Dr Anwar Vahed
Dr Anwar Vahed is the Manager of the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA). In this role, he oversees the establishment of the national research data infrastructure, coordinates the development of relevant expertise and the implementation of research data management strategy and policies. DIRISA, together with the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and the South African Research Network (SANReN), forms the technological component of the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS) of South Africa.
Anwar is a computer scientist with background and interests in the data sciences and data management. He has developed the National Strategic Framework for Big Data and led research in Big Data analytics for earth observation at the South African Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He serves on several international forums in the data sciences such as the Research Data Alliance (RDA), US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CODATA
Yoliswa Sawuti is the Group Assistant to Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA), CSIR Meraka. Prior to joining DIRISA, she was working at the Shared Services Human Resources as the Recruitment Administrator. Yoliswa obtained a National Diploma in Business Management from Damelin and pursuing BCom in Marketing and Business Management with Damelin.
Mr Sthembiso Nhlakanipho Mkhwanazi is the Senior Project Manager, Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA), CSIR Meraka Institute, Pretoria, South Africa.
Sthembiso is responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation of a project portfolio in fulfillment of Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa contractual commitments, including monitoring, evaluation and reporting in the execution of projects and delivery of outputs for DIRISA team.
Mr Mkhwanazi obtained a Masters Degree in Project and Programme Management from Cranefield College in Pretoria.
Xolani Nkosi is the Project Coordinator of the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA). He hold a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has interest in R&D, Strategic Management and Policy Development. Xolani has experience in community based projects, research (both qualitative & quantitative) and has conducted research for Policy and Programmes Directorate at the National Youth Commission, GCIS, SAQA and was a Research Executive at Ipsos Markinor.
Before joining DIRISA, he worked for Meraka Institute’s Strategic Research Innovation Management Unit at CSIR. This unit focuses on improving quality of life of South Africans and the African continent at large through technological innovation and R&D work.
Outside work, his interests range from politics, societal issues, and sports (having played football at the highest level for Wits University Reserve Team & SA Universities National Team).
Data Services Developer
Nobubele Angel Shozi is a Software Developer and Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Meraka Institute. Prior to joining Meraka, she was working at the Defence Peace Safety and Security (DPSS) unit of the CSIR. Nobubele currently holds a Masters Degree in Information Technology which she received from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is pursuing a PHD with the University of South Africa (UNISA). She was selected as a Techwomen Emerging Leader in 2016 and was selected to go work at Twitter in San Francisco recently.
She is passionate about community-driven initiatives, enjoys traveling and tasting culinary treats from different parts of the world. She considers herself somewhat of an “amateur chef”.
Mandla Nhlapo moved to CSIR from SARS. He studied Computer Systems Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology. In 2004 he joined Standard bank as a Computer Operator and proceeded to work for Nedbank. In 2008 he joined the South African Revenue Services where he occupied the position of Production Acceptance Specialist, In May 2016 he left SARS and joined the CSIR where he is currently working as a Senior Linux System Administrator.
Claude is a System administrator at DIRISA.
Ntethelelo Alex Mngenge is a Big Data Scientist with experience in data science and software development. He started his career at the CSIR as a bursary student where he completed his junior degree followed by a post-graduate degree (Cum- Laude) in machine learning/artificial intelligence at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Alex is pursuing his PhD part-time at the same institution. He is a member of Golden Key International. Alex’s interests lie in the data services software development space. This includes data management e.g. access, quality, integration, governance, etc. As a data scientist, he has experience in developing machine learning/artificial intelligence models to find insights in structured and unstructured data.