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Plenary Speakers

Professor Girish Kale
Institute for Materials Research
School of Chemical and Process Engineering
The University of Leeds
West Yorkshire, LEEDS LS2 9JT

United Kingdom

Girish Kale obtained his PhD in Bangalore, India.  His research career has been dedicated to research into advanced functional materials for electrochemical sensor technology ranging from ambient temperature to high temperature aggressive environments such as combustion and metallurgical processes.  The research involves both experimentation and theoretical analysis.  He has authored 115 research articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals and 75 conference presentations of which several have been as an Invited or Keynote speaker in international conferences in USA, Canada, Europe, Singapore, India and China.


Professor Neil Coville
Emeritus Professor
School of Chemistry
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

South Africa

Neil Coville obtained his B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc. degrees at Wits before proceeding to McGill University, Montreal in 1968 where he obtained his Ph.D degree (1973).  After post-doctoral work at Harvard University he returned to Wits in 1976.  He worked his way through the ranks in the School of Chemistry, from lecturer to Chair of Inorganic Chemistry before becoming an Emeritus Professor.  He is still a member of two DST-NRF Centres of Excellence (Catalysis; Strong Materials) and maintains an active research group.


Professor Aliasger (Ali) Salem
College of Pharmacy
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Salem holds Professorships in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and he is the Lyle and Sharon Bighley endowed Chair & Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr Salem's research interests are primarily focused on self-assembling systems, the rational design of novel drug and gene delivery systems and on the development of sophisticated scaffolds for tissue-specific regeneration. In tissue engineering, Dr. Salem's laboratory applies microfabrication techniques to novel biomaterials to provide spatial control over tissue formation and to integrate minimally invasive scaffold delivery strategies. In drug/gene delivery, he is currently exploring the synergistic application of degradable particle technology, CpG oligonucleotides and heat shock proteins for generating sustained immunotherapeutic responses against cancer.


Professor Ndeke Musee
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Ndeke Musee is an employee at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and holds an Associate Professorship position in Chemical Engineering Department since February 2015. He lectures a course on environmental implications of nanotechnology to honors postgraduate students. His current research interest is on elucidating the fate, behavior and effects of emerging contaminants in the environmental systems including engineered nanomaterials using both experimental and modelling approaches.


Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila
Drinking Water Treatment and Quality
Water Research Commission
South Africa


Nonhlanhla Kalebaila is a Research Manager: Drinking Water Treatment and Quality at the Water Research Commission. She is an applied scientist with special interests in water and waste management. She has expertise in environmental microbiology and chemistry, engineering and geography disciplines. Dr Kalebaila possesses PhD in Chemical Technology, specialising in Water Utilisation from the University of Pretoria obtained in 2011. She also possesses an MSc degree in Biochemistry, a BInstAgrar (Hons) degree in Food Production and Processing and a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences and Biology. During the course of her academic career, she has worked in the fields of environmental science, applied science, biochemistry, microbiology, nuclear technology and water and wastewater treatment. Dr  Kalebaila has authored and co-authored a number of peer reviewed research papers, including original research papers, a book chapter and conference articles. At the Water Research Commission she works as the Research Manager for Drinking Water Treatment and Quality.