Capacity Strengthening Programme

Program

  Date and Location

Time

Speaker

Topic

21st Aug City Lodge Hotel Newtown

17h00-19h00

Andrew Crouch

DVC Academic Affairs, Wits

Launch of programme and official welcome

22nd August

Wits Library 4th floor conference room

09h00 – 09h30

Mary Scholes 

Organiser and facilitator

Welcome: Setting the scene and objectives of the programme

Wits Library

09h30 – 10h15

Lindiwe Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Challenges of feeding the world into the next 50 years

 

10h15-10h30

 

Tea

Rm 125 1st Floor Maths Science Building

10h30 – 11h30

David Rubin

Biomedical Engineering

 

Teaching System Dynamics to undergraduates: Lessons from a course in Health Sciences (Vidyo from Australia)

Wits Library

11h30-13h00

Mary Scholes

Working in groups: exercise to draw a system

 

13h00-14h00

 

Lunch

Wits Library

14h00-15h15

Nic Cloete Hopkins Transnet Centre of Systems Engineering

Systems thinking in Engineering

 

15h15-15h30

 

Tea

Wits Library

15h30-16h30

Chantell Ilbury

Scenario Strategist

(www.mindofafox.com)

Scenarios for Africa

 

16h30-17h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath

23rd August

Wits Library

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

Wits Library

09h00-10h15

John Stremlau International Relations 

Politics, Science and the African Renaissance

 

10h15-10h30

 

Tea

TBC

10h30-12h00

Participants

Filming of participants research videos

Wits Library

12h00-13h00

Lee Berger

Evolutional Studies Institute

Stumbling into GREAT discoveries

 

13h00-14h00

 

Lunch

Wits Library

14h00-15h15

David Everatt School of Governance

Urban development, Governance and African Cities

 

15h15-15h45

 

Tea

Rm 125 1st Floor Maths Science Building

16h00-17h15

Simon Levin

Director Centre for Bio- complexity, Uni Princeton, IIASA alumnus

Mathematical and modelling tools that are used in systems analysis (Vidyo from the USA)

24th August

Wits Library

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

Wits Library

09h00-10h15

Ebrahim Momoniat

School of Computational and Applied Mathematics

The Use of Big Data in Systems Analysis

 

10h15-10h30

 

Tea

 

10h30-12h00

Participants

Filming of participants research videos

 

12h00-13h00

 

Lunch

Wits Library

13h00-15h00

Sebastian Poledna

Advanced Systems Analysis IIASA

Financial networks and agent-based modelling of systemic risk.  

 

 

15h00-15h30

 

Tea and walk to the Precinct

Tshimologong Walk to the Corner of Station and Juta street

15h30-17h00

Barry Dwolatzsky

Joburg Centre For Software Engineering

Trip to the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein

25th August

Wits CLTD

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

 

09h00-17h00

Pat Pillai

Life College

Resonant Leadership: what is needed for an emerging researcher

26th August

Wits CLTD

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

 

09h00-17h00

Pat Pillai

Life College

Resonant Leadership: what is needed for an emerging researcher

27th August

All day

Participants and guests

Optional trip to Maropeng: Cradle of Humankind

28th August

All day

 

Free and an opportunity for further filming

29th August

Wits Library

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

Wits Library

09h00–10h15

Robert Scholes

Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute

Stability resilience and all that stuff

 

 

10h15-10h30

 

Tea

Wits Library

10h30-11h30

Ulf Dieckmann

Director Evolution and Ecology Program IIASA

Complex Adaptive Systems

Wits Library

11h30-12h15

Mary Scholes

Tips on how to be a good supervisor

 

12h15-13h00

Participants

Relax and network

 

13h00-14h00

 

Lunch

Rm 110, 1st Floor Maths Sciences Laboratories

14h00-16h00

Ulf Dieckmann

Director Evolution and Ecology Program IIASA

Mini-course on systems dynamics

30th August

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

Rm 110, 1st Floor Maths Sciences Laboratories

09h00-11h00

Ulf Dieckmann

Director Evolution and Ecology Program IIASA

Mini-course on systems dynamics

 

11h00-11h15

 

Tea

Rm 110, 1st Floor Maths Sciences Laboratories

11h15-12h00

Mary Scholes

World café exercise on systems dynamics

 

12h00-13h00

 

Lunch

Rm 110, 1st Floor Maths Sciences Laboratories

13h00-15h00

Ulf Dieckmann

Director Evolution and Ecology Program IIASA

Mini-course on systems dynamics

 

15h00-15h15

 

Tea

TBC

15h15-17h15

Participants

Viewing of edited research videos

31st August WRF

09h00-15h30

 

Travel to the Wits Rural Facility (WRF)

 

18h30-

Mary Scholes

How to “play” the international science game”

1st September WRF

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

 

09h00-11h00

Junko Mochizuki

Risk and Resilience Programme IIASA

Managing risk within the context of  socio-economics and climate change

 

11h00-11h30

 

Tea

 

11h30-13h00

Mark Collinson Agincourt Health Programme

 

The Agincourt Health and socio-demographic surveillance system


 

12h30-13h30

 

Lunch

 

13h30-14h30

Wayne Twine

School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Linkages between environment, livelihoods, and human well-being, using Bushbuckridge as a case study.

