Dr Rachel Chikwamba

Dr Rachel Chikwamba
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Group Executive, Strategic Alliances and Communication, CSIR
Pretoria, South Africa

Rachel is a Zimbabwean national. She has a PhD in Genetics from Iowa State University, USA.

She has served at various levels of science leadership and was a member of the CSIR Strategic Research Panel for two terms. She also championed the development of the CSIR Health Research Impact Area strategy. Prior to her appointment, she was Chief Researcher and Competence Area Manager at CSIR Biosciences where she was instrumental in facilitating major global alliances, which resulted in the transfer of key technologies and skills to the CSIR, and continue to result in collaborative projects and programs.

She is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and many of its subcommittees; Member, Expert Group, National Academies of Sciences; Board Chair, Applied Center for Climate and Earth System Sciences; and Board member, Institute for Science and Technology Education.

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