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Scientific Committee

Prof. Samson Mukaratirwa (Chair)

Prof. Samson Mukaratirwa is holder of DVM, MVSc (Veterinary Parasitology) and a PhD (Parasitology). He holds a position of Research Professor at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Saint Kitts, West Indies. His main research interest is in a variety of tropical parasitic diseases of economic and public health importance and mainly focusing on "Neglected Parasitic Zoonoses" affecting the resource-poor communities in Africa and this includes malaria, schistosomiasis, Taenia solium cysticercosis, fasciolosis and trichinellosis. He is a prolific researcher and involved in capacity building initiatives in the field of veterinary and medical parasitology and founder member of ecohealth international (African Chapter). E-mail Address: Smukaratirwa@rossvet.edu.kn

Dr K. Dlamini

Dr Dlamini is a multi-disciplinary professional who specializes in Agriculture, Forestry, Sustainable Livelihoods, Development Finance, Environmental Law, and Sustainable Development. He has worked with the then Forestry Department in the Ministry of Agriculture in Eswatini, the Parks Department in the Municipal Council of Mbabane (Eswatini), the Livelihoods programme at World Vision International, the Agronomy Research Unit under the Eswatini Institute for Research in Indigenous Medicinal and Food Plants (EIRMIP) at University of Eswatini, the Table Mountain Fund at WWF South Africa, the Climate Change and Natural Resources programme at IAPRI (Zambia), and currently he is the CEO of Eswatini National Trust Commission (the leading nature conservation agency). Further, he holds a Dip. Agric., B.Sc. Agric. (UNESWA), B.Sc. Hons. Forest Science, M.Sc. Forest Science, Ph.D. Forestry (University of Stellenbosch), Master of Development Finance (University of Stellenbosch Business School), MPhil Environmental Law (University of Cape Town), and he is currently studying for a M.Sc. Sustainable Development (SOAS University of London). He has published over 45 peer-reviewed publications, authored 3 Book Chapters, 5 Books, 4 Training Manuals and made 25 Conference presentations (in the subjects of agriculture, forestry, natural resources management, development finance, and environmental law).

Prof. Brama Koné

Brama Kone is an Associate Professor, Lecturer-Researcher of Public Health at the University Peleforo Gon Coulibaly of Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire and an associate Researcher and Project Leader at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire. His research interests include Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) and associated health risks, as well as climate change adaptation. He is a contributing author of the next IPCC Assessment Report (AR6, WGII, Chapter 4 on Water). His research focus on integrated approaches, including Ecohealth approaches and Integrated Health Risk Assessment. Prof Kone holds a master’s degree in Water Sciences and Technologies, a degree in Sanitary Engineering, a University Diploma in Epidemiology, and a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology.

Dr William Msekiwa Goriwondo

William Msekiwa Goriwondo is a registered Professional Engineer in Industrial Engineering with an MSc. degree in Manufacturing Systems & Operations Management as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. He has a proven track record of technical, operational and strategic leadership, spanning over 20 years in Industry and Academia. Currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and an Engineering & Management Consultant. A multi-awarded engineering educationist serving as a Member of the Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IoDZ), Fellow and Board member of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (ZIE), a committee member of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI)’s Research and Development. An experienced Project Manager and team player with advanced strategic planning skills. He is a deft published researcher with over 30 peer reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings as well as several other technical articles. He is a passionate leader in engineering education, manufacturing excellence, resource utilization and has research interests in providing sustainable engineering solutions to problems.

Prof. Johannes John-Langba

Prof Johannes John-Langba, PhD., MPH., MSW is Academic Leader for Research and Higher Degrees in the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He holds a PhD (Social Work) and MPH ( Behavioral and Community Health) from the University of Pittsburgh (United States). He also holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Howard University (United States) and a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSc.Ed). degree from University of Sierra Leone. Prof. John-Langba is the recipent of the Dr Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Work Education Leadership Award from Howrad University (United States) for outstanding leaderaship in social work education in Africa and the promotion of social justice. Other awards and fellowships include Population Policy Communication Fellow (Population Reference Bureau, United States), Rand Institute Fellow (Rand Corporation, United States), Cairns Institute Research Fellow (James Cook University, Australia), African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Research Scholar (Social Science Research Council (United States), Wiliam H. and Camillle Cosby Fellow (Howard University, United States) and Excellence in Teaching Merit Award from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University in The Hague (Netherlands). Prof John-Langba’s current research focuses on mental health, migration and mobility, safety and violence, resilience and xenophobic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual violence and exploitation, and the social and ecological determinants/drivers of health and disease. He is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of various international peer-review journals including: Journal of Health Policy and Planning; Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare, Journal of African Population Studies; International Journal of Social Work and Human Service Practice; Journal of Construction Business and Management; and Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change. Prof. John-Langba is Vice President and Mental Health Ambassador for Cape Mental Health Society - the oldest community-based mental service provider in South Africa.

