Malik Maaza

Chairman of U2ACN2 and NanoAfNet

Prof. M. Maaza is currently a permanent staff member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). Among other positions held, he was the Southern Africa representative of the International Commission of Optics (ICO-CIO) and Vice-President of the National Council of Scientists & Engineers of France: Section South-Africa (CNISF)...

Prof. M. Maaza is currently a permanent staff member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). Among other positions held, he was thernSouthern Africa representative of the International Commission of Optics (ICO-CIO) and Vice-President of the National Council of Scientists & Engineers of France: Section South-Africa (CNISF). He is the chair of the ICSU-UNESCO-UNIDOTWAS supported official Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), and southern Africa coordinator of the African Physical Society (AfPS) as well as a member of the board of the directors of the African Laser Centre (ALC). He is the South Africa representative of the African Lasers, Atoms & Molecules Network (LAMNETWORK). He was and is the Southern Africa contact point of the Japan-South Africa S&T cooperation and ICS-UNIDO respectively in nanosciences-nanotechnologies. He has been recently elected as the Africa representative in thernEU funded nanosciences-nanotechnologies international initiative (ICPCNANONET) and COST action 702.

Prof. Maaza has been instrumental in pioneering and implementing numerous currently successful ongoing continental and national official initiatives amid which the African Laser Centre, the Nanosciences African Network, the National Laser Centre of South Africa (NLC SA) and the South African Nanotechnology initiative (SANi). Prof. Maaza is the current UNESCO UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology via a trilateral partnership between UNESCO, NRF and the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is in charge of the Africa-International relations desk officer at iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation of South Africa. He is extraordinary professor at the Tshwane-Pretoria University of Technology and an associate scientist of the US National Science Foundation Centre of Excellence in Nanosciences-Clark Atlanta University. He is a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry, New York Academy of Sciences & the Islamic Academy of Sciences. His expertise is in the multidisciplinary field of nanosciences, photonics and solar energy. He has published more than 250 ISI publications and supervised several postgraduates from Africa.

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