Meet Ms Phyllis Kalele

Why OWSD membership is important

Getting to know and staying in touch with like-minded people is very important for women scientists. Additionally, one gets to know about various opportunities available for career development such as research fellowships, conferences, workshops and awards.

What inspires me

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life and I live it. I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.” 

Dr Maya Angelou.

Phyllis Kalele is the Coordinator-Africa Region for Gender InSITE and also Senior Liaison Officer, African Collaboration, at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). She is responsible for: building and strengthening existing academy partnerships in and for Africa; leading academy activities in the continent with the aim of advocating for the use of evidence-based science in policy making and increasing the visibility of African scientists; directing support for the establishment of new national senior and young academies of science; overseeing the implementation of GenderInSITE’s programmes in Africa; fundraising; and is the principal contact person at ASSAf in Africa. Ms Kalele holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master of Science in Environment Science. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies specialising in bibliometrics, at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.