Dr Yaseera Ismail, University of Kwazulu-Natal

Dr Ismail is a physicist with a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2015). Her research interest lies in developing quantum-enabled devices in the field of quantum communication. She is a recipient of three Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Seed Fund Grants and is an NRF Thuthuka Grant holder since 2019. Dr Ismail initiated collaborations with research groups in China, Russia and India, which led to a successful Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Joint Multi-lateral Science and Technology Research Grant (2020–2022). She received the 2016 TechWomen Emerging Leader Award and is a 2018 Optical Society of America (OSA) Ambassador. Ismail serves on the editorial board of the Scientific Reports Journal and is a committee member for the OSA Esther Beller Hoffman Award. Dr Ismail holds a Y1 NRF rating.