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Research Leadership Programme




Research Leadership Programme (RLP)

The RLP is a bespoke programme, specifically aimed at developing research leadership for outstanding researchers, at Senior Lecturer, Associate and Professor levels, to advance towards becoming world-renowned scholars (equivalent of A & B NRF rated scholars). The Programme complements and dovetails with existing human capacity development interventions, such as the AAMP and other research capacity development interventions from the Postgraduate School and Faculties/College. 

For this programme, research leadership refers to academic prowess and stature that enables high-quality research performance. In this instance with a particular focus in developing requisite soft and hard skills, which include, among others, leading and managing large research grants and research teams, make research collaborations and networks work for you, planning and guidance for NRF rating, etc.  The programme is envisaged to run for a period of 12 months and will comprise of five components: 

  • Research leadership skills development (5 workshops involving action-learning sets) 
  • Personal coaching (pending availability of funds) and professional mentorship 
  • One week international visit for professional networking and collaborations networking 
  • 180-degree personal assessment/feedback (Pre- and post-programme)
  • Presentations and reflections on RLP and experience 

Eligibility Criteria  

  • Female academics at Senior Lecturer, Associate and Full Professor levels, appointed on a permanent basis at UJ; Hold a doctorate degree; 
  • NRF rating at C or Y level (or if not rated an academic profile equivalent to NRF C or Y rating) https://www.nrf.ac.za/sites/default/files/documents/Definition%20of%20rating%20categories.pdf; 
  • Evidence of research excellence and performance above the norm at their career stage; 
  • Evidence of research and academic leadership; 
  • Evidence of research impact in academia and/or in the broader socio-political and economic sectors;  
  • Desire to improve their professional standing and NRF rating; 
  • Ability to engage meaningfully and constructively in the programme.

Research Leadership Programme 2021 Cohort

Professor Beatrice Desiree Simo-Kengne

Professor Beatrice Desiree Simo-Kengne is Professor and Senior Research Fellow for the Public and Environmental Economic Research Centre in the School of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds MPhil and PhD degrees in Economics, from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, an MCom degree in Financial Economics from the University of Johannesburg, an MCom degree in Monetary and Banking Economics, and BCom (Honours) in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from the University of Douala, Cameroon. She has taught macroeconomics, panel econometrics, time series econometrics, and mathematics for economists, and has facilitated a number of econometrics workshop trainings. She has supervised many master's and doctoral students and has published over 30 articles in accredited journals. Her research interests lie in the fields of development economics – including but not limited to – housing, asset prices, agriculture, environment, performance evaluation, risk management, gender, health, and trade. 

Beatrice joined the University of Johannesburg in May 2014 as senior lecturer in the School of Economics (formal Department of Economics and Econometrics) and was promoted to associate professor and professor in October 2016 and May 2020, respectively. In her leadership responsibilities, she participates in the School of Economics management and postgraduate research administrations; she has served as School representative at the College Higher Degrees Committee since 2016 and recently joined the Senate Committee as member. She is an alumna of the World Academy of Sciences, an affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences, a member of the Climate Change and Agriculture and Rural Development Working Group and serves as mentor for the ClimapAfrica programme of the German Academic Exchange Services.

Professor Natanya Meyer

Professor Natanya Meyer commenced her career as lecturer in 2012. She completed her BCom and Honours degrees in Economics and Risk Management, her master's degree in Development and Management and thereafter her PhD in Entrepreneurship at North-West University in South Africa. In 2020, she joined the University of Johannesburg as part of the SARChI in Entrepreneurship Education. Prior to joining academia, she owned and managed three successful businesses highlighting her passion for entrepreneurship. She has been involved in the development of entrepreneurial student societies, served as an executive member of the Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce (GTCOC) and as a community of practice member in the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) initiative launched by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in 2017. She enjoys research and received a Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2021. So far, she has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and conference proceedings as a sole and co-author. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial and economic related topics with a focus on females, youth and an enabling environment. She is a co-editor, guest editor, editorial board member, reviewer for several national and international journals and has collaboration links with various Asian and east European universities. 

