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 Adenike, Adesioye Fiyinfoluwa

She was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. where she studied Microbiology (BSc.) and Environmental Microbiology (MSc.). Currently, she is doing PhD research that is aimed at identifying and understanding novel and improved hemicellulolytic enzymes for applications in the biofuel industry. It involves sequence-based metagenomic mining, molecular biology, biochemistry and x-ray crystallography.


Africa, Charlene

Professor medical microbiology, PhD (Medicine), MSc (Dentistry), Honorary BSc Hons (Oral Biology), Diploma Clinical Pathology and Specialist Diploma Medical Microbiology. Worked in industry, state and private pathology as well as academic research institutes.   Served three terms as Deputy Dean (Gender and Equity) in the Faculty of Science, 23 years as Cluster Head for Medical Microbiology and special assistant to the Rector/Vice-Chancellor in 2014.   


Ahmed, Riham K. I

Lecturer at Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty f Mathematical Sciences, University of Khartoum where I received the bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. I received the master degree in Mathematics from African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS-Ghana). Passionate about mathematical application in modelling simulation of physical systems.




Bialostocka, Olga

Dr Olga’s research expertise lies in the field of socio-cultural development and heritage management. She holds a PhD from Warsaw University and a DEA from Université de Paris – Sorbonne. Her experience includes work at two UNESCO World Heritage sites. She was also a Postdoc Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Olga received NRF Y rating.






Cloete, Karen Jacqueline

Karen Cloete is currently the Co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). She has a PhD in Microbiology and is currently employed at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (LABS), National Research Foundation, where her research is focused on the biological applications of ion beam techniques.


Coetzee, Maureen

Professor Coetzee is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. She is Currently Director of the Wits Research Institute for Malaria at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a DST/NRF Research Chair in Medical Entomology & Vector Control.She has published over 200 scientific papers and book chapters. Awards include the Elsdon Dew Medal (2014), DST Distinguished Women Scientist in the Life Sciences (2015), a Certificate of Distinction from the Council of the International Congresses of Entomology, USA (2016) and a finalist in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards (2016). She has recently been appointed to the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization.





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 Green, Kathleen

She completed her  undergraduate degree in Biomathematics after which she attended the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences for the joint Honors degree in Biomathematics (with Stellenbosch University). Earlier in 2017 she graduated with a masters she currently pursuing a PhD with the Molecular Systems Biology research group at Stellenbosch University.





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Kenfack, Sonia

Dr Sonia Kenfack received her PhD in April 2017 from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her PhD research focused on management of water hyacinth in the Wouri Basin (Cameroon), a project which allowed her to get the OWSD scholarship, and an equipment grant from IDEAL Wild. She likes read, travel.




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Masvodza, Doreen Rudo

Ms Doreen Rudo Masvodza has experience as a breeder for sunflower in the national programme in Zimbabwe before joining the University of Zimbabwe and Bindura University of Science Education as a lecturer. Currently she is studying towards a PhD with the University of the Free State working on tissue culture of potato on selected Zimbabwe cultivars.



Motsa, Nozipho M

Dr Motsa is a mother, crop scientist, researcher and lecturer. She began her scientific career in 2002 when she graduated with a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Swaziland. Her MSc (Agric) Agronomy is from the University of Pretoria and her PhD (Crop Science) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Support for the PhD was received from the Organization for Women in Science from the Developing World (OWSD) postgraduate fellowship program. Her discipline combines agronomy and physiology of plants. She has conducted scientific work on essential oils and on sweet potato (physiological adaptation in response to drought conditions. She is involved in scientific work that focuses on traditional/ indigenous and underutilized crops in relation to climate change (especially drought tolerance) and food security; food product development from these crops; and on evaluation of the efficacy of edible coatings on preservation of postharvest quality and shelf-life of fruits. While she is passionate about her scientific work, she is also very active in advocacy and motivational support for woman in STEM.   


 Muchira, irene wanjiku

After graduating from University in the year 2001, Irene worked at Secondary school as a physics teacher. Later in 2008, she tutored electronics at technical institute. In September 2010 she enrolled for MSC in electronics and instrumentation at Kenyatta University. In June 2014, she joined Technical University of Mombasa as a tutorial fellow. In June 2015, she joined kirinyaga University at same position. She is currently pursuing Doctoral studies in physics (electronics and instrumentation) at Kenyatta University and University of South Africa (UNISA).


 Mutshembele, Awelani

She has obtained National Diploma in Biotechchnology at Durban University of Technology, BTech. in Biotechnology at Tshwane University of Technology where her in-service training was accomplished at the University of Pretoria in the Department of Genetics, Master of Science, Degree in Microbiology at the University of Venda, Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) with specialization in Zoology at University of the Free State and my research project was based at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa.





 Nkeh Chungag,  Benedicta

Benedicta Ngwenchi Nkeh-Chungag (PhD Wits, MPH WSU) is a Professor of Physiology at the Walter Sisulu University, South Africa. She was an OWSD PhD Fellowship grantee (2000-2003). She is currently interested in exploring risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in children and the use of medicinal plants for treatment of hypertension in rural communities. She has experience in postgraduate student supervision and scientific publication.



Ndlovu, Noluthando

Noluthando is a Researcher working for a non-profit organisation that specializes in public health research. Although she has a background in Environmental Science she is currently using her spatial analysis capabilities in the public health sector to address issues such food & nutrition, Non-communicable diseases and Tuberculosis.






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Van Wyk, Jo-Ansie

Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures International Politics at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa. She has completed a D Phil (International Relations) on South Africa’s post-apartheid nuclear diplomacy.





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