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kolobe ya naga e maatlaInternational Committees

The conference is monitored by two international committees, the International Steering Committee and the Regional Steering Committee.

International Steering Committee (ISC)

Patricia Cretchley (Australia)
Johann Engelbrecht  (South Africa)
Joel Hillel (Canada)
Derek Holton (New Zealand)
Deborah Hughes-Hallet (USA)
Harvey Keynes (USA)
Adrian Oldknow (UK)
Juma Shabani (Senegal)

juma.jpg (9122 bytes) Professor Juma Shabani, born in Burundi, studied in Belgium and returned to the University of Burundi, where he was Vice Rector until 1992.  He was Vice President of the African Mathematical Union until 2000 and is currently Chairman of the AMU Commission on Mathematics Education.  Juma is now based at the UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Africa in Dakar, Senegal, managing a variety of educational programmes, including programmes on science and mathematics education.

Derek Holton is professor of Pure Mathematics at Otago (New Zealand) with research interests in graph theory and mathematics education.  He was convener of the 1997 ICMI Study on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics at University Level and was member of the International Panel for Delta'99. He is now also member of the International Delta Committee.

deb.jpg (4633 bytes) Well known author, Deborah Hughes-Hallett (University of Arizona) is a Fellow of the AAAS and the recent recipient of awards from ICTCM and the Association for Women in Mathematics. She is famous as an author of the well-known Harvard Consortium's reform Calculus textbooks. Deb was on the International panel for Delta'99 and is an invited speaker at the ICTME conference in Beirut in July 2000.  She is also co-organiser of ICTM 2002 which will be in Rhodos, Greece.

Joel Hillel is a Professor of Mathematics and the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University in Montreal. Since 1992 he has been involved in an on-going research project examining the teaching and learning of Linear Algebra at the university level. This research, in collaboration with Anna Sierpinska, has been funded both by Canada's SSHRC grants and Quebec's FCAR grants. Joel is particularly interested in students' constructions, and sense of  linear algebra notions, when they arise in a computer environments using MAPLE or CABRI.

Harvey2.jpg (12330 bytes) Harvey Keynes (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis) is a professor of mathematics and Director, IT Center for Educational Programs. Harvey has directed the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) for the past 20 years and was a codirector for MERN (Mathematicians in Educational Reform Network) for several years. He has been heavily involved in programs and committees concerning undergraduate mathematics education and professional development. He is the author of several instructor guides for a leading calculus textbook, and is currently working on a technology supplement.

Adrian Oldknow has retired, as Professor Emeritus, from full-time teaching at University College Chichester, UK. He is a visiting research fellow in the School of Education at King's College London, and is still very much involved in continued professional development of mathematics teachers from secondary schools to universities. He has a soft spot for geometry, and is currently chairing a Royal Society working group on the teaching of geometry in schools 11-19. He s a passionate advocate of the intelligent use of information technology to assist learning in mathematics at all levels and is a regular contributor to many international journal.  On top of this, he finds a bit of time for his interests in jazz, cricket, cooking and wine. Adrian1.jpg (18415 bytes)

Pat.JPG (36740 bytes) After Rhodes and Wits in South Africa, Pat Cretchley now lectures at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Her research interests in tertiary mathematics teaching and learning include the impact of technology. Spurred on by Johann and building on her SAMERN experience, she gathered a team of Queensland academics and initiated the Delta conferences. Pat also serves on the International Delta Committee and the ICTM 2002 Programme Committee. 

Johann Engelbrecht, professor of Mathematics at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), is co-founder of SAMERN (the South African Mathematics Education Reform Network) and 1998 recipient of the Claude Harris Leon Championship in Mathematics Teaching Award in South Africa. He was on the international panel for Delta'99 and is currently chair of the International Delta Committee.

Regional Steering Committee (RSC)

    John Chikunji (Zambia)
    Basinyi Chimidza (Botswana)
Generosa Cossa (Mozambique)
Moneoang Makoele (Lesotho)
Patrick Phiri (Swaziland)
   Richard Tsanwani (Venda)
Dumisani Vuma (Zimbabwe)

Although Prof Patrick Phiri's main area of interest lies in the field of Control Theory, he has also published papers and is a keen follower of developments in fields such as mathematical techniques in Operations Research, the Mechanics of Fluids and Mathematical Education. He obtained his PhD from Leeds University in the UK in 1979 and he has since been heavily involved in the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) starting from its inception in 1981 as its Treasurer (1981-1991) and then as its President from 1991 to date.

Generosa Cossa is a lecturer of mathematics at the University Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo, Mozambique) since 1987. She was appointed head of the department of pure mathematics in 1989/90. Her interest in mathematics education and mathematics courseware development moved her to the Centre of Informatics at the same university, where she co-ordinates two programmes - one on the use of Computer-Based Training in Mathematics Classrooms (included mathematics courseware development) and the other for the creation and development of the SchoolNet Mozambique, presently interconnecting 13 pre-university (secondary) schools of Mozambique, with access to e-mail and Internet. She is also member of the Maputo City Council (councillor for gender, youth, education and social assistance issues) and director of the newly established private educational Institute of Informatics and Management.

Moneoang Makoele (Lesotho) was born in 1967 in Lesotho, studied at the National University of Lesotho, majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry and then did a masters degree Mathematics Education at the University of Reading, UK.  She was formerly employed as assistant at the Lesotho PreEntry Project (LESPEC) upgrading Maths, English and Science for high-school leavers.  From 1993-1998 she was a lecturer at the PreEntry Science Programme (PESP) concentrating on bridging for first year students who enter the faculty of science and since 1998 she has been a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Computer  Science at the National University of Lesotho.  Her primary interest is in problems of mathematics education in Lesotho but she is also interested in Mathematics of Finance.

John Chikunji is the current head of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Zambia in Lusaka.  He did his Ph D at the University of Reading in the UK with a thesis, “On the classification of finite associative rings".  His current research interest is in Projective Characters of Rotation Subgroups of Wely Groups and Finite Rings.

He has extensive experience in teaching to full time students and distance education students.  He has also initiated and spearheaded the introduction of a postgraduate Diploma course programme in Computer Studies.

Basinyi Chimidza was born in Botswana and went on to study for his doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in the United States. Currently he is a lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Botswana.  His specific area of interest is Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT) and Algebraic Topology in general.

Richard (Avhasei) Tsanwani initially studied at the University of Venda for Science and Technology and then got his MA degree in mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa (USA).  Since 1991 he has been employed at tertiary institutions.  He lectured at Makhado College of Education for three years and was appointed as senior lecturer at Ramaano Mbulaheni College in 1994.  Since 1996 he has been employed as lecturer in the Mathematics Department at the University of Venda.  His research interest is in mathematics education.

Dumisani Vuma was born in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe. He received his first degree, BSc(Honours) in Mathematics, at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1983. The University of Zimbabwe awarded him a staff development fellowship which enabled him to study for an MSc at Leeds University in the UK. He joined the UZ as a lecturer in 1986 and has been teaching there since then. He has also taught at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo. He was chairman of the Mathematics Department at UZ from 1995 to 1999.

He was elected treasurer of the Southern African Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) in 1990 and is still responsible for this portfolio.  He has published several books and research papers and has presented frequently at international conferences. His research interests are in Abstract Harmonic Analysis. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses at UZ and NUST.