Yichen Zhong | Key Management | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Yichen Zhong, Key Management, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Aston University, United Kingdom

Dr. Yichen Zhong is a dedicated early career researcher in Politics and International Relations, with extensive training, research, and teaching experience in political theory, EU politics, EU-China relations, public bureaucracy, and migration and border policies. He excels in facilitating dynamic dialogue between academia and practitioners and is actively engaged in public outreach. His analytical, communication, and teaching skills are exceptional, and he thrives in structured working environments.



  • PhD in Politics and International Relations.
  • Second Level Master in Public Policy and Social Change.
  • MA in International Relations and European Politics.
  • Bachelor of Laws (International Politics).

Professional Experience:

Dr. Yichen Zhong is an accomplished early career researcher in Politics and International Relations, with extensive experience in research, teaching, and public engagement. He currently serves as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aston University, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In this role, Dr. Zhong disseminates his research findings through publications and conference presentations, conducts elite interviews, and builds relationships with policymakers, practitioners, and academics. Prior to his current position, Dr. Zhong was a Lecturer in International Relations at Northumbria University, where he designed, taught, and graded modules on international relations, conflict, and security at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also co-founded the Critical Security & Foreign Policy Research Cluster. Dr. Zhong’s academic career began at Aston University, where he worked as a Tutor and Teaching Assistant, leading seminars and guest lecturing on various modules. He also coordinated the Aston International Summer School for international undergraduate students. In addition to his academic roles, Dr. Zhong has practical experience in social media and event coordination, having worked as a Social Media Intern at Aston University and an Office Assistant Intern at the Charhar Institute. His diverse experience highlights his exceptional analytical, communication, and teaching skills, making him a valuable contributor to the field of Politics and International Relations.

Research Interest:

Dr. Yichen Zhong’s research interests lie at the intersection of political theory, EU politics, EU-China relations, public bureaucracy, and migration and border policies. He is particularly focused on exploring the dynamics of EU agencies in border management, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach and innovative theoretical frameworks. His work involves qualitative analysis and case studies, highlighting the roles of policy legacies, agency autonomy, and goal conflict in institutional change. Dr. Zhong is committed to fostering dialogue between academia and practitioners and actively engages with the public to enhance the impact of his research. His dedication to understanding and addressing complex political issues is evident in his comprehensive and insightful studies.

Publication Top Noted:

A Principal-Agent Analysis of Inter-Agency Cooperation in EU Border Management

Frontex Goes Global: A Two-Level Experimentalist Governance Analysis of Frontex’s International Action and Its Role within the Externalisation of EU Borders

  • Journal: Contemporary European Politics
  • Publication Date: 2024-03
  • DOI: 10.1002/cep4.7
  • Contributors: Yichen Zhong, Helena Carrapico

The Development of Frontex: Integration through Supranationalism

  • Journal: European Politics and Society
  • Publication Date: 2024-03-14
  • DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2023.2244384
  • ISSN: 2374-5118, 2374-5126
  • Contributors: Yichen Zhong, Helena Carrapico

Amenu Wirtu | Medical Education Award | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. Amenu Wirtu, Medical Education Award, Best Researcher Award

Professor at Addis Ababa University, United States

Prof. Dr. Amenu T. Wirtu is an accomplished neuroscientist and educator with extensive experience in academia. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Liberia, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. Dr. Wirtu holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Verona, Italy, and obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Anatomy from Addis Ababa University.

Dr. Wirtu is highly skilled in teaching, research, and project management, with a focus on reducing student attrition rates and developing integrated medical curricula. He is known for his compassionate teaching style, innovative mindset, and expertise in dissection, imaging, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy.



Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education:

  • Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Year: July 2018

Ph.D. in Neuroscience:

  • Institution: University of Verona, Graduate School of Science Engineering Medicine, Italy
  • Year: September 2015
  • Performance: Scored excellent performance in both coursework and research outputs.

