PRACE SC17 Panel: Diversity on the International Stage

Women in HPC and PRACE will present a panel discussing how the international community is working towards improving diversity and inclusion in HPC. SC is an international community and each country and region has its own individual diversity challenges, local legislative barriers and opportunities.  This panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities that different international communities experience, and what we can learn from each other.

Our panelists include:

  • Africa: Werner Janse van Rensburg, Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
  • Asia: Seetha Rama Krishna Nookala, Intel Asia
  • Australia: Roger Edberg, National Computational Infrastructure, The Australian National University
  • Canada: Kelly Nolan, Talent Strategy
  • Europe: Serge Bogaerts, PRACE

We welcome audience participation in this discussion, including sharing ideas across regional barriers.

Speaker Details

Dr Werner Janse van Rensburg is the Research Manager at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in South Africa.  The CHPC is the only national HPC facilty in South Africa and is focused on provisioning of compute resources to the its diverse user community and HPC human capital development in the country and the wider region.  Dr Janse van Rensburg is responsible for user engagement, research programmes and the training initiatives of the CHPC.  

Kelly Nolan is a seasoned expert in strategic affairs working with executives and boards on diversity and governance approaches. She has worked with government institutions and global initiatives to develop programs aimed at addressing gender equity and engaging under-represented groups. Kelly specializes in organizational diversity frameworks, training, assessment, strategic partnerships and external and internal relations for complex evidence-based organizations.  She works to build strategies to overcome bias in the workplace and build high performance organizations. A regular conference presenter, Kelly has chaired diversity and workforce development streams for several conferences.