SDGs and Gender Equality

Moderator:
Prof Himla Soodyall
Panellists:
Dr Kellina M.Craig-Henderson
Dr Miyoko Watanabe
Ms Shoko Hirakawa
Ms Thulile Khanyile
Prof Finn Reygan
Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam

Dr Kellina M.Craig-Henderson

Dr Kellina Craig-Henderson (Deputy Assistant Director – Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation)

Dr Craig-Henderson is a former Professor of Psychology who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She previously served as the Division Director of NSF’s Tokyo Regional Office. Prior to undertaking full-time Federal service at NSF, she served as a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at Howard University.

Dr. Craig-Henderson is passionate about broadening the participation of women and underrepresented groups, and has been involved in a number of national and international activities that share this focus. She has taken on a leadership role at the National Science Foundation to promote the establishment of a new social science funding mechanism that supports evidence-based research on the Science of Broadening Participation. Her efforts have resulted in federal support for research examining issues related to gender parity in STEM, minority participation in work settings as well as a number of other areas. She has also worked collaboratively with international agencies to address the global challenges of gender inequity and minority engagement.

Dr Miyoko Watanabe

Dr Watanabe is trained in physics at the Tokyo University of Science, and has since held research positions at the Toshiba R&D Center in Japan, Dalhousie University, Canada, and the University of Birmingham, UK. She returned to Toshiba in 1999 and served as Executive Quality Leader and Senior Quality Expert in Innovation Division before joining the Japan Science and Technology Agency in 2013.

She is a member of the Science Council of Japan and chair of the council’s Committee on Comprehensive Synthetic Engineering in Science. She is also a member of the Science and Technology Council at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, as well as a Member of Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality in the Council for Gender Equality of the Japanese Cabinet Office. She has served and is going to serve as a representative of “Science Agora”, which is the largest scale open forum in Japan for bridging people from different sectors aiming at future society harmonized with science.

Ms Shoko Hirakawa

Ms Shoko Hirakawa holds the Master degree in Education(Major: Psychology) from Kyoto University, Japan. She started working for Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) from 2009 and was responsible for STEM education program to fund/organize nationwide science competitions and domestic/international science camps dedicated to high school students. In 2013, she joined department of international affairs and has been responsible for bilateral and multilateral joint research funding programs. She has been working on e-ASIA Joint Research Program, which is cooperative activities among multinational public funders to promote STI research in Asia region, for 5 years since shortly after its inauguration and engaged in expansion and development of the program.

[Education]

2001-2005 Bachelor in Humanities (Major: Psychology), Department of Human and Social Sciences, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo
2005-2007 Master in Education (Major: Psychology), Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto
2007-2009 Doctoral Course, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto

[Work Experience]

2009-2013 Chief, Department of Promotion of Science Education,
JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency )
2013-Present Chief, Department of International Affairs, JST

Ms Thulile Khanyile

She is recipient of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), 2nd South African Youth Award (SAYA) in 2017 in the Academic Excellence category; the KZN Young achievers award in the academic development category (2017); and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Women in Science Award (WISA) in 2015. She has received research grants such as the NRF Thuthuka, WITS Faculty of Health Sciences seed funding and the Medical Research Council (MRC) – Soweto Matlosana Collaborating Centre for HIV/AIDS and TB (SoMCHAT). She is also an adjudicator for the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) annual excellence awards and co-organiser of the Molecular Biology Research Thrust (MBRT) Research day (2018). She has facilitated, programme directed and participated in several plenary  sessions; all focused at various areas of iSTEM.

Prof Finn Reygan

He leads multiyear, multicountry projects across Eastern and Southern Africa focused on systems level change related to diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, in education and health. He publishes widely in the field of gender and sexualities and sits on a number of national committees focused on diversity and transformation at a systems level.

Prof Himla Soodyall

Himla Soodyall is the Secretary General of the Academy of Science of South Africa Council. She is involved in assisting the academy craft the Science Engagement strategy and in the young scientist liaison activities including the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) Activities. In 2005, she was appointed the sub-Saharan African principal investigator on the Genographic Project − a five-year, worldwide project undertaken by the National Geographic Society to map humanity’s migratory history. She is renowned for her groundbreaking genetic research into the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa. Her studies have identified some of the oldest DNA found in living people today, adding weight to the theory that modern humans evolved in the area now known as Southern Africa. Professor Soodyall is currently a Principal Medical Scientist and Associate Professor at the National Health Laboratory Service and the University of Witwatersrand.

Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam

Kanshukan Rajaratnam is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Department of Finance and Tax, University of Cape Town. His doctoral study was completed at the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia. His research interests include decision making in consumer lending, credit union models, systemic risk in the banking sector and impact of regulations on financial institutions. His work has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of the Operational Research Society and Annals of Operations Research. Currently, he is the Deputy Dean for Transformation and Strategic Projects in the Faculty.

Science, technology and innovation (STI) have brought economic and social changes by providing new opportunities for prosperity, better solutions to societal challenges and sophisticated technologies that enhance the quality of life. As illustrated in the UN SDGs, the world faces many problems that can be solved within a sustainable society, and STI has the potential to provide solutions to these problems for global development. Today, African countries focus more on STI and capacity building to create higher standards of living, like building new industry, sustainable infrastructure and better quality of living. To what extent does STI in South Africa and beyond draw from a diverse citizenry? Are all groups of people within societies participating similarly in STI? Are these trends the same across countries? In this session, we will examine the challenge of broadening participation in STI and focus on the current landscape in three countries to provide solutions for gender diversity and inclusive engagement in STI can be achieved.

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