Meet the leaders behind GENUS.

GENUS is led by a number of dedicated board members and key individuals committed to achieving our vision, goals and mission.


Professor Jennifer Botha


As the Director of Genus, Jennifer continues to developing implementing strategic plans support palaeoscience research, nurture the next generation of palaeoscientists and making palaeoscience accessible to a wider community.

Dr Christine Steininger

Projects Director

As the Projects Director of Genus, Christine is developing a sustainable future for palaeoscience through strategic planning and fundraising.

Joy Mgabadeli

Grant Manager

Joy coordinates grant administration, solicits and writes grants to secure funding for researchers and projects. She produces research and financial reports, manages budgets, and provides valuable management information.

Tandi Scott-Turner

Science Engagement and Financial Officer

Tandi is responsible for managing our organization's finances, ensuring smooth financial operations. Additionally, she is dedicated to science engagement, connecting our grantees and partners with the broader public.

Julliet Maphutha

Science Communication Intern

Julliet is MSc candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand and a Science Communication Intern at Genus. She writes and edits articles, promotes events and creates content for social media.

Chandelé Montgomery

Data Analyst

Chandelé is an MSc candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand and a data analyst for Genus. As a data analyst, she organizes, compiles, and analyzes various reports to ensure the organization operates effectively.

Board members - Steering Committee

Professor Lynn Morris

DVC of Research and Innovation, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Gilbert Siko

Director, Science Missions, Dept. of Science and Innovations

Dr Makobetsa Khati

Executive Director, Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence, National Research Foundations

Professor Nithaya Chetty

Dean, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor Marion Bamford

Director, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor Michelle Hamer

Director, National Science Collection Facility, South African National Biodiversity Institute

Professor Christopher Henshilwood

Director, SapienCE, University of Bergen and SARCHI Chair, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Moleboheng Mohapi

Director, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History