The London Mathematical Society Program on


at the University of NAMIBIA

(Networking African Researchers in Mathematics)

Letterio Gatto

2020-2021 MARM Recipient

Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino, Letterio Gatto, is the recipient of the MARM-LMS grant for the period 2020-2021. His main field of interest is the therory and applications of Hasse-Schmidt Derivations on Exterior Algebra, a subject he has introduced in 2005, to provide an alternative more algebraic description of Schubert Calculus. See his personal web-page here.

Frank Neumann

Chair of the LMS-MARM Board

Professor Frank Neuman, presently affiliated to Leicester's University,  is currently the Chairman of the London Mathematical Society MARM Board. He is a main inspirer and supporter of the activities pursued at UNam as well as to the other MARM nodes, which are spread off all over Africa. His Major research areas are Algebraic Topology, especially homotopy theory, and Algebraic Geometry.

Martin Mugochi

University of Namibia

Former Head of the Department of Mathematics of University of Namibia, Ph.D. at the University of South Africa, Martin Mugochi is the MARM referent for UNam. Together with MARM grant holder Letterio Gatto and Professor Giovanni Marelli, he stimulates, fposter, promote all te MARM activiteies. He is the main organizer of the MARM opening activities round table here.

Giovanni Marelli

Mathematics Proffessor, University of Namibia

Professor at University of Namibia at Windhoek, Giovanni Marelli is one example of the many italians who has fallen in love for the many beauties of Africa, finding there an ideal environment to develop his research activity. He is an expert in mathematical physics and Algebraic Geometry but this has not prevented him to organize and participating of the panel discussion "Can Mathematics Help us Tackle Pandemics Crisis?"

Elise Lazarus

MARM Phd Student, Mathematics Department, University of Namibia

Elise Lazarus, besides being Assisant Professor, teaching and tutoring young students, is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis devoted to investigate some aspects related to perfectoid spaces, npowaday a very hot topic due to the spectaculatr achievement obtained by the Field Medal Peter Scholze in developing his p-adic Hodge theory. She is collabrating in the redaction fo a text book on generic linear Ordianary differentiale equations and Related topics..

 Sigfried Amukugo

MARM Phd Student, Mathematics Department, University of Namibia

Like Elise Lazarus, Sigfried Amukugo is committed with activity of teaching and tutoring and in the meantime has begun a Ph.D.thesis project regarding the combinatorics of symmetric functions and the theory of Hasse-Schmidt Derivations on an exterior algebra, under the personal supervision of the LMS-MARM grant holder Letterio Gatto coadiuvated by Giovanni Marelli.  He is actively involed in the redaction of the MARM book on Generic Linear ODE and he is the local expert in Young tableaux.

Jesse Lichela

Mathematics Department, University of Namibia

The web mantainance of the MARN-UNam page is due to the expertise of Jesse Lichela, Master student and expert in digital media. He also cared of the production of the video of the panel discussion held on December 8, 2020. He is student of Mathematics, computer Science and Aeronautical Science. He is currently studying topics in Mathematical logic thanks to the LMS-MARM affiliated member Professor Luca San Mauro.

Winifred Mutuku

Chairperson Mathematics Department,
University of Kenyatta

Winifred Mutuku is the Head of Mathematics at Kenyatta University. Her research interest are addressed to that exciting part of mathematical physics interacting with biology. For instance one of her most interesting publication is about Hydromagnetic bioconvection of nanofluid over a permeable vertical plate due to gyrotactic microorganisms. She is actively collaborating with the Namibian MARM project bringing her scientific and managerial experience.

Josephine Wairimu Kagunda

School of Mathematics , University of Nairobi

Professor Kagungda obtained a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics, writing a thesis entitled "Mathematical analysis and dynamical systems modeling". within a joint project between the University of Lorraine,  Metz, and the University of Nairobi.  She is membe  of  the Commission fo Women on Mathematics (CWM/IMU) representing Kenya in the Regional workshop in Africa for the project “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?

Luca San Mauro

University of Padua and Vienna

Professor Luca San Mauro was a  postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Discrete Mathematics and Geometry of Vienna University of Technology, where he is running a two-years research project (2018-2020) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). For the Yeas 2020-2021 he is affiliated to the LMS-MARM program at University of Namibia, where he gives research talks and supervise Jesse Lichela intersts in Mathematicala Logic.

