Systems Approaches to Achieve the SDGs: Zero Hunger

Panellists:
Dr Lindiwe Sibanda
Dr Willeke de Bruin
Ms Dorothy Ngila
Prof Alice Pell
Prof Linus Opara

Dr Lindiwe Sibanda

Dr Lindiwe Sibanda is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, and the former Vice-President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). She has 25 years of trans-disciplinary experience in agriculture and rural development, public and private sector reforms and management. Dr Sibanda has also served in a variety of roles with agricultural institutions critical to the continent’s development, including as board chair at the International Livestock Research Institute, a trustee for three International Agricultural Research Centers, and as adviser to and advocate for numerous international food and nutrition security-related initiatives. She is a member of the African Union Commission (AUC) Leadership Council, and has received numerous awards for her contribution towards agriculture and food security, including the Yara-Africa Prize in 2013. She holds a Masters and PhD in Agriculture from the University of Reading, UK. Prior to joining AGRA, Dr Sibanda was the CEO and Head of Mission for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), active in food and nutrition security policy development across 17 African countries

Dr Willeke de Bruin

Dr de Bruin is a Post doctoral Fellow within the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Food Security at the University of Pretoria and holds a PhD in Plant Pathology. Her research fields address food security and food safety within the agricultural sector. Her current research focus emphasises the critical importance of sustainable agriculture and evidence based policy formation and how this is instrumental towards achieving the Malabo declaration, STISA 2024, the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa, Agenda 2063 and more broadly the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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.

Prof Alice Pell

Professor Alice Pell joined the Department of Animal Science in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1990. She directed Cornell’s International Institute for Food and Agricultural Development (CIIFAD), a university-wide center for sustainable agricultural and rural development in Africa, Asia and Latin America during 2005-2009. Prof Pell served on panels supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the African Academy of Science, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. Academy of Science and the MacArthur Foundation. During 2008-2013, she was Cornell’s Vice Provost for International Relations. She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University (1972), holds a Master’s degree in international education from Harvard (1973) and M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Vermont in animal nutrition (1982, 1984). Prof Pell is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, and was a STIAS fellow at Stellenbosch University in 2016. She has been involved in research and graduate training programmes in Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, India and Indonesia.

Prof Linus Opara

Prof Opara is the DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology, and distinguished Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University. He joined Stellenbosch University in 2009, and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He graduated in agricultural engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and holds a PhD from Massey University in New Zealand. His multi-disciplinary research team is the leading group worldwide working on postharvest practices that improve the postharvest handling, packaging and marketing of pomegranate fruit. Prof Opara is recognised globally as the leading individual researcher on postharvest technology of pomegranates. Recently, he was recognised by the African Union with the AU Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award for senior researchers, and is the 2015 IMPRESSA Award laureate. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Postharvest Technology, and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and industry journals.

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