The South African SDG Hub is a metaplatform that aggregates the best and most relevant research on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from South African and selected non-South African universities. Our machine-learning-based classification tool classifies research in terms of one or more of the SDGs. Our mission is to increase the impact of research published on universities' institutional repositories.
The South African SDG Hub hosts the South African SDG Policy Support Initiative. The SDG Policy Support Initiative acts as an co-ordinating mechanism to bring experts from academia together with the Presidency of South Africa to support evidence-informed policymaking.
SDSN South Africa
SDSN South Africa mobilises academic and research institutes and leverages their strengths to help realise the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.
The South African SDG Hub is run by a team of committed and innovative academics and data scientists.
Elma holds a Master's in Strategic Business Management and supports the South African SDG Hub's communication functions. She has worked with global entertainment companies and has moderated and spoken on national and global platforms.
Web Developer and Development Operations
Hamish Craze is a deep learning specialist with experience in natural language processing and expertise in image recognition. Full Stack Developer.
Dr Jurgens de Lange
Dr Jurgens de Lange, the Hub’s technical project advisor, is a theoretical and computational chemist used to working with massive and highly correlated data sets, often developing machine learning, mathematical and computational models to find clear and pragmatic answers. He has a keen interest in evidence-based and data-driven policy research.
Senior Web Developer and Development Operations
Graeme Ford is a Full-stack web developer with qualifications in both backend and front end industry-level frameworks. A development operations manager with experience in stack planning, environmental administration and architecture planning/configuration from small scale to enterprise-scale deployments.
Prof. Willem Fourie
Founder and Coordinator
Professor Willem Fourie is the founder and coordinator of the South African SDG Hub. In addition to his peer-reviewed publication and postgraduate supervision record, he as extensive experience in advising companies, countries and multilateral organisations. He has worked closely with the United Nations, African Union, European Union and the Presidency of South Africa.
Andre Kleynhans is a trained data scientist with an honour’s degree in mathematical statistics. Andre has special interest in unsupervised learning and latent variable models.
Teresa Kroesen holds a Master’s in Physics with a specialization in optics and ultra-fast dynamics. She acquired profound knowledge in Python programming through the analysis of huge and unstructured data sets and simulations of physical experiments. After she worked as an IT consultant she became a data scientist for the major German newspaper Der Spiegel, which is known for its investigative journalism. Her work for the SA SDG Hub combines her passion for data with her strong interest in politics and research.
Prof. Vukosi Marivate
Vukosi is the ABSA UP Chair of Data Science at the University of Pretoria. Vukosi works on developing Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence methods to extract insights from data. A large part of his work over the last few years has been in the intersection of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.
Dr Dominique Mystris
South Africa SDG Policy Support Initiative
Dominique is the project lead for the SA SDG Policy Support Initiative. With a background in Public International Law, she has lectured at various universities since 2011, worked for international research institutions and organisations, and consulted for non-profit organisations in Africa, Asia and London on human rights and international law issues including development of policy approaches.
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Hannes Strydom is a specialist in all things data: collection, (including APIs, repositories or webpages), management (including data formatting and storage) and data analysis.
Isak van der Walt
Isak van der Walt is currently Digital Scholarship & Innovation Manager for the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria. He oversees the Digital Services and Systems unit which comprises of Digital Scholarship, Information Technology, e-Services, Digitisation, and the Library MakerSpace. With over 20 years of experience in the academic ICT sector, he has developed a key interest and focus on Research Data Management and using modern-day technologies for the enhancement, visibility, and discoverability of digital assets.