The Council of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) takes great pleasure in informing you that Prof Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) during the General Assembly in Sao Paolo Brazil.
In what follows below is a brief biographical sketch of Prof Nongxa.
Prof Nongxa is the Chairperson of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and the Founding Director of the Centre for Mathematical and Computational Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. He held a number of senior leadership positions, such as Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of the Witwatersrand. Furthermore, he also served as Professor of Mathematics and Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. Besides fulfilling leadership roles, he was also a Visiting Fellow at a number of institutions, such as Harvard University and the University of Illinois, and as a Visiting Researcher at the Universities of Colorado, Hawaii, Connecticut and Baylor University in the United States, to name only a few.
Prof Nongxa was South Africa’s first African Rhodes Scholar to graduate from Oxford University with a doctoral degree in mathematics (1982), and completed undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Fort Hare (1978).
Prof Nongxa actively participates in transforming higher education in South Africa. He served as Chairperson of the Review Committee of the National System of Innovation, appointed by the Minister of Science and Technology, and was the Chairperson of the Research and Innovation Strategy Group of Universities South Africa (USAf, formerly HESA).
We wish Prof Nongxa well with his current and future professional endeavours.