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Stories: OWSD Early Career Fellows

June 12, 2024

Violeta Alejandra Chichique Martínez

Latin America & Caribbean El Salvador

An environmental engineer fighting a battle against pollution in El Salvador's largest river

My position is that we should acknowledge what we are lacking of, so that we can keep working.
April 02, 2024

Marilyn Ronoh

Africa Kenya

A mathematician from Kenya using an AI-powered ChatBot to reduce HIV transmission in Kenyan youth

I found my niche, and I have not looked back.
November 05, 2023

Mary Adjepong

Africa Ghana

A nutrition scientist from Ghana nourishing future generations: unlocking the potential of OWSD Early Career fellowship

Biomedicine represents the future of healthcare, aiming to intercept diseases before they arise and tailoring solutions to each individual's unique needs.
September 12, 2023

Mavis Agyeiwaa Acheampong

Africa Ghana

An Early Career fellow developing a "one-stop" solution for Ghana's chili pepper farmers

Just give me the seed and I will continue.
March 16, 2023

Winfred Mueni Mulwa

Africa Kenya

Kenyan physicist develops magnetic refrigeration to improve livelihoods of camel milk sellers

“Ten to fifteen years from now, people, not only in Kenya but in the African continent, will switch to magnetic refrigeration”
September 28, 2022

Raquel Matavele Chissumba


An immunologist from Mozambique working to find a locally available treatment for COVID-19 in African populations

I have to think of something that can help us, that we can use based on resources that we have. The lack of things is the biggest inspiration in my life. I want to help my country.
June 27, 2022

Ossénatou Mamadou

Africa Benin

West Africa's only micrometerologist is working to better understand variability in her region's climate

I wanted to do applied physics, not theoretical physics… I really wanted to use all of the knowledge that I acquired at university to explain our environment.
March 29, 2022

Somphouthone Phimmachak

Asia & Pacific Lao PDR

With the help of the Early Career fellowship, Lao's first herpetologist is protecting the country's rich biodiversity

I’ve been working on reptile and amphibian biodiversity for 10 years, and I know that there are still new species that need to be described.
December 03, 2021

Munawar Sultana

Asia & Pacific Bangladesh

A microbiologist from Bangladesh working on a vaccine for Foot and Mouth Disease

What fascinated me is that only 5% of microorganisms are harmful, and the rest are beneficiary.
September 16, 2021

Claire D'Andre Hirwa

Africa Rwanda

An agricultural scientist on a mission to save Rwanda's indigenous chickens

I wanted to show women that it was possible that when you do agricultural sciences, you can go on and do more for your career development.
June 17, 2021

Maryse Dadina Nkoua Ngavouka

Africa Congo, Republic

An Early Career fellow from Congo developing hybrid grid systems for sustainable energy

When you are following your passion, people will always see what you are doing. People will see that you are doing something different, and they will help you.

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