Speakers biography

Here you find the speakers biography sorted from A-Z.

Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi - Hannah Akuffo, Adjunct Prof. - Dr. Cecilia Christersson - Dr. Andreas Göthenberg - Prof. Sigbritt Karlsson - Burton Mwamila, PhD - Honorable Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang - Prof. Sven Stafström - Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, MSc - Prof. Harriet Wallberg - Jan Zirk, Senior Lecturer 

Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi

Prof. Victoria Adaobi ObasiVice-Chancellor of IMO State University, Nigeria. Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi holds a Ph. D. from the University of Hull in England, where she studied for five years. She is a member of the Nigerian Academy of Education and the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction, to only mention a few. She was the Secretary General of the National Association for Women in Academics, and Commissioner for Education 2011-2013. Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi is an adviser on Education to Imo State Government and was voted Best Commissioner in Imo State in 2012. 

Hannah Akuffo, Adjunct Prof.

Adjunct Professor Hannah AkuffoHannah Akuffo is an Adjunct Professor of Parasitology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. She was born i Ghana, but is currently livning in Sweden. Akuffo has, in different positions, had responsibility for support to research capacity strengthening at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, since 1999. At the present she holds the position at Sida as Senior Advisor for Research Cooperation at Sida. Akuffo is currently Chairperson of ESSENCE on Health Research as well as in the Joint Coordinating Board of UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Training and Research in Tropical Research (TDR). She has also been the Swedish representative in the General Assembly of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). 

As a member of the Advisory Board of MUII (Makerere - Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Training Programme in Infection and Immunity), THRiVE (Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa) and the Patron Advisory Group of CARTA (The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa), she takes the opportunity to accept nominations to participate in advisory boards of research network. Akuffo is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Dr. Cecilia Christersson

Dr Cecilia Christersson. Press photo, Malmö UniversityDeputy Vice-Chancellor of Malmö University, Sweden, and Associate Professor of dental material science and technology. In her role as DVC she is responsible for education at undergraduate and graduate level, quality assessments and internationalisation. She has initiated and is overseeing the university’s development of information and communication technologies (virtual learning pedagogy). She is the project owner of The Global Classroom, an initiative that explores the applications of ICTs in teaching and learning. The project specifically aims to advance quality in higher education through widening participation. Cecilia was the Chair of the steering committee of the Arusha conference “Learning together for change”, in Tanzania, April 2015. 

Dr. Andreas Göthenberg

Dr. Andreas GöthenbergExecutive Director of STINT, The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been a Science and Technology Attaché at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan, and has been working as a Center Manager and Senior Researcher in China for KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also been with Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Prof. Sigbritt Karlsson

Professor Sigbritt KarlssonVice-Chancellor of the University of Skövde, Sweden, since 2010. She is presently expert in the Swedish Government Expert Committee for the new Governmental Bill on Research, in 2015-. Since 1999 she is Professor in Polymer Technology-the Environmental Interaction of Polymeric Materials at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. She is Editor-in-Chief for Polymers from Renewable Resources, Smithers Rapra journals, UK, since 2010-. Prof. Sigbritt Karlsson was awarded “Leader of the Year 2013”, by the Union of Civil Servants, ST, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2014 Skövde Municipality awarded her with the Medal of Honour.

Prof. Sigbritt Karlsson has a long-term co-operation with Africa, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, initially through the SIDA-Project targeting Biocomposites, between 1997 and 2008. This co-operation with Professors Elifas Bisanda, Dr. Joseph Tesha and Associate Professor Bwire Ndazi has resulted in a series of publications over the years and the examination of many Ph.D. and Master’s students.

