The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in collaboration with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has appointed Mr Stanley Maphosa as the new TWAS-Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (SAREP) Coordinator. Stanley Maphosa succeeds Prof Roseanne Diab (former ASSAf Executive Officer and TWAS-SAREP Coordinator). She is now the Director of GenderInSITE as of January 2019 and has been elected a TWAS Council member in November 2018. The regional partner wishes to thank and acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by Prof Diab who advocated the hosting of the regional partner in South Africa by ASSAf since 2015. The regional partner therefore welcomes and congratulate Mr Maphosa and wishes him a successful career ahead.
Mr Maphosa is the International and National Liaison Manager of ASSAf. He oversees Strategic Partnerships, Member Liaison, Overseas Collaborations, African Collaborations, Gender in Science Technology and Innovation, as well as Young Scientist Liaison. His role at ASSAf is to develop and maintain relations with Academy Members, science academies, multilateral science organisation, universities, government departments, Parliament, embassies, civil society and science councils. He is a science diplomat who is involved in the internationalisation of science, international science collaborations, and science advice, science advocacy and science communication. Since 2015, he has been part of the team that started hosting SAREP in South Africa. Through his work with TWAS-SAREP the regional partner has reached science and technology lagging countries in the continent and seen more young scientists benefit from TWAS opportunities. He has also encouraged TWAS Fellows and Young Affiliates to participate in the work of academies of science, as well as science advice and science diplomacy in the continent.
He provides leadership and guidance to the South African National Chapter of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, the South African Young Academy of Science and support for the hosting of the International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa. He is a Disaster Management Professional affiliated to the Disaster Management Institution of South Africa, a member of the International Government Science Advisers African Chapter and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He previously worked for 12 years with World Vision International in South Africa and Southern Africa. He is a trained school teacher with ten years teaching experience, communicator, author and negotiator. Currently studying for a PhD in social science at the University of Fort Hare, he holds a Masters degree in Development Studies.