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Professor Annah Moteetee

Organisation:   University of Johannesburg

Job title: Executive Dean of Science, Faculty of Science

Professor Annah Moteetee holds a BSc degree (Biology and Chemistry) from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), an MPhil degree in Botany from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, United Kingdom, and a PhD degree in Botany from the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg), Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon completion of her PhD, she joined faculty in the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg, as a Technical Lecturer in January 2005.

She climbed through the ranks to Senior Lecturer (2006-2013), Associate Professor (2013-2018) and Full Professor (2018-current). She was appointed as Vice-Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science (2011-2015) and became Acting Dean of the Faculty (2013-2014). From January 2017-January 2021 she served as Head of Department: Botany and Plant Biotechnology. From February 2021 – July 2023, she served as the Senior Director, Postgraduate School, University of Johannesburg. She currently supervises and co-supervises six doctoral and three master’s students and has supervised five doctoral, 18 masters, and 17 Honours students to completion.

Prof Moteetee has authored and co-authored over sixty journal articles and contributed to over sixty national and international podium and poster presentations. Her research interests are (i) ethnobotany of southern African plants, specifically biological activity of medicinal plants and the nutritional value of food plants used by the Basotho people of southern Africa, and (ii) systematics and taxonomic studies of the African legumes (i.e., the bean and pea family, Fabaceae). Annah is a member of review boards for two journals, namely South African Journal of Botany (Editorial Board) and Systematic Botany (Associate Editor) and has reviewed articles for numerous international journals.