Below is a list of the speakers who will be attending the conference.
Dr. Johannes Mouton
Director, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) Stellenbosch University ,South Africa
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His main research interests are the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, higher education knowledge production, sociology of science, scientometrics and science policy studies.
Prof. Heidi Prozesky
Senior lecturer, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) – Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Heidi Prozesky holds a PhD in sociology on gender differences in the publication productivity of South African scientists. She has pursued this research interest since 2003 through her involvement in projects commissioned by the South African National Advisory Council on Innovation, and supervision of students on the topic of women in academic science. She has been a member of the international Women in Higher Education Management Network, represented non-professorial staff on Stellenbosch University’s (SU’s) Institutional Forum, served on the executive committee of the University’s Women’s Forum and SU’s Research Ethics Committee. From 2005 to 2014 she was affiliated to the DST–NRF Centre of Excellence in Invasion Biology. During this time, she developed a further specialisation in environmental sociology, focusing on social perceptions of and attitudes towards various environmental issues. Her third research interest is in social research methodology which she has been teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level for more than 20 years. In this field, she focuses on research design and proposal writing; questionnaire construction; issues affecting the validity of data collected though quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs; methodological trends in the social sciences; and research ethics. In 2015 she joined SciSTIP where she manages its research portfolio and continues to conduct research on the careers of scientists, with a particular focus on gender, the scientometric analysis of research output and the sociology of science.
Marthie van Niekerk
Centre Manager, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University South Africa.
Marthie van Niekerk is the centre manager of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University and manages the operational aspects of CREST. CREST hosts the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and STI Policy and the South African Research Chair in Science Communication.
Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Stellenbosch where Marthie received a Bachelors in Consumer Studies (Education) in March 1995. She taught at several schools both in South Africa and abroad. She obtained a GNVQ Assessment Diploma while teaching Craft, Design and Technology in the UK. Marthie is currently enrolled for
Dr. James Akindele Abidemi
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutics & Toxicology, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Abidemi James Akindele is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Therapeutics & Toxicology, University of Lagos, Nigeria. His research interest is Natural Products Pharmacology & Toxicology/Drug Repurposing. He holds B.Sc. Pharmacology (First Class Honours) and Ph.D. Pharmacology degrees and Diploma in Research Ethics. Over the 13 years of engagement in the University of Lagos, Dr. Akindele has supervised and mentored over 50 undergraduate and 40 Masters Students. He has produced 3 Ph.D. graduates. Dr. Akindele is a member of several professional bodies, including the Lagos University Medical Society (LUMS), West African Society for Pharmacology (WASP), American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), Nigerian Young Academy (NYA/Fellow), Global Young Academy (GYA/Alumnus) etc. He has over 65 publications in reputable national and international Journals to his credit and has been a recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Students/Junior Staff Development Award (U.S.); CV Raman International Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (India); CNPq-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Brazil); Fellowship of the Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP) – initiative of the University of Pretoria in partnership with the GYA and funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Robert Bosch Foundation); United States Department of State Grant through the US Consulate Lagos for a capacity building workshop for young (early-career) women scientists in Nigeria etc. He was a Participating/Project Implementation Steering Committee Member of the Interacademy Partnership (IAP) Grant for capacity building workshop for early career women academics in West Africa organised by the NYA in conjunction with other Senior and Young Academies in West Africa. Dr. Akindele is a Core Team member of the Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) Africa project with funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. He is the Deputy Centre Leader of the African Centre of Excellence for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Jackline K.A. Nyerere
Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University. Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof. Josphat Matasyoh
Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Egerton University, Kenya.
Prof. Josphat Matasyoh is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Egerton University. He did his PhD studies at the University of Tuebingen in Germany from 1992 to 1996 under sponsorship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Goettingen and Technical University of Berlin between 2009 and 2011 sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is currently the Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Kenya. His research interests include the isolation of bioactive molecules from plants, fungi and bacteria with activity against vectors and pathogens that cause diseases in humans, animals and plants. He has published about 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and leads several international research collaborations.
