Gender Equality is Imperative to Advance STI for Development

Moderator:
Prof Roseanne Diab
Panellists:
Prof Teboho Moja
Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenburg
Ms Elzarie Swanepoel
Ms Dorothy Ngila
Mr Sepo Hachigonta

Dr Sepo Hachigonta

Dr Sepo Hachigonta: Director – Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation. Developing, nurturing and advancing strategic partnerships locally, regionally and internationally; contributing to NRF’s resource mobilisation agenda, positioning NRF as a world class funding and research performing institution. Notable leadership roles and accomplishments:

1) Leading the design and implementation of the transformative innovation policy consortium working together with DST, Sussex University and a consortium of public funding agencies from Colombia, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The consortium’s key objective is to examine and expand on current innovation frames and approaches to assist in solving urgent social and economic issues using transdisciplinary approaches;

2) Facilitating national and international activities/engagements including strategic planning for South Africa and African experts to effectively participate in global events;

3) Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) project manager – NRF. Since inception, he has successfully led the planning and implementation of SFSA – an open science forum which brings together more than 3000 participants;

4) Successfully leading South Africa’s partnership with the Global Research Council (GRC) – a global body of funding agencies with long-term objective of fostering multilateral research and collaboration across continents to benefit both developing and developed nations;

5) Facilitating and promoting national and international scientific exchange and collaboration between researchers and research institutions;

6) Currently leading discussion for joint fund Research Chairs. These include a transdisciplinary joint Research Chair in partnership with University of Sussex; a joint Research Chairs on Agriculture in five African countries in partnership with Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); a Trilateral Research Chair in partnership with British Council and a third African country.

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenburg

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). AWARD is a career-development programme that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills. She also Founder and past Executive Director of Akili Dada, an award-winning leadership incubator investing in high achieving young women from under-resourced families who are passionate about driving change in their communities. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and a lecturer in International Relations at Hekima College, a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Her academic interests center on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, international relations, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism.

Born in Kenya, she holds a PhD and Master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. degree in Politics from Whitman College. She has received widespread recognition for her work including being honored as a 2012 White House ‘Champion of Change’, named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine, 2014 to 40 Kenyan women under 40yrs by the Business Daily, 2012 Ford Foundation Champions of Democracy, and a winner of the 2010 United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award among others.

Ms Dorothy Ngila

Dorothy Ngila advances her career at South Africa’s National Research Foundation. She coordinates the NRF’s contribution to the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa. Under 35, she serves as the Chair to the Executive Committee of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World South African National Chapter; and the Gender Working Group of the Global Research Council. With an Afropolitan background (Kenya, Botswana and South Africa), Ms Ngila possesses MSocSci (Geography and Environmental Management, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and BA (Public Administration and Environmental Sciences, University of Botswana) degrees. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Science and Technology Studies.

Ms Elzarie Swanepoel

Ms Elzarie Swanepoel is the Liaison Officer for Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Her primary responsibilities include the development of gender-conscious and responsive research and innovation (R&I) practice at universities; directing South Africa’s engagement with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and Gender In Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE). She has experience in both the private and government sectors. She received BSc and BSc (Hons) degrees in 2013 and 2014 from the University of Pretoria. Following a gap year during 2015 (with active professional development in the health sector), she graduated with the highly competitive Postgraduate Programme in Management from WITS Business School in 2016. As part of this programme, she was accepted as an intern at New York University (NYU) where she focused on gender and diversity and graduated with a distinction for the seminar component completed as part of the WITS programme requirements.

Prof Roseanne Diab

Roseanne Diab is Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Fellow of the university, the South African Geographical Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Her research interests are in Atmospheric Science, with a focus on climate change and air quality. She has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised approximately 50 PhD and Masters’ students. Prof Diab has served on numerous international committees such as the International Ozone Commission (IOC), the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP) and the SPARC (Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate) Steering Group. She currently serves on the African Union High-level Panel on Emerging Technologies. She is active in the Organisation for Women Scientists in the Developing World (OWSD) and serves on the Gender Advisory Board to TWAS

Prof Teboho Moja

Prof TEBOHO MOJA – Professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Teboho Moja has authored articles on higher education reform issues in areas such as the governance of higher education, policy processes, and impact of globalization on higher education, specific mention to a book on educational change in South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994. She held key positions at several South African universities, chair of the Board of Trustees to the largest university in South Africa, the University of South Africa. Intl Boards international bodies such as the UNESCO-Institute for international Education Planning and the World Education Market, Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET: Board Chairperson). Visiting fellow and/ or professor – various. Advisor to two education ministers in SA, Executive Director and Commissioner to the National Commission on Higher Education appointed by President Mandela. PG Education credentials: Wisconsin; Witwatersrand

The deliberations will focus on innovation of how gender equality is used to advance science technology and innovation for escalating inclusive human capital of the country and the continent. Gender equality is not just a single goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5), but cuts across several of the other SDGs as set out by the United Nations. Various advancements have been made towards gender equality in science, technology and innovation, in industries, private and government sector, regionally, nationally, and internationally. This session will also consider some of the advancements towards promoting women as early career scientists and technologists. The “leaky pipeline” phenomenon is still a critical developmental challenge, highlighted anew at various Gender Summits and the Next Einstein Forum. This discussion will also aim to ignite conversations around addressing this phenomenon, and contextualise various forms of collaboration with a variety of networks to initiate an implementation model to promote all genders. The distinction of equality and equity will also be addressed, and how equity may lead to equality.

The conclusions of the panel discussion will inform policy makers, academic planners, both male and female scientists, media and civil society on the importance of gender equality to advance science, technology and innovation for development, at national, regional and global levels. The discussion will highlight the impact of using a gender lens to bring about gender equality in society, and suggest ways of how national governments can improve their support to enhance their contribution to inclusive development.

This session is sponsored by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) South African National Chapter (SANC) and Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE), both of which are hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

 

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