 

14h30-15h00

 

Tea

 

15h00-17h00

Sharon Pollard

Association for Water and Rural Development

Resilience in a rural environment

2nd September WRF

 

Participants and guests

Field visit to local village

3rd September WRF

08h30-09h00

Mary Scholes

Catching our breath and checking in

 

09h00-10h00

Rhian Twine

Head: Community Engagement (LINC) Office

Public engagement in long-term research: health and demographics

 

10h00-11h00

Odeku Kolawole

University of Limpopo

Long term data sets and health

 

11h00-11h30

 

Tea

 

11h30-13h00

 

Free time to explore nature and prepare integrated research projects

 

13h00-15h30

 

Lunch and free time

 

15h30-16h30

Mary Scholes

World café on new research projects

4th September WRF

All day

 

Free – optional trip to the Kruger National Park

5th September WRF

09h00–17h00

Kevin Balkwill

School of Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences

Writing retreat

6th September WRF

09h00-17h00

Kevin Balkwill School of Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences

Writing retreat

7th September WRF

09h00-17h00

Kevin Balkwill School of Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences

Writing retreat

8th September WRF

09h00-15h00

Kevin Balkwill

School of Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences

Writing retreat

 

 

16h00-17h00

Mary Scholes

Evaluation and closure

 

18h00 - late

 

Closing function

9th September

 

 

Departure from WRF

 

COURSE PRESENTERS

                                                                             Prof Crouch Andrew

Professor Andrew Crouch took leadership of the overall academic portfolio, University of the Witwatersrand on 1 May 2013. He is responsible for teaching and learning, throughput, e-learning, strategic and academic planning. As such, the five Executive Deans report to him. He joined University of the Witwatersrand in 2009 as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, having served as the associate dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Stellenbosch University since 2006. His history with Stellenbosch University began when he joined the institution as a Professor of Chemistry in April 1999. He has extensive teaching experience in Chemistry at all levels, having taught at the Peninsula Technikon, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and various universities abroad. He established a Centre for Electrochemistry at UWC with industry support. Crouch holds a BSc Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of the Western Cape and a PhD in Chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has more than 20 years’ research experience in environmental electrochemistry and its applications, being the author/co-author of more than 100 research papers and conference proceedings and one patent in the area of electrochemistry. He was also awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fellowship and Gold Medal (1998) from the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund.


                                                                               Ms Di Rito Carmen

Carmen Di Rito graduated from the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Education (then known as the Johannesburg School of Education) with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She has contributed significantly to the vision and strategic growth of the organisation. Carmen is currently the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and serves on the LifeCo UnLtd Trust as a trustee. LifeCo UnLtd develops a humanised, purposecentred individual who is a critical thinker and practitioner. Dialogue, debate, practice and capital are LifeCo’s process accelerators informed by 28 years of research and development and 18 years of implementation and practice. It also finds, funds and supports impact entrepreneurs. It is an impact enterprise itself 100% owned and governed by a trust, the group has R110m in assets, operates nationally and has reached over 80 000 students and over 4 000 young entrepreneurs to date, with over 100 established entrepreneurs in its network. LifeCo is currently establishing a R100m Social Impact Fund. In her capacity as CDO she is responsible for the Operations and Impact within the group across all business units.

                                                                               Ms Ilbury Chantell


Chantell Ilbury is a globally-respected specialist in the use of scenarios in strategy, a facilitator, speaker and top-selling business author. She is also a founding partner of mindofafox. She specialises in guiding organisations through their strategic conversations. She has worked across all sectors and as far afield as the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Ukraine, Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Singapore, India, Mauritius, Réunion Island, and throughout Africa. Chantell holds a BSc in Chemistry, a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Education, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has studied Strategic Negotiation through Harvard Business School in Boston. It was at UCT in 2000 where she first met Anglo America’s Clem Sunter and shared her ideas on scenario planning that lead to the writing of their best-selling books The Mind of a Fox (2001), Games Foxes Play (2004) and Socrates and the Fox (2007). The three books were later published together as The Fox Trilogy in 2011. Her latest book – A Fox’s Tale: Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers–- was published by Penguin in July 2016.

