Dr. Askwar Hilonga (born on 1st October 1976) is a lecturer at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), 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 Ph.D from the Hanyang University-South Korea (2010) and continued with Post-Doctorate studies for two more years at the same University until 2012. Hilonga obtained Master in Public Health (MPH) from Sahmyook University-South Korea in 2012. In Korea, he also worked as a coordinator of collaboration between NM-AIST and some institutions in Korea. In 2007 he worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the St.John’s University of Tanzania where he was responsible to provide various services: teaching, research, and consultancies.
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), and South Africa (2014 Twice). He has published 30 scientific articles in internationally recognized journals and authored one book. The ETHICAL question that Hilonga asks himself NOW is, “What does my Ph.D mean to needy Tanzania”?
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