Steering Committee of the African Light Source
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Steering Committee of the African Light Source
To make a nomination, mail the AfLS Conference Sectretariat (
NumDateNominator (Name, Institution, e-mail)Nominee (Name, Institution, e-mail)Nominee (Brief bio-sketch, Manifesto)
17/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Biosketch: Current Chair of the Synchrotron Research Roadmap Implementation Committee (SRRIC), a South African initiative whose goals are, promoting the use of synchrotron radiation in research and build capacity amongst others. Together with my SRRIC colleagues, we organise and hosted the Synchrotron workshop in 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa (SA). The workshop was aimed at charting the way forward for the use of synchrotron radiation in SA and has since culminated in a Strategic document and a Business Plan that has been submitted to the (SA’s) Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. I have conducted scientific experiments at synchrotron facilities such as APS, ESRF, LNLS and SOLEIL. Outside synchrotron related activities, I am the custodian of an X-ray diffraction facility and partly participate in the upgrade of the beamlines at SAFARI research reactor.
Manifesto: To contribute to efforts of my colleagues towards the realisation of an African light source within the
shortest possible time and share SRRIC’s experience with colleagues in other African countries in building capacity and promoting the use of synchrotron radiation for research.
27/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Biosketch : Physics experiments at many accelerator facilities (ATLAS and NA59/NA63 at CERN, ESRF, JLAB, PSI, TRIUMF, Rutherord Lab, iThemba). Worked to build the SA User Base at synchrotrons within the SRRIC ( Active in the SA Inst of Physics (, now the immediate Past President on Council. He is serving as a champion in the physics section for the Dept of Science and Technology of SA for the SA Research Infrastructure Roadmap project.
Manifesto : I would like to contribute to building human capacity and infrastructure for Science in Africa, as well as networks and opportunities for young people in Africa to connect to the global science system.
39/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Malik Maaza
Prof : UNISA and iThemba LABS
South Africa
Prof Dr M Maaza, holds an UG/PG degrees in Solid State Physics & Photonics from University of Oran-Algeria & Paris VI-France University Marie Curie. He holds a PhD in Quantum Neutron Optics, from the University of Paris VI-France. He has about 2-decades of experience in nano-sciences with a focus on nano-photonics applications. His interests include investigation of surface-interface phenomena, low dimensional systems and nano-materials using optical based spectroscopies & large facilities such as synchrotrons and neutron research reactors while in France, Austria, Russia & Germany mainly. Prof. Maaza has produced numerous formal scientific publications mentored several postgraduates. He has co-initiated the South African National Laser Centre (NLC) & was instrumental in initiating & implementing the African Laser Centre(ALC). Likewise, he has initiated the South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi) as well as the Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET) supported by the ICTP & UNESCO, IAEA and for which he is the chairman elect. Currently, he is the UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology. Prof. M. Maaza is a fellow of the African Academy of Science, fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry-London, fellow of the Islamic Academy of Science as well as the New York academy of Science. Being a joint staff of UNISA & NRF, he is in charge of the Africa & International Relations desk of iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation. Prof. M. Maaza seats in several national and international commissions including the UNESCO-l’Oreal international award jury, the AU Obasanjo Africa award as well as the AU Nkwame Nkrumah African award in STI. Representative of two networks: the NANOAFNET ( & the U2ACN2 (
49/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Brian Masara
"Exec Officer - SA Inst of Physics
Bio-sketch : Brian Masara is the Executive Officer of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP). He holds an MSc in Applied Physics and a Masters in Business Administration. Brian has over 10 years experience in managing science and technology related entities. Prior to joining SAIP he was the Director of the National Metrology Institute for Zimbabwe as well as General Manager for a Foundry and Engineering Company.
He has worked closely with the South African Synchrotron community; he was one of the authors of the 2012 Strategic Plan for Synchrotron Science in South Africa. After this he successfully drafted the South African Synchrotron Business Plan which seeks to establish the South African Institute for Light Source based Research (SAILs).
Brian will bring the following core skills to the team
1. Cooperate Governance
2. Strategic Thinking Planning
3. Financial Planning
4. Developing business plans and projects proposals
5. Project Management and Implementation
Manifesto: To assist the interim-committee with logistical arrangements, strategic planning, developing and documenting business plans and funding proposals
59/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Sekazi Mtingwa§ (USA)
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Biosketch : Has made many contributions to the theory of particle accelerator beams, most notably for theoretical work with James Bjorken on intrabeam scattering, which sets an ultimate limitation on the performance of a wide class of accelerators, including hadron colliders, electron damping rings ( and thus electron-positron colliders), and the modern generation of synchrotron light sources. Has been active for many years in education, science and technology development in Africa. Is a Founding Board Member of the African Laser Centre and was Principal Author of its 2002 Strategy and Business Plan, which sets as a long-term goal the construction of a synchrotron light source in Africa. Chaired the writing of the February 2012 Strategic Plan for South Africa's synchrotron user community, which resulted in two major achievements: the government approval for the development of a more detailed Business Plan, whose first draft has been completed, and the signing in May 2013 of a dues-paying medium-term arrangement with the ESRF. Served on the Steering Committee for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Ghana (AIMS-Ghana), which was launched in August 2012. Developed a design in June 2009 for the Task Force of the newly proposed Julius K. Nyerere University of Science, Technology and Innovation (NUSTI) in the Mara Region of Tanzania. Former Board Member (1988-1990) and continue to assist the Saltpond Redevelopment Institute (SRI), which seeks to improve the health, education and socioeconomic status of the Town of Saltpond, Ghana. Co-Founded and previously served during 1992-1994 as President of the US National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Put NSBP's legal structure in place as a nonprofit and established its first national headquarters at North Carolina A&T State University while chairing the Department of Physics there. Co-Founded the US National Society of Hispanic Physicists in 1996. Served during 1998-2008 on the US Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee, now called the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee , and continue to serve on its Fuel Cycle R&D Subcommittee. Chaired a June 2008 report for the American Physical Society's Panel on Public Affairs (APS POPA) that played an important role in reviving US funding for nuclear science and engineering education. Retired from MIT in 2012 and became Principal Partner of Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development, LLC.
Manifesto : To do all that I can to realize the dream of an African synchrotron light source that attracts the best talent, both from the continent and from the rest of the world, to build a brighter future for Africa and beyond.
69/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Herman Winick
Biosketch : During his scientific career Herman Winick played a strong leadership role in the development of synchrotron radiation sources and research at Stanford University and around the world. Now in retirement he continues these activities, combined with activism in matters relating to international science (particularly in developing countries), academic freedom and human rights. Scientifically he is now focusing largely on SESAME, a project he began together with Gus Voss (DESY) in 1997.
Brief biography
Manifesto : It is clear to me that planning should start immediately on an African synchrotron radiation research facility. This is based on the following; My fifty years of experience with electron accelerators; my involvement with the development of dozens of light source facilities around the world, including in developing countries; my awareness of the increasing number of African scientists using facilities outside of Africa; and the increase in scientific activity in Africa in general.