                                                                          Prof Rubin David

Professor David Rubin is a medical doctor and an Adjunct Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (University of the Witwatersrand). He has a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine from the South African Colleges of Medicine, and his academic interests include: modelling and simulation in medicine, medical instrumentation, the role of quantitative sciences in medical education, and researching novel approaches in the treatment of cancer. He led the development of the undergraduate Biomedical Engineering degree as well as a System Dynamics course for Health Sciences students at University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently the leader of the Biomedical Engineering Research Group in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at University of the Witwatersrand.

                                                                           Prof Momoniat Ebrahim

Professor Ebrahim Momoniat is in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at University of the Witwatersrand University. In addition, Professor Momoniat is the Assistant Dean for Research; the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and the Deputy Director of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences that is hosted at the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Momoniat’s research interests are in the field of fluid dynamics, thin film flows, symmetry analysis and partial differential equations.

                                                                               Prof Stremlau John

John Stremlau is Visiting Professor, International Relations, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He served from January 2006 until January 2015 as vice-president for peace programmes at The Carter Center, where he oversaw the Centre’s programmes to advance human rights, democracy, and conflict resolution globally; regional cooperation in the Americas; and US-China cooperation. From 1998 to 2006, he resided in South Africa where he was Jan Smuts Professor, Head of the International Relations Department, and the founding director of the Centre for Africa’s International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand. Previously, he served as senior adviser to the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict in Washington, DC (1994-1998), deputy director for policy planning in the office of the US Secretary of State (1989-1994), strategic planning officer for the World Bank (1988-1989), and an officer of the Rockefeller Foundation (1974-1987). He directed the latter’s international relations division from 1984-1987, where his responsibilities included supporting research and training in the fields of international security and economic cooperation, US-Soviet relations, with early support for IIASA, and in Human Rights, assistance to grass-roots South African groups opposing apartheid. Professor Stremlau publishes extensively on foreign affairs and is a frequent media commentator on international network news programmes. He authored “The International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War” and has edited several books.


                                                                                  Dr Mochizuki Junko

Doctor Junko Mochizuki joined IIASA’s Risk and Resilience (RISK) programme as a research scholar in August 2013.Her particular interest lies in the interface between policy and scientific knowledge – investigating barriers and enablers for risk reduction actions at the fiscal and macroeconomic planning levels. In addition to conducting integrated risk assessments, she has also led a number of capacity building workshops for developing country policy-stakeholders, focusing on macroeconomic risk management and probabilistic costbenefit analysis of disaster risk reduction investment. Her most recent activity is leading a research project on simulation exercises to support stakeholder participation. Prior to joining IIASA, Dr Mochizuki was a PhD degree fellow at the East-West Center/University of Hawaii in USA, where she received her doctoral degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) and graduate certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DMHA). She completed an MSc degree in Global Agricultural Sciences at the University of Tokyo in 2006, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California Irvine with a BA in political science in 2001.

                                                                                   Prof Balkwill Kevin

Professor Kevin Balkwill trained as a plant systematist, with a special interest in the taxonomy of the Acanthaceae. He has since branched out into floristic work (especially on ultramafic soils) and into various aspects of sustainable utilisation. He started his working career as the Curator of the CE Moss Herbarium and will personally celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Life Sciences Museum in 2017 by having his 100th paper published. He was the Head of School of Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences for ten years, and now serves as the Assistant Dean Staff Development in the Faculty of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is an ordained Anglican priest and currently assists in two Johannesburg parishes. One of his favourite projects of recent years has been to develop paper writing workshops and retreats that he offered for staff, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduates for a variety of faculties. He enjoys fieldwork and plant collecting and recently had the thrill of discovering four new species in one day!

                                                                                   Mr Cloete-Hopkins Nic

Nic Cloete-Hopkins is the Senior Lecturer for Systems Engineering in the Transnet Centre for Systems Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand. His education is from both an engineering and non-engineering background – having read for a BCom in Information Systems and Accounting from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Systems Engineering Management from University College, London. He has been involved in systems engineering professionally for 19 years in Africa, UK, Europe and Indonesia.The specified areas of experience and responsibilities include:


– Systems training and education (including research)– covering systems definition, systems thinking, systems engineering and systems science; lifecycle management, requirements management, interface management, systems assurance and integration


; – Transport infrastructure logistics – multi-model freight transport infrastructure conceptual and architectural framework development, costing and discounted cash flow modelling providing a link between engineering costing and finance;

– Project management.

                                                                                   Prof Scholes Mary

Professor Mary Scholes, a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, is currently a full professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, where she holds a Research Chair in Systems Analysis. She is also the Director of Graduate Affairs at University of the Witwatersrand. Her research activities focus on soil fertility, food security and biogeochemistry in savannas, plantation forests and croplands. Her research funds are mostly sourced from industry and the government and she is currently actively involved in monitoring the impacts, on human health and the environment, of the new power stations in the Waterberg. She chairs the advisory boards of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. She is also a member of the jury for the Volvo Environment Prize. These activities involve extensive collaborative research with a number of overseas and local institutes. Her publication record is extensive; she has mentored over 70 postgraduate students and she teaches at postgraduate level at the University. She has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching, Research and Academic Citizen awards. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and of the South African Academy of Science. She is the recipient of a number of national and international awards, including being elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. She has served on Senate at University of the Witwatersrand for over 25 years and has served on Council for two terms. She is married to Bob Scholes, a systems ecologist, and they have a 19-year-old son.

