Arkebe Okubay (Ph.D)
Arkebe Oqubay is a senior Ethiopian politician, a Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn.
As mayor of Addis Ababa during 2003 – 2005, Dr Oqubay was credited with the transformation of the city. In recognition of this, he was awarded ‘The Best African Mayor of 2005’ by The African Broadcast Network (ABN), and was a finalist for the World Mayor of 2005 award Dr Oqubay serves as chair of the board for many leading public organisations in Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC), and vice-chair of the board of Ethiopian Airlines (EAL).
He is the coordinator of the National Export Coordinating Committee (NECC), and is a member of the Ethiopian Investment Board (EIB), which are both chaired by the Ethiopian prime minister. Dr Oqubay is the founding Chancellor of the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU).
Dr Oqubay has been a member of the core leadership of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the movement that spearheaded the seventeen-year popular liberation struggle. During the liberation movement, Dr Oqubay was a member of the executive council responsible for socio-economic affairs of the liberation army and liberated areas.
He holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London. In addition to this, he is a research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London where he conducts research projects on industrialization, political economy of infrastructure and development of technological capabilities and economic leadership.
He recently authored Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia, published by Oxford University Press (2015). In an interview with African Business Magazine, Dr Oqubay noted that the “genesis of this book was following the Ethiopian government adoption of new policies, in some ways different from the paths taken by many African countries. For instance, after 2002, the government adopted comprehensive policies and strategies which resulted in astonishing economic growth for 11 years, sustaining an average 11% annually, driven by the growth of production in various sectors.”
Professor Afework Kassu
Department(s): Department of Microbiology
Qualifications : B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD.
E-mail adress(es): email@example.com
Telephone Numbers: +251588119069
As Vice President for Research and Community Services, Professor Afework is tasked with the design and implementation of research thematic areas and community service agenda; the development of different guidelines of research; building the research capacity of academic staff; and spearheading the development and promotion of research culture in the University of Gondar.
Professor Afework Kassu joined the University of Gondar as a graduate assistant in May 1995. He is now Professor of Medical microbiology at the School of Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences Director of Research and Community Services. Professor Afework earned his BSC and MSC from Addis Ababa University in November 1993 and August 2001, respectively, in Biology and Applied Microbiology. He completed his PhD studies at The University of Tokushima, Japan from 2003 to 2007 in Biomedical Sciences. Most recently he has completed his postdoctoral studies on HIV immunology at University of Colorado Denver, USA from 2008 to 2010.
Prior to joining the University Professor Afework worked as Research Assistant at Addis Ababa University where he conducted survey of medicinal plants; their taxonomic identification; extraction of compounds using organic solvents and run bioassay for their biological activity.
Professor Afework maintains an active academic role within the University teaching courses in advanced medical microbiology; advanced immunology; immunology and vaccinology; and microbial diseases of medical importance to postgraduate students at School of Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences. He also mentors postgraduate students in thesis research projects and seminar courses.
- Crystal Award and Certificate: in honor of extraordinary and outstanding contributions in Research, teaching and health service, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, March 19, 2011.
- Best Scientific paper of the year award: Ethiopian Medical Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 17-18, 2011.
- Best poster Award: School of Medicine Annual Postdoctoral Association Research Day, University of Colorado Denver, USA, April 14, 2010, Aurora, Colorado, USA.
- Young Investigator Award: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI-2010), Feb 15-19, 2010, San Francisco, California, USA.
- Young Investigator Award: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI-2009), Feb 8-11, 2009, Montreal Canada.
- Best poster Award: School of Medicine Annual Research Day, University of Colorado Denver, USA, Nov. 1, 2008.
- Best Scientific Paper of the Year award: Gold Medal and Certificate, Ethiopian Medical Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 2007.
- Mikikuraku Award: an award for excellence in tuberculosis and HIV co-infection research, The University of Tokushima, Japan, January 2007.
- Crystal Award and certificate in recognition of the highest achievements in academic and extracurricular activities in the faculty of medicine, the University of Tokushima, Japan, March 2006.
- Young public health researcher of the year award: a gold medal and certificate for contributions in public health research in Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian Public Health Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,October 2005.
- Tore Godal Award: a gold medal and certificate in recognition of an outstanding contribution in infectious diseases research, Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,November 2001.
Professor Afework has published over one hundred scientific papers in peer reviewed journals all over the world.
Academic rank: Professor of Cell &Human Physiology
Year of service at AAU: 36 years
Administrative positions held: Head of Biology Department, Director of Institute of Pathobiology, Currently Head of Gender Office, College of Natural Sciences
She received her M.Sc degree in Zoology in 1980 with the first batch of graduates as the first woman both at the AAU and the country. She obtained her PhD in Human Physiology from the University of Heidelberg Germany in May 1992. She was promoted to the rank of full professor in January 2009.
She was awarded with several research grants and fellowships nationally and internationally. To give some examples, the Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission, the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization, the British Council, the International Foundation for Science, the Third World Academy of Sciences, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
Her main scientific work focuses on medicinal plants that are used by communities and test them in the laboratory if they have medicinal importance and assessing health hazard to humans, animals and the environment due to chemicals and other contaminants that are by-products of agricultural practices or industries.
She has collaborated with researchers in Ethiopia and abroad and advised many graduate students. The outcome of her research work is exemplified by 92 publications in national and international peer reviewed scientific journals.
Currently she is engaged in teaching and continuing her research activities in the College of Natural Sciences, AAU. In addition she is engaged in several professional activities (E.g. Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Board member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, Executive Board President of the Society of Ethiopian Women in Science & Technology).
She has great passion to motivate the young specially women to be confident and successful in their professional career in particular and their overall walk in life in general.