The benefits which it will bring include; Training graduate students without sending them abroad (and losing many of them – the “brain drain”); attracting some of the mid-career African scientific diaspora to return; using powerful x-ray beams to address local environmental and biomedical issues and concerns; and contributing to basic and applied research relevant to worldwide problems in energy, environment and health.
With recent advances in storage ring and insertion device technology the size and cost of a high performance intermediate energy (2.5-3 GeV) facility has been significantly reduced, making it more possible for 5-10 countries to cooperate in the design and construction of an inter-governmental facility modelled on CERN and SESAME which could start operation in about 10 years
79/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Philip Oladijo
Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)
Dr Philip Oladijo is a lecturer in the department of Chemical, Material and Metallurgical Engineering at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). He did his first degree at Federal University of Science and Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Later enrol to the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa for his master degree program, which was upgraded into PhD program due to his performance. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at University of the Witwatersrand. His area of specialization is how to determine the residual stress via non- destructive techniques. During his program at university of the Witwatersrand, he measured residual stresses via X-ray diffraction at Necsa, XRD synchrotron at ESRF, France, as well as using Neutron techniques (ANSTO), Australia with the aids of his collaborators. I believe his expatised will rely help the continent if consider for the committee.
811/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Francesco Sette
Director ESRF
represented by
Ed Mitchell
A pioneer in research with synchrotron radiation, Francesco Sette spent eight years at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey (USA). Whilst in the United States, Sette co-invented the world’s first high-energy-resolution, high-intensity soft X-ray source, which quickly found its way into many synchrotron light facilities around the globe. Sette became a staff member of the ESRF in 1991, where, as a group leader, he developed a new generation of inelastic X-ray scattering beamlines which made it possible to study atomic motions and electronic properties of condensed matter in unexplored momentum-energy phase space regions. In 2001, Sette became Director of Research at the ESRF, playing a pivotal role in the conception and launch of the ESRF Upgrade Programme 2009-2018. On 1 January 2009, he took up the post of Director General, on a five-year term. Sette is the fourth Director General of the ESRF. Sette has served as a member of the Advisory Committees of major light sources, including The European X-FEL in Hamburg (Germany), the LCLS at Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory (USA) and the Scientific Council at DESY.
911/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Simon Billinge
Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics
Columbia University
Biosketch : Prof. Billinge has more than 20 years experience developing and applying techniques to study local structure in materials using x-ray, neutron and electron diffraction. He earned his Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1992. After 13 years as a faculty member at Michigan State University, in 2008 he took up his current position as Professor of Materials Science and Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University and Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Prof. Billinge has published more than 200 papers in scholarly journals. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America, a former Fulbright and Sloane fellow and has earned a number of awards including being honored in 2011 for contributions to the nation as an immigrant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the 2010 J. D. Hanawalt Award of the International Center for Diffraction Data, University Distinguished Faculty award at Michigan State, the Thomas H. Osgood Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is Section Editor of Acta Crystalographica Section A: Advances and Foundations. He regularly chairs and participates in reviews of major facilities and federally funded programs.
Manifesto : I am interested in increasing scientific understanding and awareness across the world and Africa and working towards the vision of an African Light Source, a centre for world class research and education with broad reach across all countries of Africa
1012/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Gavin Owen
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Biosketch: Dr Gavin Owen is a post-doctoral research fellow at the HIV Pathogenesis Research Unit (HPRU) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Gavin completed his PhD by publication (upgraded from an MSc as a result of his performance) at the Protein Structure-Function Research Unit, where he gained expertise in protein crystallography and X-ray diffraction experiments. During his fellowship, he has been instrumental in facilitating the strong collaboration between the HPRU and the ILL and ESRF. This year he attended the highly-competitive “Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies” (GIANT) internship where he worked at the ILL gaining further invaluable experience and skills in protein crystallography for X-ray diffraction, an area of work that he will be taking a leading role in at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology at Wits. His current aim is to characterise the structure of a “super immunogen”: a novel covalently complexed HIV gp120-CD4 vaccine candidate developed by the HPRU that elicits potent, durable, and broadly protective neutralizing antibodies responses against HIV-1 subtype C in rabbits. He will be using the X-ray light source at the ESRF to perform both low resolution (small angle X-ray scattering, SAXS) and high resolution (X-ray crystallography) structural characterisation techniques to define the structures of the protective HIV Env-CD4 epitopes and ultimately fine map the specificities of the neutralizing antibodies elicited by the novel complex. Beyond his successes as a researcher, his passion for teaching had led to him being awarded the Wits University award for most outstanding teaching assistant (among a variety of other awards). Gavin also demonstrated leadership qualities in the role of chairperson of the Wits Post-graduate students’ committee which he held for a number of years, and has recently been elected as a member of the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences Post-doctoral Fellows Executive committee.
Manifesto: As a passionate structural biologist living and working in Africa, I am fully committed to contributing to and supporting the realisation of an African Light Source as much as I am able to.
1112/11/2015Esna du Plessis, Sasol, SA, esna.duplessis@sasol.comAndreas Roodt, University of the Free State, South Africa, Roodt received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in 1987 and is currently distinguished professor in Chemistry and Chairperson of the Chemistry Department at the UFS. He leads the Inorganic Chemistry research group consisting of four senior colleagues, three post-doctoral fellows, ten PhD and eight MSc students. His prime research focus is on reaction mechanisms in Coordination Chemistry and chemical processes with application in homogeneous catalysis, separation technology and radiopharmaceuticals. For this he extensively employs X-ray crystallography, reaction kinetics, equilibrium and time resolved NMR, IR and UV/vis spectroscopy at ambient, low and high temp and pressure, and Computational Chemistry. He recentlty started to collaborate with Polish scientists on experiments at the ESRF. He collaborates with South African industries such as SASOL Technology, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa and Pet Labs Pharmaceuticals, and  international research groups in Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Russia and the USA, and served as president of the European Crystallographic Association 2012-2015. 
His activities contributed to the Strategic document and a Business Plan that has been submitted to the (SA’s) Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation. He have collaborated with scientists utilising synchrotron facilities ​such as APS, ESRF, LNLS, Diamond and SOLEIL. Outside synchrotron related activities, he is the custodian of an X-ray diffraction facility at the UFS and partly participate and strongly supported in the upgrade of the beamlines at SAFARI research reactor.
Manifesto: To contribute to efforts of colleagues towards the realisation of an African light source within the shortest possible time and share SRRIC’s experience with colleagues in other African countries in  building capacity and promoting the use of synchrotron radiation for research.
1212/11/2015Esna du Plessis, Sasol, SA, esna.duplessis@sasol.comTheresa Coetzer, University of Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa, Coetzer is an expert in molecular bilogy, protein chemistry and biochemistry. Her research focuses on the malaria parasite and red blood cell membrane disorders. Activities at synchrotron and neutron facilities include malaria structural studies at ESRF and the ILL. Her expertise includes identification of genes, cloning of relevant sections, expression of recombinant proteins and performing of functional arrays.  Manifesto: To play a role from an end-user perspective to highlight the importance of synchrotron radiation as a research tool for medically relevant diseases, especially those that mainly affect Africa.
