Project Manager-Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, Vaal University of Technology – 2022 Co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 | 12:00 noon – ICGEB SOUTH AFRICA

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Host: L. Donaldson

Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye is a passionate science communicator and leader who has been representing and inspiring young South African scientists since she was 14 and attended her first youth science event in Vienna, Austria until now in her position as co-chair of the SAYAS. She is the recipient of many accolades including the 2011 DST Women in Science Award, 2016 Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans, 2018 National Youth Development Award for academic excellence, 2018 TechWomen fellowship from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which is a platform for emerging women leaders in STEMI and the 2019 Inspiring 50 South Africa award. In 2019 she was chosen to represent young scientists at a Global Young Leadership Workshop and the World Science Forum in Budapest which led to recent (2022) commentary on Remodelling Research Agendas in Nature Reviews Chemistry. She is also currently a member of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development: Mobilising Science in Times of Crisis Policy Working Group. Late last year she launched her second book titled ‘100 Nuggets: Pearls of wisdom’.

The main aim behind Dr Qwebani-Ogunleye’s research is to create a platform specifically purposed to rigorously evaluate traditional medicines from a scientific point of view. By doing, she is adding to the South African knowledge economy and creating credibility for traditional medicines, with the ultimate aim to position traditional medicines in the established medicines market. To ensure credibility in the scientific fraternity and the consumer market, a multidisciplinary approach has been adopted. Stakeholders include faculty staff members who each have an area of specialization, including Chemistry, Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology, Traditional Health Practitioners, Postgraduate students and other external stakeholders.


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