Department Of Chemical Sciences: Postgraduate Research Symposium

The Department of Chemical Sciences is hosting the Postgraduate Research Symposium from 6 – 8 November 2019 at Doornfontein Campus (Perskor Building, Room G207).

Invited speakers include Olwethu Ngcobo and Alex Malapane.

Download the programme on PG Research Day – Prog_05 Nov 2019.pdf

Invited Speaker Bio: Olwethu Ngcobo is currently the founder and chief formulator of Lola and Co Organics which is an organic unisex skincare brand. She is also an agriculturalist who has a profound interest in the ecosystem and how human’s extreme dependence on capitalism is disturbing the natural order of things. She also has a lifestyle YouTube channel that teaches the masses about sustainable living. Academically, she holds a National Diploma in organic skincare, Hydroponics and Conservation and foundations for farming. Her interest for the agriculture started in her home town on Worcester where she used to mind a small garden in her grandmother’s house. This memory stayed with her into her adult life until she could live her childhood dream again of minding her own garden in 2013. Her love for nature-inspired a new found path which lead to her to Lola & Co Organics and gardening, which she will in the future turn to farming.

Invited Speaker Bio: Alex Malapane is the current General Conference Chair for the 4IR Indaba. He is as a Manager: Research Projects and Strategic Partnerships at South African Weather Service (SAWS). He is serving in both the Editorial Board and Conference Committee at the Institute of Research, Learning and Development, a panel responsible for managing international conferences held at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard Universities.
Alex has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed papers published internationally. Academically, he holds an Honors in Earth Science: Mine Surveying, B-Tech in Project Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Management. Alex is geared for a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Business Administration in 2020. His expertise spans from Research and Development, Project Management, Operations Management, Strategy and Policy Development. He is a conference speaker, facilitator, moderator, author and a professional. He has a global footprint in management consulting. Alex is recently providing public lectures on a subject, “Tracking the Future: The Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

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