M.Sc. in Medical Anatomy:

  • Institution: Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine
  • Year: August 2005
  • Performance: Graduated with an excellent performance in coursework and very good performance in thesis work

Professional Experience:

Prof. Dr. Amenu T. Wirtu is a distinguished neuroscientist and educator with a wealth of experience in academia. Since June 2017, he has served as a Visiting Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Liberia, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, where he has made significant contributions to teaching, research, and service. Prior to this role, from January 2014 to May 2017, Dr. Wirtu held the position of Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, where he played a key role in curriculum development and mentored junior faculty members. His earlier experience includes serving as a Lecturer of Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology at Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine, from September 2005 to November 2014, during which time he enhanced teaching methodologies and contributed to research in the field. Throughout his career, Dr. Wirtu has demonstrated a passion for education, research excellence, and leadership in academic settings.

Research Interest:

Prof. Dr. Amenu T. Wirtu has a broad range of research interests in the fields of neuroscience, anatomy, and medical education. His research focuses on understanding neurodegenerative diseases, particularly those related to inflammation and aging. Dr. Wirtu is also interested in anatomical variants, case reports, and diagnostics, with a goal of contributing to the advancement of medical knowledge and improving patient care. Additionally, he is passionate about medical education research, including curriculum development, teaching methodologies, and strategies to enhance student learning outcomes. Dr. Wirtu’s research endeavors aim to address key challenges in healthcare and education, ultimately leading to positive impacts on patient health and medical education practices.

Publication Top Noted:

Title: Limbic thalamus and state-dependent behavior: The paraventricular nucleus of the thalamic midline as a node in circadian timing and sleep/wake-regulatory networks

  • Authors: BM Colavito, C Tesoriero, AT Wirtu, G Grassi-Zucconi
  • Journal: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Volume: 54
  • Issue: 3
  • Pages: 3-17
  • Cited By: 97
  • Year: 2014

Title: Anatomographic variants of sphenoid sinus in Ethiopian population

  • Authors: TK Degaga, AM Zenebe, AT Wirtu, TD Woldehawariat, ST Dellie, …
  • Journal: Diagnostics
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 11
  • Pages: 970
  • Cited By: 15
  • Year: 2020

Title: Diabetics-Related Foot Deformity: Prevalence, Risk Factors

  • Authors: BE Mekonnen, AT Wirtu, MA Kebede, AG Tilahun, TK Degaga
  • Journal: Knowledge and Practice. Trends Anat Physiol
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 010
  • Pages: 1
  • Cited By: 1
  • Year: 2021

Title: Variations in distal attachment of muscles of the leg, foot and the hand and their clinical implications in the population of central Ethiopia

  • Authors: SA Geneti, AT Wirtu, ST Hailegiorgis
  • Journal: Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology
  • Volume: 123
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 165-172
  • Cited By: 1
  • Year: 2018

Title: Challenges in Sourcing Bodies for Anatomy Education and Research in Ethiopia: Pre and Post COVID-19 Scenarios

  • Authors: AT Wirtu, AT Manjatika
  • Journal: Annals of Anatomy-Anatomischer Anzeiger
  • Pages: 152234
  • Year: 2024

Title: Diagnosis of Pregnant Women with Seizures at Tikur Anbessa Hospital

  • Authors: BE Kebede, MA Geleta, AT Wirtu
  • Journal: Journal of Diagnosis & Case Reports
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 1-6
  • Year: 2021

Demeke Ambaye | Education Analysis | Excellence in Research

Assist Prof Dr. Demeke Ambaye, Education Analysis, Excellence In Research

Assistant Professor at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Assistant Professor Dr. Demeke Ambaye is a respected educator and psychologist known for his expertise in applied developmental psychology and research methodologies. He earned his Bachelor of Mathematics from Addis Ababa University in 1994 before delving into psychology, where he obtained a Master of Arts specializing in Measurement and Evaluation in 2007. Dr. Ambaye furthered his academic journey by completing his PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology at Addis Ababa University’s School of Psychology in 2014.

