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Connecting African scholarly stakeholders across the continent.

This session is part of the AfricArXiv Webinar Series on Open Science for the Discoverability of African Research.

Published onMay 16, 2024
Connecting African scholarly stakeholders across the continent.

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Connecting African scholarly stakeholders across the continent.

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Mofahloshi Chuene

Mofahloshi R.M. Chuene is a research scientist specializing in applied chemistry, with a focus on water treatment, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy solutions. She recently completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg, where her thesis investigated the development and application of sawdust nano-adsorbents for heavy metals remediation and their potential reuse as alternative fuel cell electrocatalysts. She is expected to have the degree conferred in August 2024.

Ms. Chuene embarked on her academic journey by obtaining a National Diploma in Biotechnology from the University of Johannesburg in 2007, followed by a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology in 2012, and a Master of Technology in Water Care (with distinction) from Tshwane University of Technology in 2019. Her master’s dissertation focused on the disinfection of wastewater using an integrated ozone-nanoparticle system.

With extensive experience in scientific research and laboratory facilitation, Ms. Chuene has held various roles in academic and research settings. At the University of Johannesburg, she served as a First-Year Tutor and Laboratory Demonstrator, preparing and supervising laboratory activities while ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Additionally, she made significant contributions to sales and marketing strategies in her role as Head of Sales and Marketing at PureMadi and Dertig Multipurpose Projects, where she drove the distribution of ceramic water filters.

She is a member of the Future Earth, Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) and Young Water Professionals (YWP-ZA), and a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). Her accolades include recognition as the most valuable contributor and a rising star by the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR).

Ms. Chuene’s contributions to the scientific community are further evidenced by her active participation in numerous conferences and workshops, where she has presented her research and chaired sessions. Notable among these are the Young Water Professional Conference, the South African-Egypt First Joint Researchers’ Workshop, and the Nanos Nanoscience Young Researcher’s Symposium. Her diverse skill set and commitment to advancing scientific knowledge make her an invaluable addition to any research and development team. She currently works for Aphrike Research as a stakeholder relations officer. Her main roles include developing and implementing strategies to engage key stakeholders, such as researchers, students, investors, community members, and government agencies.

Beyond her professional and academic pursuits, Ms. Chuene enjoys playing board games and tennis, cooking, and watching documentaries and investigation channels. She is currently based in Gauteng, South Africa, and can be reached via LinkedIn or email.

Questions that were addressed during the session

1. How is Aphrike Research using persistent identifiers (e.g. ORCID) in the networking database?

  1. How does Aphrike Research plan to bridge the gap between African researchers scattered across the continent?

3. What specific tools or strategies does Aphrike Research employ to facilitate collaboration among African scholars?

4. Can you share any success stories or examples of impactful intra-Africa collaborations facilitated by Aphrike Research?

5. What opportunities and challenges do you foresee in fostering a stronger network of African scholarly stakeholders, and how does Aphrike Research plan to address them?

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About the webinar series

This webinar was co-organized by UbuntuNet Alliance and Access 2 Perspectives as part of the ORCID Global Participation Program.

ORCID is the persistent identifier for researchers to share their accomplishments (research articles, data, etc with funding agencies, publishers, data repositories, and other research workflows.

AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. By enhancing the visibility of African research, we enable discoverability and collaboration opportunities for African scientists on the continent as well as globally.

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