Olubukola Babalola (Nigeria)
Indigenous innovative cutting edge science: for the world, by the women
With a strong passion for science, Prof Olubukola Babalola’s active teaching and research track records supervising students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, cut across nations. Over 75 scholars of Microbiology have graduated under her research mentorship.
Prof Olubukola Babalola is a full member of the Organization of Women Scientists for the Developing World, South African Women in Science and Engineering (SAWISE) and the South African Association of Women Graduates (SAAWG). Along with her proven strength in diplomacy to conduct any collaboration between organizations, she is a great networker and is strongly connected in the scientific world.
As the former Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at North-West University, South Africa, Prof. Babalola currently works as the Director of Food Security and Safety Niche Area where she also continues to prove her administrative expertise.
Prof Olubukola is a go-getter and an epitome of an African female research scientists with an uninterrupted track record to her name while.
A former OWSD PhD fellow, she is well known by her colleagues and students to encourage and help girls to improve themselves in their pursuit of a higher education and is passionate about mentorship. She continues to be a competent program manager and team leader.
Nashwa Eassa (Sudan)
If you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a women you educate a family and a nation
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Dr. Nashwa Eassa is an assistant Professor of Physics at Al Neelain University in Khartoum, Sudan. Her own interest in science stemmed from her curiosity about the world when she was in high school. With her grades, she could have chosen that path with higher pay, but instead, she followed her passion and studied physics. She earned Master of Science in Material Physics and Nanotechnology from Linkoping University in Sweden and a PhD in Physics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa.
Now, she is Assistant Professor of Physics at Al Neelain University in Khartoum, and she is pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in nanophotonics at NMMU. She received the Elsevier Foundation OWSD award in 2015 for her research in nanoparticle physic, exploring ways to lessen the film that accumulates on the surface of a high-speed semiconductor, interfering with the flow of electrical current. She is also involved in a project developing methods for using solar radiation to treat water and for splitting water molecules so that hydrogen can be collected.
Dr. Nashwa Eassa is very committed to women in science development and two years ago, she founded the organization Sudanese Women in Science. With more than 100 members now, they aim to help women become more effective scientists by teaching them to write scientific proposals and papers. In addition, they have established a cross-disciplinary team in chemistry, physics and biology to work on water treatment projects to purify the region's drinking water.