Dr Johann Poinapen
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has announced the appointment of Dr Johann Poinapen to the position of Director at USP’s Institute of Applied Science (IAS).
Dr Johann joined IAS as the Deputy Director in October 2014 and has acted as the Director IAS since January 2015.
A former Principal/Lead Water Process Engineer at Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Australia (AMEC) and a former Water Leader and Engineering Group Manager with MWH Global, Dr Poinapen is a registered and chartered professional engineer with over 17 years of experience in the water and environmental sectors.
Dr Poinapen obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in Water Process Engineering for the co-treatment of sewage sludge and acid mine drainage.
Dr Anjeela Jokhan, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) said Dr Poinapen has brought with him a real business culture and staff are responding well to his leadership.
She said much of the IAS work is related to the needs of countries in the region and it is able to contribute significantly to the Governments on policy matters.
According to Dr Jokhan, IAS is to become an even bigger entity through its influence and value in the region because of its role in capacity development, policy matters and postgraduate research, among others.
“IAS is doing better than it has before and gaining a lot of leadership role in the region,” she said.
Since joining the Institute in 2014, Dr Poinapen has spearheaded the securing and renewal of major funding for the Institute in the areas of Biofuel Testing, Drug Discovery, Chemical Management and Training and Natural Resources Management.
Dr Johann acknowledged the significant contribution of the former IAS Director and current Consultant to IAS, Professor Bill Aalbersberg in the establishment of the Institute as a regional leader of scientific services provider.
He added that he hopes to use his wealth of experience in consultancy, project development and business management to improve IAS’s standing both regionally and globally.
The IAS is a self-funded consultancy, training and research arm of the University that is located within the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment.
Its main areas of activity are analytical services, training, research and development and consulting services in areas related to natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. It also houses the Centre for Drug Discovery and Conservation and the South Pacific Regional Herbarium.
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