Solange specialises in the potential of end-of-life vehicle recycling in Africa

Solange, undertook in her masters study; research on trade openness through regional integration on economic growth of Africa. Her research was motivated by the declining economic growths of African countries and the reported dumping from trade activities. Solange, in her PhD, her research focus is motivated more by the degrading environment in Africa from improper handling of cars which are mostly imported (trade) as second hand (most often dumping) and how these cars can be properly recycled when they reach their end of useful life.


Solange is a PhD candidate (2019 to 2022) at the Graduate School of Environmental Science, Tohoku University, Japan. Solange also attained her Masters degree in Economics (2019) at the Graduate School of Economics and Management at Tohoku University. She carried out her Masters study after receiving the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative Scholarship Award from the Government of Japan, in assoication with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Solange was granted the award for the best presentation at her final masters seminar. Her PhD study is under a scholarship award from the Interdepartmental Multi-Dimensional Program for Materials Science and Engineering at Tohoku University, Japan. Through this, Solange had the opportunity to do her research internship at the University of Queensland, Australia. She's a member of the Africa Bridge and Research Society (AfBRS), and the organising secretary of the African Association of Miyagi (AFAM), Japan, see


Solange engages with vehicle recycling companies especially Kaiho Industry Co., Ltd, a vehicle dismantler in Japan. She has experience working in construction companies as a weight bridge operator, assistant quality, and also in a cosmetics company as a supply agent. She has carried out internships in companies such as Anchor Network Services Co., Kaiho Sangyo Co., Ltd, Japan, as well as in other public sectors such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Divisional Tax Center of Limbe, Cameroon. 


Through her engagement with Kaiho Industry Co., Ltd, she is doing a collaborative research with Meru University of Kenya on the feasibility of establishing a vehicle recycling centre at the University and the impacts of this recycling facility on the Kenyan environment and economy. She is also a member of the Africa bridge and Research Society where she has collaborated on research. 


Tshimula J., Togashi A., Numfor, S., “Towards Financial Inclusion-based Monetization Model for
Startups Drive”, The 2018 IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management - International Symposium
on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ISIE). Published                                                                                                      

Tshimula J., Njuguna M., Bayala T., Didier M., Essemlali A., Kanda H., Numfor S., “Sifting for Deeper Insights from Public Opinion: Towards Crowdsourcing and Big Data for Project Improvement”. Accepted by IEEE iCAST2019, Iwate-Japan.

Numfor S., Kazuyo M., Glen C., “A Comparative Study of ELV Tyre Recycling in Australia, Japan
and South Africa”. In preparation                                                                                                                                     

Numfor S., Kentaro T., Kazuyo M., "Estimation of Potential Quantities of End of Life Vehicles in Kenya, Cameroon,
Nigeria, South Africa and Morocco, Using Population Balance Model". In preparation


Associate Professor Glen Corder