Opening Plenary 2017-12-06T14:43:23+00:00

Opening Plenary

7 December 2017 | 11:00-12:45



Welcome address by the Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa, Minister Naledi Pandor


Address by the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor


Special presentation: What a great idea, awesome South African inventions by Prof Mike Bruton, founding director Cape Town Science Centre


Keynote address by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa


Panel discussion: Harnessing science for Africa’s growth and development

Moderated by Dr Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Tshwane University of Technology with perspectives from:

Developing country: Honourable Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica

Southern African region: Honourable Dr Alfred Madigele, Minister of Tertiary, Education, Science and Technology, Botswana

International cooperation partner: Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the European Commission for Research, Innovation and Science

Philanthropy: Dr Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

African science: Prof Felix Dapare Dakora, President of African Academy of Science

African business: Ms Lynette Chen, CEO of the NEPAD Business Foundation

African youth: Dr Freda Asem, University of Ghana, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) programme


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