Anthony Chukwubuikem

President, Global Development

Anthony Chukwubuikem is a Microbiologist and Bioelectrochemist. He is currently the President, Global Development at RAAI and is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the activities of RAAI fora and campuses globally. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and completed his Doctorate research in Synthetic Biotechnology/ Bioelectrochemistry at the Bio Pilot Plant of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knoll Institute, Jena Germany. Anthony is passionate about making a positive social impact and believes in the potential of Africa, and her ability to overcome her current challenges. He co-founded Research Awake Africa Initiative e.V..

Anthony Aroh

Secretary General

Anthony Aroh is a Project Management Expert and Economist. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany. Anthony is passionate about discussing and researching solutions to the most pressing challenges of the African continent. Prior to joining RAAI his developmental projects in Plateau State of Nigeria were recognized and awarded for excellence- a mark of his devotion to the shared vision at RAAI. Anthony is the Secretary General at RAAI.

Timothy Imogore

Director, Engineering and Physical Sciences Forum

Timothy Imogore is a research Physicist at the Institute of Applied Physics, Jena, Germany. He is the Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Forum at RAAI.

Oluwatosin Abdulsalam

Director, Medicine, Public Health and Life Sciences Forum

Oluwatosin Abdulsalam is a Microbiologist and Research Fellow of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Australia. He works as a Research Scientist at the Friedrich Schiller University, Germany, and is a member of the faculty at the Microbiology department of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He obtained his Doctorate degree in Germany and is the Director of the Medicine, Public Health and Life Sciences forum at RAAI. His commitment to problem solving in this field has led him to co-found two start-ups addressing issues on the environment and sustainability while facilitating several intercontinental research collaborations within the Medicine, Public Health and Life Sciences forum.

Marian Brainoo

Director, Business, Governance and Economics Forum

Marian Brainoo is an Economist and Expert in Innovation. Over the years, she has been researching on Innovative Entreprises in Africa and offering consultancy services to SMEs. Marian obtained her degree in Business and Economics from the Catholic University College of Ghana, and her Masters degree in Economics from the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. She currently works at the University of Leipzig where she researches on Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprises, Innovation and Sustainability. She is the Director of the Business, Governance and Economics Forum at RAAI.

Great Oguguo

Head, Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships

Great Oguguo is a Chartered Administrator, Physicist, and Engineer. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Administration, Nigeria, and currently works as a Research Engineer at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He studied Physics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria and obtained his Masters' degree in Photonics from the Abbe School of Photonics and Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Germany. He is responsible for facilitating and managing partnerships and collaborations between RAAI, industry partners, governments, and other collaborators.

Damilola Akinyemi

Chief Communications Officer

Damilola Akinyemi is the Chief of Communications at RAAI. Damilola researches Peripheral Nerve regeneration as a cell Biologist, at the Fritz Lipmann Institute in Germany. He Obtained his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Nigeria and a Master's degree in Molecular Life Sciences from Germany. Passionately committed to propagating the vision of sustainable development, Damilola also served as a Regional President of the Nigerian National Youth Service community.

Wisdom Maduabuchi

Chief Financial Officer

Wisdom Maduabuchi is a Biomedical Expert at the University Hospital, Jena, Germany where she conducts her research. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology and Genetics at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Wisdom also obtained her Master’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Chester, UK. Wisdom Maduabichi is the Chief Financial Officer at RAAI.

Maryann Okoli

Chief Human Resources Officer

Maryann Okoli is the Chief Human Resources Officer at RAAI. Maryann is a Microbiologist and member of the American Society of Microbiologists. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Microbiology from the Universites of Port-Harcourt and Jena, respectively. Currently, she conducts her research in Molecular Biology at the Fritz- Lipmann Institute, Germany.

Elsie Quansah

Chief Projects Management Officer

Elsie Quansah is a Research Physicist in the field of Optics and Photonics at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany. Prior to this, she worked as a Physicist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Comission. Elsie obtained her Bachelor's degree in Physics from the prestigeous University of Cape coast in Ghana, and a Masters degree in Photonics from the Abbe School of Photonics in Germany. She is the Chief Projects Management officer at Research Awake Africa Initiative.

Micheal Adewoye

Chief Operating Officer

Micheal Adewoye is the Chief Operating Officer at RAAI, responsible for enhancing the efficiency of RAAI's internal and external operational processes. He currently conducts research at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany, where he uses Artificial Intelligence to improve the accuracy and efficiency of medical diagnosis. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Medical Lab Science from the Rivers State University, in Nigeria.

Sochukwuma Uzonwanne

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Sochukwuma Uzonwanne is a Financial Economist and Market Analyst. He currently conducts his research on Sustainability Frameworks for low-income countries at the Halle Institute for Economic Research, Germany. Sochukwuma obtained his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria, and his Master's degree in Quantitative Macroeconomics at Friedrich Schïller University, Germany. He currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer at RAAI.

Advisory Board

Reinhardt Schink, PhD

Managing Director

Evangelisches Allianzhaus GmbH, Bad Blankenburg

Andreas Freytag, PhD

Chair, Political Economics

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

Matthias Bauer, PhD

Senior Economist

European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), Brussels

Aderemi Oladele, PhD


3PSMars International,


Hendrik Huthoff, PhD

Head of Education

Jena School for Microbial Communication, Jena

Rea Mauersberger


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