                                                                                        Dr Collinson Mark

Doctor Collinson was co-instrumental in establishing the Medical Research Council/University of the Witwatersrand University Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System in South Africa and has led the INDEPTH Network, Migration, Urbanisation and Health Working Group since 2003. He pioneered the use of health and demographic surveillance systems to study migration, livelihoods and health and built capacity for this in Africa and Asia. He is principal investigator of multi-country project advancing knowledge on migration, urbanisation and health, called the Multi-centre Analysis of the Dynamics of Internal Migration and Health (MADIMAH). He is co-PI of an NIH R01 award called “Migration, Urbanisation and Health in Transition settings”, which follows rural migrants to keep track of their health and economic outcomes. He is co-investigator of a NIA P01 award called ‘Healthy Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI)’, responsible for keeping track of participants and minimising loss-to-follow-up, and studying health and economic consequences of migration for older adults in north-eastern South Africa


                                                                                               Prof Berger Lee

Professor Lee Berger is an award-winning researcher, explorer, author and speaker. He has been recognised by Time Magazine in 2016 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award and was the 2016 National Geographic Society’s Rolex Explorer of the Year. His scientific work has brought him recognition as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and the South African Academy of Sciences and he has served in prominent advisory positions including the Chairmanship of the Fulbright Commission of South Africa, the Senior Advisory Board of the Global Young Academy and the Centre of Excellence in PalaeoSciences of South Africa, among many others. He is a South African Ambassador for Tourism. Berger is presently the Research Professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, and an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. He is also the Division Director of Palaeoanthropology in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.


                                                                                                Mr Pillai Pat

Pat Pillai is a teacher and social entrepreneur. He has also been a TV news anchor and executive producer. He is the founder and CEO of LifeCo UnLtd SA, which has 60 institutional partners and, over 18 years, has benefitted 80 000 people nationally. LifeCo, itself a social enterprise, has an asset base of R110m and is wholly owned by a public benefit trust. All proceeds finance LifeCo’s mission of developing, funding and supporting 300 entrepreneurs by 2020. LifeCo was voted among the top 10 most trusted NGOs in South Africa. Over 4 000 students have undergone its entrepreneur and social engagement programmes, with 108 young adult entrepreneurs actively trading. Their turnovers range from R600 000 to R5 million per annum. Pat is an Ashoka Globalizer Fellow.


 

PARTICIPATING STUDENTS

                                                                                       Dr Aremu Adeyemi

Doctor Aremu is a post-doctoral researcher at the Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, School of Life Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg. He graduated from UKZN with an MSc (Ethnobotany) cum laude in 2010 and a PhD (Botany) in 2012. Based on IIASA criteria, his research falls under the ‘world population’ and ‘global health’ theme. The increasing number of people in the world are faced with health-related challenges and his research on medicinal plants remains vital toward meeting their healthcare needs. His research focuses on the bioactivity testing and safety evaluation of medicinal plants. He has also been actively involved with the cultivation and manipulation of secondary metabolites in a number of highly valuable medicinal plants. He is a highly-motivated, diligent and dedicated emerging scientist who is always eager to learn. His versatility has enabled him to integrate different aspects of plant physiology. He has authored/co-authored 64 peer-reviewed articles (698 citations, h-index of 13 and i10-index of 14 – Google Scholar).

                                                                                          Dr Bahta Yonas

Doctor Bahta is a researcher in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State. He obtained his PhD in 2007 and MSc with distinction in 2004 from the University of the Free State and has been a permanent employee at the University since 2014. He received an award for the second best publication article in Agrekon, in agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA). He is a member of professional bodies like AEASA, International Farm Management Association (IFMA) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics. Dr Bahta has seen four of his eight MSc students graduate and three articles have already been published from the MSc dissertations in accredited journals. As an experienced researcher, he recently collaborated with the University of Pretoria and Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) on KZN agro-processing and vulnerability, adaptation to and coping with drought.

                                                                                               Mr Belle Johanes

Mr Belle is a disaster management professional, environmentalist, researcher and a senior educator. Employed as a lecturer at the University of the Free State since 2010. He holds a master’s degree in Disaster Management and is finalising his PhD research in Environmental Management with a focus on the integration of DRR and CCA into ecosystems management, using wetlands as a case study. He has published four articles in internationally accredited journals, facilitated two workshops, presented at many national and international conferences and attended many short courses. He is a member of the Society of South Africa Geographers (SSAG); International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIAsa) and the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA).

