Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is awarded to an alumnus or alumna of Wageningen University who is a role model at the height of his or her carrier and who has shown an outstanding commitment to contribute to ‘Quality of Life’.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award was first awarded during the 87th Dies Natalis of Wageningen University in 2005.

Prize

Next to a judicium and a certificate, the prize winners also receive a small sculpture called 'Freedom', made by sculpor Marian Spekreijse.

Jury

  • Ir. Ton Loman on behalf of the Wageningen Ambassadors
  • Prof.dr.ir. Arthur Mol on behalf of Wageningen UR en University Fund Wageningen
  • Dr. ir. Jannemarie de Jonge on behalf of KLV

Outstanding Alumnus Award 2013

Prof. dr ir. Louise O. Fresco was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2013. The jury referred to Prof. Fresco, a Distinguished Professor in Wageningen, as one of the best-known and influential graduates that the university has seen in recent years, and someone who enjoys world-wide renown.

Prof.dr.ir. Louise O. Fresco receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award
Prof.dr.ir. Louise O. Fresco receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award

Outstanding Alumnus Award 2009

At the 91st Dies of Wageningen University, alumnus awards were given to three special alumni. The three winning alumni were Azene Bekele-Tesemma from Ethiopia, Prof. Floor van Leeuwen of the Netherlands Cancer Institute and journalist and writer Frank Westerman. With these awards, the university praises alumni, which have had an extraordinary career after graduating.

prof.dr.ir. F.E. (Floor) van Leeuwen (1956), professor Epidemoiology of cancer at the VU in Amsterdam and Ir. F.M. Westerman (1964), journalist and writer, were awarded the alumnus award. Dr. A Bekele-Tesemma was awarded the Alumnus Awards for Innovative Development.

Prof.dr.ir. F.E. van Leeuwen

Floor van Leeuwen graduated cum laude in 1981 from Wageningen in human nutrition, with a graduation research about the relation between nutrition and cancer. She gained her PhD in 1994 at the VU in Amsterdam and was appointed as an extraordinary professor in 1998, next to her work at the Netherlands Cancer Insitute. The jury praises her scientific dedication and precision, in combination with a distinct community involvement. Some of her research themes are: the pill and breast cancer, passive smoking and lungcancer, the re-emerging of tumors after treatment and the effects of DES (diethylstilbesterol) on daughters. When Floor van Leeuwen received the Muntendam prize of the Koningin Wilhelminafonds, she invested the prize money to start a research concerning the long term effects of DES on DES-daughters in and after the transition.

Ir. F.M. Westerman

Frank Westerman (Emmen, 1964) grew up in Assen and studied Tropical Culture technique at the Agricultural university Wageningen.  In 1987 he lived in the Andes in Peru, where he studied the irrigation systems of Aymara-Indians. Frank graduated cum laude and can use the title Ir.

He wrote his first journalistic reports while he was studying. He kept track of the  attempt of Mario Vargas Llosa to become president of Peru for the Parool and he wrote about the American anti-drugscampaign to destroy the farming of coca in Chapare-region of Bolivia. Because Frank wanted to dedicate his work to writing, he continued with journalism. In 1993 he wrote the thirty-page story ‘the good lake’ for the magazine Atlas: His debut in the literature. At 27 years old he became the youngest correspondent for the Volkskrant. He published his first book ‘The bridge over the Tara’ about his experiences in the Balkan. In many reviews he is praised for his style and writer skills. Dirk-Jan van Baar in Intermediar stated: ‘Westerman is not just a journalist, but also a writer, and a really good one’. Since 2002 Frank Westerman works as a writer in Amsterdam. He also wrote tens of articles for the NRC Handelsblad (Saturday edition Z and Magazine M).

Dr. A. Bekele-Tessema

The Ethiopian Bekele-Tesemma gained his PhD in 1997 at Wageningen University. He now works for the International AgroForestry-Institute ICRAF in Nairobi as an advisor. Bekele-Tesemma is committed to help farmers in Kenya and Ethiopia. In 2004 he won 20.000 dollars for the best poster during a conference of the CGIAR. He used the prize money for an organisation for farmers, to a.o. create a prize for the most innovative farmer.
Prof.dr.ir F.E. van Leeuwen
Prof.dr.ir F.E. van Leeuwen
Ir. F.M. Westerman
Ir. F.M. Westerman
Dr. A. Bekele-Tessema
Dr. A. Bekele-Tessema

Outstanding Alumnus Award 2005

Dr. P. Kibwika

Paul Kibwika is one of the founder members of PICOTEAM and is the Team Leader of PICO-Uganda Ltd. Since five years ago, Paul Kibwika has extensively and intensively engaged in facilitating and documenting learning and change processes in organisations. He engages in such processes of organisational transformation as an action researcher who seeks to see the impact of his engagement. Broadly, capacity building is a major focal area of his professional practice. His recent book on Learning to make change: developing innovation competence in recreating the African University of the 21. century explains efforts to make the African university more innovative and responsive to community needs and the challenges posed by sustainability.

Paul Kibwika obtained his PhD in 2007 in Social Science at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is also a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Agricultural Extension/Education, Makerere University, Uganda where he has served for over thirteen years now. His research interest is in the social dimensions of agrarian development particularly, local organisations development and empowerment; agricultural innovation systems; and transformative learning. In pursuance of these interests, he believes in people’s capabilities to solve their own problems as a core value. Accordingly he applies facilitative approaches to enhancing people’s space and confidence to act as they respond to challenges and opportunities in their environment.

Dr. P. Kibwika
Dr. P. Kibwika