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Hilonga Askwar

Affiliateship: 2016 - 2020

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Country (Nationality)



Engineering Technology & Applied Sciences


Hilonga is a Senior Lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.Ed, 2004) and Master (M.Sc. Chem, 2007) from the University of Dar es Salaam. Hilonga obtained his PhD from the Hanyang University (2010) and continued with post-doctorate studies for two more years at the same university until 2012. Hilonga obtained a Master in Public Health (MPH) from Sahmyook University, Korea in 2012.

From 2007 – 2012 Hilonga worked with an environmentally responsible Nanotechnology R&D Company - E&B Nanotech Co. Ltd in conjunction with the Hanyang University to disseminate modern nanotechnologies desired for large-scale inexpensive commercial/industrial production. Dr. Hilonga has a “global-mind” after performing various activities in multi-cultural societies in several countries such as Rwanda (2004), Kenya & Namibia (2005), China (2006), Belgium (2008), South Korea (2007-2012, 2014), Vietnam (2010), Thailand (2011), Ethiopia (2012 and 2013), India (2013 and 2014), South Africa (2014 Twice), Norway (2015), and United Kingdom (2015). He has published 39 scientific articles in internationally recognised journals and authored one book. He has won five awards in 2015 and 2016 including the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation and the National Health Innovation Award.

Awards and grants in 2015 - 2016

  1. Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, June 2015 - by the Royal Academy of Engineering
  2. Pitch@Palace Africa, Dec 2015 - by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew
  3. National Health Innovation Award (via The President of Tanzania), Oct 2015 - by National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR)
  4. Technologies for the Under-served Communities Dec 2015 - by IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK)
  5. Won DFID grant of GBP 350,000 though Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) - 201