                                                                                              Mr Darwish Hasan

Mr Darwish lectures at North West University and is tasked with marketing the new Industrial Engineering department. He is also responsible for Industry relationships. Hasan has operated several initiatives in rural and low-income communities since 2013. Currently, Hasan is completing his PhD in Engineering and developing an innovative model that has the potential to resolve youth unemployment through decentralised modular structures. Hasan possesses a MA in Applied Ethics and a MEng in Project Management. His research interests include alternative energy developments, socio-economic models, the sharing economy, system dynamics and system thinking.

                                                                                             Dr Edelstein Ian

Doctor Edelstein is a research specialist in the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit in Pretoria. He holds an MPA in Public Administration at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs, in the United States, and obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town. Before joining the HSRC, in June 2016, he was Head of Communications and Public Affairs at the International Committee of the Red Cross-Pretoria Regional Delegation and a Global Advisor on Urban Violence and Youth Projects. He has also worked in the areas of youth development programming, visual communications, and higher education, among other fields. His areas of research interest include: interpersonal violence, youth development/sport-based development, programme evaluation/impact assessment, education reform, and poverty/inequality studies. He has specialisation in quantitative analysis of programme effects and developmental trajectories through longitudinal panel study. He has conducted additional research on educational inequalities and potential reforms in South Africa, based on comparative African data and international schooling innovation evidence. Dr Edelstein has presented papers at conferences in South Africa, Europe, and the Americas and is currently developing a series of articles from his longitudinal PhD research on youth violence and localised intervention.

                                                                                            Dr Ejidike Ikechukwu

Doctor Ejidike received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Fort Hare. The fascinating field of Schiff bases and its metal complexes for biological applications has evolved rapidly in the last decades, observing some of the most important discoveries and developments in medicinal chemistry, pharmacotherapy, chemotherapeutic agent synthesis. He is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Fort Hare. His research is based on metal complexes of Schiff base ligands: Synthesis, characterisations and biological activity. He is currently investigating the biochemical mechanisms of some selected transition metal ions with Schiff base ligands, their physiochemical properties, antibacterial, antioxidant and cancer cells cytotoxicity which may lead to the design of more efficient platinum and ruthenium anticancer chemotherapeutic analogue, scavenging of free reactive oxygen species (ROS) which triggers human cell damage, aging, cancer, heart disease. In his career, Dr Ejidike has authored more than 10 peer-reviewed publications, reviewer to the Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, Journal of Global Ecology and Environment, and British Biotechnology Journal. He is a member of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), and Nigeria Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP).

                                                                                            Dr Eloka-Eboka, Andrew

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Engineering of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Eloka-Eboka obtained his honours degree in Chemical Engineering/Technology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; a master’s of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has an outstanding track record of research and innovation and has published widely with over 25 publications. He produced ten publications in the course of his doctoral studies. He was an overall best paper awardee in 2013 in Hong Kong at a conference of the World Society for Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET 2013). He was appointed an international scientific committee member for the 14th and 15th sessions of the conference in Nottingham, UK (2015) and Singapore (2016). He is a TWAS-ROSACA Fellow (2013) and also a research grant holder of the National Automotive Council Abuja, Nigeria (2014) with two successive NRF research travel grants in 2015. As facilitator and consultant, he has trained over 100 engineers at the National Engineering Design and Development Institute, Nigeria. He has experience in teaching and research and has mentored many South African students in Mathematics and Engineering. He has been a Judge in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in South Africa at regional and national levels for the past three years. He was among the 45 selected Africans to participate in the European Science Forum (ESOF 2016).

                                                                                              Prof Garira, Winston

Professor Garira is an active researcher in Biomathematics on the African continent and is currently working on multiscale modelling of infectious disease systems. Infectious disease systems typically involve processes at multiple scales, from gene to molecules to cell to tissue or organ or organism and the environment. Studies of any single scale are not sufficient to describe the complete disease system. Multiscale modelling is becoming an increasingly important approach to studying disease systems. His research involves developing tractable predictive multiscale models of infectious disease transmission dynamics in which within-host processes (intracellular and intercellular) and infection dynamics interact both ways through inoculum size and reinfection in the initial infection stages. The overall aim of the research is to develop multiscale models of infection and treatment in which events inside of infected cells are modelled as well as the spread of pathogen among cells, including the transmission of pathogen between human hosts.

                                                                                           Dr Govender Ivan

Doctor Govender attended the University of Durban Westville where he completed his BSc in mathematics and chemistry. He further obtained a BCom and LLB at UNISA; CFP at UFS; MBA at UDW and DPA at UKZN. His employment history includes being a research assistant at SASA and UDW and senior manager at Umgeni Water and Metro Water. Currently he is a senior lecturer at Durban University of Technology in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Management Studies. His research expertise is in performance monitoring and evaluation, governance and leadership, with areas of interest in mentoring, learning organisations and development management.

