[CODATA-international] Keynote Speakers at International Data Week

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Fri Aug 3 07:02:51 EDT 2018

 The organisers and programme committee are very pleased to announce that
the line up of keynote speakers at International Data Week will include

   - Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria
   Alliance and former Botswana Minister of Health;
   - Ian Foster, Distinguished Fellow and director of the Data Science and
   Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory; and,
   - Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of

*Joy Phumaphi*
*African Leaders Malaria Alliance*

[image: Joy Phumaphi, African Leaders Malaria Alliance]Joy Phumaphi is the
Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance. She served as
a member of the UNSG’s High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health
Crises and the Chair of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health,
as well as serving as co-Chair of the Independent Expert Review Group for
Every Woman Every Child, reporting annually to the UNSG on developing
country-level progress on Women’s and Children’s health. She served as
Member of Parliament in Botswana, holding portfolio responsibility in the
cabinet, first for Lands and Housing (1995-1999), and then for Health
(1999-2003). She later joined the WHO as Assistant Director General for
Family and Community Health (2003-2007). She has served as Vice President
for Human Development at the World Bank (2007-2009). Joy has served on a
number of commissions and expert groups and sits on the Board of several
international non-profit organizations working on global health.

*Ian Foster*
*Argonne National Laboratory*

[image: Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory]Ian Foster is Distinguished
Fellow and director of the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne
National Laboratory. He is also the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished
Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Ian
received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New
Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer
science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive
computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies
to scientific problems in such domains as materials science, climate
change, and biomedicine. His Globus software is widely used in national and
international cyberinfrastructures. Foster is a fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing
Machinery, and British Computer Society. His awards include the Global
Information Infrastructure Next Generation award, the British Computer
Society's Lovelace Medal, the IEEE’s Kanai award, and honorary doctorates
from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the Mexican Center for
Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute
(CINVESTAV). He co-founded Univa, Inc., a company established to deliver
grid and cloud computing solutions, and Praedictus Climate Solutions, which
combines data science and high performance computing for quantitative
agricultural forecasting.

*Tshilidzi Marwala*
*University of Johannesburg*

Tshilidzi Marwala is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of
Johannesburg. Previously, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research
and Internationalization and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of
Engineering and the Built Environment both at the University of
Johannesburg.  He progressively held the positions of Associate Professor,
Full Professor, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control
Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the
Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of
the Witwatersrand. Before then, he was the Executive Assistant to the
technical director at South African Breweries and a post-doctoral research
associate at the Imperial College (then University of London). He holds a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (*magna cum laude*) from Case
Western Reserve University (USA) in 1995, a Master of Mechanical
Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1997 and a PhD specializing
in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge
in 2000. Tshilidzi is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of TWAS
(The World Academy of Sciences), the Academy of Science of South Africa,
the African Academy of Sciences and the South African Academy of
Engineering. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineering) and a distinguished member of the ACM (Association
for Computing Machinery). His research interests are multi-disciplinary and
include the theory and application of artificial intelligence to
engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine. He has
supervised 47 Master’s and 28 Doctoral students to completion. He has
published 13 books in artificial intelligence, one of these has been
translated into Chinese, over 300 papers in journals, proceedings, book
chapters and magazines and holds four patents. He is an associate editor of
the International Journal of Systems Science. His writings and opinions
have appeared in the magazines New Scientist, The Economist and Time

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