Programme Chair/Speaker

Frans Swanepoel, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Frans Swanepoel

Frans Swanepoel is Professor: Future Africa, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa (SA) and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development (IAD) at Cornell University, USA. He studied at the University of the Free State (UFS) SA and Texas A&M, USA for his PhD (Animal Breeding and Genetics) and did post-doctoral research at the CSIRO in Australia. He was full Professor at five universities in SA, incl. former DVC Research and Innovation at the University of the Western Cape; Director of the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University; Senior Director at the University of the Free State and Dean of Agriculture at the University of Fort Hare. He is an accomplished scientific leader in South Africa and internationally, confirmed by his election during 2010 as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in 2016 as a Foreign Fellow of the Ugandan National Academy of Science, and his appointment as Senior Fulbright Fellow at Cornell University, during 2008/2009. He has lectured as visiting professor at number universities around the globe and on the continent. He serves on the Boards of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa - as former acting Chairperson; and the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) initiative, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He was the lead consultant to develop a continental framework for agricultural education and skills development (AESIF), under NEPAD in 2015. In 2016, Prof Swanepoel was recognised for his significant contributions to capacity development in support of agricultural transformation and development in Africa during the 5th African Higher Education Week, organised by the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM, a network of 66 African universities). He has published extensively, including four books and more than 150 publications, and supervised 30 Masters and PhD students to completion. His fields of specialization include African agricultural transformation with focus on food and nutrition security, gender in agricultural research and agriculture research and innovation management; and agricultural education and training with focus on internationalization and capacity development.

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