Dipo Aldila

Dipo Aldila

Department of Mathematics,Universitas Indonesia

Dipo Aldila is a very active researchers working at the Department of Mathematics of INDONESIA,  and he is a very active mathematician in the field of applying mathematics to develop mathematical model for epidemiology. One of his most recent work  is about the "Impact of early detection and vaccination strategy in COVID-19 eradication program in Jakarta, Indonesia". He kindly accepted to be affiliated as a collaborate to the LMS-MARM program, to pursue researches aimed to compare the epidemiologic situations in geographical region placed at long distance.

Beatrice Spadacini


Maria B. Spadacini (aka Bea),  has been the press officer of the LMS-MARM at UNam From November 2020 to September 30 2021. She is a social justice advocate and a media specialist who has worked in the fields of international development and humanitarian relief for two decades. From 2005 to 2012 she was based in Nairobi as the Regional Information Officer for CARE and later for the European Commission Humanitarian Office. She has also worked for USAID, Amnesty International, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).... Bea’s specialty is strategic communication to further programmatic goals, influence policies and behaviors, engage with communities and position critical development and social justice issues. She is the Executive producer of the One in Four podcast, which focuses on barriers to re-entry from prison. It can be found on all major podcast apps. Bea has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sojourner Magazine, The Guardian, il Corriere della Sera, The East African, La Voce di New York and Internazionale weekly. She has an M.A. in International Relations and Communications from Boston University and a B.A. from Connecticut College with a major and a passion for global health. She lives with her daughter Zawadi and her Dachshund Pinolo in Silver Spring, MD. Bea is originally from Milan, Italy. You can follow her @Bea_Spadacini and on Instagram. Her thesis is the output of a joint project University of Lorraine, Metz, France and Univeristy of Nairobi, with a thesis entitled Mathematical analysis and dynamical systems modeling and she is an expert. She is MEMBER of the Commission for Women on Mathematics (CWM/IMU) representing Kenya in the Regional workshop in Africa for the project “A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?”.

Ommolbanin Behzad

Postdoc, University of Isfahan

Ommolbanin (Somaye) Behzad for the friends, studied at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Studies for Basic Sciences in Zanjan (Iran) writing a thesis under the joint supervision of Letterio Gatto and Professor Abbas Nasrollah Nejad. She is collaborating with the LMS-MARM at UNam by giving talks on her work and by collaborating in the redaction of the text book on generic linear ODE. To know more about her click here.


Bettina Wilkens

Mathematics Department, University of Namibia

Professor Bettina Wilkens is a faculty member of Unam. She is very active both in teaching as well as coopertation with Marm Activities. She is collaborating to the redaction of the book in Linear Differential equations as a main certified scientifica outpu of the MARM program implementd in Namibia in along the year 2021

Manalebish Debalike

Mathematics Department, University of ADDIS ABABA, EtIOPIA

Doctor  Manalebish works at the Department of Addis Ababa and she is interested in mathematical modelling for Applied Science, especially epidemiology and biological sciences- She is the main bridge for the external ciooperation MARM and Etipian academics

Semu Mitiku Kassa

Department of Mathematics, International University of Science and technology, botswana

Professor Semu Mitiku Kassa is currently working at the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana. and at the same time is affiliated with to University of Addis Abeba where he is training three Ph.D. Students.
He obtained his PhD from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the field of Operational ResearchHis main areas of research are Optimization and Optimal Control, Multiagent Decision Systems, and Dynamical Systems, especially mathematical epidemiology and climate driven ecological models. He is currently an affiliated active collaborator to the LMS-MARM program in Namibia

Choolwe Siachoono

Communications & Social Media University of Namibia

I am a self-aware, confident final year MEDIA STUDIES student at UNAM, committed to academic excellence coupled with practical work experience to better prepare for the formal work environment. Currently I am in charge of the day to day running of the university of Namibia’s radio station Unam radio as an acting production manager tasked with the technical aspect of running the station such as device maintenance and monitoring as well as incoming and outgoing communications on various platforms.

Leo Tapiwa

Communications & Social Media University of Namibia

Bachelor of Arts (Media) Students