                                                                                          Dr Hamada Mohamed

Doctor Hamada is a lecturer of Information Systems and Computing at the Faculty of Management, MIS Department MSA University, Egypt. He teaches at the joint programme between Greenwich University, UK, and MSA University in Egypt. He also works as a lecturer of Information Systems and Computing at Pharos University, Alexandria, where he teaches at the joint programme between Dublin institute of Technology in Ireland and Pharos University in Egypt. He holds an MSc in Information Technology and a PhD in Information Systems (2013). 

                                                                                         Dr Ke Long Phan

Doctor Ke Long is a senior researcher and vice-director of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. He obtained a grant from the VLIR (Flemish Interuniversity Council) to follow the Postgraduate International Nematology Course at the University of Ghent, Belgium where he obtained his MSc in Nematology. He was offered a PhD position at the Agricultural Research Centre (Ghent) and obtained a doctorate in Applied Biological Sciences (2003). With this thesis, he was awarded the Development and Cooperation Prize 2004 by the Minister for Development Co-operation, Belgium. From 2004 – 2006 he studied the potential of entomopathogenic nematodes for controlling the sawyer beetle, Monochamus alternatus in Japan under the postdoctoral fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). From 2009 – 2012 he collaborated with scientists from Germany, UK and Thailand to conduct the project “Genomic approaches to metabolite exploitation from Xenorhabdus/Photorhabdus” (www.gamexp. eu), which was funded under the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme. From 2012 – 2013, he obtained the grant from VAST to study on taxonomy, distribution and chemical compounds of the natural Panax species in Lai Chau province, Vietnam, in which he described a new variety, Panax vietnamensis var. fuscidiscus that is a sub-species of Panax vietnamensis. He has contributed to more than 20 scientific peer-review papers and one book chapter. Currently Dr Ke Long is a principal investigator of the bilateral cooperation project between Vietnam and India to study the molecular diversity and innate immune parameter of Mugil cephalus in Vietnam and India.

                                                                                           Mr Kubanza Nzalalemba Serge

Nzalalemba is a PhD student registered in the Faculty of Science and completing his studies in the school of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has submitted his PhD thesis to the faculty for examination. He holds an MSc in Development Planning, which he obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand, and BA (Hons) in Sociology and Anthropology from Kinshasa University, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has published a number of papers in the field of solid waste management, environmental justice and sustainability. He has held various positions with non-profit organisations in South Africa, and is also involved with collaborative research works with the Centre of Adaptation and Creativity, Technologies and Significations in the production of order and disorder in Africa, Germany. Mr Kubanza is a sociologist, anthropologist, a development planner, and human geographer by training and he specialises in environmental planning and solid waste management. He is among the 24 PhD students in the world to have received training on the systems thinking and systems dynamic analysis organised by the International Institute for Applied System Analysis, the National Research Foundation, the Department of Science and Technology of South Africa and the University of the Free State. He is an awardee of the National Institute for Humanity and Social Sciences (NIHSS) as well as of Open Society Foundation (OSF), USA.

                                                                                          Dr Lephoto Tiisetso

Doctor Tiisetso Lephoto attained a PhD in Molecular and cell biology specialising in Nematology, Microbiology,Biotechnology, Genomics and Bioinformatics. She obtained her PhD at the age of 26 from the University of the Witwatersrand, under the supervision of Professor Vincent Gray. Being one of the top 15% at University of the Witwatersrand, she was awarded membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society. She has presented research at national and international conferences and has won several awards for her work. These include Best Young researcher in science, Best upcoming researcher, Best innovation science project, Award for publications in scientific journals and Best oral presenter at a number of conferences. In her research, she has already isolated and characterised a novel entomopathogenic (insect-killing) nematode species which she sequenced, assembled and annotated its whole genome and its pathogenic bacteria symbiont. The analysis will further increase her knowledge and understanding of the molecular genetics and biochemical mechanisms underlying the dynamics associated with the insect-killing nematodesbacteria-insect host complex. Her research further aims to investigate nematode product formulation strategies, which will be applied to control insect pests. Doctor Lephoto is also passionate about youth development and founded ‘Yes we a moving’, a wellness and fitness project in 2011. In addition to her work, she mentors young people through tutoring high school learners and rendering motivational talks at an organisation called Katleho Pele Education. For her contribution to the community, she was selected as one of the 100 Brightest young minds in South Africa and a One Young World ambassador.