With over a decade of teaching experience, Dr. Ambaye has made significant contributions to academia. He served as a lecturer at Debre Markos University’s Department of Psychology from 2007 to 2018, where he guided students, taught various psychology courses, and conducted research. Since 2018, he has continued his academic career at Bahir Dar University, where he continues to impart knowledge and mentor students.



PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology

  • Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • College: College of Education and Behavioral Studies
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Duration: 2009-2014
  • Thesis Title: (Not specified)
  • Awarded: July 1, 2014

Master of Arts in Psychology (Specialization: Measurement and Evaluation)

Bachelor of Mathematics

  • Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Department: Department of Mathematics
  • Duration: 1991-1994
Professional Experience

Dr. Demeke Ambaye has accumulated extensive teaching experience throughout his career, primarily in the field of psychology. His university work experience began in June 2007 at Debre Markos University, where he served as a teacher in the Department of Psychology until January 2018. During this time, he played a pivotal role in advising students, delivering lectures on various psychology courses, and teaching research and statistics courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Since January 2018, Dr. Ambaye has continued his teaching career at Bahir Dar University, where he continues to impart knowledge and expertise in psychology to his students.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Ambaye has been actively involved in providing training sessions to professionals in different sectors. He conducted training sessions for Debre Markos University staff on quantitative and qualitative research methods in clinical trials. Furthermore, he delivered research training to Amhara regional justice research officers and Amhara Regional police college instructors, focusing on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and approaches.

Through his teaching and training endeavors, Dr. Demeke Ambaye has showcased his dedication to enhancing research skills and knowledge in both academic and professional settings, contributing significantly to the development of psychology education and research in Ethiopia.

Research Interests

Dr. Demeke Ambaye’s research interests are multifaceted, spanning the fields of psychology and education. His scholarly pursuits primarily revolve around applied developmental psychology, where he investigates the practical implications of psychological theories on human development. Within this domain, he explores various aspects of developmental psychology, including cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development across the lifespan. Additionally, Dr. Ambaye is deeply involved in research aimed at enhancing the quality of education delivery, particularly in higher education contexts. He is interested in exploring innovative teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and educational policies to improve student learning outcomes and overall educational experiences. Furthermore, Dr. Ambaye’s research extends to gifted and talented education, focusing on the identification, characteristics, and educational interventions for exceptional learners. Methodologically, he is proficient in quantitative and qualitative research methods, with expertise in statistical analysis and research design. Through his interdisciplinary approach, Dr. Ambaye aims to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in psychology and education, with practical implications for promoting human development and educational excellence.


Enhanced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye using eco-friendly synthesized rGO@ZnO nanocomposites

Published in: Scientific Reports, 2023, 13(1), 22234
Authors: Negash, A., Mohammed, S., Weldekirstos, H.D., Ambaye, A.D., Gashu, M.

A novel exfoliated graphite-based device for passive sampling and detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in air
Published in: Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring and Management, 2023, 20, 100888
Authors: Sacko, A., Ambaye, A.D., Nyoni, H., Mamba, B.B., Msagati, T.A.M.

Adsorption of chromium from electroplating wastewater using activated carbon developed from water hyacinth
Published in: BMC Chemistry, 2023, 17(1), 85
Authors: Worku, Z., Tibebu, S., Nure, J.F., Ambaye, A.D., Nkambule, T.T.I.

Adsorption of methylene blue from textile industrial wastewater using activated carbon developed from Rumex abyssinicus plant
Published in: Scientific Reports, 2023, 13(1), 5427
Authors: Fito, J., Abewaa, M., Mengistu, A., Moyo, W., Nkambule, T., Ambaye, A.D.

Fe-MOF derived graphitic carbon nitride nanocomposites as novel electrode materials for the electrochemical sensing of 2,4-dichlorophenol in wastewater
Published in: Synthetic Metals, 2023, 299, 117452
Authors: Ambaye, A.D., Kebede, T.G., Ntsendwana, B., Nxumalo, E.N.

