2019 OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN FEMALE OF THE YEAR WINNER

CHINENYE ASSUMPTA NNAKENYI.

Chinenye is a young Nigerian postgraduate student living in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. She is a final-year Ph.D. student in Biomathematics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Her research area spans through the interplay between Mathematics and Ecology, with high relevance to Ecosystem Services and Management. In 2018, she was invited for research collaboration at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. There, she worked with a team on understanding the stability of complex systems to provide solutions to our global challenges. Chinenye was profiled and invited to speak as one of the women in climate scientists during the launch of the AIMS inaugural publication on February 11 2019, Kigali, Rwanda. She is one of the delegates for the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC). Here, she uses her mathematical skills to provide solutions to complex problems of the ecosystem. Currently, she is working on the Stability and Complexity of Mutualistic Meta-networks of species interactions, under the supervision of Professor Cang Hui who is a South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) at Stellenbosch University. Her work is highly relevant to countries, especially Nigeria and South Africa because optimal policy and interventions can be further developed from her project. 

ACADEMIC LAURELS:

Research Masters in Biomathematics, Stellenbosch University, First Class Degree (2016).

Master of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa (2015).

Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) bursary for Ph.D. (2017 – 2019).

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service), supplementary PhD bursary (2017-2019).
The University of Stellenbosch and AIMS bursary for Research Masters (2016).

AIMS Bursary for Structured Masters in Mathematical Sciences (2015).

Mathematics tutor, Department of Mathematical Science, Stellenbosch University (2016-2018).

R programming tutor, African Doctoral Academy, Stellenbosch University, (2018).

Conducted and led science projects at the National Science Week by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa through the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (2015).

PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH

Nnakenyi, C.A., Traveset, A., Heleno, R., Minoarivelo, H.O. and Hui, C., 2019. Fine-tuning the nested structure of pollination networks by adaptive interaction switching, biogeography and sampling effect in the Galápagos Islands. Oikos.

Nnakenyi, C.A., 2016. Structural Emergence in Mutualistic Networks. Research Masters' thesis, Stellenbosch University.
Nnakenyi, C.A., 2015. Spectral Methods for Fractional Differential Equations. Structured Masters' thesis, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATION

Presented 'Stability of ecological systems to climate change' at the AIMS Lunch of Inaugural Publication on Women Climate Scientists, Kigali, Rwanda, (2019).

Presented paper at the African Women in Mathematics (AWiM), Stellenbosch University, (2019).

Presented paper at the Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology (MPDE17), Cape Town, jointly organized by Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town (2017).

Attended the African Doctoral Academy, Stellenbosch University (2017-2018).

Presented Tunnel Support Using Thin Spray-on Liners, at the Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG), at AIMS, South Africa (2015).