Dr Sylvia Chioma Okoro

Dr Sylvia Chioma Okoro is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance and Investment Management, College of Business and Economics, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Dr Okoro holds a PhD (Engineering Management), an MTech (Construction Management) and a BSc (Estate Management). Her professional and teaching experience centres on real estate development, valuation, and management. She has worked for private and public entities. She is a research leader within her current department, and the Lead Researcher at Awoyokun Consulting (a RICS-registered professional real estate consulting firm in Nigeria. She is a co-convener of national and international conferences and a reviewer for highly ranked academic journals. Her research interest is in the field of sustainability in the built environment, focusing on people, infrastructure, real estate and facilities management. She has published over 45 papers in accredited journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, some of which have won the Best Paper Award. 

Dr Irene Bronner

Dr Irene Enslé Bronner is Senior Lecturer with the South African Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), at the University of Johannesburg. Her research interests centre on feminist studies in the visual arts, with a focus on contemporary Southern Africa. She works principally with feminist, queer and postcolonial cultural theory as well as issues of memory, affect, gender, and the aftermath of trauma. She has published in local and international journals, including Textile: Cloth and Culture and Woman's Art Journal, and has authored a book chapter in a Routledge publication, forthcoming in July 2021. She is a CAA-Getty International Program alumna and has an NRF rating of Y1.

Professor Ke Yu

Professor Yu is Associate Professor in the Education Faculty at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She holds a PhD in Educational Management and Policy Studies from the University of Pretoria, a Master's in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in China. She is an avid reader and critical thinker. She has published widely in a number of inter-disciplinary fields. Her primary research interests include meta science, knowledge production, language and identity, as well as counter narrative and comparative studies. 

Dr Omowunmi Mary Longe 

​Dr Omowunmi Mary Longe is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the pioneering IEEE PES WiP Representative for South Africa and Southern Africa. She received her Doctor of Engineering (DIng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2017. Her MEng and BEng degrees were also obtained in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2011 and 2001, respectively, from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. She is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE), and Senior Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SMSAIE). Within IEEE, she is actively involved in IEEE–WiE, IEEE–PES, IEEE-PES WiP programmes. She is also a member of other notable professional organisations such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN). Dr Longe is also registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). She has published more than 40 papers in refereed journals and at conferences. She is a reviewer for ISI-listed journals and refereed professional conferences. She has served as a member of Technical Programme Committees for local and international IEEE conferences.

Professor Charlene Downing

​Professor Charlene Downing is Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Johannesburg. She has been a permanent member of the Department since February 2015. Prof Downing lectures, supervises, and mentors research methodology at an undergraduate, postgraduate, master's and doctoral level. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Health SA Gesondheid, an accredited interdisciplinary journal. Professor Downing completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr Jean Watson. Caring and Ubuntu are the fundamental values of her teaching and research philosophy. She has graduated seven doctoral and 20 master's candidates. She has been invited to act as reviewer for international and national journals at regular intervals and serve on three international editorial boards. Further, Prof Downing acts as an external examiner for master's and doctoral studies at national universities. She participated in a Human Caring Science: Webinar in December 2020, where she was invited as one of 15 Human Caring Science Scholars. 

