8 October 2016 13h30 UTC+2: MEDO.SPACE Women in STEM presentation.
Jim Adams, Principal Consultant, Jim Adams’ World
Jim Adams retired as NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist in September 2016 to focus on encouraging young and emerging innovators and entrepreneurs by encouraging creative processes and innovative thinking. He served in NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC from 2012, where he was responsible for the management of the Office of the Center Chief Technologist and Center Technology Transfer Office at each NASA field centre. Jim came to the Office of the Chief Technologist from the agency’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, where he served as the Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division, overseeing the Discovery, Lunar Science, Mars and New Frontiers programmes as well as the development of several key technologies. Prior to his assignment at NASA Headquarters, he served at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland in several capacities. Jim’s 26-year career at NASA saw him work on over thirty successful space missions. He was also the recipient of three NASA medals recognising exceptional service and leadership, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. Jim holds a BSc in Physics from Westminster College and a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University. Apparently, he bakes a mean apple pie, but this is yet to be confirmed by a reputable judge in South Africa.
Anja Fourie, Science Engagement Coordinator, SKA Africa
Anja Fourie grew up in the Northern Cape, but was educated in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, graduating from the renowned Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies. She started her career as a freelance radio news journalist for the SABC in Cape Town, where she discovered a passion for science journalism. This led to her appointment as Media Officer at Scifest Africa in Grahamstown in 2002. Four years later, Anja joined MTE Studios in Dubai, a specialised consultancy firm focused on the development of exhibits, exhibitions, visitors’ centres and museums in Africa and the Middle East. While first appointed as Marketing Manager, her talent for turn-key project management saw her promoted to General Manager in 2008. In 2010, Anja returned to Scifest Africa as Director, where her responsibilities included the development, implementation and evaluation of the National Science Festival and the project’s science engagement outreach programmes. She joined Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa as Science Engagement Coordinator in April 2016, where she is tasked with the conceptualisation, implementation and evaluation of international and national science engagement activities in order to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the SKA and its research, science, technology and innovation outputs. Anja serves on the Board of the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Education Centres (SAASTEC), the governing body for member science centres on the subcontinent.