Mekuanent Tebkew | Forestry | Best Researcher Award

Mr Mekuanent Tebkew | Forestry | Best Researcher Award

University of Gondar , Ethiopia

Mr. Mekuainnt Tebkew Asres is an Assistant Professor of Forestry and Agroforestry, currently pursuing his PhD. He holds an MSc in Agroforestry and Soil Management from Hawassa University and a BSc in Natural Resource Management from Wolaita Sodo University. Beginning his academic career as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Gondar in 2010, he later pursued his graduate studies before returning to teach a range of courses including Agroforestry Systems, Climate Change Mitigation, and Biodiversity Conservation. Mr. Mekuainnt has served in various capacities, including as an officer at the Climate Change Research Center and as Coordinator of the Soil Science MSc program. He has played a significant role in launching MSc and PhD programs and has mentored numerous students. With a keen interest in team-based research, his areas of expertise include Agroforestry, Climate Change, Soil Fertility, Biodiversity, and Livelihood Resilience. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is currently engaged in a project focusing on building livelihood resilience in Northwestern Ethiopia.


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🎓 Education:

  • B.Sc. in Natural Resource Management, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia, 2009
  • M.Sc. in Agroforestry and Soil Management, Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Ethiopia, 2013

📚 Teaching Experience:

  • Taught various natural resource courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Specializes in Agroforestry Systems and Practices, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Forest Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Natural Resource Management

🌍 Professional Engagement:

  • Served as an officer at the Climate Change Research Center
  • Coordinator of Soil Science M.Sc program
  • Actively involved in organizing national and institutional conferences and workshops on Climate Change
  • Launched MSc programs in Soil Science, Forest Management and Utilization, Forest and Nature Conservation, and a PhD program in Forest and Livelihood

🌟 Achievements:

  • Produced a number of competent professionals in related fields
  • Presented research findings in various national and international conferences and workshops


🔬 Research Focus:

Mr. Mekuainnt Tebkew Asres’ research primarily centers around sustainable forestry practices, agroforestry systems, and their impact on biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in Ethiopia. 🌳 His studies delve into management strategies for agroforestry practices, exploring the intricate relationship between flora diversity and agricultural productivity. 🌿 Additionally, his work addresses the socioeconomic contributions of small-scale private urban tree nurseries, highlighting the importance of community engagement in environmental initiatives. 🏙️ Through his research, Mr. Mekuainnt aims to contribute to the resilience of ecosystems and communities in the face of climate variability and socioeconomic challenges. 🌍


Mr. Mekuainnt Tebkew Asres has accumulated 108 citations from 97 documents, with an h-index of 9. His research has been cited in various publications, reflecting the impact and relevance of his work in the field of forestry, agroforestry, and related disciplines.


Publications Top Notes

  1. Watershed-based soil erosion and sediment yield modeling in the Rib watershed of the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia
    • Authors: Sinshaw, B.G., Belete, A.M., Mekonen, B.M., Tebkew, M.A., Mossie Birhanu, M.
    • Published in Energy Nexus, 2021
    • Citations: 17
  2. Long-term dynamics of woodland vegetation with response of climate variability in the lowlands of northwestern part of Ethiopia
    • Authors: Mucheye, T., Tebkew, M., G/Mariam, Y., Abich, A.
    • Published in Environment, Development and Sustainability, 2021
    • Citations: 6
  3. Socioeconomic contributions of small-scale private urban tree nurseries in Gondar and Bahirdar Cities
    • Authors: Molla, M., Abtew, A.A., Tebkew, M.
    • Published in Cogent Food and Agriculture, 2020
    • Citations: 2
  4. Uses of wild edible plants in Quara district, northwest Ethiopia: Implication for forest management
    • Authors: Tebkew, M., Gebremariam, Y., Mucheye, T., Abich, A., Fikir, D.
    • Published in Agriculture and Food Security, 2018
    • Citations: 20
  5. Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in Chilga district, northwestern Ethiopia
    • Authors: Mekuanent, T., Zebene, A., Solomon, Z.
    • Published in Journal of Natural Remedies, 2015
    • Citations: 34
  6. Underutilized wild edible plants in the Chilga District, northwestern Ethiopia: Focus on wild woody plants
    • Authors: Tebkew, M., Asfaw, Z., Zewudie, S.
    • Published in Agriculture and Food Security, 2014
    • Citations: 28

Ayato Kohzu | Inland water | Excellence in Research

Dr Ayato Kohzu | Inland water | Excellence in Research

Reginal Environmental Conservation Divisio at  National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

Ayato Kohzu, Ph.D., is a prominent figure in environmental science and limnology, currently serving as the Chief of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Japan. Born on March 20, 1972, in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, Kohzu’s academic journey began with a degree from Rakusei High School in Kyoto. He went on to earn his Doctor of Science degree from Kyoto University in 2000, where his doctoral dissertation showcased his dedication to advancing the understanding of ecosystem dynamics.

