Professor Nikki Wagner
Prof Wagner was inaugurated as a Professor in Geology at the University of Johannesburg in 2021, and was elected as Fellow of the Geological Society of South African in 2020. Nikki completed her Phd in 1999, and shortly thereafter worked for Sasol in their Coal to Syngas Research Group, where her interest in trace elements in coal developed. Dr Wagner worked for Sasol for 6 years, before joining the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she ran the Coal Research group for 8 years before moving back into geology at the University of Johannesburg in 2014.
Professor Judith Kinnaird
Judith Kinnaird is an Associate Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences and Director of the Economic Geology Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand. She was awarded an Honours BSc degree from the University of London, an MSc and PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, for research on tin-tungsten and columbite-bearing granites in ring complexes in Nigeria. She has taught for the Open University in UK and University College Cork in Ireland where research studies focussed on zinc-lead and copper deposits in Ireland.