Professor Annie Temane Mmasethunya ​

​Professor Annie Temane is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Dean Research and Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a Master's and a Doctoral degree in Psychiatric Nursing Science from the University of Johannesburg.  Annie Temane started the academia very late in her life and joined the University of Johannesburg in June 2010 as Lecturer in the Department of Nursing and was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in 2016 and 2019, respectively. She has supervised and co-supervised numerous master's and doctoral candidates to completion and has published in national and international accredited journals. Her research interests lie in the fields of mental health and ethics. She serves on several committees, internally and externally of the University. She serves on the Faculty of Health Sciences Higher Degrees Committee as the chairperson as well as on the Research Ethics Committee as the Deputy Vice Chairperson. She also serves as a committee member on the UNESCO National Bioethics Committee and SAMRC Bioethical Advisory Committee. She acted as a consultant for qualitative research at the Steve Biko Bioethics Centre at the University of Witwatersrand and serves on the editorial board of the in-house journal of the Department of Nursing, Health SA Gesondheid, as a sectional editor.  She has been a panel member to review research grants for the National Research Fund and is a representative for the Faculty of Health Sciences at the U21 Health Sciences Group in the mental health and international development group. Her community engagement in an intellectually disabled organisation reflects her passion in mental health.
Professor Shanade Barnabas 

​Professor Shanade Bianca Barnabas is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Her research is at the juncture of culture, indigeneity, and heritage. Since 2008, she has conducted research together with the !Xun and Khwe San communities of South Africa's Northern Cape province, publishing book chapters and journal articles on issues of heritage, indigeneity, and marginality as experienced by these communities as well as on the larger Khoisan experience.

Professor Carin Runciman

​Professor Carin Runciman is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Centre for Social Change. She is a Y1 NRF-rated researcher, specialising in the analysis of post-apartheid collective action and in working-class mobilisation post apartheid with a particular focus on community protest and precarious work. Most recently, she has been the Co-PI on the UJ/HSRC COVID-19 Democracy survey, an ongoing cross-sectional survey among adults living in South Africa to determine the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has published widely in local and international journals. She combines her scholarship with social justice activism and is a management committee member of the Casual Workers Advice Office.  
Professor Juanitta Calitz

​Professor Juanitta Calitz, LLB LLM LLD (UP), is currently Associate Professor of Law at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Head of the Department of Mercantile Law as well as a member of the UJ Law Dean's Management Committee. She presents undergraduate, postgraduate and extracurricular courses in Insolvency Law as well as business rescue and has presented at national and international conferences. She has written various articles and book chapters on topics related to Insolvency Law and is a co-author of Mars: The Law of Insolvency in South Africa (10th edition). Her research interests include Insolvency Law and Business Rescue as well as the impact of Industry 4.0 on Insolvency Law. On 1 April 2019, she was appointed chairperson of the INSOL International Academic Group and is a member of the INSOL International Legislative and Regulatory Steering Committee. She is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative (SGRI), a collaborative project launched by the Singapore Management University (SMU) Law School with the support of the Ministry of Law of Singapore. She is an honorary member and national council member of the Southern Africa Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA).  
Dr Elmarie Fourie 

​Dr Elmarie Fourie completed her BProc degree (1994) and an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (cum laude) at RAU in 2002. In 2005, the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred on her by the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded the Chancellor's Medal (2006) for the best master's degree student in the Faculty of Law and the South African Society for Labour Law Prize for the student with the best results in the LLM degree in Labour Law. Elmarie joined the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) as the coordinator of the Centre. In 2006, she joined the Department of Mercantile Law and lectured Labour Law during 2006 and 2007. Currently, she is the programme coordinator for the LLM in Labour Law, the PG (Dip) in Labour Law and lectures Labour Law to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  She was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. She has been part of various task teams preparing legal opinions to government departments and drafting legislation for SADC countries. She completed her doctoral thesis in 2018, titled, Finding innovative solutions to extend labour law and social protection to vulnerable women workers in the informal economy. She is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and the Head of Department of Public Law. She has published on labour law, social protection, and legal education in national and international journals. Elmarie has presented papers at more than 35 national and international conferences.
Professor Charmaine Arderne
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​Professor Arderne completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry in January 2011. The research involved the crystallographic study of long-chained materials. The focus was on the structural characteristics and physical properties of long-chained n-alkyl diammonium salts as they are precursors to layered inorganic-organic perovskite-type hybrids; they are bidentate ligands in transition metal complexes that have applications in propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnic compositions; they have structure directing properties in the synthesis of several zeolites and many new novel nanomaterials; and many have biological applications. Funding for the project came from the NRF Thuthuka programme and the University of Johannesburg.

