[CODATA-international] Rob Adam, Managing Director of SARAO; Simeon Materechera, Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Center; Jörg Heimschrot, Director of Science and Technology/Capacity Development, SASSCAL to give a keynote at International Data Week 2018

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Jul 25 08:26:21 EDT 2018

 Rob Adam*, *Managing Director of SARAO, the South African Radio Astronomy
Observatory and the South African part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Rob Adam was appointed Director of the South African Square Kilometre Array
Radio Telescope project in January 2016.

Until recently, Rob held the position of Group Executive: Nuclear at the
Aveng Group. Prior to joining Aveng, Rob was Chief Executive Officer of the
South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), South Africa's foremost
nuclear technology company. He held this position from 2006 to 2012. Before
joining Necsa, Rob was Director-General of the Department of Science and
Technology, from 1999 to 2006. Rob has also been a Professor of Physics at
both the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa and
served on the Council of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. He is
currently a member of the Human Resource Development Council chaired by
Deputy President David Mabuza and has chaired or served on numerous Boards
and Councils over the course of his career.

Rob has held various academic positions in Europe and South Africa, has
authored over 30 refereed articles in theoretical physics, published widely
on science and technology policy and co-authored a book on science and
technology in the Republic of Chile.

Prof Simeon Materechera, Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Center at the Mafikeng campus of the North West University

Professor Materechera is the Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Center at the Mafikeng campus of the North West University. He oversees the
teaching and research activities of IKS at the University and is involved
in supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students. His career has
involved networking activities that led to setting up of collaborations
with peers, organizations and institutions involved with research, teaching
and learning, and, community engagement. Professor Materechera has
published widely including book chapters, conference presentations,
monographs, commissioned research reports and peer-reviewed journal
articles. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals.

Jörg Helmschrot, Director of Science and Technology/Capacity Development,

Dr. Jörg Helmschrot holds a diploma degree in geography, geology and urban
planning from the University of Jena in 1999. In 2006, he finished his PhD
on the impact of afforestation on wetland and catchment hydrology in South
African headwater catchments. Dr. Helmschrot also holds an extraordinary
Professorship with the University of Stellenbosch, Faculty of AgriSciences
and the Water Management Institute since 2016. After working as a SASSCAL
researcher at University of Jena until 2012, Dr. Helmschrot joined the
Scientific Coordination team of the SASSCAL at University of Hamburg in
2013. Since June 2016, Dr. Helmschrot took up the position of SASSCAL’s
Director of Science and Technology and Capacity Development and is in
charge for implementing and coordinating the further development of the
SASSCAL research and capacity development agenda as well as the
establishment of the Open Access Data Centre. He is also in charge for the
successful implementation of collaborative research projects funded through
e.g. AU GMES Africa, EU H2020, BMBF, World Bank and ARC.




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