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Jane Olwoch

Executive Director at the Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive land Management (SASSCAL), Southern Africa

Dr Jane M. Olwoch is the Executive Director of the Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive land Management (SASSCAL). Among her other qualifications, she holds a PhD (Zoology) (Climate Change) from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from the Business School, Netherlands. Prior to joining SASSCAL, Dr Olwoch was the first Head of Earth Observation at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). Dr Olwoch also has over 20 years’ research and training experience at Higher Institutions of learning in the field of Environmental science and climate change through which she has supervised over 30 postgraduate students and authored /co-authored over 50 publications mostly in peer review journals. She was rated at C2 by NRF in 2013. She is a recipient of the prestigious TUKS Alumni Award in 2014 Nationally, she has served on several Committee including the Future Earth Southern Africa Interim Steering Committee. Internationally, she was a Lead Author of Chapter 11, Human Health, of the working group 2 to the IPCC, Fifth Assessment Report (2010-2014). From 2014-2017, She was a vice Chair and later the Chair of the Working Group on Capacity Development and Data Democracy of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS.