Dmitri Bessarabov

An internationally-recognised scientist and visionary with extensive industrial and academic decision-makingexperience in the area of hydrogen and electro-catalytic membrane systems for energy applications and fuel cells.
Over twenty years of progressively increasing responsibility in academic and industrial R&D environment.Leadership and managerial roles in the hydrogen energy sector. Strategic and creative thinker and R&D Director

Susan Coetzee-van Rooy

My research career started in the mid-1990s when I studied cultural identity and the acquisition of English as an additional language among home language speakers of Afrikaans and Southern Sotho.  I focus on understanding the language repertoires of multi- and bilingual speakers of South African languages and how these repertoires relate to language use in different contexts.  I explore issues like multilingualism and social cohesion in South Africa.

Anne Frederica Grobler

Anne Grobler is a South African citizen with a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics (North-West University, South Africa), an M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) and an Honours in Biochemistry (PU for CHE, South Africa).


Her research interests are the design, construction and optimization of delivery and transporter technologies for active pharmaceutical in conjunction with the preclinical and clinical evaluation of such technologies. This interest includes the delivery and transport of bio-agricultural molecules and compounds.


Simeon A. Materechera

Professional teaching and research experience Skills in scientific writing, editing, and consulting. Proficient in the use of many computer softwares and internet; development of project proposals; facilitation of workshop and conference, leadership in team and collaborative work; supervision of postgraduate research and publishing scientific articles; lecturing and curriculum development.

Melville Saayman

Prof Melville Saayman is currently director of the research focus area TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) formerly known as the Institute for Tourism and Leisure Studies, at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa.  TREES is the leading Tourism research entity in Africa. 

Frans Boudewijn Waanders

I have been involved with Mössbauer spectroscopy technology since 1991 at the then PU for CHE, currently the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus, which entails the application of mineral and mineral studies. Several publications in international journals and conference presentations flowed from this work.   

Gerrit Johannes Pienaar

Gerrit Pienaar has been teaching property law at the Northwest University (previously the Potchefstroom University) from 1979, first as senior lecturer and since 1989 as professor. Presently he is the Director Post-Graduate Studies at the Law Faculty of the NWU. He obtained a LLD degree in 1988 with the thesis “The common law juristic person in South African private law”.

Seugnet Blignaut

Seugnet Blignaut began her academic career in 1976 as junior lecturer at the Department of Home Economics at the University of Pretoria after completing a degree in B Home Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.  In 1979 she received a Bachelor of Home Economics Hons degree, an MEd (Computer-assisted Learning) in (1994) and a PhD (Computer-assisted Learning) in (1997).  She became lecturer in (1977), senior lecturer in (1993), and associate professor in (2003) and research professor in.  She joined the North-West University in 2015 and is currently the leader of the research niche area Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training in South Africa (TELIT-SA).  She is the holder of a C1 NRF rating.  Her research currently focuses on the use of eyetracking as part of usability evaluation of games.  She is author and co-author of (69) articles and presented (84) conference papers, mostly at international level.  She delivered (39) Masters and (21) PhD students.  Seugnet often reviews articles for national and international journals as well as act as external examiner for various universities.

Sandra van Dyk

I, Sandra van Dyk obtained my BPharm, MSc and PhD degrees from the North-West University (previously the Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys) and I am currently employed as the Director of the School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences as an Associate Professor

Alida Herbst

Prof Alida Herbst is a registered social worker and currently the Director of the School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences at the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU. She practised for about 13 years as medical social worker in, amongst others, 1 Military Hospital and the MediClinic Pretoria Heart and Kloof Hospitals.

Wannie Carstens

Prof Wannie Carstens has been Director of the School of Languages at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus since 2001. He is currently also the chairperson of the Afrikaanse Taalraad, chairperson of the Suid Afrikaanse Akademie van Kuns en Kultuur, chairperson of the Nasionale Taalligaam vir Afrikaans and also serves on a variety of boards. He is, amongst others, also a member of the panel of translators for the new Afrikaans Bible translation.

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