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Osmund Damian Mwandemele

Osmund Damian Mwandemele, PhD, MSc, is pro vice-chancellor for academic affairs and research at the University of Namibia, a post he has held since 2007. He is also a professor of plant genetics and breeding. Professor Mwandemele was the founding director of the Sam Nujoma Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre at Henties Bay, Namibia, and founding dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Namibia. Among his awards and recognitions, Professor Mwandemele is a fellow of the Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding; a founding member of the College of Research Associates of the United Nations University Institute of Natural Resources in Africa; an honorary professor at the Czech University of Agriculture, Prague; and former scientific advisor to the International Foundation for Science. He chairs the steering committee of the Southern Africa Network of Biosciences (SANBio) and is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa. He is a member of the board of directors of the Women’s Action for Development, and chairman of the steering committee of the Biosciences-Finnish-South Africa Project coordinated by SANBio, based at CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa. Professor Mwandemele is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly articles. He holds a master of science from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a doctorate from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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