1312/11/2015Esna du Plessis, Sasol, SA, esna.duplessis@sasol.comAndrew Venter, NECSA, South Africa, Andrew Venter is a scientific group leader and NRF rated research scientist with close on 30 years’ experience in neutron and X-ray diffraction techniques at Necsa (South African Nuclear Energy Corporation) SOC Ltd. With the training of post-graduate students forming an integral part of his career, he has an appointment as adjunct professor with the North-West University. He is a member of an ISO Working Group working towards the establishment of an International Standard for Residual Stress Measurements by Neutron Diffraction for submission in 2016. In addition he will be hosting the 9th International Conference on Mechanical Stress Evaluation by Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation (MECASENS) in South Africa in 2017. He serves on a number of national and international committees, participates in a number of International Atomic Energy Agency programs and frequently utilizes international neutron and synchrotron facilities to investigate a diverse range of materials problems. On invitation he has reviewed research programs for other countries, reviewed manuscripts for publication in international journals, bi-annually reviews project proposals for beam time at the Bragg Institute of ANSTO (Australia) and has performed various reviews for NRF sponsored programs. Beam time at prominent international neutron and synchrotron facilities is secured on scientific merit. Synchrotron facilities that have been utilised to complement X-ray and neutron studies of stresses in materials and components include the instruments 16.3 at the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source (UK), ID15, ID22 and ID31 at the ESRF (France), as well as MCX at Elettra (Italy). In August 2010 he formed part of an DST delegation to Brazil that participated in a  synchrotron radiation workshop between South Africa and Brazil. He has an extensive publication record and regularly participates in local and international conferences.  He is the scientific group leader with the responsibility of having established world-class neutron and X-ray diffraction facilities at Necsa in support of material science studies. Especially the modernisation of the neutron diffraction facilities has been a major engineering accomplishment where most of the expertise had to be developed to facilitate precise control and utilization of the large-scale research instruments. The project team comprised senior engineers (electronic; software / systems integration), scientists, specialist mechanical designers and technical personnel. The two state-of-the-art neutron diffraction instruments have been fully functional since 2014 and internationally benchmarked. All the diffraction facilities are accessible as Open User Access Facilities in support of the National System of Innovation and promotion of the peaceful use of neutron beams in materials research.
1412/11/2015Esna du Plessis, Sasol, SA, esna.duplessis@sasol.Maria Papathanasopoulos, University of Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa, research team, the HIV Pathogenesis Research Unit, conducts basic scientific research to gain a greater understanding of HIV-1 virology and pathogenesis that will lead to improved or more effective prevention and treatment approaches. As part of our strategy for the effective prevention of HIV-1 infection, we aim to improve our basic understanding of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) function, antigenicity and immunogenicity.  Elucidating the crystal structures of Env for use as vaccine immunogens is critical. To this end, we have established collaborations with the ILL and ESRF, and several projects are currently underway. We are also discussing SAKS, SANS and crystallography of other recombinant HIV proteins and antibody/drug complexes we are working with, to be conducted at these sites. 
Firmly committed to expanding the user base, building capacity and promoting the use of synchrotron radiation for locally (and regionally) relevant biomedical research, and contributing to the efforts of my colleagues towards the establishment of an African Light Source within the shortest possible time.
1514/11/2015Sverker Werin, MAX-lab, Lund University, Sweden, BRADAI,
Faculty of Physics, University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algiers, Algeria.
Djamel Bradai is Professor in material physics at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumedienne, Algiers, Algeria since 2004. He has a number of recent publications in materials science, among them works utilizing EXAFS. He is leading the scientific staff of the group “Microstructure-Textures-Phases transformation” at USTHB. Djamel Bradai has experience from work at both the SOLEIL synchrotron and the MAX-lab laboratory as well as the SESAME project.
Manifesto: I would like to contribute to building human capacity and infrastructure for Science in Africa, as well as networks and opportunities for young people in Africa to connect to the global science system. I do think that such infrastructure should surely bring new insights and high level achievements in the topics and subject research of young African students.
1615/11/2015Andreas Roodt, Univ of the Free State, South Africa. du Plessis, SASOL, South Africa. esna.duplessis@sasol.comDr Esna du Plessis is manager of the XRD and synchrotron laboratory at Sasol and participated and lead academic and several commercial beam time experiments. The XRD and synchrotron laboratory at Sasol focuses on catalyst characterization and utilizes ex situ and in situ powder XRD, EXAFS/XANES, PDF and neutron diffraction techniques. Esna served on the SA national IUCr committee since 2005, the ICSU board since 2014 and SRRIC since 2007. She participated as industrial member in the Calipso NMI3 2013-2015 program and is a member of the South African Chemical Institute. Manifesto: To grow synchrotron and neutron science in South Africa and Africa by training students and bursary holders in powder XRD & crystallography as well as synchrotron & neutron data interpretation.
1716/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
George Amolo (Kenyan)
Macquarie University, Sydney
My name is George Mategwa Amulele. I hold a PhD in Physics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the past decade and a half I have been engaged in research related to the physical and chemical properties of materials at extreme conditions of pressure and temperature. Most of my work has been carried out at synchrotron facilities in the United States of America. During my appointments at several universities across the United States, I have had opportunities of visit and carry out work at the Advanced Photon Source in Chicago, Illinois, the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, California as well as the National Synchrotron Light Source, in Upton, New York. In my resent appointment at Macquarie University I will also participate in work that will be carried out both at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, in Sydney and the Australian Synchrotron, in Melbourne.
I am strongly committed to research and the advancement of science education, especially in Africa. Being educated in both Kenya and South Africa, I have experienced, first hand, the thirst for knowledge in the many bright minds that I have interacted with, as a student, mentor and colleague. Though financial and physical limitations may be many, the African mind is not. The research opportunities I have experienced since I moved to the United States have been very rewarding. While I’ve met many scientists from across the world working and collaborating at these great synchrotron facilities, I’ve hardly met any from Africa. I hope that by sitting in the steering committee of the first African Light Source, not only can we promote more researchers from Africa to participate in research activities at synchrotron facilities across the world but also, more importantly, work towards a road map to the eventual construction of a light source in Africa. Thank you.
1816/11/2015Esna du Plessis, SASOL, South Africa. esna.duplessis@sasol.comMichael Nxumalo, Director International Rleations and Cooperation (IRC), National Research Foundation, South Africa, am currently the Director of International Relations and Cooperation at the NRF, responsible for the Africa Cooperation portfolio. My portfolio includes: Management of Bilaterals  and Multilateral cooperation on the African continent, Implementation of various Programmes of Cooperation (PoCs) arising from joint research programmes with African partners. My Previous portfolios include Management of the International Council for Science (ICSU) South African National Committees, Management of the Knowledge Interchange (KIC) programme.
Manifesto: I have a strong interest in working on African initiatives, especially those initiatives that are designed to build capacity on the continent. The steering committee will benefit from my extensive experience in dealing with Africa partners, particularly the Science Granting Councils.
