Research Management and Training Consultant
Riana is a research management and training consultant, specialising in skills development of early career researchers and grant writing support of researchers at all levels. She most recently held the position of Group Manager & Head: International & Early Career Research Grants at Stellenbosch University, prior to which she served as, among other, Interim Regional Manager of the African Office for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) of the European Union, and Executive Director for the South Africa-USA Fulbright Commission. She also served as an advisor to the South African Minister of Science and Technology with regard to international science and technology agreements. A recipient of the Rector's Award for Professional Excellence, the United States Government Distinguished International Visitor's Award and the United Nations' award to participate in the UN International Leadership Academy Programme in Jordan, Riana has developed a full-day workshop for researchers on grant proposal writing, in English and French respectively, which has been offered at international conferences and various tertiary and research institutions in Africa and on other continents. Since April 2020 she has offered virtual interactive research skills training to almost 1,000 researchers on the African continent. She wrote a chapter on grant proposal writing in the book, Get Ready, Get set, Go! (SUNMedia 2017) aimed at doctoral students and supervisors.