Convenors

Caradee Wright

Caradee Wright is a Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council leading the Climate and Health Research Programme. She is also Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Research Associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of Otago and an MSocSc in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Natal (now UKZN). Her research focuses on environmental health in Africa, including personal solar ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin cancer prevention, personal dosimetry, health risk assessment and air pollution-related disease measurement and prevention. Caradee is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science. She is a member of the Global Young Academy, past Vice-President of the National Association for Clean Air, Co-Editor of the Clean Air Journal and Founder of the Environmental Health Research Network  (www.ehrn.co.za).

Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe

Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe is currently a researcher at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Before joining AIMS, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada. She received her PhD, MSc, and Honours in Mathematics from Stellenbosch University and BSc degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Venda. Her research is on Subdivision used in computer-aided design application areas, such as aircraft design and animation movie production. In 2010, she received the Rector’s Award for Succeeding Against the Odds at Stellenbosch University. Apart from doing mathematical research, Rejoyce has been involved in outreach activities that aim to contribute to the upliftment of disadvantaged communities concerning mathematics and science education and empowering women and girls. She was a founding member of the Canadian organisation MentorUP, and founder of MathAfrica (www.mathafrica.org). In 2015, she led the DST National Science Week project hosted by AIMS.

Dorothy Ngila

Dorothy Ngila advances her career at South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) as a Project Specialist. Her major time responsibility is to coordinate the NRF’s contribution to the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in sub-Saharan Africa, a multi-stakeholder and multi-agency programme seeking to enhance the capacities of 15 science granting councils in Africa. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) South African National Chapter. Prior to joining the NRF, she was Senior Liaison Officer, Acting Liaison Manager and Liaison Officer at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Ms Ngila possesses a Masters degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa and a Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration and Environmental Sciences) from the University of Botswana. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Stellenbosch University.