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2023 IREX Fellows

The IREX Fellows have arrived!

AAP will host five Fellows participating in IREX’s University Administration Support Program, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of NY. MSU’s on-campus program will take place from February 20-March 17, 2023. This cohort is the largest number of Fellows ever hosted by MSU.  

Amma Afumwaa Appah, MSc


appah_headshot.pngResearch Development Officer, Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) University of Ghana  



Ms. Appah is responsible for ensuring that the University actively builds learning networks with other institutions to provide a global perspective for researcher development programs, while working towards meeting the unique needs and requirements of varied groups of academic and administrative/professional staff. She helps strengthen capacity to support the University’s scientists deliver globally impactful problem-solving research and has also managed projectsupporting PhD programs and post-doctoral fellowships. Ms. Appah holds an MSc in Management from the University of Leicester in the UK, a BA in English and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, and a Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from the Ghana Institute of Journalism

Palesa Nathasha Mothapo, PhD


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Head of Postdoctoral Research Support, Division for Research Development, Stellenbosch University  



Dr. Mothapo assists researchers in transitioning from academia to industry, with a focus on improving the holistic development of PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. She is engaged in three communities of practice with universities in Ghana and South Africa focused on researcher development and entrepreneurship. Along with this experience, she is a steering committee member for the Research Management Network (RemNet), a technical sub-committee member for good research management practice at The African Academy of Sciences, and a member of The Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro Africa). She has a PhD, MSc, and BSc in Zoology from Stellenbosch University. She was a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2018. 

Michael Olawale Daramola, PhD




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Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), University of Pretoria  


Dr. Daramola, in addition to his roles at the University of Pretoria, is also a visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and an honorary Professor with the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He is a chartered Chemical Engineer with the Engineering Council of UK, a COREN-registered Engineer with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, and a C-rated researcher by the National Research Foundation South Africa. He has over 15 years of teaching and research experience in academia and research institutes in Nigeria, Singapore, The Netherlands, and France. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stellenbosch University, an MSc in Biotechnology from Wageningen University and Research Centre, and an MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University

Bikila Warkineh Dullo, PhD



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Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management, Addis Ababa University  


Dr.Dullo is responsible for seeking research funding and supporting department academic staff. He also teaches undergraduate courses on ecology and postgraduate courses on wetland ecosystems management, and environmental impact assessment, among others. His research interest focuses on the science, politics, and policies of natural resource management, climate change, sustainable development, and how these are linked with socio-economic development. Dr. Dullo has a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and an MSc in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Groningenand a BSc in Applied Biology from Hawassa University. He is a member of the University Council and the president of the Biological Society of Ethiopia

Solomon Kiros Fantay, PhD




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Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Bioengineering, and Director for Research, Technology Transfer and University Industry Linkage (RTTUIL) of the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT)Addis Ababa University 


Dr. Fantay’s responsibilities include planning and coordinating research programs, laboratory activities, and business incubation, identifying newly developed products and technologies and disseminating outputs. He collaborateclosely with government and industries to AAiT research results to the public. His research focuses on molecular characterization and gene expression of growth, reproduction, and stress hormones in livestock and freshwater fish; microbial characterization and utilization for economic and environmental purposes; and microbial enzyme extraction, characterization, and application for industrial purposes, among others. He has an MSc and PhD in Environmental Biology and Biotechnology from Nagasaki University and a BSc in Animal and Range Science from Mekelle University.