Ndoni Mcunu

Institution: Wits University

Unit & Faculty: School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Research field: Crop diversity

Supervisor: Prof Robert Scholes



Ndoni holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Science. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Global Change Institute at Wits University. Her research focuses on the resilience of food production in South-Central Africa under a changing climate, looking at food production, climate change, ecology and the dynamism of agricultural landscapes. Ndoni is the founding member of Black Women in Science (BWIS), an NPO that aims to provide knowledge and awareness of science and research among rural women. She was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2016, was listed as one of the Top 50 most Inspiring Women in Tech in South Africa in 2017, and has been named as one of South Africa’s top 50 women in tech by SME South Africa. Ndoni is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, and is also a GreenMatter Fellow for her research in climate change and agriculture.