She is currently a member of the Research Centre for Synthesis and Catalysis and works on the following projects: Metal induced cleavage of peptide and amide bonds using Co(III) amine and Co(III) amino acid complexes and their investigation as urease mimics. This project is an experimental study of the synthesis, analysis, and reaction of Cobalt(III) amine and Cobalt(III) amino acids complexes with urea-based materials to establish if cleavage of the amide and peptide bonds is successful. The research is undertaken to determine and understand the mechanistic steps of these reactions and to conclusively determine if the cleavage occurs hydrolytically or by oxidative means and to establish if the metal complexes will function effectively as urease mimics. The broader scope of this project is in the field of biocatalysis. This project was awarded an NRF Thuthuka Award for funding 2016-2018 and again from 2019-2021. She has a small research group consisting of one MSc student, two PhD students and one undergraduate research assistant, learning the relevant skills associated with this field of study. Recently, a postdoctoral fellow has joined the research group (Dr Bhawna Uprety) who will drive the project in a few different directions, and she will also assist the current students with their research in this area. This work is a joint collaborative effort between Dr Arderne and the project initiator, Prof Ivan Bernal (retired Professor at University of Houston, Texas, USA) and Prof Demetrius Levendis (University of the Witwatersrand).

Professor Wai Sze Leung
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​Professor Wai Sze (Grace) Leung hails from the Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering where she looks at how artificial intelligence can be used to enhance the field of digital forensics. At the same time, she examines how technology can be leveraged to enhance teaching and learning for Information Technology students, particularly in improving their skills against computer crime. She has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Johannesburg, specialising in the use of artificial intelligence in identifying fraudulent trends in financial transaction data. She is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 11.8, which focuses on Information Security Education, and is scheduled to serve as a mentor for an upcoming offering of the Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) Fellowship Programme.

Dr Nonhlangabezo Mabuba
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​Dr Nonhlangabezo Mabuba (nee Mabho) is Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer, and Researcher in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences from Duisburg-Essen Universität, Germany, in 2010. She teaches Material Science and Processing, Analytical Chemistry 2 and Chemistry 1 theory and practical to guide students in critical thinking and prepare them for industrial work. Dr Mabuba’s research focuses on the development of water monitoring and treatment simple scientific tools. She supervises PhD, MSc and BTech students. She is a national and international recognised researcher through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences. In South Africa, she applies her research for community development projects (water monitoring and treatment and development of green biomass food fertilisers) by collaborating with local companies (Tupelovox PTY, LTD) and Buffalo City Metro municipalities.


Research Leadership Programme 2020 Cohort

Prof Christine De Meyer-Heydenrych
College of Business and Economics 
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​Christine De Meyer-Heydenrych is an Associate Professor in Marketing at the School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems at the University of Johannesburg. She has 16 years of experience in Academia and specialises in the field of Services Marketing and Retailing. She has published 20 articles in local and international journals including the prestigious Journal of Services Marketing and presented 38 conference papers. She has supervised 17 Masters and two PhD students and is currently supervising seven postgraduate students. She is also participating in international collaborative research projects. To date, she has 390 citations and a Google h-index of 12. In 2012, Prof De Meyer-Heydenrych was awarded the “Future-fit Emerging Researcher award” at the then Faculty of Management at the UJ. She has held leadership positions including being Head of Department at the Department of Marketing Management from 2013 – 2017. In addition to her teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students and supervising postgraduate students, she is currently a member of the Ethics committee of the College of Business and Economics; holds a Y2 rating from the NRF and is co-chair of the EMAA panel of the NRF.