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  • Graduated from Rakusei High School, Kyoto, Japan (Apr. 1987 – Mar. 1990)
  • Doctor of Science from Kyoto University, Japan (Mar. 2000)

Work Experience:

  • Chief at NIES, Japan (Apr. 2016 – Present)
  • Chief Researcher at NIES, Japan (Jul. 2010 – Mar. 2016)
  • Special Researcher at NIES, Japan (Apr. 2008 – Jun. 2010)
  • CREST Post Doctor at Japan (Apr. 2004 – Mar. 2008)
  • JSPS Post Doctor at Japan (Apr. 2001 – Mar. 2004)


  • Ecological Society of America
  • Japanese Limnological Society
  • Japanese Water Environmental Society

🔬 Research Focus:

Ayato Kohzu’s research focuses on understanding the intricate dynamics of ecosystems 🌱, particularly emphasizing the impact of various environmental factors on water quality and ecological stability. His investigations delve into diverse topics, including the effects of extreme precipitation on shallow lakes 🌊, the structural functions of sediment burrows using magnetic resonance imaging 🧲, and the consequences of macrophyte harvesting on aquatic environments 🌿. Kohzu’s work also explores the alteration of carbon and nitrogen isotopes during sedimentation processes, providing direct evidence for understanding early diagenesis in lake ecosystems. Through his research, Kohzu contributes significantly to advancing our knowledge of ecological systems and their responses to environmental changes.


Ayato Kohzu’s research has garnered significant recognition, with 1,528 citations across 88 documents, resulting in an h-index of 21. This indicates the substantial impact of his work within the scientific community.

Publications Top Notes:

  1. Kohzu, A., Matsuzaki, S.-I.S., Komuro, S., et al. (2023). Identifying the true drivers of abrupt changes in ecosystem state with a focus on time lags: Extreme precipitation can determine water quality in shallow lakes. Science of the Total Environment, 881, 163097.
  2. Shinohara, R., Matsuzaki, S.-I.S., Watanabe, M., et al. (2023). Heat Waves Can Cause Hypoxia in Shallow Lakes. Geophysical Research Letters, 50(8), e2023GL102967.
  3. Matsuzaki, S.-I.S., Kohzu, A., Tsuchiya, K., et al. (2023). Water-level drawdowns can improve surface water quality and alleviate bottom hypoxia in shallow, eutrophic water bodies. Freshwater Biology, 68(2), pp. 229–244.
  4. Shinohara, R., Tsuchiya, K., Kohzu, A., et al. (2022). The composition of organic phosphorus in a river during the springtime irrigation period. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 44, 101238.
  5. Inoue, T., Akaji, Y., Kohzu, A., et al. (2022). Relationship between plant growth and soil chemical properties in a mangrove afforestation stand, Kiribati. Plant and Soil, 479(1-2), pp. 559–571.
  6. Nakanishi, K., Yokomizo, H., Fukaya, K., et al. (2022). Inferring causal impacts of extreme water-level drawdowns on lake water clarity using long-term monitoring data. Science of the Total Environment, 838, 156088.
  7. Shinohara, R., Matsuzaki, S.-I.S., Nakagawa, M., Tsuchiya, K., Kohzu, A. (2022). Does increased springtime solar radiation also increase primary production? Journal of Plankton Research, 44(4), pp. 496–506.


Mohd Asjad Siddiqui | Freshwater Production | Best Researcher Award

Dr Mohd Asjad Siddiqui | Freshwater Production | Best Researcher Award

Research Consultant at  King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Mohd Asjad Siddiqui is an accomplished researcher and lecturer specializing in thermal engineering and renewable energy systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi Technological University and has extensive experience in both academic and industrial settings. His current work focuses on developing innovative multigeneration systems for energy and freshwater production, with a particular emphasis on utilizing renewable energy sources. Siddiqui has published numerous papers in reputable journals and has received several awards for his contributions to research and academia.

