12:00-12:30 A Social Innovation

Presenters:
Mr Bongani Alphouse Nkala
Ms Kutlwano Mofolo
Ms Tebatso Gorgina Moape

Mr Bongani Alphouse Nkala

Mr Bongani Alphouse Nkala possesses a National Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology, majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Technikon Natal. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Science from University of KwaZulu-Natal, majoring in toxicology, and is presently enrolled for a Doctorate degree in Philosophy through University of KwaZulu-Natal. His key interest lines in the treatment or management of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases with South African plants. He is qualified as toxicologist with extensive research experience and teaching experience.

Mr Bongani Alphouse Nkala is a co-founding member, and Executive Director, of Science CEO Academy. His key roles are cooperative governance, ensuring the organization is compliant, and managing Human Resources related matters. Furthermore, he works for Pearson Institute for Higher Education (formerly known as Midrand Graduate Institute) as an Internship Manager and Lecturer in the Faculty of Science for a period of 4 years now.

Mr Bongani Alphouse Nkala has received various awards in his career which range from being a top achiever in matric, outstanding performance in tertiary with a couple of distinctions, and furthermore travelling awards and scholarships. His awards include: MESAB scholarship (1998), TATA Africa Master’s Scholarship (2009), Bio2Biz & SASM travel award (2009), Utrecht University travel award (2008), WhiteScie travel award (2008, NRF travel award for ISEE and ISEA, Pasadena (2008), UKZN College PhD scholarship (2017).

He has presented his research work in local and international platforms namely: Bio2Biz, Durban ICC (2008); 7CTD, Sun City (2009); PHASA, Cape Town (2008); ISE-ISA, Pasadena, California (2008); ISCB, Saratoga, New York (2011) and 14th ICE, Puerto Varas, Chile (2014). He recently presented a paper on “Implementation of Work Integrated Learning: A Private Higher Education Provider Perspective” at the WIL-Africa Conference, Durban (2018).

Ms Kutlwano Mofolo

Kutlwano Vanessa Mofolo is a 23 year old with experience and knowledge in Strategic brand management and brand building management. Previously, she was the assistant manager at Digital Opportunity Trust (South Africa) – Corporate Social Corps in partnership with IBM. She has facilitated in numerous programs in leadership, personal and career development. Currently working in partnership with GlamTech USA.

Ms Tebatso Gorgina Moape

Tebatso Gorgina Moape is a 27 years old South African black woman. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer Science which she obtained at Tshwane University of Technology where she’s been employed as an Object Oriented Programming and System Analysis and Design lecturer for the past five years plus. She is currently serving as a subject head of one of the courses she offers. She possess skills and experience in conducting research, which she obtained during the perusal of her Master’s Degree as it was a full research dissertation and which subsequently lead to four publications in the past five years. Prior to her academic encounter, she worked as an Android mobile developer intern for a year at Fresh Thinking Technology. She recently registered for her PhD in Computer Science at the Durban University of Technology. She has academic international exposure, during a Master’s she was afforded an opportunity to spend 5 months in Italy, at the University of Trento. During this 5 months stay, she was working on her research and had an opportunity to engage with Master’s, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral students.

This Plenary will discuss how growing science and technology is radically transforming innovation and societies in South Africa, in particular how to accelerate the industries of tomorrow and ecosystems. Panellists will provide insight on how innovative policies that include finance, healthcare and education can be put in place to radically transform Africa’s Digital Economy and business landscape in communities by shaping the full potential of this new emerging concept for Africa. This will help bring solutions to build Africa’s future through local innovations, using these innovations to build scale and finally, taking these innovations to other countries. The dependant on innovation will help grow the need for trans disciplinary science and research.

2018-12-11T13:49:25+00:00