Portrait articles

Across every continent former and current  Danida fellows drive development and effect change. They make important breakthroughs with innovative and progressive new ideas in a vast spectrum of sectors.

Danida Fellowship Centre is proud of all its alumni. We celebrate it with a series of portrait articles featuring our remarkable former and current students. 

Do you have suggestions to whom we should interview, please write to alumni@dfcentre.dk

 

Alumni portrait

I believe that Africa’s fastest route to social and economic transformation is through entrepreneurship, says Patricia Jumi, Danida Alumni and Executive Director and founding partner of GrowthAfrica. Patricia Jumi holds an MBA from Copenhagen Business School, which she completed in 2007 after receiving a Danida Fellowship for one year.

The time I spent as Danida Fellow was so valuable. My first experience of universal health coverage was in Denmark, Dr Tedros Adhanom, WHO Director-General said in his acceptance speech for the Danida Alumni Prize 2017. The award ceremony was part of Danida Fellowship Centre's 25 years celebrations in Frederiksberg.
The recent war in Northern Uganda was all-encompassing destructive. To heal the wounds and move forward, Psychologist and Danida alumni Henry Oboke has created a small army of Village Helpers. They provide basic problem-solving therapy and help to self-help at household level.
Doing business in Africa is challenging and rewarding, says Robert Leo Maslamoney, Managing Director of Maersk Line Angola. In 2012 he graduated with an international MBA from Copenhagen Business School under Danida Fellowship Centre’s Emerging Leadership Scholarship Programme.
Olman Segura-Bonilla, Danida alumni and former Cabinet Minister of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica is a first mover and fierce believer in sustainable development economics. His impressive career and Costa Rica’s path of development are closely interlinked.
The bi-annual Livia Peace Price 2016 was awarded to William Ongoro for acting bravely and wisely in the painful and violent conflicts of South Sudan.
Rich in taste and with a good sustainable story, TOMS EKSTRA chocolate plates were launched in Denmark in 2010. Meet one of the key experts behind the product: Ghanaian Margaret Owusu, PhD from University of Copenhagen.
Like Denmark, Bhutan is concerned with preserving the environment and the livelihoods of it's people, explains Jigme Dorji, MBA, Aarhus University. He foresees business collaboration between the world’s two happiest nations.
When Hazem Hafez Ragab received an email that urged him to apply for a Danida Fellowship and a full-time MBA, he thought it was a hoax. But it was real, and the MBA made him realize that leadership starts with self-awareness.
As the Country Director of the Population Council in Nairobi, Harriet Birungi still draws on her experiences from her PhD years at University of Copenhagen.
Plastic in lakes and the sea is an increasing, big problem. Bahati Sosthenes Mayoma from Tanzania, found that 20 per cent of the fish by Mwanza in Lake Victoria had plastic in their gastrointestinal tracts.
If you think that career paths as professional singer and scientist are incompatible, then you ought to think twice. 38-year old Danida fellow Nguyễn Đắc Khoa is living proof that the two career paths are complementary.
When Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza became a PhD student in Denmark she was prepared. From childhood she was a pioneer and expected to excel.