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👨‍🎓 Education:

🎓 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2018 – 2022) Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi, India. Thesis Topic: “Energy and exergy studies on recovery from wet-ethanol fueled HCCI engine for performance enhancement and air conditioning”

🎓 M.Tech. in Thermal Engineering (2016 – 2018) Al Falah University (AFU), Faridabad, India.

🎓 B.Tech. in Mechanical & Automation Engineering (2012 – 2016) Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, India.

Siddiqui’s educational background reflects his dedication to advancing his knowledge and expertise in the field of mechanical engineering, particularly in thermal energy systems.


🛠️ Six weeks training (May-June 2014) Haryana Agro Engineering Products, Haryana, India

🛠️ Four months training (Jan 08, 2016 – May 05, 2016) Bansidhar Chiranji Lal, Delhi, India

These training sessions likely provided valuable hands-on experience and practical knowledge in relevant engineering fields, complementing Siddiqui’s academic education.

👩‍🔬 Research Focus:

Mohd Asjad Siddiqui’s research primarily focuses on the development and assessment of innovative energy systems for sustainable power generation, heating, cooling, and freshwater production. 🌞 His work spans across various domains including solar-based multigeneration systems, natural gas-fueled combined power systems, and integrated renewable energy systems. Through meticulous thermodynamic analysis and performance assessments, Siddiqui aims to contribute to the advancement of renewable energy technologies and address the pressing global challenges of energy sustainability and environmental conservation. 🌱

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Gilles Rolin Ananfack kenfack | Agroforestry | Young Scientist Award

Mr Gilles Rolin Ananfack kenfack | Agroforestry | Young Scientist Award

PhD Student at  University of Dschang, Cameroon

Gilles Rolin Kenfack Ananfack is a dedicated conservationist and Program Manager at CASUDEV in Dschang, Cameroon, since February 2022. He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management (Agroforestry/Ecological Intensification) from the University of Dschang, Cameroon, earned in 2019. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Integrated Management of Forest and Agroforestry Resources, expected to be completed in 2024.


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📚 Education:

Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Integrated Management of Forest and Agroforestry Resources (In Progress) University of Dschang, Cameroon, 2019-2024 Master’s in Natural Resource Management (Agroforestry/Ecological Intensification) University of Dschang, Cameroon, 2017-2019 Bachelors in Environmental Chemistry University of Dschang, Cameroon, 2013-2016

🌳 Work Experience:

Program Manager at CASUDEV, Dschang, Cameroon February 2022 – Present Led Forest Elephant Conservation Project in Campo Ma’an National Park, reducing poaching by 20%. Orchestrated value chain establishment of Mondia Whitei, enhancing local community access. Managed financial oversight and partnerships.

🛠️ Skills:

Policy Development and Implementation. Value Chain Development in Forestry and Agroforestry Products. Biodiversity Conservation and Landscape Restoration. Gender and Development Approaches. Administrative Management. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA). Technical Proficiency in GIS tools, statistical analysis software (SPSS, R)


Research Focus 🌱🔬:

Gilles Rolin Kenfack Ananfack’s research encompasses a multidimensional exploration of bamboo agroforestry and ecosystem dynamics in Cameroon. His work, as evident in published articles like “Farmers’ local knowledge of soil fertility in bamboo plantations” and “Assessing Growth Parameters from Culm Cuttings of Bambusa vulgaris,” delves into understanding the intricate relationship between bamboo cultivation, soil fertility, and the implications for rural livelihoods. Additionally, his contribution to the manual on bamboo agroforestry in Cameroon demonstrates a commitment to practical knowledge dissemination. Collaborative efforts, such as the spatiotemporal study on land use dynamics in afromontane ecosystems, further highlight his engagement in broader research addressing environmental sustainability and the impact on specific tree species in the Adamawa region.

Publications Top Notes:

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  1. Title: Farmers’ local knowledge of soil fertility in bamboo plantations in the Western Highlands, Cameroon
    • Authors: Gilles Rolin Kenfack Ananfack, Emile Temgoua, Marie Louise Avana Tientcheu
    • Published in: Advances in Bamboo Science, 2023, 4, 100031
    • Citations: 1
  2. Title: Assessing Growth Parameters from Culm Cuttings of Bambusa vulgaris at the University of Dschang Botanic Garden, West Region of Cameroon: Implications for the Bamboo Resource Base and Rural Livelihoods
    • Authors: Gilles Ananfack, Atchombou B, Zanguim HT, Awazi NP, Tassiamba SN, Tientcheu LT, Nfornkah BN, Kaam R, Tchamba MN
    • Published in: Open Journal of Forestry, 2021, 12.1, 88-106