A Nanotechnology Scientist, holds a PhD in Biomaterials, from Queen Mary’s College, University of London, UK where she also worked as a Researcher for 9 years.
In May 2018, Prof. Swai was appointed the President of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS) and in 2013 she was appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in University of Pretoria.
In 2015, Prof. Swai joined NM-AIST and managed to acquire funds (USD 6 Million) from the World Bank for the establishment of the African Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES) in Food and Nutritional Security in Africa which was established at the NM-AIST through the World Bank’s African Centers of Excellence (ACE II) initiative.
Prior to joining NM-AIST, Prof. Swai has worked as a Senior Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in South Africa, where she led the Encapsulation and Delivery Research Group for 11 years. In this capacity, she proved her ability to independently formulate and execute research projects and implement scientific research
programmes, both in public and private sectors.
Prof. Swai also instituted and headed the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/ CSIR Pan-African Centre of Excellence in Applied Nanomedicine Research and Training. In this capacity, she won a grant in Research and Training on infectious diseases of poverty worth R 60 million (about US $ 7 million).