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    ANNEL SMIT, PASCALINE FONTEH, JANDELI NIEMAND

    Pascaline Fonteh Dr Fonteh is a DST/NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow currently carrying out research on improving the delivery of new and existing drugs for poverty related diseases (HIV, TB and malaria) at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Pretoria. The work is a collaborative project between the University of Pretoria and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She has previous experience in drug discovery research for HIV which led to her interest in [...]



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    Emeritus Prof JAMES BULL – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    MSc, DPhil Oxon, Hon MSACI, CChem, FRSC, MASSAf, FRSSAf

    He is currently the Scientific Editor for Pure & Applied Chemistry, the official monthly journal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), having served as Editor of the South African Journal of Chemistry for over 20 years and on various Editorial Advisory Boards and international Commissions on Nomenclature and Terminology.



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    Dr GEORGE CLAASSEN – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    BHons, MA, PhD

    He teaches science journalism at Stellenbosch University and he also presents an annual course in Science Communication to scientists.



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    Emeritus Prof WIELAND GEVERS – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    MBChB, MA, DPhil, DSc honoris causa, FCP SA ad eundem, MASSAf, FTWAS

    He is Professor Emeritus in Medical Biochemistry at UCT after a long career as teacher, researcher Supervisor, and administrator at that and other institutions; he was President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, chaired its ‘Consensus Panels’ on South African scholarly publishing in both journals (2006) and books (2009), and is currently the chair of the Academy’s ‘Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa’.  He is an Associate Editor of the South African [...]



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    Prof LAETUS LATEGAN – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    PhD, DTh

    He is the Dean of Research and Innovation and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at the Central University of Technology, Free State where he takes managerial responsibility for research development. He is also an extraordinary professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State.



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    Prof CATRIONA MACLEOD – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    PhD, MASSAf

    She is a Professor at the Department of Psychology,RhodesUniversity. Her current research interests are: termination of pregnancy; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; and gender issues.   



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    Mrs DENISE NICHOLSON – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    BA, Higher Diploma in Library Science (HDLS)

    She has been the Copyright Services Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, since 1996. She is very active in South Africaand in other parts of Africain addressing copyright and issues affecting access to knowledge (A2K).



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    Dr HESTER E OOSTHUIZEN – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

    Since 2008 she has been working at the South African Nuclear Energy Cooperation (Necsa) helping young researchers (chemists), on a one-to-one basis, with the writing of publications and dissertations. She has been prepared scientifically for this stimulating career by first being a researcher herself, obtaining a PhD in organometallic chemistry.



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    Prof WILLIE VAN HEERDEN – SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBER
    BChD, MChD (Oral Path), PhD, FC Path(SA) Oral Path, DSc (Odont), MASSAf

    He is a chief specialist and head of the Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Biology in theSchoolofDentistry,UniversityofPretoria. He is a member of several international research collaborations and has authored and co-authored more than 120 articles, mostly in international journals. He is the current President of the International Association of Oral Pathologists.



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    Prof ESTHER MWAIKAMBO – REGIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
    MD, MMed

    She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU), Tanzania. She conducts the HKMU Master of Medicine (Pediatrics) Programme. She is also the current Chairperson for the Tanzania Public Health Association (TPHA) and the Principal Investigator and Team leader of the HKMU/UTAH Malaria Projects.



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    Prof CHARLES NHACHI – REGIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
    BSc(Hon), MSc, DPhil, Post-Graduate Diploma in Toxicology

    He is a Professor in Clinical Pharmacology and a Professorial Chair of the department of Clinical Pharmacology, Collegeof Health Sciences, Universityof Zimbabwe. He teaches (under- and post- graduate students) Clinical Pharmacology to medical, pharmacy and nursing students. He is also the current Dean of Life Sciences with the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS).



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    Prof SETER SIZIYA – REGIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
    BA-Ed, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, CStat

    He is a full Professor with the Copperbelt University, School of Medicine, Zambia.  He is also the head of the Public Health Unit in the Department of Clinical Sciences and a Professor in Medical Biostatistics. His research interest includes studying the epidemiology of non communicable diseases in Zambia; and tobacco consumption among school going adolescents in the world.



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    Mrs SUSAN VELDSMAN – ASSAf SECRETARIAT
    B.Bibl, B.Inf (Hons)

    She has been the Director of the Scholarly Publishing Unit at the Academy of Sciences of South Africa since 2009. From 1979 she has worked as an Information Librarian at various institutions. Since 2006 she has focused on specific projects like the South African Site Licensing Initiatives, electronic Information for Libraries and is now involved in the implementation of the recommendations of the ASSAf report on scholarly journals.



    Ms PHAKAMILE MNGADI – ASSAf SECRETARIAT
    BSc, BTech, MTech

    She has been a Programme Officer within the Policy Advisory Programme of ASSAf since 2008. She is responsible for co-ordinating projects and studies that are in the area of Heath and also in other Health-Related Sciences. She is also the current programme officer for the Online Scientific Writing project.