Alumni Portraits

In the Alumni Portraits, former OeAD scholars introduce themselves and their research projects. They reflect upon their research stay in Austria and write about their impressions and ambitions as well as their experiences and challenges.

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Portrait Kamalika Datta © Kamalika Datta

Kamalika Datta, India

Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology Meghalaya

"My stay in Austria has been very smooth, with the host institute taking all care and ensuring I had a suitable accommodation and office space to work. I am eagerly looking forward to my next visit (...)"

Portrait Peter Akoll © Peter Akoll

Peter Akoll, Uganda

Makerere University

"Associating with [my supervisors in Austria] helped me establish a broad and strong professional and social network globally."

Portrait Rosalie Arcala Hall © OeAD / Doris Bauer

Rosalie Arcala Hall

Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas

"Living in Innsbruck, my experience was enriched by the intercultural programs arranged by then Austrian Exchange Services (OeAD). [These programs] were very important in anchoring my understanding of Austrian societal values, history and cultural legacies."

Portrait of Vanessa Suelt Cock © University Javeriana - Bogotá/Colombia

Vanessa Suelt Cock, Colombia

Constitutional Law Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá

"The people of the Institute and the city [of Graz] were so friendly and hospitable. This made me feel at home and gave me a beautiful experience that I will always remember."

Porträt Maria Dos Santos © Maria Dos Santos

Maria Dos Santos, Venezuela

E-waste Project Manager at KERP

"Learning the German language as well as my efforts to integrate into Austrian culture gave me the opportunity to apply my technical and soft-skills in [...] projects promoting networking and better understanding between developing and European partners."

Luke O. Olang © Luke O. Olang

Luke O. Olang, Kenya

Senior Lecturer at the Technical University of Kenya, Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology

"My educational and training experience in Austria provided a good opportunity to scale-up and leverage my capabilities in a multi-cultural research setup."

Nikita Chiu © Nikita Chiu

Nikita Chiu, China

Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge and Academic Advisor at the Regional Academy on the United Nations

"[Vienna] enables scholars to obtain first-hand insights into the dynamic landscape of international governance in the areas of peace and security, climate change, and drug control."

Porträt Gibson Nyanhongo © OeAD/Monika Staltner

Gibson S. Nyanhongo, Zimbabwe

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

"Little did I know that this was a journey to what I almost call my second home. [...] [T]hanks to OeAD and my supervisors who made it possible for me to achieve my dreams – being a scientist!"

Iva Rezic © Iva Rezic

Iva Rezic, Croatia

Docent at the University of Zagreb, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Textile Technology

"I believe that the skills and the knowledge obtained from my experience with Austrian colleagues have helped me to become an independent researcher, a project manager and a group leader […]."

Porträt Paul T. Yillia © OeAD/Elke Stinnig

Paul T. Yillia, Sierra Leone

Lead Policy Specialist, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)

"[M]y key professional contacts and current undertakings are largely connected to the people and opportunities I have been encountering and experiencing in the last couple of years during and after my studies in Austria."

Muharemagić Džalila © Muharemagic Dzalila

Džalila Muharemagić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project Officer at IRO, University of Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“[D]uring my stay I got the opportunity for additional activities, which made my research even more relevant than I could imagine when I was applying for the scholarship."

Venkatavamsikrishna Kovelakuntla © Venkatavamsikrishna Kovelakuntla

Venkatavamsikrishna Kovelakuntla, India

Research Assistant with Prof. Amitabh Joshi, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit, JNCASR, Bangalore, India

"I realised that art, culture and philosophy are, apart from science, very important to me."

Agegnehu Sayeh © Agegnehu Sayeh

Sayeh Agegnehu, Ethiopia

Debre Markos University, Vice President for Business and Development of the University and staff member of the Institute of Land Administration

"My PhD study in Austria has enabled me to have broader understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts of sound land administration system."

Portrait Sita Aryal © Sita Aryal

Sita Aryal, Nepal

Report Writing Facilitator, Forest Resource Assessment for the Nepal Project in Kathmandu, Nepal

"I was also very lucky to have international friends and well-wishers in Austria, from whom I received moral and technical support during my study period."

Porträt Constantin S. L. Loum © Constantine S. L. Loum

Constantine S. L. Loum, Uganda

Senior Lecturer at Gulu University, Faculty of Medicine

"The study in Austria was a life changing experience; it gave me satisfaction in life as it offered me the opportunity to achieve a long cherished career."

Rafat Al Afif © OeAD/Elke Stinnig

Rafat Al Afif, Syria

Senior Scientist and Lecturer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

"With the help of my new colleagues I managed to successfully develop not only my foreseen working plan but also to further extend my research […]."