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Key note speaker,  Dr. Steven M

Dr-Steven-M.pngDr. Steven M. Carr received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University in 1992. He joined Michigan Technological University as an assistant professor in 1993 and served on the faculty there from 1993 to 2012. He chaired the Department from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, he joined the Department of Computer Science at Western Michigan University as Professor and Chair and remains in that position currently. Dr. Carr’s early research interests were in memory hierarchy management by the compiler. He has been a Principal or co-Principal Investigator on over $2.8 million in grants from industry and the National Science Foundation. In 2004, he and his co-authors had their paper “Improving Register Allocation for Subscripted Variables”, which appeared in ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation in 1990, selected to appear as a selection in 20 Years of the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (1979 - 1999). His current research centers on pedagogy for computer security. In all, Dr. Carr is a co-author on 56 refereed conference and journal publications with colleagues and his 5 Ph.D. and 17 M.S. graduates. Dr. Carr has also served on numerous program committees and review panels for the National Science Foundation.

Guest speaker, Prof Shireen Motala

Prof-Shireen-Motala.pngProfessor Shireen Motala is the Senior Director of the Postgraduate School within the Research and Innovation Division, and Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg (UJ) South Africa . She is part of the Executive Leadership Group at the UJ. Her academic qualifications are : BA (University of Durban-Westville), a B Social Science Honours (University of Cape Town), an MA (University of Warwick), a PGCE (University of London) and a PhD (University of the Witwatersrand). She is currently UJ’s representative on the international body, the Council Graduate Schools and is the DdoGs representative in Universitas 21 activities. She has held numerous leadership roles related to Higher Education including: Chairperson of the Education Policy Consortium (2006-2010), Chairperson of the UNESCO South African Commission (2001-2006), and first inaugural president of the South African Research Association (SAERA) (2013-2014. In 2015, she was appointed by the Minster of Higher Education and Training to serve on the Council of Higher Education to the Council and to the Executive Committee of the CHE. An NRF (National Research Foundation) rated researcher, she has initiated collaborations between universities across Africa and with Asia and Europe, and this has led to the formation of long-term regional and international partnerships. Her research record is substantial and includes publications in journals and books and editorship of local and international journals. Her research interests and expertise have been in the areas of education financing and school reform, access and equity, education quality and the internationalisation of higher education .

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Guest speaker, Susan Veldsman

susan-veldsman.pngSusan Veldsman was appointed to the position of Director: Scholarly Publication Unit at the Academy of Sciences in South Africa, in January 2009. She is responsible to drive the Open Science agenda by advocating for the opening up of the entire research process from agenda-setting to the dissemination of findings. Raising the visibility, discoverability and accessibility of South African scholarly journals through Open Access and online journal content management; improve the quality of SA scholarly journal, books & conference proceedings through expert peer review panels in the field; find ways and solutions to further support the development of policy frameworks in order to facilitate optimal use and access to publicly funded research.

She received the Electronic Publishing Trust (EPT) award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Open Access in Developing Countries.  Early in a career she started off as an Information Librarian, at various Higher Education Libraries in South Africa where she eventually was promoted to Assistant Director: Client Services, Library Services at the University of Johannesburg. During 2002 she moved to a national project, South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) where she was responsible for negotiating access to commercial databases and was actively involved in promoting Open Access and setting up Institutional Repositories. She continued this work, in 2006, in an international consortium,, in other transitional and developing, member countries worldwide.