1916/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Francis Allotey
Director of AiMS-Ghana
President of African Physical Society
2016/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Jean-Pierre Ezin (Benin)
Commissioner for Education, Science
and Culture
Economic Community of West African States
2116/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Ahmadou Wague (Senegal)
Professor of Physics
University of Cheikh Anta Diop
President of LAM Network
PhD in physico mathematical sciences from Moscou State University in 1981
Doctorat d'Etat en Physique atomique a l'universite Paul Sabatier de Toulouse France en 1984
Professor of physics at University CAD of Dakar since 1982
President of the African Laser Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science Network (LAM Network)
Member of AFrican Laser Centre Board of Directeur
Vice President of the International Commission for Optics/ICO
Member of IUPAP c13 commission from 2005 to 2013
Coordinator of Ictp affiliated center at the department of physics at university Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar since 199
Director of Institute of Applied Nuclear Technology at Dakar University from 2003 to 2015
Member of Senegal Nat' Academy of Science & Techniques in charge of science educ & relations with Young scientists
Member of SPIE

2216/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Ameenah Gurib Fakim
President of Mauritius
University Chair Professor of Chemistry
University of Mauritius
2316/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Jean-Marie Ndjaka
Professor of Physics
University of Yaounde
2416/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Giovanni Hearne
Professor of Physics
University of Johanesburg
User at ESRF
2516/11/2015Sekazi Mtingwa USA
TriSEED Consultants, LLC
Krystle McLaughlin (USA/Trinidad & Tobago)
Professor of Practice
Dept of Biological Sciences
Lehigh University
Dr. Krystle J. McLaughlin is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University.
She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the SPIRE (Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education) program working in Dr. Matthew Redinbo's lab at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on bacterial conjugation using Salmonella plasmid pCU1.
2617/11/2015Esna du Plessis, SASOL, South Africa. esna.duplessis@sasol.comDave Billing, Professor of Chemistry, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa : Between my PG studies and rejoining Wits as an academic I also worked as lecturers at the then Technikon Witwatersrand and Rand Afrikaans University. I have served on a numerous committees both within Institutions and the scientific community at large, and I am the current Chair of the National Committee for Crystallographic for South Africa. I am also the current secretary of Commission on Powder Diffraction of the International Union of Crystallography as well as being a member of its Calendaring Commission. I am also a co-editor of the journal “Acta Crystallograhica B : Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials”. My academic and research interest’s centre around structure-property relationship in materials and the elucidation thereof via crystallographic methodologies. I am particularly interested by in situ or in operando powder X-ray diffraction studies of functional materials. Towards this end I have worked to establishing the world class Wits PXRD facility housed within the School of chemistry in the Humphrey Raikes Building. The installed base of equipment matches or exceeds what is available at most top rated universities.To date I have authored or co-authored more than 90 peer reviewed research papers, and approximately 80 conference proceedings, and invited talks and presentations. I have also supervised 23 MSc and PhD projects along with numerous Honours Projects in an academic career that formally started in 1993.
2717/11/2015Esna du Plessis, SASOL, South Africa. esna.duplessis@sasol.comSive Stofile, Professional Officer, Human and Infrastructure capacity development, National Research Foundation, South Africa,
Ms Sive Stofile is a Professional Officer within the Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development directorate at the National Research Foundation (NRF),
Pretoria, South Africa. Since 2007, she has worked at various funding agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) managing biotechnology
research investments and finally landing up at the NRF in 2010 to work on research infrastructure investments. When she is not consulting with the DST on the implementation of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap, she is responsible for the administration of high-end and specialised infrastructure facilities funding instruments at the NRF. Sive has been involved on a consultative basis in the development of the South African Institute of Light Source based research draft business plan, submitted to the DST and NRF for review, and would now like to assist the Synchrotron Research Roadmap Implementation Committee in trengthening the business case for financial support to develop synchrotron science in South Africa while staying in line with national priorities. This should include finding a suitable plan for South African researchers to access international light source facilities to advance South African research and build capacity in light source based research, including the use of synchrotron radiation for research. 
2817/11/2015Mohammad Yousef, Cairo University, Tarek Hussein, Former Presdient of the Egyptian Academy of Science
1995-               Professor of theoretical physics, Physics Department, Faculty of  Science, Cairo University
2005- 2008      Vice Dean for Education, Faculty of Science, Cairo University
2007- 2013      Member in the council of Atomic Energy Authority, Egypt.
2008-               Member of Supreme University council, egypt, SUC
2008- 2010      President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
2009- 2010      President of Non Aligned Center of Science and Tech. NAM S&T Center
2009- 2010      President of the Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils
2010- 2014      Vice President of the SESAME Council
2917/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Qun Shen
Deputy Director for Science, NSLS-II
Dr. Shen is the Science Director of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and a Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He oversees the development and strategic planning of the scientific programs at NSLS-II, including interactions with the broad scientific user community, and the development of high-level user access policies and strategic partnerships with multi-institution consortia (e.g. INCREASE, COMPRES, etc.). During the construction phase of the NSLS-II, Dr. Shen served as the Experimental Facilities Director and a member of the executive leadership team, and was responsible for development of all aspects of experimental programs in the NSLS-II Project.
Before joining Brookhaven in 2008, Dr. Shen was Head of the X-ray Microscopy and Imaging Group at the X-ray Science Division at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne National Laboratory. He also held Adjunct Professorships in Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University and in Physics at Purdue University. Prior to Argonne, he was a Senior Staff Scientist and Head of the X-ray Optics Group at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Materials Science & Engineering at Cornell University.
Dr. Shen is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Science at Purdue University, and the S.S. Sidhu Award on outstanding contributions in the area of x-ray diffraction and scattering from the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society.
Statement of Interest on AfLS:
Interested in helping establish and articulate the science case and the scientific vision of the African Light Source, organize/participate in relevant workshops and schools to further develop the community, and develop a strategic plan for the AfLS. In addition, explore the opportunity to partner with the African community to assist in training of African synchrotron scientists and to develop an African beamline at NSLS-II if desired.
308/10/2014Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Mohammad S. Yousef, Ph.D.
• Physics Department-College of Arts and Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
• Biophysics Department, Faculty of Science
Cairo University, Egypt      Email:
Tel (office): +1 618-650-3903
Education: Ph. D. in Molecular Biophysics (2002). Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Florida State University,USA.
M. Sc. in Medical Biophysics (1997). Cairo University, Egypt. B. Sc (with honors) in Biophysics (1993). Cairo University, Egypt
Professional Experience: Associate Professor of Biophysics, Cairo University, Egypt, 2011-current (on leave).
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2011-current.
Senior Research Associate, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center, 2009–2011.
Research Fellow, JSPS-NISHINA, High Energy Accelerators Research Organization, Photon Factory
Synchrotron, Tsukuba, Japan, 2006–2008.
Assistant Professor of Biophysics, Cairo University, Egypt, 2005-2011 [concurrent position].
Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute& Physics Department University of Oregon,
Research Assistant, Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Florida State University. 1998–2003.

 Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship for foreign scientists, 2006–2008.
