ISP Alumni Network

The ISP Alumni Network is open to former students, fellows and group leaders from ISP and Sida programs. Join the global community!

The ISP/UU Alumni Network

As a former student, group leader, network coordinator, or fellow in ISP or Sida programs you are a part of Uppsala University’s Global Alumni Community, regardless of where you studied/worked. This network is ISP's way of staying in touch with you and for you to connect with other alumni in your country and elsewhere.

Membership of the Alumni Network is free and inclusive! By becoming a member you ensure that ISP and Uppsala University can contact you with newsletters, invitations and offers to events all over the world!

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ISP Alumni 2022

Female leader and role model – Dr Addisalem Abathun

ISP would like to recognize Dr Addisalem Abathun for her contribution to strengthen women leadership in mathematics in Ethiopia.

Dr Addisalem was an ISP sandwich student between Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia, and Stockholm University, Sweden. She graduated in 2016 as the first female PhD graduate of the Department of Mathematics of AAU! Since 2019 Dr Addisalem is the Dean of College of Natural and Computational Sciences, one of the biggest colleges at Addis Ababa University with a total of 847 staff. She is the first female dean in the 70th year history of the college!

Dr Addisalem´s research area is in pure mathematics mainly on analysis. She is interested in application of the theory of functions of complex variables. Particularly, roots of hypergeometric functions, sub-harmonic functions of one/several complex variables.

Dr Addisalem, what got you interested in mathematics in the first place?

- My elementary school teacher made me interested in studying mathematics when I was in grade 5. One day he awarded me a 5 cents candy since I was the only one who gave the correct answer to the question he asked! After that he called me the Queen of Mathematics.

What´s your experience of being the first female PhD students and the first female dean?

- As the first female student of the department of mathematics at AAU, I have often been worried and spent more time on my study since I didn´t have confidence in myself. Finally I realized that I was far better than everyone else in the group!

As a first female dean of the big college, one of the challenges has been not having any role model (i.e. female leader) to contact or to talk with.

Also, the balance between career and personal life is hard. The institution needs me to devote more time and at the same time my two children and husband need me to be with them. In addition, most of the communities were saying “she is a female with a family so she couldn’t properly manage her time to lead the college”, so I focused on my leadership job so as to disprove this idea. And I successfully did it.

What did ISP support mean to you and your group?

ISP’s support means a lot to me. It helps me to develop my capacity and it becomes a road light to my journey. I thank ISP for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow. The expertise that I got from Swedish professors particularly, my advisor Prof Rikard Bögvad, Dr Paul Vaderlind and ISP´s Leif Abrahamsson (the Swedish father of dept of mathematics AAU!) is extremely valuable. I will definitely continue to collaborate with my Swedish colleagues.

What are your future plans?

I want to collaborate with women researchers in the region to get more women in the field of mathematics. Moreover, I planned to work with my colleagues and partners to train women to become best leaders. As a leader I already formed a women only research group where we women discuss possible problems, share experience in grant writing and applying for research calls. I also continue to strengthening mentor-mentee relations to encourage young female staff to come to the front as leaders as well as researchers.

Thank you ISP for everything you have done for my study and career without your help I wouldn’t be here today.

Thanks to you, Dr Addisalem, for being such an inspiration!

Inorganic chemistry explorer - Dr Ruth Odhiambo

ISP would like to recognize Dr Ruth Odhiambo for her important work to improve inorganic chemistry research in Kenya.

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ISP Alumni 2021

Female Pioneer in Physics - Dr Margaret Emmanuel Samiji

ISP would like to recognize Margaret Emmanuel Samiji for her magnificent contributions for physics education in Tanzania.

She was the first woman to get PhD in Physics in her country!

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Math Capacity Builder - Dr Tilahun Abebaw

ISP would like to recognize Dr Tilahun Abebaw for his important work to build research capacity in Ethiopia.

Read more about Dr Tilahun Abebaw

Food Engineer – Prof Jenny Ruales Nájera

ISP would like to recognize Prof Jenny Ruales Nájera for her excellent work with food security in Latin America.

Read more about Dr Jenny Ruales Nájera.

ISP Alumni 2020


ISP would like to recognize Prof Nilufar Nahar for her important contributions to increase international, regional and national chemistry collaboration and her engagement in ISP activities.

Read more about Prof Nilufar Nahar.

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Brilliant mathematician - Dr Jared Ongaro

ISP would like to recognize Dr Jared Ongaro for his outstanding contributions to increase the popularity of math research in Africa.

Read more about Dr Jared Ongaro

Physics Role model - Dr Manjura Hoque

ISP would like to recognize Dr Engr Sheikh Manjura Hoque for her prominent contributions to the development of the materials science research in Bangladesh.

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ISP Alumni of the Quarter 2019

Genomics Expert - Prof Collen Masimirembwa

ISP would like to recognize Prof Collen Masimirembwa for his immense contribution to genomics research in Africa, for establishing the first DNA testing center in Zimbabwe and for his tireless efforts to strengthen research capacity in the region.

Read more about Prof Collen Masimirembwa.

Director General for Renewable Energies - Dr Bruno Korgo

ISP would like to recognize ISP graduate and Physicist, Dr Bruno Korgo, for his important work towards scaling up renewable energy in one of the least electrified countries globally, Burkina Faso.

Read more about Dr Bruno Korgo.

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Gender Equity Advocate Dr Betty Nannyonga

ISP would like to recognize ISP graduate and Ugandan mathematician, Dr Betty Nannyonga, for her outstanding and important work towards creating a gender-balanced representation in the basic sciences in Uganda and Eastern Africa.

Read more about Dr Betty Nannyonga.

Lightning Guru Dr Chandima Gomes

ISP would like to recognize Sri Lankan engineer and physicist, Dr Chandima Gomes, for his outstanding contributions to the lightning protection field in Asia and Africa.

Read more about Dr Chandima Gomes.

Last modified: 2022-12-02