Local Organising Committee

Raj Ramesar

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Co-Chair, Conference Organising Committee

Head, Division of Human Genetics, UCT

Director of the MRC Research Unit for Genomic and Precision Medicine.

Head of the Department of Pathology at the UCT and its Affiliated Hospitals (Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children Hospitals).

Research Interest: Genetics of complex chronic disorders; weaving genomic information with that of human origins; diversity and health; Genetics of sensory disorders (blindness), cancers and psychiatric genetics

Charles N. Rotimi

National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Co-Chair of the Conference Organising Committee

Founder of the African Society of Human Genetics

Chief & Senior Investigator

Research Interest: Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch
Director: Intramural Unit – National Human Genome Research Institute

Prof Charles Rotimi, the director of Intramural Unit – NHGRI, is a co-chair for the ICHG2021 meeting. His research interest is on Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch. He is also a founder of AFSHG

Colleen Aldous

Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Research Interest: Provision of Clinical Genetic Services; Genetics education.

Soraya Bardien

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Steering Committee member

Committee member, African Society of Human Genetics

Associate Professor, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University

Research Interest: Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease

Nadia Carstens

University of the Witswaterand

Member of Local Organising Committee

Committee member, Southern African Society of Human Genetics,

Principal Scientist, Division of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service, University of the Witwatersrand

Research Interest: Genetics of monogenic disorders in African populations, diagnostic applications of next-generation sequencing,

Ghada El-Kamah

National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

Member of Local Organising Committee

Research Interest: Clinical Genetics, Hereditary Blood Disorders, Genodermatosis, Community Genetics.

Karen Fieggen

University of Cape Town

Member of Local Organising Committee

Chair, Southern African Society of Human Genetics

Associate Professor, Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Subspecialist Medical Geneticist, Groote Schuur Hospital

Research Interest: Monogenic disorders in South Africa; holistic care of people with genetic disorders; cost effective genetic interventions in the South African setting.

Leon Mutesa

National University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Member, Local Organising Committee

Associate Professor of Human Genetics, college of medicine and health sciences-University of Rwanda.

Clinical Genetics Specialist, Rwanda Military Hospital

Rwanda’s First Medical Geneticist

Research Interest: Implementation of Genetic Services

Rokhaya Ndaiye

University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal

Member of Local Organising Committee

Associate Professor of Human Genetics, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal

Membership secretary, African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG).

General Secretary, Senegalese Society of Human Genetics (S2GH)

Research Interest: Genetic variation in Cancer Susceptibility; Genetic basis of single gene disorders in African populations.

Vicky Nembaware

Vicky Nembaware

University of Cape Town

Member of Local Organising Committee

Secretary, African Society of Human Genetics

Project Manager, SickleAfrica Data Coordinating Centre, University of Cape Town

Project Founder, mGenAfrica.

Project Coordinator: African Genomic Medicine Training Initiative

Interest: mHealth; Public Engagement in Genomics; Implementation of Genomics Medicine, Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Projects; Genomics

Michèle Ramsay

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Chair of the Scientific Programming Committee – ICHG2021

Steering Committee Member

President of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies

Immediate Past President, African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG)

Director, Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor of Human Genetics, National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand
South African Research Chair (Bioinformatics and Genomics of African Populations)

Research Interests: Molecular profiling of single-gene disorders in African families; Identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for obesity and cardiometabolic diseases in African populations; Genomic medicine approaches for African populations

Mike Urban

Logistics
Stellenbosch University

Ambroise Wonkam

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Steering Committee Member and Member of Local Organising Committee

President, African Society of Human Genetics

President, Cameroon Society of Human Genetics

Director, Genetic Medicine for African Populations ( GeneMAP)

Specialist Medical Geneticist, University of Cape Town

Research Interest: Psychosocial Burden and Genomics modifiers of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD); Genetics of hearing loss; Ethical and educational Issues in human genetics in Africa.

Scott Williams

Case Western Reserve University, United Kingdom

Member of Local Organising Committee

Director of the Epidemiology & Biostatistics Graduate Studies Program, Case Western Reserve University

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mohamed Zahir

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Member of Local Organising Committee

PhD Candidate, Human Genetics, MUHAS Tanzania

Executive board member, African Society of Human Genetics,

Member, Tanzania Genome Network

Member, Genetics Society of America.

Research Interest: Using Next Generation of Sequencing to diagnose (genetic) diseases