ASSAf About

The ASSAf Council comprises 12 members elected by the membership as a 13th member appointed by the Minister of Science and Technology as a representative of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). 

The composition of the ASSAf Council is as follows:

President and Chairperson of ASSAf Council

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Prof Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. He is President of the Academy of Science of South Africa and in 2020 will be a Knight-Hennessey Fellow at Stanford University. He started his career as a Biology teacher in the Cape and holds a PhD from Stanford as well as honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Vermont, Cleveland State and the University of Cape Town. He is the author of the award-winning book, Knowledge in the Blood (Stanford University Press) and his recent books include Inequality in South African schools (with Nic Spaull, Springer Publishers), Decolonization in universities (Wits U Press), and Who gets in and why: the politics of admission in South Africa’s elite schools (with Samantha Kriger, UCT Press). His forthcoming books include, The decolonization of knowledge (Cambridge University Press, with Cyrill Walters). He was recently elected Fellow of the International Academy of Education and holds an A-rating from the National Research Foundation.


Vice-Presidents

burton1 Prof Stephanie Gail Burton is Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Education at UP.

sabiha2web1 Prof Sabiha Essack is the South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance and One Health and Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UKZN. She also serves as General Secretary of ASSAf.

 Treasurer

 Prof Eugene Cloete1 Prof Thomas Eugene Cloete is Vice-Rector, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University (SU). He is former recipient of the ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal award.  He is the Founding Director of the SU Water Institute. .

ASSAf Council Members 

Prof Evance Rabban Kalula1 Prof Evance Kalula is Chairperson of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA) and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
 
WIMdv Prof Wim de Villiers is Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University.
 Igle Gledhill

Prof Irvy (Igle) Gledhill  is Visiting Adjunct Professor inProf Irvy (Igle) Gledhill Igle Gledhill is Visiting Adjunct Professor inFlow Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Pirk 

Prof Christian Pirk is a Professor and heads up the Social Insects ResearchProf Christian Pirk is a Professor and heads up the Social Insects ResearchGroup (SIRG) in the Department of Zoology and Entomologyat the University of Pretoria.

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Prof Julian May is the Director of the NRF-DSI Centre of ExcellenceProf Julian May is the Director of the NRF-DSI Centre of Excellencein Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa,and the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems.

 

Professor Mary Scholes 201134x1080px Prof Mary Catherine Scholes is a full Professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences and holds a Research Chair in Applied Systems Analysis at Wits.
 
Norman Duncan
Prof Norman Duncan is Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria.
 
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NACI Representative 

Prof Kupe pic 3   Prof Tawana Kupe is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria. Appointed by the DST Minister as a NACI representative.
 

Council Advisors

 Stella Nkomo

Prof Stella Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human ResourceProf Stella Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human ResourceManagement at the University of Pretoria.

 
  
 Mpedi

Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: AcademicProf Letlhokwa George Mpedi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic (designate) and former Executive Dean: Faculty of Law, Universityof Johannesburg.

 
 Majozi

Prof Thokozani Majozi is Professor in the School of ChemicalProf Thokozani Majozi is Professor in the School of Chemicaland Metallurgical Engineering at the University of theWitwatersrand where he holds the NRF/DST Chair in SustainableProcess Engineering.