Prof Swanepoel’s current work focusses on Future Africa at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa. He is former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, and Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He holds an appointment as Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development (IAD) at Cornell University, USA. He serves in various capacities, including as former Board Member, Vice-Chairperson and Acting Chairperson of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in SA – a ministerial appointment. He also serves as board member of the Gates-funded African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) initiative based in Kenya; and the continental Science Granting Councils Initiative funded by DFID and IDRC. He is an accomplished scientific leader in South Africa and internationally, confirmed by his election during 2010 as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and his appointment as Senior Fulbright Fellow at Cornell University, USA (2008-2009), respectively. He is the first South African who has been elected as a foreign Fellow of the Ugandan National Academy of Sciences (UNAS). In 2016 Prof Swanepoel was recognised for his significant contributions to capacity development in support of agricultural transformation and development in Africa during the 5th African Higher Education Week, organised by the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a network of 66 African universities. He was
In 2016 Prof Swanepoel was recognised for his significant contributions to capacity development in support of agricultural transformation and development in Africa during the 5th African Higher Education Week, organised by the Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a network of 66 African universities. He was professor at five SA universities, and has lectured and held visiting appointments at a number of institutions in Africa and around the world. He obtained all his degrees [BSc, BSc Agric (Hons) and MSc Agric] with distinction. He researched at Texas A&M University, USA and University of the Free State, SA for his PhD, and completed post-doctoral research in Australia. His research interests include smallholder agricultural production systems, agricultural research and innovation leadership, and partnerships; networking and policy advocacy in Africa. He has published extensively, with more than 170 scientific journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and reports. He has been chief-editor for three books, including the latest: Towards Impact and Resilience: Transformative Change in and through Agricultural Education and Training in sub-Saharan Africa by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK in collaboration with IAD at Cornell University, USA. He has supervised/ co-supervised more than 50 Masters and PhD students to completion, and regularly acts as external examiner for Masters Dissertations and Doctoral theses at leading universities around the globe, including Cornell, USA; Ghent, Belgium; Western Australia, Perth; Nairobi, Kenya and Ghana, Legon, Accra. He has been elected as chairperson of the programme committee for the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security to be hosted in South Africa during December 2017.