12 December 2019
Kelly Chibale (UCT)
(PhD, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, 1992) is a full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery and Development; Full Member of the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine and a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery. Also Founding Director of South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery & Development Research Unit at UCT and Founder / Director of UCT Drug Discovery & Development Centre (H3D). Fortune magazine listed him in top 50 Greatest Leaders for 2018.
Lyn-Marie Birkholtz (UP)
Brett Pletschke (RU)
Prof Brett I. Pletschke (Ph.D-1996., FAAS, MRSSAf) is currently a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University. His research interest lies in the fields of enzymology and enzyme biotechnology - more specifically, in the use of enzymes and their synergistic relationships to generate bioproducts. He has published more than 85 papers/book chapters with several patents, the most recent an enzyme formulation to improve animal feed. He is a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and serves on the editorial boards of “Enzyme and Microbial Technology” and “Biotechnology Letters”. Prof Pletschke is also a past President of SASBMB.