Dr Mpho Raborife
College of Business and Economics 
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Dr Mpho Raborife is a Y2 NRF-rated researcher specialising in theoretical computer science, computational linguistics and digital humanities. She is a L’Oréal-UNESCO sub-Saharan Regional for Women in Science fellow and a DST Women in Science alumni. Most recently, Dr Raborife received the M&G 200 award in Education (2019). In addition, Dr Raborife has received numerous scholarships and bursaries from her undergraduate through to her post-PhD studies. She is currently supervising three PhD students (one submitted for examination) and two master’s students. Dr Raborife also has immense industry experience previously being a research associate at SAP Research and currently a technical advisor at SeeBridge Advisory (based in the US and Germany). She has worked in numerous projects multidisciplinary) with project partners across three continents. Dr Raborife also contributes to the scientific citizenship by being a member of scientific bodies.

​Dr Tebogo Mashifana
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ​
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Dr Tebogo Mashifana is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg in the Department of Chemical Engineering Technology, South Africa. She has completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree with Cum-laude. She holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA degree. She has been featured in the list for Mail &Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans (2019) and in the list for the 100 Top 100 Young Independents in SADC (2019). She is in the finalist for Gauteng Women Excellence Awards in the category for Young Women Achiever of the Year. She is a Golden Key International Honours Society Honorary member. She serves in a number of committees within the University of Johannesburg (Faculty Research Committee, School Research and Postgraduate Committee and Faculty Ethics Committee) and in the Global Change Science Committee nationally. She is a reviewer for 8 international journals. Dr Mashifana is passionate about research and investigating solutions to challenges related to environmental pollution. Her interest is in developing sustainable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and applicable solutions to convert waste materials to useful and value-added products. She has 30 publications which entail peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers, published national and international.​

Prof Leila Kajee
Faculty of Education
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​Leila Kajee is Associate Professor in Education and Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. She works with under- and postgraduate teacher education students. Leila’s research interests in education include language and literacies, within a framework of transformation and justice. Leila has collaborated on and led NRF-funded projects including Children’s Literacies in and out-of- School, and Immigrant Literacies. She is currently leading an NRF-funded project “Social change in education: justice, cohesion and peace” with students and colleagues in Brazil and South Africa. She has written widely and presented papers in these areas. Her work on digital literacy and online learning is encapsulated in her book “Constructing identities in online communities of practice”. Prof Kajee has a C3 rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

Prof Lauren Graham
Faculty of Humanitites
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​Lauren, a development sociologist with a Doctorate in Sociology from UJ, was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2016 and appointed the Deputy Director of the CSDA in October 2016. In January 2019, Lauren assumed a new role as Director of the CSDA. Her research interests are in the application and testing of social and development theories in practice with a focus on youth, children and people with disabilities and their agency in assessing human development outcomes. She has strong expertise in evaluation research and is skilled in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. She is particularly interested in the use of research methods that give a voice to vulnerable groups. Lauren manages a range of research initiatives related to youth including our flagship project- the Siyakha Youth Assets project – which seeks to develop knowledge and interventions to support young people to transition to employment. She also supervises postgraduate students and mentor’s younger

​Prof Neo Morojele
Faculty of Humanitites 
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​Professor Neo Morojele is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Kent (United Kingdom). She is also a consultant to the South Africa Medical Research Council and an Honorary Professor of the School of Public Health (University of the Witwatersrand) and the School of Public Health and Family Medicine (University of Cape Town). She has a C1 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and was second runner up for the Distinguished Woman Scientist Award (Humanities and Social Sciences) from the Department of Science and Innovation in 2019. Her research focuses mainly on alcohol and HIV, and alcohol policy, and she has received numerous research grants including her current UK-South Africa Newton fund grant to study access to substance use disorder treatment among men in South Africa. She is on the editorial board of three regional and international journals, regularly reviews journal articles, and has authored/co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications. She has served on scientific committees of conferences nationally and internationally, as a Technical Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) and is on the board of the International Confederation of ATOD Research Associations (ICARA).

