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Monday, 10 September 2012

Prof. Sospeter Muhongo gets more accolades

In addition to the other numerous awards and distinctions that he has to his credit, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, who is also Tanzania's minister for Energy and Minerals, has received yet another honour in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the field of Geology.

He is now also a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), a recognition bestowed by the GSA on individuals in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

Here  is the latest CV of Prof. Muhongo:

Professor Sospeter Muhongo, is the Minister of Energy and Minerals of the United Republic of Tanzania and  nominated member of parliament. He is, Officier, Ordre des Palmes Academiques, an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America (HonGSA),


Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, (Officier, Ordre des Palmes Academiques), FGSAf, FAAS, FASI, FASSAf, FTAAS, FGIGE, FTWAS, HonFCAGS, HonGSA, HonFGS, CGeol, EurGe

an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London (HonFGS), an Honorary Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (HonFCAGS), a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (FTWAS), a Fellow of the Geological Society of Africa (FGSAf), a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS), and a Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences (FTAAS). He is a fellow of ten highly learned professional societies. He is the first recipient (2004) of the Robert Shackleton Award (Outstanding Research on the Precambrian Geology of Africa). He is the Vice President of the Commission of the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). Prof. Muhongo is a Full Professor of Geology at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Prof. Muhongo was the Chair of the Jury of the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards - Continental Awards for Outstanding Scientists 2011 Edition. He is a member of the Executive Board of the African Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (AIPF-STI).

He is effectively involved in various high-level regional (Africa) and global science, technology and innovation strategic policy processes (e.g. Africa-Europe STI partnership). He is a member of the International Experts Group (Global Science Forum) of OECD and has occupied numerous important national, regional and international professional positions dealing with STI, earth resources, science policy and science diplomacy. Prof. Muhongo was nominated by his country to be a candidate (2009) for the post of Director General of UNESCO.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences (Elsevier), Associate Editor of Precambrian Research (Elsevier) and a member of several editorial boards of science journals and bulletins. Prof. Muhongo is the Senior Editor of the published book (2009) on "Science, Technology and Innovation for Socio-Economic Development: Success Stories from Africa."

Prof. Muhongo was the President of the Geological Society of Africa (1995 - 2001). He was the founding Regional Director (2005 - 2010) of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. He was the Chairperson of the UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP Scientific Board of International Geoscience Programme (2004 - 2008), and the Chair (2007 - 2010) of Science Programme Committee (SPC) of the UN-proclaimed International Year of the Planet Earth (IYPE). He is a Chartered Geologist and an active member of numerous professional societies including, the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Royal Commonwealth Society, Geologische Vereingung (Germany), Geological Society of Africa, Geological Society of South Africa, and the Tanzania Geological Society.

During a visit to Butiama, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo with Mama Maria Nyerere, left, widow of Tanzania's founding president, Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere.
He was the Chairman (1999 - 2005) of the Board of Directors of the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO), Tanzania, and was the Head (1997 - 2000) of the Department of Geology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prof. Muhongo was the Chairman (2002) of the Tanzania Government's Commission of Inquiry on the deadliest Mererani Tanzanite mine's accident.

Prof. Muhongo is intensively mentoring young scientists, engineers and technologists around the world. He is the Patron of the University of Dar es Salaam Geological Association of Students (UDGAS), a Patron of the National Young Earth Scientists Network (YES, Tanzania) and is an Advisor to the Global Young Earth Scientists Network (Yes, Global).

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Prof. Muhongo has published over 200 well acknowledged research articles, geological and mineral maps. He has delivered more than 300 invited keynote speeches around the world at international conferences. He has undertaken over 100 contracted scientific research projects, and consultancy services in the mineral industry, environmental issues and STI policy matters. Pro. Muhongo has been on many STI review/evaluation panels and advisory boards for both national and international institutions and organizations. He has been an external Examiner/Referee for numerous universities, i.e. examinations moderator and academic staff referee/evaluator (e.g. candidates for professorship positions). Over the past two decades, Prof. Muhongo has co-organized over 100 expert group meetings and international earth sciences, STI and science policy conferences, including those on "Science with Africa (Rapporteur-General)" which are hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and their partners.

Prof. Muhongo has developed a special interest in the application of STI for sutainable growth and socio-economic development of the global society. Prof. Muhongo who is the recipient of numerous scholarly and professional awards, recognitions, grants, and fellowships studied geology at the Universities of Dar es Salaam and GHttingen (Germany). He graduated with Dr.rer.nat. degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Prof. Muhongo is fluent in Kiswahili, English, German and French (basic).

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