 NISHINA foundation fellowship, Japan, 2008.
 National Incentive Award. Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt, 2006–07.
 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Research Associate Fellowship, 2003–2006.

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Romain Murenzi (Rwanda)
President of The World Academy of Science
Former Minister of Science, Rwanda
Currently, Director : The World Academy of Science (TWAS)
3218/11/2015Caterina Biscari
Director ALBA Synchrotron Facility, Barcelona, Spain,
Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla (Germany)
Scientific Director HZB - BESSY II
Since 2008 Scientific Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Since 2006 Professor, Institute of Materials Science, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
2005 – 2008 Scientific Member, Director and Chief Executive at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
2003 – 2005 Full University Professor, Institute for Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
2015 Member of the review committee for Centers of Excellence in Ethiopia
2014 Chairperson of the expert committee Landeshochschulentwicklungsplan für das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen
2014 Chairwomen Karl Heinz Beckurts-Stiftung
2013 Member of Hochschulrat University Bayreuth2011 Member of the Academia Europaea
2012 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
2011 Member of the jury "Deutscher Zukunftspreis" (The Federal President’s prize for achievements in technology and innovation)
2011 Chairwoman of the supervisory board of the foundation “pearls - Potsdam Research Network”
2008 Member academy acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
2008 Corresponding Foreign Member of the Austrian Academy of Science
3320/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Prosper Ngabonziza
My name is Prosper Ngabonziza, I am Rwandan. I hold a Master’s in Experimental Physics from the University of Johannesburg. Currently I am completing a PhD in Experimental and Engineering Physics at the University of Twente, at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology in the Netherlands. “My interest is in the field of nanotechnology, is currently focusing on nanomaterials of unusual electronic properties and their interfaces, working specifically on a recently discovered material known as topological Insulators. Using photoemission spectroscopy techniques, I have been a user two different European synchrotrons, Soleil in France, at beamline Cassiopee and Elettra in Italy. With my positive attitude of willing to learn from people of different backgrounds and understand new concepts; I can bring positive and creative contributions to this steering committee of the African Light source. But also, as young African researcher and graduate students, it will be a good opportunity to actively be part of this vision for an African Light Source and possibly one day be the user of the African Light Source.
3420/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Lawrence Norris
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Ernie Malamud
Biosketch: Ernest I. Malamud (Ernie) Ph.D. in Physics. Scientist Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada, RenoConsultant (ongoing): Web Page Creation/Maintenance; Technical Report Editing; Newsletters Web pages list available upon request. Executive Director (Founding Director) Science and Technology Interactive Center, (SciTech) Aurora, Ill.
Manifesto: I am now retired and have time to help. My experience is in three areas: (1) high energy physics experiments, (2) accelerator design, construction, and operation (3) education including outreach to the public. I think that a significant contribution I could make in these early stages in the project is to work on formulating a strategy for enlarging the LS user base in African countries. I will draw on my own experience in building collaborations in high-energy physics as well as in the hands-on museum world. I also can contribute to the discussions and implementation of governance structures, as well as education and public outreach activities. However, I’m not limiting my participation to the above and am quite open to helping in other ways where you may need help.
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Tabbetha Dobins
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Department of Biomedical & Translational Sciences
Rowan University
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Mantoa Sekota (Lesotho) msekota@yahoo.comProfessor Mantoa Sekota started her research career with the synthesis and characterization of platinum group metal phthalocyanine complexes for application as electrocatalysts and photocatalysts, as part of her PhD thesis. After obtaining PhD from Rhodes University in 1999, she joined the National University of Lesotho (NUL) as a lecturer of inorganic and organometallic chemistry. She was promoted to a position of Senior Lecturer in chemistry in 2004. In 2011 she was promoted to a position of an Associate Professor of chemistry at NUL and she is currently holding this position. Professor Sekota has successfully supervised undergraduate and post- graduate students, collaborated with researchers locally and internationally and produced more than ten peer-reviewed publications. She has been an external examiner for a MSc and PhD thesis's in the field of electrochemistry, environmental chemistry and photochemistry. She has also peer reviewed journal articles and proposals for research grants. She has held several administrative positions, including the coordinator of Pre-Entry Science Programme, Deputy Dean, in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FOST) at NUL, and she has also acted as Dean (FOST) at NUL for and half years. Professor Sekota has been a visiting scholar at iThemba Labs South Africa, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her research interests include the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and macromolecules for application as photocalysts and electrocatalysts. She is a member of African Laser Center (ALC) and was a board member. She is a member of Chemical Management Committee in Lesotho and She is also a member of Stockholm Convention's Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee (PORC) representing SADC region and Africa.
3820/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Ibrahim Serroukh
Mexico (Moroccan)
Experienced professor and lecturer in University of Queretaro, Mexico. Higher Education quality advisor. Member of national Mexican researchers, and board member of Mexican synchrotron Radiation Source project. Adviser of Mexican synchrotron Project development. Developed research skills in engineering on basis of physics, metrology, and mathematics, in the development of spectroscopy, optics, interferometers, and diffraction. Coordinator in research between University of Queretaro Mexico and International Education and research sectors. Currently, The light source both quality and quantity properties are taking into acounto Where, it opens a new opportunity of nearly all disciplines in education as well as research in particular
3920/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
SA-Dept of Science and Technology
4020/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Mmantsae Diale
4120/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Michele Zema
4220/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Wilson Mogodi
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Thabisile Thabete
Thabsile Thabethe, Graduated M.Sc in physics 2013 at University of Pretoria. I am currently a PhD student in the physics department at university of Pretoria, working under Dr Hlatshwayo and Professor Malherbe. My work is based on surface analysis of solid state materials and solid state reaction in thin films material. The research carried out using the following equipment Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Synchrotron facility in my current research will be used for measuring stress caused by thermal annealing on the samples and for the depth analysis for the diffusing material during analysis.
I, Thabsile Thabethe will like to be selected as one of the student committee representative on the Adaptive front light system. I believe that I am a suitable candidate for the position. I have graduate physics MSc at the University of Pretoria and currently doing PhD studies. My PhD deals mainly with material science which involves the use of high temperature gas cooled reactors HTR (power plant). I am studying SiC as the main diffusion barrier for fission products in HTR . Trying to improve the effectiveness of the SiC by adding a coating layer on it and studying the kinematic reactions on the coated layer on SiC. In my work I am planning to use the Sycrotron for surface analysis, depth resolution and in terms of different coups formed during reaction I can use it to define the different layers together with the stress and strain during thermal annealing of the sample.
I believe the AFLS can use a young student representative, who will take over and train the next generation on the AFLS. The project is an ongoing project which will go on for many decades, I believe the young scientists are the future. One of the long term goals is to build a number of synchrotron in Africa which will be available for the whole of Africa. With proper training and the experience I will be able to assist the younger generation and be the head of the project. I have to learn the ways, I can only do that by becoming part of the committee and sharing ideas with all the current members. Creating something new that would make a mega impact in the scientific research community has always been my life-long dream and with this mindset, I always had the belief that no matter how basic my knowledge is in a particular discipline, I can always contribute new captivating and innovative ideas that can be of immense importance.