Prof Pragna Rugunanan
Faculty of Humanitites 
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​Pragna Rugunanan is an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. She recently attained a C2 rating from the NRF from 2020 to 2025. Her research focuses on the construction of African and South Asian migrant communities to South Africa and migration in the Global South. She has been involved in NRF funded research projects on Family, Well-Being and Resilience, and Social Capital and Citizenship. Her research interests include the sociology of migration, labour studies, changing patterns of work, social networks, and community studies. She has published on migration, gender, xenophobia, education and citizenship. Her current research is titled “Migration, Identities and Trans-continental Linkages: Studying the South Indian Diaspora in South Africa”. She is the past recipient of research grants: NIHSS Brics Mobility Grant for 2017-8, NRF Thuthuka grant holder post-PHD track 2017-2019; 2016 DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development research grant; NRF Thuthuka grant holder 2012-2014. Pragna has served on the executive of the South African Sociological Association, was a council member and is currently a working group convener for the Industrial and Economic Group. She had a break from academia (August 2001-December 2007). She is also part of the Editorial Collective for Gender Questions, an accredited journal with the Department of Higher Education, for the period 2018-2020. She was Chair of the Humanities Higher Degrees Committee for 2018-2019 and is currently co-Chair. She is currently Head of Department of Sociology, from 2019-2021

Dr Banothile Makhubela
Faculty of Science 
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​Dr Makhubela is currently a Royal Society of London-African Academy of Sciences (RS-AAS) Future Leaders-African Independent Research Fellow in the Chemical Sciences Dept. at University of Johannesburg. Her research spans across synthetic organometallic, green and sustainable chemistry as well as drug discovery. Her research interests include synthesis of new metal complexes and green neoteric solvents for applications in catalysis and metallodrug discovery. The focus in catalysis is on using renewable and waste resources, like biomass, plastic and carbon dioxide, to make useful chemicals, fuel(blends) and functional polymers. Her research group is also involved in developing platinum group metal complexes for potential application in treatment of cancer, malaria and HIV. Dr Makhubela has authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications, including research and review articles in leading international journals such as Catalysis Reviews: Science and Engineering, Catalysis Science and Technology, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Journal of CO2 Utilization and Green Chemistry. She has received several national and international scientific awards. These include the Scifinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Award, The World Academy of Sciences and African Academy of Sciences Young Affilateship and the SA Women in Science Award (Young Women Category). She has successfully mentored postdoctoral fellows, supervised 3 PhD, 16 MSc and 17 BSc (Hons) students, and currently supervises 9 PhD and 9 Masters students. She is a chemist, registered with the Catalysis Society of SA, the SA Chemical Institute and the American Chemical Society and she serves on the boards of Eskom and CHIETA.
Prof Philiswa Nomngongo
Faculty of Science 
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​Prof Philiswa Nosizo Nomngongo was born and raised in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape (South Africa). She graduated with BSc Applied Chemistry, BSc (Hons) and MSc Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu Natal (School of Chemistry) in 2008, 2009 and 2011. She received her PhD Chemistry degree in 2014 from UJ. In 2015, she joined the Faculty of Science at UJ as a lecturer of Analytical Chemistry and since 2017 she has been an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the same institution. In 2020, she was awarded a DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Nanotechnology for water and holds an NRF Y1 rating. Her scientific career has been dedicated to Environmental Analytical Chemistry aiming in solving different environmental problems in the field of water quality and environmental protection. In the past five years, her research group has focused on the application of various nanomaterial materials in fields such as sample preparation methodologies, water and wastewater treatment, groundwater remediation, recovery of precious metals. Her research achievements have been recognized through prestigious fellowships and awards. Her research expertise is documented in the number of original publications (>70). Her Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science H index are 19, 16 and 16 with over 900 and 700 Google Scholar and Scopus citations, respectively.