Burton Mwamila, PhD

Burton MwamilaBurton Mwamila is a Tanzanian civil and structural engineering academic and professional. He was born in Tanzania, pursued his bachelor's and master's degree studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Dr. Mwamila spearheaded the transformation of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (from 2000-05), into a College of Engineering and Technology for which he then became its first Principal from 2005-2009. He was the first Chairman of Tanzania's National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) from 1999-2007. He also served as the Chairman of Tanzania's Engineers Registration Board from 2000-06. He is currently the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), and Chairman of the Tanzania Automobile Technology Centre (TATC). At the African continental level he served as Member of the Governing Council of the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) from 2000-09, and is currently the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) since 2008. On July 1, 2009 he was appointed the founding Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha (NM-AIST).

Honorable Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku AgyemangGhana’s Minister of Education and a member of the National Democratic Congress.  Previously she was Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, 2008-2012, and the first woman to have held the position of Vice-Chancellor at a state university in Ghana. She completed at B.Ed.(Hons) in English and French at the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively. Prof Opoku-Agyemang has been a member of many inter/national boards and committees including for example the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is currently a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has also received many awards, and to only mention a few she has been honoured with honorary degrees from the University of West Indies and Winston-Salem University, and she has also received an award for Global leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Prof. Sven Stafström

Prof. Sven Safström. Photo: Kristian Pohl, press photo.Prof. Sven Stafström is Director General and Head of the Swedish Research Council. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Linköping University in Sweden. In 2000 he became professor in Computational Physics at Linköping University, a position he still holds.  His main interests are in studies of charge and energy transport in carbon based materials for photovoltaic and electronic applications. He has published more than 220 articles in international peer reviewed journals with more than 6400 citations and an h-index of 39 (Google scholar).

Prof. Sven Stafström has served as acting Dean at Linköping Institute of Technology, Director of the National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) and Head of the Department of Science and Technology at Linköping University. In 2010 he became Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences. In December 2013 he became acting Director General and since June 2014 he is Director General of the Swedish Research Council in Stockholm.

Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, MSc

Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, MScHead of the Global Team within the Higher Education Unit at the Centre for International Mobility CIMO in Helsinki, Finland. For 15 years, Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos has worked within internationalization of higher education, at national, European and global level and in universities both in Finland and abroad, with a solid experience of cooperation between European and non-European countries. She has a particular interest and strong knowledge in instruments for strategic partnerships, like joint programmes and capacity building projects. Annika holds a MA degree from Åbo Akademi University in Finland including study abroad at Université de Rennes, France. She has professional experience from Ireland and Brussels, and has also lived in Africa.

Prof. Harriet Wallberg

Harriet WallbergProf. Harriet Wallberg is University Chancellor of Sweden and Head of UKÄ, the Swedish Higher Education Authority. She was Vice-Chancellor of Karolinska Institutet (KI) 2004-2012, and is a member of Karolinska Institutet's Nobel Assembly, which selects each year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Prof. Harriet Wallberg was appointed Professor of Physiology in 1998 and from 1999 to 2001 she served as KI's Dean of Research. She has served as the Secretary General of the Scientific Council for Medicine at the Swedish Research Council. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Tokyo-based international Science and Technology in Society Forum (STS). She has served as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Council to the government of Singapore, a member of the Research Advisory Council to the Danish Government. She has also served as a member of the Swedish Government's Science Policy Council, and of the Swedish Globalization Council. She is currently the Chairperson of the Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF).

She has previously been appointed by the government to lead Swedish delegations to the UN and to represent Sweden on the boards of the European Science Foundation and the World Health Organization's Agency for Cancer Research, among others. Prof. Wallberg has been awarded with honorary doctorates from several international Universities as well as the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government. In 2008, Prof. Wallberg was honored with H. M. the King's Medal for her distinguished achievements in medical education and research.

Jan Zirk, Senior Lecturer

Jan_ZirkModerator of the conference. Jan Zirk is currently Pro Dean at the University of Skövde and he is also a Senior Lecturer in Music at the School of Informatics. He holds a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in Music. Jan Zirk has worked as an entrepreneur in the music business for more than ten years. During the 90´s he worked as a freelance musician, pianist, and arranger and toured with Swedish and international artists. He has also collaborated with numerous professional orchestras and has worked as music director in several TV-productions.





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