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Dr Vilakazi was appointed Group Executive for Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in 2011, while also serving as the director of iThemba LABS – a position he has held since 2007. He obtained his PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in 1998; followed by a National Research Foundation (NRF) post-doctoral fellowship at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. He took up an academic post at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1999 where he was instrumental in establishing South Africa’s first experimental High-energy physics research group focusing on development of the High-level Trigger for the CERN-ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He holds the title of Honorary Professor of Physics at the University of Cape Town. Dr Vilakazi currently serves as a member of the Program Advisory Committee of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia and several committees of major international Nuclear Physics conferences. He was chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications from 2009 to 2011. In 2010 he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr Vilakazi’s research interests include heavy-ion collisions at high energies and computational physics. He is a keen follower of football and supporter of the Orlando Pirates and Arsenal!
Dr Vilakazi was appointed Group Executive for Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in 2011, while also serving as the director of iThemba LABS – a position he has held since 2007. He obtained his PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in 1998; followed by a National Research Foundation (NRF) post-doctoral fellowship at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. He took up an academic post at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1999 where he was instrumental in establishing South Africa’s first experimental High-energy physics research group focusing on development of the High-level Trigger for the CERN-ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He holds the title of Honorary Professor of Physics at the University of Cape Town. Dr Vilakazi currently serves as a member of the Program Advisory Committee of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia and several committees of major international Nuclear Physics conferences. He was chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications from 2009 to 2011. In 2010 he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr Vilakazi’s research interests include heavy-ion collisions at high energies and computational physics. He is a keen follower of football and supporter of the Orlando Pirates and Arsenal!
Barry is the Director of AIMS-South Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1984 and lectured at Stellenbosch University before spending ten years as a research scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where he obtained the Habilitation degree. In 1996 he returned to Stellenbosch University, and was subsequently appointed Chair of the Mathematics Department in 2002 and Executive Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2006. Barry is passionate about growing the mathematical sciences in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. He has been involved with AIMS since its founding in 2003 and was appointed the second Director in April 2010. He is a member of the Board of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the planned Pan African Centre for Mathematics in Dar Es Salaam. As editor of the mathematics journal Quaestiones Mathematicae and more recently a member of the editorial board of Afrika Mathematika, he has been involved in promoting mathematics in Africa. His research interests are in algebra, number theory and geometry and in 2007 he received the South African Mathematical Society's award for research distinction.
Barry is the Director of AIMS-South Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town in 1984 and lectured at Stellenbosch University before spending ten years as a research scientist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where he obtained the Habilitation degree. In 1996 he returned to Stellenbosch University, and was subsequently appointed Chair of the Mathematics Department in 2002 and Executive Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2006. Barry is passionate about growing the mathematical sciences in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. He has been involved with AIMS since its founding in 2003 and was appointed the second Director in April 2010. He is a member of the Board of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the planned Pan African Centre for Mathematics in Dar Es Salaam. As editor of the mathematics journal Quaestiones Mathematicae and more recently a member of the editorial board of Afrika Mathematika, he has been involved in promoting mathematics in Africa. His research interests are in algebra, number theory and geometry and in 2007 he received the South African Mathematical Society's award for research distinction.
Ilana designs, delivers (and trains people to deliver) experiential programmes in transformational & facilitative leadership – leadership that creates uplifting and sustainable change from the inside out. She works with organisations, communities and individuals around the world. Ilana started The Serotonin Project (www.theserotoninproject.com) in 2005, which housed various projects. Its most recognised projects wereLike Honeyand Like Fire, Cape Town Rocks and then the outrageous satireEurafrica(winner of People’s Choice Fleur du Cap 2008) and The Joy Experiment. Over the years it has become an umbrella term for various projects that embody the same vision. Ilana became CEO of Lucca SA (www.luccaleadership.org) at the age of 24 and worked with Lucca and its affiliates in the design and delivery of programmes in transformational leadership. In 2012, she startedSunrunners. Over the last two years, Ilana has travelled with her work to many countries including: China, India, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, United Kingdom and Macedonia.She has worked with organisations such as the Power of Youth, Skoll Centre, Dance4Life International, Activate! Leadership & Public Innovation, Asha Centre, Ikamva Youth, enke – Make Your Mark, The Change Network, Lucca Leadership, Lila Poonawalla Foundation and many more as well as individuals from organizations across the world. Far and above all of this, Ilana would like to spend days with a room full of puppies and golden retrievers and talk with elephants.
Ilana designs, delivers (and trains people to deliver) experiential programmes in transformational & facilitative leadership – leadership that creates uplifting and sustainable change from the inside out. She works with organisations, communities and individuals around the world. Ilana started The Serotonin Project (www.theserotoninproject.com) in 2005, which housed various projects. Its most recognised projects wereLike Honeyand Like Fire, Cape Town Rocks and then the outrageous satireEurafrica(winner of People’s Choice Fleur du Cap 2008) and The Joy Experiment. Over the years it has become an umbrella term for various projects that embody the same vision. Ilana became CEO of Lucca SA (www.luccaleadership.org) at the age of 24 and worked with Lucca and its affiliates in the design and delivery of programmes in transformational leadership. In 2012, she startedSunrunners. Over the last two years, Ilana has travelled with her work to many countries including: China, India, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, United Kingdom and Macedonia.She has worked with organisations such as the Power of Youth, Skoll Centre, Dance4Life International, Activate! Leadership & Public Innovation, Asha Centre, Ikamva Youth, enke – Make Your Mark, The Change Network, Lucca Leadership, Lila Poonawalla Foundation and many more as well as individuals from organizations across the world. Far and above all of this, Ilana would like to spend days with a room full of puppies and golden retrievers and talk with elephants.