                                                                                              Dr Linganiso Linda

Dr Linganiso is employed at the University of Zululand as a Senior lecturer and tasked with establishing the Energy Centre of Competence (CoC) and secure funding for its operation. The Centre will be made up of four research units (Biohydrogen economy, Waste-to-Energy; Climate change, Fischer-Tropsch and water gas shift Catalysis). Its mandate is to secure Centre Directors with the know-how for each unit to foster proactive innovation and developing the human resources required to undertake competitive research and development activities in the energy field and to commit to commercialisation from the start which aligns with her interests in inventions, product development and commercialising intellectual property. Her previous position as a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) has prepared her well for the task. At the CSIR she was responsible for funding negotiations with government entities and ensuring funding was managed appropriately on projects she helped design to meet governmental needs. While at the CSIR she won the Emerging Researcher Award in 2014. She also received the Patent Incentive Award, from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011 for a PhD project entitled “Microwave induced solid state interactions for the Synthesis of Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts”. Dr Linganiso holds PhD in Petroleum Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand.

                                                                                             Mr Matlala Sogo

Sogo is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health at the University of Limpopo where he teaches modules on health systems management and policy and also supervises research projects. He has experience of working as project coordinator in the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector and also worked as a professional nurse in government hospitals and primary health care clinics in the rural areas of Limpopo Province. His passion for primary health care motivated him to study further and to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Limpopo, an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) while employed fulltime. He will be graduating with a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy in Health Studies (D Litt et Phil Health Studies) degree from UNISA in September 2016. His other qualifications include a Secondary Teachers’ Diploma and a Diploma in Nursing Sciences and Midwifery. His research interests include TB and HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, school health services and environmental health. Sogo has presented papers at local conferences and published articles in peer-reviewed journals from his doctoral study.

                                                                                          Dr Moyo Peter Mthunzi

Doctor Moyo’s research interests are biased towards ecosystem services, function and ecosystem sustainable production. He is mainly interested in the impacts and interaction of animals, humans and natural resources. Working on various community engagements projects has helped him acquire vast experience in the use of various methodologies in vegetation research, improved his communication and leadership skills, enhanced his ability to work under pressure with minimum or no supervision and also given him an opportunity to work closely with different individuals that come from diverse cultural backgrounds. He also possesses public speaking and people-handling skills, acquired through eight years of training as a postgraduate student as well as a researcher with both the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and the Witwatersrand.

                                                                                          Dr Mthethwa Thandekile

Doctor Mthethwa obtained a BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Zululand in 2008. In 2010 she obtained a master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg. She then moved to Rhodes University and obtained a PhD in Chemistry in 2014 then joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) for a post-doctoral fellowship and later took up a researcher position at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in July 2015. She is currently working for CPUT as a researcher in the biocatalysis and technical biology research group under the Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Technology. Her research interest is on nanomaterials and photoactive dyes.

                                                                                           Dr Musiyiwa Kumbirai

Doctor Musiyiwa is a lecturer in the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe, where she is supervising several student research projects. Her research interests are in agricultural adaptation to climate change and variability, soil science and biotechnology. She holds three degrees in Agriculture: a PhD, an MPhil and a BSc (Hons) with a major in Soil Science. In 2011, she won a PhD studentship to study climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa smallholder areas. The study was conducted under a research project implemented by ICRISAT and its partners entitled “Adapting agriculture to climate change: Developing promising strategies using analogue locations in Eastern and Southern Africa”. It was funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She was attached to ICRISAT, Matopos, Bulawayo, for her studies and was awarded her PhD degree in 2014. Dr Musiyiwa has several publications on soil fertility and climate change adaptation, including journal articles, book chapters and conference papers which have been cited more than 90 times. She is a member of the Soil Science Society of Zimbabwe (SSSZ).

                                                                                        Mr Ndayizigamiye Patrick

Patrick holds a master’s degree (MCom) in Information Systems and Technology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has just submitted his PhD thesis for examination. His research interest is in mobile health, ICT for development (ICT4D) and health IT. Patrick has held tutor, research assistant, lecturer and coordinator positions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has presented numerous papers at both local and international conferences and has published a number of papers in international journals. He is also a reviewer for the African Journal of Information Systems. He intends to pursue postdoctoral research within the field mobile health (mHealth).

                                                                                         Dr Ngade Ivo

Doctor Ngade is an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral researcher at Rhodes University. He obtained a master’s and certificate of advanced studies in social and cultural anthropology at Leuven University. He also obtained a PhD in African Languages and cultures at Ghent University in Belgium. Part of his doctoral research at Ghent University was carried out at the department of Anthropology and the Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), University of Connecticut in USA. His current research interest is on local responses to emerging infectious (zoonotic) diseases, such as Ebola.

                                                                                           Dr Nguyen Khoi Tan

Doctor Nguyen received his first bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Institute of Telecommunications of Saigon in 2002. He then received two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and chemistry from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2006, whereafter he obtained his doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of Michigan. He has been an assistant professor at International University, Vietnam National University since 2010. His research interests include surface water, nanobubbles and the analysis of secondary structures of proteins in model cell membranes using sum frequency generation and other linear vibrational spectroscopic techniques.

