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Isayvani Naicker

Director Strategy and Partnerships, African Academy of Sciences, African Academy of Sciences

Dr Isayvani Naicker is the Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). In her role she nurtures strategic partnerships, increase and diversify the number of partners and strengthen engagement with stakeholders in line with the AAS strategic plan 2018-2022. Prior to joining the AAS she worked as Chief Director of International Resources and Co-operation at the Department for Science and Technology in South Africa.

She previously worked as a Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa focusing on environment and sustainable development. She was involved in various policy making processes in the science, environment and mining fields in post-apartheid South Africa. She was also a Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Governance at the University of Witwatersrand. She is a member of various international research, science and policy networks. She holds a PhD in Geography (Cambridge) focused on Science Policy, and Master of Science Degrees in Geology (UCT) and Philosophy of Social Sciences (LSE).


  • –present
    Visiting Research Fellow School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2012 
    University of Cambridge, PhD Geography