Prof. Moses Chimbari

Professor Moses Chimbari is Research Professor – Public Health in the School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a PhD in Schistosomiasis Control from University of Copenhagen. Previously he was Deputy Director at the Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana (2008-2012); Director of Research and Innovation at the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe (2006-2008); Scientific Director of University Lake Kariba Research Station, University of Zimbabwe (2000-2006); and Officer in Charge of De-Beers Research Laboratory (1987-2000). Moses has more than 100 publications mainly on vector borne diseases and health systems research. His research addresses health challenges in context of the socio-ecological environment (Ecohealth Approach). He has led 3 major Ecohealth projects in the past decade; Botswana Ecohealth Project (2010-2014) funded by IDRC; Malaria and Bilharzia in Africa (MABISA) funded by WHO/IDRC (2013-2017) and is now leading the South African team on the 10 mber countries TIBA (Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa) partnership programme for which he is a co-Deputy Director. Through these projects he has supervised and graduated 23 PhD and 13 Masters Students. Moses is the current President for ecohealth international and Member of NIHR Global Health Community Engagement and Involvement Advisory Network. He previously served on advisory committee of Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (2011-2015).

Prof. Salome A. Bukachi

Prof. Salome A. Bukachi is a social/medical/ anthropologist with over 19 years progressive experience working on infectious diseases with a focus on community knowledge and practices, gender, health systems and the socio-economic and cultural/behavioural aspects of infectious diseases. She works with various stakeholders both local and international in undertaking research and development on anthropological issues. Her main disease focus has been on infectious zoonotic diseases – African trypanosomiasis, Rift Valley fever among others.

Dr. Jonathan Sleeman

Dr. Jonathan Sleeman is currently the Center Director for the USGS National Wildlife Health Center where he leads a team of scientists and support staff to investigate and research wildlife diseases that threaten wildlife populations, public health, and the economy. He received his master's degree in zoology and his veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge, and completed and internship and residency in zoological medicine at the University of Tennessee. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. He has published widely on topics related to wildlife anesthesia, emerging diseases of wildlife, wildlife epidemiology, risk assessment, One Health, and Ecohealth. He holds a variety of leadership positions including a member of the OIE's Working Group on Wildlife and is a Board member for Ecohealth International. Current interests include development of national wildlife health programs in Asia, broad-scale wildlife disease risk assessments, and leadership skills in wildlife health.

Dr. Simbarashe Chitanga

Dr. Simbarashe Chitanga is a Veterinary Scientist with interest in Parasitic zoonoses, Vector & Rodents borne zoonoses and Vector Ecology. Dr Chitanga is currently working as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Zambia, School of Health Sciences in the Department of Biomedical Sciences where he teaches Parasitology to undergraduate Biomedical Sciences students and Postgraduate students. He is the current Postgraduate studies coordinator for the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Prof. Takafira Mduluza

Professor Takafira Mduluza is based in the Biochemistry Department, University of Zimbabwe as Professor of Biochemistry and Immunology. He is a Biomedical Scientist specializing in the Biochemistry and Immunology of Infectious Diseases including parasitic infections. His work concentrates on the biochemistry and immunological consequences of infectious diseases in endemic populations and immuno-epidemiological studies of the relationship between defined immune responses and acquisition of clinically protective immunity. The aim is to characterize the effector mechanisms of both innate and acquired immunity to infecting agents such as parasites and co-infection with other agents, to understand how these mechanisms are induced and how they are regulated in order to promote parasite clearance without inducing immunopathology. He also conducts research oriented to the development and evaluation of anti-parasite vaccines. The challenge has been worsened with co-infections in the same individuals; the research goal is to understand in detail the long-term impact of preventive chemotherapy in populations recommended to receive several rounds of treatment. Infection of man and animals by large parasites is extremely common throughout the world. This is particularly true for blood fluke parasites. Infections can be debilitating with children suffering the worst disease. The challenge has been worsened with co-infections in same individuals and lack of environmental development on clean water and proper sanitation. There is also need to research on the intimate relationship between human host and the parasites. Development of policy to tackle some of the health challenges in Zimbabwe. Leading the team that developed the baseline surveys and data/information leading to National policy on Neglected Tropical Diseases in Zimbabwe. Monitoring and Evaluation of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) as a control initiative for the Neglected Tropical Diseases as well monitoring paediatric infection and advocating for MDA.

