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South Africa

Stephen Mutula - University of KwaZulu Natal

Dean & HoS: Social Sciences / Acting DVC: College of Humanities

Stephen Mutula teaches and researches in the areas of web information management, information society, social informatics, ICT4D, information ethics, e-government and social media. He has extensive research networks in Europe, North America and Africa.

Cotzee Bester - University of Pretoria

Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics

Coetzee Bester served under the leadership of President Nelson Mandela and Deputy President F W de Klerk as a Member of Parliament in South Africa. He was also a member of the Constitution Writing Assembly that finalise the historic post-apartheid constitution for the country. Since 1999 he facilitated leadership schools in more than 25 African countries. During this time he also assisted various governments with policy formulation towards sustainable development in Africa as well as the management of challenges related to cultural diversity.

Dennis Ocholla - University of Zululand

Prof Ocholla has been Professor and Head of the Department of Information Studies since September 1996 and has also served as Faculty and Vice-Dean. His research and publishing focus is on Informetrics, LIS Education, Information Ethics, Information Seeking, Scholarly Publishing, ICT4D/Social/ Community Informatics and Knowledge Management. Prof Ocholla is passionate about research and is actively engaged in building research capacity in his respective fields of interest through research collaborations, supervision, mentorship and leadership. He has made significant contribution to his field and is widely published in leading journals. He recently ventured into research and scholarly publishing, where issues relating to open access, digital divide, institutional repositories and research measurements are explored. Prof Ocholla’s research in informetrics focuses on the analysis of HIV and AIDs, Web links, Indigenous Knowledge, research measurements, research representation in databases and information ethics, among others.

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