The challenges of micropollutants and their environmental detection through biochar-based nanostructured electrochemical sensors: a review
Published in: International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 2023, 20(10), pp. 11741–11762
Authors: Ambaye, A.D., Fito, J., Nxumalo, E., Nkambule, T.T.I.

Shamim Aktar Munshi | Information Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Shamim Aktar Munshi, Information Science, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Ananda Chandra College, India

Dr. Shamim Aktar Munshi is a dedicated professional with expertise in library and information science. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Aligarh Muslim University, with a thesis focusing on the Public Library System in West Bengal. Dr. Munshi also possesses an Integrated Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc.) from Pondicherry University, along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking (PGDLAN).

Her academic journey includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Geography from Aligarh Muslim University. Dr. Munshi’s commitment to her field is evident through her active participation in workshops, seminars, and conferences, where she has delivered invited lectures on topics ranging from academic excellence to plagiarism prevention.



Professional Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Library & Information Science from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, awarded on 16th September 2019. The thesis title was “Public Library System in West Bengal: An Evaluative Study”.
  • Integrated Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc.) from Pondicherry University in 2013 with First Division (71.5%, 8.1 CGPA).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking (PGDLAN) from Pondicherry University in 2012 with First Division (68.7%) in the evening stream.

Academic Qualification:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Geography from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, with First Division (62.73%) in 2011 through regular mode.
Professional Experience

Currently, Dr. Munshi serves as Librarian-Stage 1 at the Central Library, Ananda Chandra College, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, a position she has held since February 26, 2020. In this role, she manages library operations, facilitates access to resources, and supports academic and research activities within the institution.

Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor on a contractual basis at the Centre for Distance Education, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, from August 1, 2019, to February 15, 2020. During this time, she contributed to the academic development of students and engaged in scholarly research in the field of library and information science.

Additionally, Dr. Munshi completed an Internship Program at the Central Library, Burdwan University, Burdwan, West Bengal, from May 21 to June 13, 2012. This experience provided her with practical exposure to library operations and enhanced her understanding of library management practices.

Through these professional experiences, Dr. Munshi has demonstrated a commitment to advancing education, supporting research initiatives, and promoting the effective management of library resources.

Research Interest

Dr. Shamim Aktar Munshi’s research interests span various aspects of library and information science, focusing on both theoretical and practical domains. With a Ph.D. in Library & Information Science, awarded by Aligarh Muslim University, Dr. Munshi has expertise in evaluating and analyzing public library systems, particularly in the context of West Bengal. His research delves into the utilization of technology in libraries, including the use of Wi-Fi among research scholars, as evidenced by his dissertation work at Pondicherry University. Additionally, Dr. Munshi has supervised several dissertations, demonstrating his interest in mentoring and guiding aspiring library professionals. His scholarly endeavors extend to organizing workshops, seminars, and orientation programs aimed at enhancing research skills and fostering academic excellence in the field of library science. Dr. Munshi’s extra-curricular involvement in cultural activities highlights a holistic approach to academia, emphasizing both intellectual and social engagement. As a life member of the Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC), Dr. Munshi remains actively engaged in professional networks, contributing to the advancement of library science and information management.


“Uses of social networking sites among postgraduate students at University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh: A study” by SA Munshi, MG Mostafa, M Alam

“Information literacy skills among the postgraduate students at Aligarh Muslim University, India” by SA Munshi and P Nagar

“Information seeking behavior of female research scholars of faculties of social science and Arts in Aligarh Muslim University: A comparative study” by P Nagar and SA Munshi

“Utilization of social networking tools in the learning process by social science students at Aligarh Muslim University: A Survey” by SA Munshi

“Building Public Library Collection in India: A Study of Book and Non-book Material” by MA Ansari and SA Munshi

“Collections and services of public libraries in West Bengal, India: An evaluative study against the backdrop of the IFLA guidelines” by SA Munshi and MA Ansari

  • Journal: IFLA Journal (Sage)
  • Volume: 47
  • Issue: 2
  • Pages: 250-262
  • Year: 2021