Prof. Matasyoh is a member of various professional organizations that include Kenya Chemical Society (KCS), Natural Products Research Network for East and Central Africa (NAPRECA), The International Society of Pesticidal Plants (ISPP), Natural Products Research Network in Neglected Diseases (ResNet NPND) among others.
Programme officer, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Germany.
Magdalena Süß is a programme officer with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She works in the Division Africa, Middle East of the Sponsorship and Network Department where she is the contact person for research fellows from Kenya and Iran, for the German Research Chairs at the African Institutes for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and for research projects from the Middle East within the Foundation’s Research Group Linkage Programme.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Arabic/Islamic Studies from the University of Göttingen, Germany and was awarded a scholarship of the DAAD for the “Arabic Language and Culture” programme of the German-Jordanian University Amman in Jordan. Before returning to Germany to start with her Master’s she worked for two humanitarian NGOs.
Dr Rose Mutiso
Co-Founder & CEO, Mawazo Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Rose M. Mutiso is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, which supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and promotes public engagement with research. She is also a Fellow of the Energy for Growth Hub, and the current Next Einstein Forum Ambassador representing Kenya. Rose has worked extensively as a researcher and practitioner focused on technology and policy dimensions of energy, environment and innovation issues globally. Most recently, her work has focused on power sector issues in Africa, particularly the links between renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy poverty. She is a Materials Scientist by training with research experience in the fields of nanotechnology and polymer physics. Rose is passionate about harnessing science & technology to improve lives and elevating women to positions of leadership and influence in African society. She earned her BA and BE in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Materials Science from Dartmouth College, and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania
Prof. Barry Green
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Prof. Caroline Thoruwa
She is the Chairperson and a founding member of African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) Nairobi, Kenya
Professor Caroline Thoruwa holds a PhD in Pharmacognosy from the School of Pharmacy, University of London, Master of Science in Chemistry from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. A professor of Organic Chemistry at Kenyatta University her research interests is in Natural Products Chemistry, synthesis and semi-synthesis; ethnobotany- plants for medicinal purposes, for postharvest management of grain pests, and biofuels. Prof Thoruwa is currently the Director, Africa Center for Transformational and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL) at Kenyatta University. She has held several other administrative positions at Kenyatta University including Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Director of the Board of Undergraduate Studies, Director of The Center for Linkages and International Programs, Director of Kenyatta University, Nairobi City Campus, Ag Director Satellite and Offshore Campuses. Prof Thoruwa is passionate about improving the social, educational and professional status of women and girls in STEM. She is the Chairperson and a founding member of African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE) based in Nairobi, Kenya and is also the Coordinator of the Kenyatta University Female Students in Science and Technology (KUFESST) program. Caroline is the Secretary General of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES, www.inwes.org).
Prof. Florence Indede
Chairman, Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA) Nairobi, Kenya.
Academic Prowess: Associate Professor- Kiswahili Studies – Maseno University. Holds a PhD degree in Kiswahili Studies from Maseno University, which benefited from a DAAD scholarship studies at Bayreuth University – Germany; a Masters Degree in Kiswahili Studies and a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Nairobi- Kenya. An active participant in Dialogue for Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programs since 2003 when she underwent University Staff Development (UNISTAFF) training in Germany, and the International Deans Course (IDC) (2013/2014) in Germany and Africa. Together in a team of four, won the DIES National Multiplication Training (NMT) grant 2017-2018 to train deans and directors on quality leadership and management in higher education in Kenya. Prof
Research Project Leadership: The coordinator of a collaborative project between School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) Maseno University and The School of Humanities Linnaeus University –Sweden. The Chief Editor Globe Journal special issue a product of a collaborative project on Building Stronger Universities (BSU) Maseno University and Denmark Universities. Coordinator Bayreuth International Alumni Network Eastern Africa since 2012.
Dr. Edward Kaweesi – AUGA
President, Association of Uganda-Germany Alumni Association (AUGA).
Dr. Kaweesi Edward Silvestre is the current President of the Association of Uganda-Germany Alumni Association (
Dr. Salim Baanda – Alumni Tanzania
Senior Lecturer, Information and Electrical Technologies University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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