Conference Chairpersons

Prof Adrian van Breda (UJ / ASASWEI)

UCTDr Adrian van Breda is professor of social work at the University of Johannesburg and President of ASASWEI (Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions). He was a social worker in practice for 17 years, during which time he specialised in clinical and occupational social work. His research interests then were family resilience, deployment resilience and scale development and validation.

These topics converged in his doctoral thesis, completed in 2004. He joined the University of Johannesburg in 2007 as a senior lecturer and was made full professor in 2016. Adrian is a C2 NRF rated researcher with 49 accredited publications, 42 of which are in international journals or books. He has been a key note or invited speaker at international conferences in France, Canada, Lebanon and Romania. His research focuses on resilience and youth transitions, with specific attention to the transition out of care into young adulthood. He was Head of Department of social work at the University of Johannesburg from 2014 to 2016 and chaired the Faculty of Humanities Higher Degrees Committee from 2011 to 2016. He is Vice President of Resilio, an international association for the promotion and dissemination of research on resilience, and principle investigator on a longitudinal study on the resilience of young people leaving residential care in South Africa.

Prof Ndangwa Noyoo (UCT)

UCTNdangwa Noyoo is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Social Development at the University of Cape Town (UCT). After researching in different countries of Southern Africa, Ndangwa Noyoo accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge which he brings into the class setting. In addition, he has travelled extensively on the African continent and other parts of the globe. Ndangwa Noyoo worked at the Universities of Zambia, Witwatersrand and Johannesburg and the South African government as a Senior Social Policy Specialist/Chief Director in the National Department of Social Development. He has worked in the nongovernmental sector in Zambia and South Africa. He was a Post- Doctoral Fellow at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France. He is an author of 43 accredited publications which include four edited books and one book which is a sole publication (all forthcoming). He has also authored eight other books.