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Aldo Stroebel

National Research Foundation (NRF)
Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation

Prof Aldo Stroebel is Executive Director International Relations and Cooperation at the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. He holds academic affiliations at Cornell University’s (USA) Institute for African Development as Visiting Fellow, and at the University of Venda (South Africa) as Adjunct Professor. Since 2005, he held various international affairs-related positions at the University of the Free State (UFS), including as Manager International Funding, followed by his appointment as the Founding Head and Director of International Affairs. Previously, at the University of Pretoria, he was the Programme Coordinator of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) in partnership with the WK Kellogg Foundation at the Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2011, he was elected as one of 20 Founding Members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), under auspices of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), based on research excellence and academic publications (incl. two edited books). He has been acknowledged as a leader in internationalisation of Higher Education and research and innovation management, and serves as the immediate Past-President of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), as member of the Research and Innovation Strategy Group of Universities SA (former HESA), and on the board of the Water Research Commission (WRC). He is currently the National Contact Point for H2020’s ERC. In 2013, he was appointed to the Consensus Panel on Agricultural Education and Training (AET) of ASSAf. He studied at the University of Pretoria, where he obtained his BSc- and Hons-degrees, followed by a Masters degree in International Agricultural Development at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He researched for his PhD in Sustainable Agriculture at the UFS and Cornell University, USA, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands.