Prof. Nicolette Roman has a PhD in Psychology. She holds the position of Senior Professor, SARChI Chair in the study of families, Main Founding Member and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Children, Families and Society (CISCFS), in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). As an appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, she did a public lecture titled: Family-centredness in healthcare: Striving for individual and family well-being. Professor Roman’s research focuses on family life to achieve family and social cohesion and well-being. Prof Roman is a C2 NRF rated.
Prof Nosisi N Feza, a Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the University of Venda in Thohoyandou. In May 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her PhD in the United States. In 2008 she received the Inaugural Leroy and Margaret H. Callahan Scholarship. She is an NRF rated researcher and was awarded a diversity scholar award for her research on the influence of culture in teaching and learning of mathematics to students of African descendants by Michigan University. Recently in March 2023 she received a lifetime achiever award from her alma mater Nelson Mandela University.
Prof José Frantz is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of the Western Cape. She was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the university. Prof Frantz has a background in health professions education and holds a doctorate in physiotherapy from the University of the Western Cape and is a past fellow and faculty of The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), Philadephia, US. She also participated in the Oxford University Leadership programme. Her commitment to human capacity development is reflected in the numbers of Master’s (44) and PhD students (19) that she has supervised and her academic activities in terms of teaching, learning and research.
Prof Heidi Abrahamse is the Director of the Laser Research Centre, and DSI/NRF SARChI Chair. Her career spans over 30 years characterized by academic excellence. She received the University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor Distinguished Award for Outstanding Researcher, 2010 and 2020, while in 2019 and 2022 the International Photodynamic Association Humanitarian and Research Excellence Awards. She has graduated 63 masters, 38 PhDs and 26 PDRFs and published over 400 publications. She is an NRF B-rated scientist with a Scopus H-index of 45 and she is ranked in the top 0.0044% of 44 977 published authors worldwide on Photosensitizing Agents.