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Dr. Vicky Nembaware - Project Manager / Researcher, SADaCC

Dr. Nembaware is the Project Manager for Sickle Data Coordinating Center (SADaCC).  SADaCC’s mandate is to coordinate research capacity development and training in Sickle Cell Disease specifically in study design, Data Management Plans, Big Data Analytics, ontology development and application. 

In addition, the SADaCC center is responsible for coordinating Sickle Cell Disease stakeholders and promoting public and community engagement. Previous positions held by Vicky include being the H3Africa Training Coordinator, mHealth and M&E specialist for a non-profit organization and was also a visiting post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. 

She earned her first degree in Chemistry and Microbiology from the University of Cape Town and then graduated Cum Laude for her Hons and MSc degrees from the University of Western Cape (South African Bioinformatics Institute). Vicky was awarded a PhD in Bioinformatics in 2008 from the University of Cape Town. 

In addition to her didactic training in Bioinformatics and Monitoring and Evaluation, Vicky has research experience in Bioinformatics, Genomics and in the Public Health field. She also has experience in designing, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the Information Communication Technology field (particularly in mHealth). Vicky has conducted numerous mHealth projects. 

She has also developed a mobile phone app (mGenAfrica) in collaboration with various stakeholders which is aims primarily to train researchers how to engage and educate the general public on heredity and health in Africa. 

Another noteworthy project she helps coordinates is the African Genomic Medicine Training Initiative. She is the current Secretary of the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG).

Flora Graham - Senior Editor, Nature Briefing

Flora Graham is a science journalist who writes the Nature Briefing, the daily news email from the world's leading science journal. 

She was previously Digital Editor at New Scientist, and wrote for the BBC, CBC, and CNET, among others. She has appeared as a commentator on technology for news outlets in the UK, Europe and North America. As a speaker and chair, she has appeared at events at the Royal Institution, Imperial College and the Shangai Science Hall.

Flora has a Bsc in physics and English from the University of British Columbia and a Msc in science communication from Imperial College. 

Favourite topics include physics, creative non-fiction, mobile technology, radio and why you'll never get a fridge that orders your groceries.