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Prof. Askwar Hilonga (1976) posses eleven years’ experience of working as a researcher, lecturer/senior lecturer, and a project director both in Tanzania and South Korea. At present he works as a Senior Lecturer at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology since Feb 2011. Hilonga contributed to enabling a South Korean company, E&B Nanotech Co. Ltd, to be selected as one of the best promising/emerging technologies empowered to enter the American market in 2011.

The selection was done under a program conducted by the Gyeonggi Province (Republic of Korea) in conjunction with the University of Texas, at Austin, after vigorous training conducted both in Korea and in the U.S. When living in Korea, Prof. Askwar Hilonga assisted the leadership of the NM-AIST to establish collaborations with nine Korean institutions. Hilonga comes from a very a poor social-economic background being born in Gongali Village – Karatu, Arusha - Tanzania. After graduating Ph.D in 2010, Hilonga is asking himself an ethical question: “what does my Ph.D mean to my community in Tanzania”? As part of the answer, Hilonga and his wife Ruth Elineema founded a company called Gongali Model Co.Ltd www.gongalimodel.com as a spin-off of NM-AIST for innovative activities to empower and IMPACT people’s lives, according to NM-AIST motto of “Academia for Society and Industry”. Hilonga develops products that solve real life challenges and designs business models that make his innovation affordable even to the neediest in the community. The exemplary invention he just made is the low-cost sustainable water filter (Nanofilter®). Hilonga did his Ph.D (Chemical Engineering) at Hanyang University – South Korea (2010); M.Sc. (Chemistry 2007 and BSc.Ed (Chemistry and Biology) 2004 from the University of Dar es Salaam; and MPH (Master of Public Health), Sahmyook University – South Korea (2012).


Prof. Hilonga has a “global-mind” after performing various activities in multi-cultural societies in several countries such as Rwanda (2004), Kenya (2005, 2015, 2016 twice, 2017-2018 many times), Namibia (2005), China (2006), Belgium (2008), South Korea (2007-2012, 2014), Vietnam (2010), Thailand (2011), Ethiopia (2012, 2013), India (2013, 2014), South Africa (2014 Twice; 2016), Norway (2015), United Kingdom (2015, 2016 twice, 2017, 2018, and 2017,2018 - Scotland), Botswana (2016, 2018), France (2016), and Uganda (2017 twice). He is hard-working (with an exemplary record of meeting deadlines), enthusiastic, passionate, proactive, honest, and trustworthy. He gets along well with his colleagues, and easily makes friends. He is a good team player in various activities, and is a footballer. Hilonga fluently speaks Swahili, English, Iraqw, and Korean. He is married to Ruth Elineema (MBA, Korea) and is blessed with 2 children (Son 10 yrs / Daughter 8 yrs).

Received the Following Awards:

1. Pitch@Palace Global, Dec 2016 - by The Duke of York, Prince Andrew
2. Won DFID grant of GBP 350,000, May 2016 - though Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF)
3. Pitch@Palace Africa, Dec 2015 - by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, Aliko Dangote, and Obasanjo.
4. Technologies for the Under-served Communities, Dec 2015 - by IChemE (Inst. of Chemical Engineers, UK)
5. National Health Innovation Award (via The President of Tanzania), Oct 2015 - by National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR)
6. Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, June 2015 - by the Royal Academy of Engineering; GBP 25,000
7. CV Raman Fellowship for African Researchers Award (July – Oct. 2013). Hilonga was competitively granted this fellowship in the midst of fierce competition with many other African Researchers.
8. Gold Medal (August, 2010) from South Korea for outstanding Thesis (12 published papers for Ph.D).
9. Won a special award for Best Oral Presentation entitled “Silver-doped silica reinforced with Aluminium ions”, presented at the 41st Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Meeting 2010, Korea

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