SANBio Mushroom Node Technologist awarded 2015/16 Top Upcoming Researcher: Congratulations

Ms Isabelle Ueitele, RUFORUM Top Upcoming Researcher 2015/16

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Bioscience (SANBio) would like to congratulate SANBio Mushroom Node Technologist Ms Isabella Ueitele who won the 2015/16 Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Top Upcoming Researcher. She was recognised for her active role in mushroom cultivation and research. The SANBio Mushroom Node is hosted by the University of Namibia in the Zero Emission Research Initiative (ZERI) centre.

RUFORUM, was established by ten Vice Chancellors in 2004, is a consortium of 46 African universities operating within 22 countries spanning the African continent and a partner of Africa Union in implementing  Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa, 2024 (STISA 2024).

Isabelle holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Microbiology and Chemistry and she is currently working on her Master’s degree focusing on Genetic and Chemical Characterization of an Indigenous Namibian Mushroom.

“I am very honoured and excited to have won. I also feel challenged to do better and remain a worthy recipient of this award”. Isabelle replied when asked how she felt.

She further highlighted that she intends to be even more involved more in researching the amazing indigenous mushrooms, because they have a lot of potential to improve people’s health and nutrition.

The award winners for the outstanding champions for Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2015/16 were announced during the closing ceremony of the RUFORUM’s 11th Annual General Meeting held in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-29 August 2015.

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) provides a shared research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment. SANBio was established in 2005 under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), as one of five networks established under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI) to cover the SADC region.

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By Mehlolo Maphanga