                                                                                           Dr Nguyen Thanh

Doctor Nguyen received a bachelor and master’s degrees in Information Technology in 2001 and 2015 respectively at Vietnam National University Hanoi. In 2012, she graduated from University of Ferrara, Italy with PhD degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. She has been working as a lecturer and researcher at University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU UET) since 2001. Since 2012 when she joined the Center of Multidisciplinary Integrated Technologies for Field Monitoring (FIMO Center), VNUUET she has conducted research on environmental and socio-economics issues in Vietnam such as air pollution, forest/biomass burning, land cover/land use change and ship/harbour monitoring, wireless sensor network and GIS. She has also been supervisor and co-supervisor of many bachelor/master students and two PhD candidates.

                                                                                           Dr Ogundeji Abiodun

Doctor Ogundeji is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of the Free State. In 2013, he completed a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Free State. He also completed a Masters and an Honours degree from the same University in 2008 and 2007 respectively with distinctions. Abiodun presents classes on econometrics, international trade, policy and development to honours students in agricultural economics. At the beginning of a promising research career, Ogundeji received the award for the best contributed and presented paper at the 50th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA); held in Pretoria, South Africa in 2011. He previously won the 3rd prize at the 47th annual conference held in 2009. He is also a Vice Chancellor Prestige Scholar at the University of the Free State. He is a member of professional bodies such as the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa, International Farm Management Association and International Association of Agricultural Economics. Dr Ogundeji’s ability to manage research and lead projects has led to the completion of Nine (9) post graduate studies (1 PhD and 8 Masters) and several others under supervision. He has participated in a number of consultancy projects in the field of Agricultural Economics and has completed four (4) research projects as a consultant. Abiodun has published articles in ISI accredited journals (local and internal). He is interested in applied econometrics, value chain, socio-economic analysis, international trade, climate change and adaptation, policy and development related researches and can work well in a multidisciplinary environment.

                                                                                               Dr Ojo Adebowale

Doctor Ojo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Management, IT & Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to joining the University for the fellowship, he was a Lecturer and the Postgraduate Programme Coordinator of the Information Resources Management Department at Babcock University in Nigeria where he received his PhD in Information Resources Management (Health Information Management specialisation). Dr Ojo also holds a master’s in Health Information Management from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research interests are at the intersection of information technology and health care. He is particularly interested in the assessment of health information systems effectiveness and value; implementation and adoption of information systems in healthcare settings; research methods in information systems; and ICT for development. Dr Ojo is a member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), the Health Information Managers Association of Nigeria (HIMAN) and the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). He has had articles published in both local and international academic journals.

                                                                                               Dr Olang Luke

Doctor Olang is a senior lecturer of Hydrology and Water Resources at the Technical University of Kenya. He is also an associate research scientist at the IGAD-Climate Prediction Centre. Dr Olang has contributed immensely to teaching and research in the areas of hydrological modelling, water resources management and drought risk management. He is an ardent supporter of studies that attempt to understand hydrological variability within the coupled terrestrial water, energy and biogeochemical cycles. This includes understanding the intersection with human activities within the feedback system, and translation of the acquired knowledge to improve management of the terrestrial and biogeochemical systems to ensure food security within the developing countries.

                                                                                              Dr Russo Valentina

Trained as a Computer Science and Automation Engineer at Roma Tre University, Rome Doctor Russo obtained a PhD in System Engineering at La Sapienza University, Rome (2011) and a masters’ degree in Homeland Security (2012) at University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome. She currently holds a Postdoctoral Research position at E&PSE group (Chemical Engineering Department, EBE Faculty, University of Cape Town). Her research and work experiences dealt with analysis of complex systems (biotech). Her most recent research topic, Industrial Ecology, involves the study of greening the agri-food sector by means of LCA methodologies for hotspot analysis and key intervention points. Dr Russo has started collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The Partnership on Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in July 2012 and currently hosted by the FAO. The activity is focused on building global consensus on water footprinting of livestock supply chains to develop guidelines that support water management solutions.

                                                                                               Dr Smart Kathleen

Doctor Smart is a wife and a proud mother of a busy two-year-old. She is also an ecologist. She received all her training from the University of the Witwatersrand, and has recently completed her PhD on land-atmosphere feedbacks in the thicket vegetation in the Eastern Cape Province, under the supervision of Professor Bob Scholes. Prior to that she worked at the CSIR and co-ordinated and engaged in a transdisciplinary assessment process about the management of South Africa’s elephant population. She currently sits in the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute at University of the Witwatersrand. She lectures an Environmental Science master’s course on biogeochemistry, and moonlights on undergraduate ecology courses where she lectures about ecosystem services and the trade-offs inherent in land use decisions. Her research interests lie in understanding how vegetation patterns and processes influence climate and affect human well-being.