policy
Born in 1950, Tanzania

Prof. Kowero obtained his Doctorate in 1983 from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. He also has an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa), from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

He has a M.Sc. (Wildland Resources Sciences) from the University of California, Berkley, M.Sc. (Forestry economics) and B.Sc. (Forestry) both from University of Dar es Salaam. He has 10 years of international research in forestry economics, management, policy analysis and extensive modelling in forestry with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), as a Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator. This involved working with donors (fund raising) and many governments, institutions and individuals within and outside Africa.He has vast experience (over 20 years) in planning, evaluating, reviewing and monitoring academic, development and research programmes in forestry and related fields, both in Africa and outside Africa.

He has 20 years of experience in teaching in several universities, namely the University of Dar es Salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture (both in Tanzania); the Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU) in Mozambique, and Moi University in Kenya ; at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of policy formulation and analysis, economics and econometrics, operations research, forest management and administration.

He also has extensive experience in establishing and administering forestry and related institutions (i.e. institutional development, governance and financial management). For example, he facilitated establishment of CIFOR Regional Offices in West Africa, Central Africa, and Eastern & Southern Africa. He was CIFOR Regional Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa for 7 years. Also at Sokoine University of Agriculture, he has served as the head of the Department of Forest Economics. 

At EMU, he was Head of the Department of Forestry as well as Director of the University Directorate of Scientific Affairs. He has also held other important administrative positions as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Wood Industry Corporation designated by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. He was also the leader of a pan-African initiative namely “Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” between 2006 and 2008.He guided the establishment of the African Forest Forum (AFF) in 2007, and has since been its Executive Secretary. 

AFF is a pan-African forestry institution based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has led and worked with various multidisciplinary and multinational/cultural teams in many of his activities. He has worked on many issues in his areas of speciality in all major forest types in Africa: the rain forests, woodlands and savannahs; as well as in the administration of forestry related institutions, wood processing industry, including marketing and trade.

He has 70 peer reviewed publications, including chapters in books, and books.

He is member of professional and similar organizations like the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Tanzania Association of Foresters, Tanzania Academy of Sciences, African Academy of Sciences, and the Advisory Board of the World Bank Programme on Forestry (PROFOR).

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Muhongo, Sospeter, Prof.

Fellow of AAS since (2006), (Field) Geology/ Earth Sciences
Born in 1954, Tanzania

Prof Sospeter Muhongo, a distinguished scholar, is the Minister of Energy and Minerals of the United Republic of Tanzania and a Nominated Member of Parliament.

He is, “Officier, Ordre des Palmes Académiques”, an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America (HonFGSA), an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London (HonFGS), an Honorary Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (HonFCAGS), a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (FTWAS), a Fellow of the Geological Society of Africa (FGSAf), a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS) and a Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences (FTAAS).

He is the first recipient (2004) of the Prof Robert Shackleton (UK) Award for Outstanding Research on the Precambrian Geology of Africa. He is the Vice President of the Commission of the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). He is a Full Professor of Geology at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and an Honorary Professor of Geology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prof Muhongo was the Chair of the Jury for the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards – Continental Awards for Outstanding Scientists 2011 Edition.

He is a member of the Executive Board of the African Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (AIPF-STI). He is effectively involved in various high-level regional (Africa) and global STI strategic policy processes (e.g. Africa-Europe STI partnerships). He is a Member of the International Experts Group (Global Science Forum) of OECD and has occupied numerous important national, regional and international professional positions dealing with STI, earth resources, science policy and science diplomacy. Prof Muhongo was nominated by his country to be a candidate (2009) for the post of the Director General of UNESCO.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences (Elsevier), Associate Editor of Precambrian Research (Elsevier) and a member of several editorial boards of science journals and bulletins. He is the Senior Editor of the published book (2009) on, “Science, Technology and Innovation for Socio-Economic Development: Success Stories from Africa.”

Prof Muhongo has published over 200 research papers in international journals of high impact factors. He has co-authored widely used geological and mineral maps of Africa, East Africa and Tanzania. He has delivered more than 300 invited keynote speeches around the world at international conferences. He has undertaken over 100 contracted scientific research projects, and consultancy services in the mineral industry, environmental issues and STI policy matters.

Over the past two decades, Prof Muhongo has co-organized over 100 expert group meetings and international earth sciences, STI and science policy conferences, including those on “Science with Africa (Rapporteur-General)” which are hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and their partners. Prof Muhongo has developed a special interest in the application of STI for sustainable growth and socio-economic development of the global society.

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