Prof. Dr. Catherine Odora Hoppers
Session 4 : Lost in Poverty
09.03.2020 | Monday | 5.15pm
Professor Hoppers is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, information systems and on Science and Society; an expert in disarmament at the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organization on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights. She held a National Chair in South Africa “South African Research Chair in Development Education” (hosted by the University of South Africa). She is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She obtained her PhD from Stockholm University (Sweden), an honorary doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden); an honorary doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa). She received the Presidential Medal of Honour for Academic Leadership from the President of Uganda in 2013; a National Pioneers Award given by the Elders of South Africa (in the Freedom Park, South Africa in 2014); the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award for Leadership given by His Excellency Thabo Mbeki in 2015; the Unisa Woman of the Year in 2015. She was named a “Leading Educationist” and honored in the Gallery of Leadership in a permanent exhibition in Kgorong in Unisa (South Africa). In 2017, Professor Hoppers received the distinction from UNESCO as an Honorary Fellow in Lifelong Learning.