Being part of the committee will be the first step to giving me the opportunity to carry the rich story to my fellow researchers in South Africa and the African continent in general. Furthermore, I will use my capacity to interact with a good number of well experienced researchers in carrying along like minds with great ideas which are cultured from the practical laboratory environment. Equipped with both the foundation physics/advanced material science knowledge gathered over the years as a young and dynamic scholar, coupled with the few ideas developed so far from my participation at the 2015 African Light Source Workshop and Conference hosted by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), I am well prepared to work hard as a student representative, willing to learn even more and contribute in all my capacity as a young African female scientist.
4420/11/2015Tshepo Ntsoane,
Necsa SA,
Bjorn Von der Heyden
Biosketch: Undergraduate (BSc (cum Laude) and BSc.Hons (cum Laude)) completed at Stellenbosch University (2009). Post graduate research conducted at Princeton University (USA), Advanced Light Source (Berkeley, USA) and Stellenbosch University with Ph.D. awarded from SU in 2013. Research career highlights include receiving the 2009 Haughton Award (Geological Society of South Africa), and publishing Ph.D. research (Fe L-edge XANES investigation of iron colloid mineralogy) in Science. Absent from academia for two years (2013-2015) whilst working in the South African mining industry and recently appointed as a lecturer in economic geology (Stellenbosch University).
Manifesto: I would like to capitalise on the relatively unique skillset associated with synchrotron science, by making it an integral part of my research portfolio investigating geological and geochemical aspects of the Earth Sciences. I regard myself as a young researcher and look forward to the opportunity to promote and build up synchrotron science in Africa.
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Sidiki Zongo
Burkina Faso
S. Zongo from Burkina Faso is currently conducting his PhD project in field of Nonlinear Optics and photonics at the University of South Africa under the supervision of Prof. M. Maaza. He did his honours degrees at the university of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). He joined the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS-South Africa) where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma. He holds an MSc degree in physics at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Mr. Zongo is an UNESCO-UNISA-Chair in Nanoscience/Nanotechnology fellow and an active member of the NANOAFNET. He is also affiliated to the Materials Research Department at the NRF-iThemba LABS (Cape Town). Mr. Zongo current research interests include the investigation of Nonlinear optical properties of natural and organic materials for nonlinear and photonic applications using not only Laser based facilities but also optical based spectroscopies such as X-ray Diffraction (XRD), High-Resolution transmission Electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFS).
Mr. Zongo is ambitious and has a great interest in contributing in African scientific initiatives. He is also willing to be a vector of the African Light Source that he expects to see playing a key role in the future of Science in Africa particularly
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Schadrack Nsengiyumva (Rwanda), Rhodes University, South Africa. am currently a senior lecturer at Rhodes University in the Physics and Electronics department. I completed my PhD at the University of cape Town in 2009. My PhD project on the mutual influence of strains fields and point defect distribution in materials led to the use of the Brazilian synchrotron located in Campinas. I had also an opportunity to utilise the Argonne Photon Source in USA while doing my postdoctoral research. Apart from my research, I also participated and presented at workshops on synchrotron which took place at iThemba (2007) and Pretoria (2009). Manifesto: To promote the benefits of the synchrotron radiation research in my institution and elsewhere. To support the roadmap implementation towards a synchrotron radiation facility on the African soil.
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Oratile B Kgaodi
MSc Student at BIUST
My name is Oratile B Kgaodi a Master student at Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST). I am a young Motswana from Botswana, a country where Light source equipment is not common. The BIUST University has partnered with the government through the newly appointed Technological Hub where new technologies are being exploited to help in economic diversification. This poses a platform which this African Light Source body could use and be part of shaping the world economy. The country’s government annually offers 30% of GDP to science and technology and believe that can really help in the light source growth if well marketed. I am currently holding a position of a secretary genera in the Geological Society of Botswana, an association aimed at regulating the geology profession which is currently working closely to the government. This position will give us opportunity to partner with different associations in promoting the light source technology.This campaigning to the industry need be done by someone on the ground on day to day bases. I am also currently doing MSc research using the light source equipment under the tutelage of Dr Philip Oladijo. I have found it interesting and will really like to head the campaign to a lot of scientist and engineers back in my home country, Botswana.
4820/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Diouma Kobor
Ziguinchor University
Professor and Researcher at Ziguinchor University

Sciences and Technological UFR Department of Physics.
Vice – Rector in charge of Research, International Cooperation and Relationship with Enterprises and Professionals of the University Assane Seck of Ziguinchor
4923/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
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Received my PhD in Mar. 2008 from the University of Tokyo.
Assistant Professor at Keio University, Apr 2008 - Mar 2010.
Associate Professor at IMSS, KEK, Apr 2010 - present.
My PhD study was in the field of magnetic thin films by mainly using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) methods. In addition, I learned surface science researches.
As an Assistant Professor at Keio University, I had continued studies on surface and thin film magnetism and surface science.
Now I work at Photon Factory, IMSS, KEK as managing XAFS BLs. My research fields are surface science, catalysis and synchrotron radiation science.
5024/11/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
LPSI, Dpt de Physique - Technologie, ISP Bukavu
& PMR, Université de Namur
(DR Congo)
Employed at LPSI, Dpt de Physique - Technologie, ISP Bukavu & PMR,
Université de Namur
I expect to bring the follwoing experience and aims to the Steering Committee
- More than 7 communications related to synchrotron radiation
- Five Experimental campaigns at Hasylab (Germany)
- Collaborative research/R&D (with universities and industrial partners).
- Teaching experiments
- Working to inform the DR Congo scientific community and/or authorities about the project.
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Caterina Biscari
ALBA Synchrotron Director
Caterina Biscari : Since 2012 Director of Alba-CELLS, the 3rd Generation Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Barcelona, Spain.
Has worked at CERN from 1982 to 1985, then at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN from 1985 to 2012, on design, construction and operation of accelerators, participating with key contributions to different projects as DAFNE, CTF3, CNAO.
Has been or is member of International Advisory Committees, among which CERN Machine Advisory Committee, ESS Technical Advisory Committee, NSLS-II Advisory Committee, HZB Scientific Advisory Committee, Evaluation panel of the 2009 Helmholtz-Programme “Research with Photons, Neutrons and Ions“, PSI Advisory Board, XFEL-Machine Advisory Committee, EuCARD2 Scientific Advisory Committee, IFAE Governing Council, P-ECFA.
EPS Fellow, Managing Editor of EPJ Plus for Accelerators and Applications, Experimental Techniques and Data Analysis.
Manifesto: Light sources are a mayor instrument in the development of science as a service to society, leading to advance in technologies, life sciences, material sciences, being promoters of industrial developments, training and opportunities for young researchers and engineers. As director of one of the youngest light sources which has come into operation in the world, ALBA, I am witnessing the strength of such an institution in a country where the synchrotron light is a novelty. ALBA has provoked the growth by one order of magnitude of the Spanish user community, and is nowadays a powerful gravity centre of science, technology, and future projects.
I strongly support, personally and in the name of the institution I represent, the construction of a light source in Africa.
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Prof. Claude Lecomte
Cristallographie , Résonance Magnetique et Modélisations, CRM2, UMR 7036 , Institut Jean Barriol, Université de Lorraine and CNRS BP239,F54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy France
My interest in the SC is because I am trying to develop crystallography and structural sciences in sub Saharan Africa. The light source is then very important for us. I am the chair of an IUCr committee which is called the IUCr Africa Initiative. It organizes schools and traveling laboratories in Sub Saharan Africa (in partner ship with Bruker). Also, in partner ship with Bruker, it builds crystallography laboratories by installation of second hand diffractometers in sub Saharan universities like for example the Dschang University in Cameroon. These activities ahve lead me to organize the first pan-Africa conference on Crystallography in Dschang. I suggest that we have a session on large facilities and more specially the African Light Source and SESAME. This could be chaired by a member of the SC.
532/12/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Dean Barrett. PhD
A South African scientist and researcher working at the LNLS synchrotron in Brazil
Beamline scientist and researcher at the LNLS working on the soon-to-be 4th generation Sirius synchrotron at the powder diffraction beamline (XPD). Experiments and collaborations include the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Diamond light source and Canadian Light Source (CLS). Primary functions are development of the powder diffraction beamline, instrumentation design and upgrades, new beamline design (Paineira beamline at Sirius), user planning and management. I would like to see an African light source as soon as possible on the african continent for the development of science, technology and engineering in Africa. I have no doubt that an african light source will be a game changer in solving african problems involving health care, agriculture, materials science amongst others when completed. I would like to participate to help make this a reality.
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Nkem Khumbah, PhD
Lecturer | Comprehensive Studies Program
STEM-Africa Initiative
University of Michigan
552/12/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Hywel Owen
Dr Hywel Owen has a UG degree in physics from Manchester University, and a PhD in condensed matter physics also from Manchester. Hywel has over 20 years’ experience in the design and operation of particle accelerators, including extensive work on synchrotron radiation facilities. Initially working on developments and upgrades of the UK Synchrotron Radiation Source, Dr. Owen was later responsible for the beam dynamics of the DIAMOND storage ring, now successfully operating as the UK national X-ray facility. He has also worked on other accelerators now operating, including the ALICE energy-recovery linac FEL and the unique EMMA non-scaling FFAG. He has also worked on a number of medical accelerator projects and on advisory committees that include the UK Accelerator Strategy Board. Dr. Owen has recently developed several new schemes for synchrotron radiation production, including the non-equilibrium ring and the double storage ring.
563/12/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Safiyyah Iqbal PhD Candidate
Evolutionary Studies Institute
Center of Excellence: Palaeontology School of Geosciences
University of the Witwatersrand
Biosketch Safiyyah Iqbal is a PhD student at the Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI) situated at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her PhD topic incorporates a modelling approach for researching postcranial functional morphology of Thrinaxodon liorhinus and more broadly cynodonts. This offers insight into the palaeobiology of these non-mammaliaform therapsids. Understanding the range of postures for which their limbs may be optimally structured is important for the evolutionary origins of mammals. She uses Thrinaxodon scans that were produced using the synchrotron at the ESRF to produce 3D renderings for further analyses by integrating computer-assisted methods such as VG Studio Max, Avizo, ANSYS, etc. Her PhD is a multidisciplinary approach combining Palaeontology, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics by usage of Finite Element Analyses in the research. This project is based on her earlier Honours and MSc research, which was the first attempt to study the external and internal functional morphology of the forelimb of Thrinaxodon by applying Geometric Morphometric (GM) techniques. This allows an advantage for her to pursue an academic career following her PhD. During her research at the ESI, she underwent training on the microCT scanner and helped advice the Palaeontology honour students working with GM methods. Manifesto During my research, I realised that establishing these methods in my study will facilitate its application in similar future studies that will aim to shed light on the modification of our species. I believe that through my research, I can contribute to the palaeosciences community and integrate it with other disciplines as my PhD research has not been approached in Palaeontology within South Africa. Motivating young students to learn and produce their best is something I feel is important in communicating my skills and the knowledge that I have learnt. I appreciate the value of the perseverance, ambition and team spirit. I have learnt that commitment is necessary for success as an individual and also how to work as a team member. As a young female African, I am interested in advancing the knowledge from South Africa across the world which will work and support the vision of the African Light Source community.
573/12/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Jürgen Härtwig
Emeritius Scientist - ESRF
Instrumentation Services & Development Division
X-ray Optics Group
Biosketch: Having graduated in 1972 at the University Wrocław, Poland, and being promoted as well as habilitated in 1979 and 1991 at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany, I joined late 1992 the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. Over all the time my interest and activity were teaching, research and related instrumentation. We designed, constructed and run the beamline ID19 (X‑ray diffraction imaging and high resolution X-ray diffraction, later X-ray tomography). In the last ten years I changed to the X-ray Optics Group (as head of the Crystal Laboratory Head, as well as group head in one term). In this time the scientific relations to Africa, in particular with South Africa became one of the main fields of my activities. This was honoured by appointing me as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg. I backed the national synchrotron users groups of Poland and of the Republic of South Africa on their way to their membership in the ESRF.
Manifesto: I would like to contribute to building human capacity for Science in Africa by the training of young people as well as sharing my practical experience (and that of the whole ESRF) of working at a synchrotron light source, but also in preparing beamlines of a future light source.
589/12/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Djibril Diop
Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
Département de Physique
Dakar, Senegal
I am currently Professor at the Department of Physics of the University. I have had a long experience in the Use of the synchrotron Facilities. This experience started when I was making my PhD thesis on the vibrational dynamics of solids. I measured samples with the EXAFS setup of Adone in Rome and and Lure in Paris and since I continued to work on using the KeK photon factory at Tsukuba in Japan, at ESRF in Grenoble and Elettra in Trieste where I am registred as a user in XAFS beamlines.
I built and manage the X-ray diffraction laboratory of the Physics department of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in Senegal.
I also organized 3 X-ray African Schools and Workshops in Dakar (December 2005, January 2009 and January 2012) to train young African researchers in the X-ray techniques.
I would like to enter the Steering committee and continue to contribute to the development of the Use of X-ray facilities in research in Africa.
5911/12/2015Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Helmut Dosch
Chairman of the Board of Directors
represented by Frank Lehner
Biospetch : Since 2009 Helmut Dosch is the Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors and also Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association in Germany. He studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and spent then two years at the Cornell University on a Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Returning to Munich, between 1987 and 1991, he headed a research group on phase transitions and critical phenomena to alloy surfaces. After a guest professorship at the U Mainz he became Professor at the U Wuppertal. In 1997, he was appointed as Director of the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart. He earned international recognition for his research on solid interfaces and nanomaterials using synchrotron radiation. Helmut Dosch is a member of several national and international advisory committees. For his pioneering research he has received several awards, including the Röntgen Medal and an honorary doctorate from the NRC “Kurchatov Institute” in Moscow.