Robyn is a Sound Artist, with a background in instrumental and electronic composition. Her interests led her to study in England and Northern Ireland where she specialized in Sonic Art. Her aim is to make everyday objects come to life with sound, allowing the manipulation, interaction and/or processing of sound more accessible to the public. Although each of her installations varies in ambiance, she tries to make her work as playful and childlike as possible when she brings them to life.
Robyn is a Sound Artist, with a background in instrumental and electronic composition. Her interests led her to study in England and Northern Ireland where she specialized in Sonic Art. Her aim is to make everyday objects come to life with sound, allowing the manipulation, interaction and/or processing of sound more accessible to the public. Although each of her installations varies in ambiance, she tries to make her work as playful and childlike as possible when she brings them to life.
Kevin began work at the OAD on 1st March 2011 as its first Director. He has extensive experience using astronomy for development during his previous position as the Manager of the SALT Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He also chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and was involved in the development of the IAU Strategic Plan.
Kevin began work at the OAD on 1st March 2011 as its first Director. He has extensive experience using astronomy for development during his previous position as the Manager of the SALT Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He also chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) and was involved in the development of the IAU Strategic Plan.
Nicole Klassen is passionate about Africa, people and enabling creative economies. She started working in the film service sector in Cape Town in 2000 and quickly made a name for herself in local production circles producing several successful photographic campaigns and advertising commercials. In 2009 she was appointed as the Manager for Marketing & Operations at the Cape Film Commission. She successfully implemented and managed several initiatives including the Imbongi Awards, which showcase the very best talent and facilities in Cape Town. It was however through the projects at the Runway (enterprise development incubator) where she felt most comfortable and her vision for a sustainable local content industry started to formalize. Nicole serves on the board of Animation South Africa and played a significant role in the establishment of the first Animation academy on the Cape Flats. When it comes to the business of being creative there are three things that drive Nicole: local content, youth and micro-enterprise development. It is these drivers that led her to Emma Kaye and Bozza where she has found a niche, marrying creativity with technology to produce extraordinary results.
Nicole Klassen is passionate about Africa, people and enabling creative economies. She started working in the film service sector in Cape Town in 2000 and quickly made a name for herself in local production circles producing several successful photographic campaigns and advertising commercials. In 2009 she was appointed as the Manager for Marketing & Operations at the Cape Film Commission. She successfully implemented and managed several initiatives including the Imbongi Awards, which showcase the very best talent and facilities in Cape Town. It was however through the projects at the Runway (enterprise development incubator) where she felt most comfortable and her vision for a sustainable local content industry started to formalize. Nicole serves on the board of Animation South Africa and played a significant role in the establishment of the first Animation academy on the Cape Flats. When it comes to the business of being creative there are three things that drive Nicole: local content, youth and micro-enterprise development. It is these drivers that led her to Emma Kaye and Bozza where she has found a niche, marrying creativity with technology to produce extraordinary results.
Throughout her entire career, Isla has been involved in the practice, process, implementation or marketing of knowledge, creativity and the Arts. A writer, editor and marketing specialist who works specifically in cultural fields in Africa, Isla currently works for the Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net). Before joining the Africa Centre, she focused on the arts, working in the aligned film, educational publishing and advertising industries, and developed the business skills of artists. At the Africa Centre, she is the Project Manager for WikiAfrica (www.wikiafrica.org) and the marketing manager for Africa Centre’s projects. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and son.
Throughout her entire career, Isla has been involved in the practice, process, implementation or marketing of knowledge, creativity and the Arts. A writer, editor and marketing specialist who works specifically in cultural fields in Africa, Isla currently works for the Africa Centre (www.africacentre.net). Before joining the Africa Centre, she focused on the arts, working in the aligned film, educational publishing and advertising industries, and developed the business skills of artists. At the Africa Centre, she is the Project Manager for WikiAfrica (www.wikiafrica.org) and the marketing manager for Africa Centre’s projects. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and son.
Arthur Attwell is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and the founder of Paperight, a network of print-on-demand bookstores. Before Paperight, he co-founded and ran Electric Book Works, a publishing-technology consultancy, finding and testing digital-publishing best practice for emerging markets. There he started EBW Healthcare, which publishes innovative courses for nurses and midwives in partnership with leading healthcare non-profits. Before EBW, Arthur worked in educational publishing for two multinational publishers, and as a freelance writer, designer, and editor in the UK and South Africa. He has presented at events in Europe, India, the US, and around South Africa, and was runner-up in the British Council's International Young Publishing Entrepreneur award in 2009.
Arthur Attwell is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and the founder of Paperight, a network of print-on-demand bookstores. Before Paperight, he co-founded and ran Electric Book Works, a publishing-technology consultancy, finding and testing digital-publishing best practice for emerging markets. There he started EBW Healthcare, which publishes innovative courses for nurses and midwives in partnership with leading healthcare non-profits. Before EBW, Arthur worked in educational publishing for two multinational publishers, and as a freelance writer, designer, and editor in the UK and South Africa. He has presented at events in Europe, India, the US, and around South Africa, and was runner-up in the British Council's International Young Publishing Entrepreneur award in 2009.
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