Dr. Isayvani Naicker has over 20 years’ management and practical experience in resource mobilisation, strategic international and government to government partnerships, donor support, advocacy and policy consultation, research and policy advice.
Prior to joining African Academy of Sciences, she worked as a Chief Director of International Resources at the Department of Science and Technology South Africa.
She was previously a research associate at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow at the School for Public and Development Management at the University of Witwatersrand. She is a member of international research networks including the Society for the Social Studies of Science, the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), Green Economics Institute at Oxford University, and has engaged professionally with donor agencies (the EC, UNEP, UNDP, OECD, and GEF), African regional partnerships (NEPAD, AU) and networks (African Technology Policy Studies Network) and with senior national policy makers (particularly across Southern African countries).
She holds a PhD in Geography (Science Policy) from the University of Cambridge and MSc (Geology) from the University of Cape Town) and MSc (Philosophy of Social Sciences) from the London School of Economics.