Manifesto : DESY is a worldwide leading national accelerator laboratory which builds and operates premium large scale research infrastructures for photon science as well as detectors and observatories for particle and astroparticle physics. In addition to scientific expertise and excellent research conditions with open access to external users, strategic cooperation and partnership programs at regional, national and international level are essential quality features of the laboratory to support its objectives and mission. DESY supports the vision of an African Lightsource and would like to contribute to the strategic roadmap process and to collaboration and capacity building by envisaging joint research and training programs for the mutual benefits of the partners.
6011/12/2015 Schadrack Nsengiyumva (Rwanda), Rhodes University, South Africa. Goro Gonfa
Professor of Physics
Dire Dawa University, Ethiopia
Biosketch : My name is Girma Goro Gonfa (PhD) currently an associate Professor of Physics at Dire Dawa University, Ethiopia. I completed my PhD at the University of cape Town in 2010 in materials physics. My PhD project was on the electrical and physical characterization of silicon nano particulate networks. I have used the Brazilian Synchrotron at Campinas, advanced light source at Berkeley (USA), Advanced photon source (Argonne National Lab) USA, HFIR and SNS facility at ORNL, USA. Moreover I have extensively used the XRD facility at iThemba LABS.
Manifesto: To play my role for the advancement of science and technology in Africa. I do all I can towards the realization of a synchrotron facility form Africa, Africa is Rising!
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Dr Thierry d’Almeida
Senior Research Scientist- CEA
F 46500 Gramat, France
Phone : (33) 565 105 532
Biosketch : I am a Senior Research scientist and Director of Research at the French Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA). Before joining the CEA, I successively worked at the Institute for Shock Physics in Pullman-Washington, USA (1998-1999), at the European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France (1999-2007) and at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK (2007-2010). My fields of expertise include the study of the dynamic behavior of materials under high-strain rates, shock physics, quasi-isentropic compression, ultra-fast hydrodynamics and plasma physics. I have a long-standing scientific interest in addressing materials science issues such as phase transition kinetics and structural changes at the microscopic level by the use of synchrotron radiation techniques. During my seven years stay at the ESRF I developed, as part of my personal in-houseresearch, pioneering X-ray diffraction techniques for studying crystalline solids under laser-driven shock loading.
Manifesto : As a long-time synchrotron user and one of the first native of Africa to work within an Advanced Light Source environment, I have always dreamed to see such a facility operate on the African continent. I am convinced that this will have a tremendous scientific and societal impact on the development of a continent whose incredible resources, both human and natural, remain widely unexploited for the benefit of its own populations. Therefore, as a member of the Steering Committee, I pledge to spend every necessary effort to serve the advent of an African Light Source within the shortest possible time.
621/10/2018Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Dr. David Dodoo-Arhin
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
School of Engineering Sciences, University of Ghana
P.O.Box Lg 77, Legon-Accra, Ghana-West Africa
Cell: +233-243-423837; +233-277-115450 (Ghana);;;
Research Affiliate
Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST), College of Basic and Applied Sciences
University of Ghana, P.O.Box Lg 25, Legon-Accra, Ghana-West Africa
CAPREx Visiting Research Academic
Cambridge Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics,
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
631/2/2019Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Dr. Seham Kamal Abdel-Aal, Lecturer, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Senior researcher, Egypt nanotechnology center EGNC, Interests : • Crystal Structure, Characterization and Physical properties of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite. • Synthesis, Characterization of Graphene oxide, Graphene based nanocomposite, nanoferrrite.
6418/4/2019Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Irfan Habib Lecturer, PhD student, Condensed Matter Physics Department at the University of Oxford, ifoohabib@gmail.comBioSketch : Irfan Habib is currently a PhD student in the Condensed Matter Physics Department at the University of Oxford, working in the Advanced Functional Materials and Devices group. He completed his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Cape Town in 2016, and subsequently completed his Honour’s and Masters degrees at the University of Witwatersrand in 2017 and 2018 respectively. His current research focuses on Organic Photovoltaics, in particular the use of non-fullerene acceptors in these devices. Irfan is also a member of the START project, which is a collaboration between African and UK institutes which involves them working together on projects at the DIAMOND Light Source in the UK. An alumni of the Mandela Rhodes Fellowship, he is extremely passionate about sustainable development on the African continent. He strongly believes photovoltaics offer an extremely attractive pathway to enabling access to energy to broader society on the continent, which is plagued by an energy access paucity.
Vision : I believe that African problems must be solved by African solutions. It is to this end that I am interested in the development of an African Light Source. Such a development would not only enable cutting edge research emerging from the continent, but it would also inevitably kick start development in multiple other areas. A project like the ALS is necessary if Africa is to enter the global science arena as an equal player.
6518/4/2019Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Dr. Saphina Biira,
Department of Physics,
Busitema University,
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Vision :
666/7/2019Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Dr Michael C. Martin,
Senior Staff Scientist
Photon Science Operations Group Leader
Advanced Light Source Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
BioSketch : Dr. Michael C. Martin is the Photon Science Operations Leader at the Advanced Light Source, and a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He oversees all ALS operated beamlines at this world-leading synchrotron user facility. Before that he lead the ALS infrared beamlines program for 20 years, pioneering synchrotron infrared nano spectroscopy (SINS), 3D FTIR tomography, among other science-driven technical developments. Topics include Condensed Matter Physics, Cellular Biology, Environmental Science, Bioremediation, Forensic Studies, Chemistry, and Materials Science. Martin is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, and serves as an adviser, committee member and reviewer for the CLS, NSLS-II, and previously for BESSY, SSRF, AS, SESAME, SIRIUS, SLRI, ALBA, DIAMOND, MAX-IV, SOLEIL and ELETTRA.
676/7/2019Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Dorian Bohler
Engineering Physicist
Stanford University
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Biosketch : Physicist, author, and advocate for educational equity. My main research interests include developing electron beam diagnostic systems and investigating neural networks for machine learning applications in accelerator control systems at the Linac Coherent Light Source. I have 10 year experience in leadership roles with various STEM education programs and in 2018 I published my first book, "Physics and Basketball: A Guide to Helping Students On and Off the Court". Currently supporting the development of the LCLS-II project while ensuring safe and reliable operation of the Linac-To-Undulator section of the LCLS beam-line.
Vision : Developing design concepts for the African Light Source
Simon Connell,
University of Johannesburg, SA,
Prof Anton du Plessis Unit Manager
Associate Professor: Physics
Stellenbosch University
Biosketch: Associate professor (Physics) and manages Stellenbosch CT facility – like an imaging beamline, just better… I have been developing this facility since 2012 as an open access laboratory involved in a wide variety of industrial and research work. My own research is focused on additive manufacturing, X-ray tomography and biomimicry and these concepts all come together beautifully in a recent review article: “Beautiful and functional: a review of biomimicry in additive manufacturing”, Facility website Research website:
Manifesto : I would like to do what I can to support the African Light Source project. I have experience in managing a multi-user research facility, have wide networks relevant to X-ray and tomographic imaging, also in materials science in general.