Dr Paula Melariri

Paula Melariri completed her PhD in the division of Pharmacology in 2010 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Paula Melariri was a University lecturer for six years. She worked in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) from 2011 to April 2015, where she did her post-doctoral fellowship for two years and was promoted to a Senior Researcher and project manager of research activities in the Encapsulation and Drug Delivery group- recognized as the African Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Nanomedicine, by the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovations (ANDI). She is currently employed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) as an Assoc. Professor in Environmental health Department. Paula Melariri is responsible for research and research activities in the Department as well as to contribute meaningfully to human capital development and career enhancement of undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff of the department. She is passionate about communicable and non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases and infectious diseases of poverty. Her goal is to meaningfully contribute to the well-being of the populace in her chosen field using her skills and intellect. Paula Melariri has published several articles and is a reviewer to several journals. She has attended and hosted several scientific meetings, initiated collaborations nationally and internationally, with global bodies, potential stakeholders and industrial partners.

Prof. Isaac K. Nyamongo

Isaac K. Nyamongo is a Professor of Anthropology. He currently serves as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Cooperative Development, Research and Innovation) at the Cooperative University of Kenya. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida, USA and has close to 30 years in teaching, research and consultancy. He has supervised and mentored more than 40 students both at Doctoral and Masters levels. Prof. Nyamongo has held research and training grants from many organizations including the European Union, World Health Organization, International Development Research Center, Wenner Gren Foundation and Toyota Foundation among others. His research and training experience spans several countries within the Africa region including Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea and has mainly focus on social issues in malaria. Prof. Nyamongo has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. In addition, he has published books and book chapters. Further, he has held visiting Professor positions in the US as a Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010) and in South Africa where he was a Carnegie Mellon Fellow (2012).

DR. Purvi Mehta

Dr. Purvi Mehta is the Head of Asia for Agriculture at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has her formal education, upto PhD, from M.S. University, India, Tokyo University, Japan and North Carolina State University- USA. Dr. Mehta has worked with the CGIAR, as head of Asia for the International Livestock Research Institute and also as head of South Asia Biosafety program (IFPRI, USAID), and brings a blend of Asia and Africa experience. She is on board of several organizations, including, International Alliance for Ecology and Health-Canada, International Centre for Rural Agriculture-Netherlands, Independent Director on Board of National Commodity Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX), Global Advisory Council- World Food Prize etc. She is honorary professor at Amity University-India and visiting Scientist at Cornell University. She has been closely associated with several agriculture and nutrition policy platforms in India, South East Asia and Africa and serves on several committees and advisory panels. Dr. Mehta has two books and over 50 publications to her credit.

Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema

Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema is the WaterNet Executive Manager. From the design to the implementation phase, he provides strategic and managerial direction to this SADC subsidiary programme for capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). He is currently the Vice President of the International Commission on Water Resources Systems (ICWRS) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). Since August 2018, He has an Associate Professorship position with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Lubumbashi. Prof Kileshye Onema sits on the DUPC Committee at IHE-Delft where he is the representative of Africa on this programmatic cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and IHE-Delft since May 2016. Prof Kileshye Onema has extensive experience in leading collaborative research in water related field with a focus on land-use dynamics and regional hydrology, water related extremes and climate change. He has co-authored 2 books and more than 20 scientific publications.

Prof. Sinegugu Duma

Sinegugu Duma, She is currently serving as the Dean of Teaching and Learning, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal since April 2017. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Cape Town, Masters Degree in Nursing Education from UKZN and BA Cur in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration obtained from UNISA. Diploma in Nursing (General, Psychiatric, Community Health) and Midwifery from the Natal College of Nursing. She also have a certificate in Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing obtained from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has been involved in the service of educating nurses and other health professionals since 1995 both nationally and internationally. She has supervised and graduated eight PhD students and more than twenty postgraduate students from different healthcare professional disciplines. Has been an Adjunct Professor and visiting Professor at different universities including the School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University (USA), Stanford University (USA), Jönköping University (Sweden) and Great Lakes University of Kisumu (Kenya) where she was responsible for development of the Nursing Postgraduate Programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has held different academic leadership positions in different national universities, having started as the Programme Manager for the Distance Learning Bridging Programme in the Institute for Nursing, University of Natal between 1997 and 2000. She served as the Head of the Division of Nursing and Midwifery and the Deputy Director: Post Graduate Programmes at the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. She has served in different national and international organisations, including Lesotho CHE, International Advisory Board Member for the International Association of Forensic Nursing. She is currently serving as the Member and of the 16th South African Nursing Council (SANC), where she the Chairperson of the Education Committee. This is her second term of office at SANC, following her first term in 2008-2013. She is a co-founding member of the South African Forensic Nursing Association. She is a qualitative researcher with special focus on prevention of gender-based violence and sexual violence in different settings. The Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) inducted her into the Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in Nursing in 2016 in recognition of translating her research findings into nursing practice and improving the health outcomes of the victims of sexual violence and gender based violence within the African continent. Using her research findings, she became the founding director of the UCT’s Sexual Assault Response Team in 2016, the first such service for victims of sexual violence on campus within the South African universities. She has published more than 30 articles, a number of book chapters and the sole author of the book titled “The pain of being a woman: In-depth research on recovery from sexual assault.

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