Early life: I was born in Swakopmund and was raised by maternal grand mother in rural western Namibia in pastoralist settings. The family farmed with goats and cattle and integrated farming with strong connection to nature.
Education: Educated by missionary schools in the 1970s. I completed high school in Swakopmund and intially worked as a teacher. Obtained a BSc degree in Chemistry and Molecular and Physiological Biology at the University of Namibia (2000), BSc Honours Biotechnology (2003, Rhodes University, South Africa), MSc Biotechnology (2005, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), PhD Bicohemical Engineering (2015, University College London, UK) and a PgD in Veterinary Pharmacy (2017, Harper Adams University, Shropshire, UK).
Career: 2006 - Lecturer in Microbiology and Animal Biology (University of Namibia) 2012 - present - Lecturer in Applied Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Biopharmaceutics, Veterinary Pharmacy and vaccine-related courses (School of Pharmacy, University of Namibia) Management role: Deputy Assovciate Dean (School of Pharmacy since 2014
Additional skills & awards: Vaccine Bioprocess Development (UCL), Bioprocess Facility Design (UCL), Clinical Vaccine Development & Biomanufacturing (Oxford University), Tablet Process Development (Pharma Training, UK), Wound Care & Management (Harper Adams University)
Professional Membership: Royal Society of Biology (UK), Microbiology Society (UK), Associate Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Biology.