FNP lecturer among six ESF fellows to be stationed in overseas Dutch embassies or consulates

March 28, 2022

Dr. Nowella Anyango-van Zwieten has been awarded an Embassy Science Fellowship (ESF) to spend several weeks in Pretoria to acquire work experience in the diplomatic world and to deploy her expertise for Dutch foreign policy.

Nowella will conduct research into a project titled ‘Climate & sustainable development: circular economy, green hydrogen and a fair energy transition’ from May this year.

The research is on the social challenges involved as South Africa plans to move away from its heavy reliance on coal and into more renewable energy. It will also strengthen bilateral partnerships in green hydrogen networks between The Netherlands and South Africa (and Namibia) and connecting the understanding of circularity among stakeholders. Besides research, the output will include public lectures, a scientific network with local researchers, and round table discussions with local researchers and other stakeholders including those from the government, the private and the trade sectors.

The ESF-NL fellowships are initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to support science diplomacy in countries where the Netherlands wishes to intensify diplomatic relations.