Dr Sizwe Mabizela is the Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University. Prior to assuming this position in 2014, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic & Student Affairs at Rhodes University. Dr Mabizela is a Mathematician, and his research field is Abstract Approximation Theory, a subfield of Functional Analysis. He has published widely in his field of research in both national and international journals and has produced three Lecture Notes Series. He has presented numerous scientific papers at national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars in the field of Functional Analysis and Approximation. He obtained his PhD from Pennsylvania State University.
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana. She serves on the Consultation Board of the International Pragmatics Association and is also an Assistant Secretary General of the Federation of Modern Languages and Literatures, FILLM (a UNESCO affiliated scholarly association). She co-founded the African Pragmatics Association and currently serves as the President.
Emma Thomson is clinical professor of infectious diseases at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She trained in Glasgow, Oxford and London and runs a lab that uses next generation sequencing and molecular biology methods to investigate how changes in the genome of viruses may affect their phenotype. She also works as a consultant physician in the NHS and has treated patients with a variety of viral infections from Ebola, to HIV and HCV and more recently COVID-19.
Jane Kabubo-Mariara is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Economic Policy and a Professor of Economics of the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a member of the Central Bank of Kenya’s Monetary Policy Committee and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies Advisory Board among other roles. Jane has over 30 years’ experience in capacity building and research and has served in various corporate and scientific advisory roles globally. Her research interests include climate change impacts and adaptation, Poverty and inequality, youth and women empowerment, multidimensional and child poverty. Jane has published widely in leading economics journals. She holds a PhD, Master and bachelor’s degrees in economics from the University of Nairobi.
Professor John Gyapong is a Public Health Physician and Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Science, Ho, Ghana. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Georgetown University in Washington. He trained as a doctor in Ghana and pursued an MSc Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His area of research is infectious disease epidemiology. He has over 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and an edited book on NTDs in Sub Saharan Africa. He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
of West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, at the University of Ghana, Legon. He holds a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana, and a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pennsylvania. Awandare did his postdoctoral training at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research, Maryland. His research interest is in the molecular and cellular aspects of infectious diseases in Africa, especially malaria. He was a recipient of the Royal Society Pfizer award for 2015 and is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Biology, UK.
Dr. Supriya Mehta is Professor of Epidemiology and Interim Associate Dean for Global Health at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health in the United States. She completed her doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, followed by a CDC-supported post-doctoral fellowship in sexually transmitted infection prevention. She has worked in Kenya since 2007 as a Co-Investigator on the Randomized Controlled Trial of Male Circumcision to Reduce HIV incidence; as PI of a longitudinal study of heterosexual couples to identify under what conditions the penile microbiome leads to reproductive tract infections in female sex partners, and as PI of a cohort estimating the effects of menstrual cups on the vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections among Kenyan schoolgirls. Dr. Mehta is committed to research that leads to tangible benefits in sexual and reproductive health.
Professor Anna-Lise Williamson has held a SARChI Research Chair in Vaccinology at the University of Cape Town since 2008. She is internationally recognized in the fields of human papillomavirus as well as vaccinology. Her research group has developed novel vaccines which include candidate HIV and COVID-19 vaccines. She is also developing veterinary vaccines for Africa based on poxvirus vectors.
Link to full bio online: http://www.idm.uct.ac.za/Anna-Lise_Williamson
Mwapatsa Mipando is a physiologist trained at University of Malawi, University of Liverpool and University of KwaZulu Natal. He is a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He served as the Principal of the College of Medicine, University of Malawi for 6 years. He has a special interest in building local academic and research leadership capacity that is locally relevant whilst being internationally competitive. He has managed a number of institutional projects and personal grants. Mwapatsa has sat on a number of international advisory boards. He is currently the Project Director of the Blantyre-to-Blantyre Clinical Research Facility at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences.