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Dr Odilile Ayodele
Dr Odilile Ayodele is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow affiliated to the National Research Foundation Chair for African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg. She has previously worked within local government and the NGO sector. Her research interests include: International Political Economy, African Economic History, and the Geopolitics of Telephony.

Dr Titus Ebenezer Kwofie
Dr Kwofie is a chartered architect by profession and a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. Dr Kwofie, holds a Bachelor of Science and a Professional Postgraduate Diploma degree in Architecture from KNUST. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Housing Studies also from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Construction Management with focus on improving Mass Housing delivery and management in 2015. Dr Kwofie is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sustainable Human Settlement and Construction Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He also serves as a regular reviewer for various Emerald, ASCE, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis built environment journals. He has also been a secretary and deputy secretary to Organising Committees of some international conferences.

Dr Gbenga Peleyeju
Dr Gbenga Peleyeju received his MSc from the University of Ibadan in 2011. He completed his PhD at the University of Johannesburg in 2017. His PhD research focused on electrochemical and photoelectrocatalytic systems for water treatment. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Electrochemistry Research Group at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests are in the development of electrochemical and solar photoelectrocatalytic systems for water decontamination, and electrochemical sensors for monitoring organic and inorganic pollutants in water.

Dr Lucia Munongi
Dr Lucia Munongi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Education. She obtained her PhD in 2016. She has vast experience in teaching in high schools as well as lecturing in teacher’s colleges. Her research interest is in children’s rights and orphans and vulnerable children with a particular focus on their psycho-social and educational experiences.

Dr Hiywot Menker
Dr Hiywot Menker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Public and Environmental Economics Research Center (PEERC) under the Department of Economics. She currently works on a number of projects namely the demand for and affordability of water in South Africa, and green-house gas emissions and the demand for meat in South Africa. Dr Hiywot holds a PhD degree in Environmental Economics from University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Alemaya University, Ethiopia. Her key research interests include environmental policy, climate change economics, resource economics, and economic development. Previously, Hiywot was a lecturer at Alemaya University.

Dr Elvis Korku Avenyo
Dr Elvis Korku Avenyo is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar (QES), and a Global Excellence and Stature (GES) Award Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg. He obtained his PhD in Economics of Innovation, Technical Change and Governance from Maastricht University/ UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands. His specialisation focuses on econometrics of firm innovations, informal sector innovations, performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), technologies, economic development, impact evaluation and developing countries.

Dr Zvisinei Moyo
Dr Zvisinei Moyo obtained her Doctor of Education in Education Management from the University of South Africa. Her strongest intellectual influences and academic interests lie in the field of education leadership and management. Her growing awareness of the dearth of research into women leading education led her to pursue research in this field. She has increasingly found herself drawn to academic endeavours investigating female leadership and management in education, social justice and gender issues. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Johannesburg.

Dr Abdulwaheed Musa
Dr Abdulwaheed Musa holds a BEng (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, an MSc (Communication Engineering) and a PhD (Engineering) from the International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He joined the Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria in 2016 and has served in several capacities. He is a senior member of the IEEE and registered engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He has written scholarly papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr Avula Balakrishna
Dr Avula Balakrishna is working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Department of Applied Physics, University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously, he worked at the Department of Physics, University of the Free State for three years (July 2015 to July 2018). He has received his BSc, MSc and PhD degree, all from Sri Venkateswara University in 2007, 2009 and 2014, respectively. He has published more than 30 research papers in journals of international repute and one international book. He has presented his work at several international and national conferences. His current research interests are in the development of nano-phosphor crystalline materials and nano-structured silicon thin films of metal oxide semiconductor for optoelectronic, display and photovoltaic device applications.