Head of Secretariat, African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Dr Charles Mpho Takalana is an astronomer from South Africa. He currently works at the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) as the Head of Secretariat, supporting the AfAS Executive Committee and the sub-committees, managing the AfAS secretariat and coordinating all AfAS projects to ensure that they achieve their objectives within the timelines and funding provided. Before his current employment, he was an Astronomy Policy Researcher at the South African Radio Astronomy observatory based at the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Charles’ work at the DSI involved supporting the implementation of the South African Multi-wavelength Astronomy strategy and the development of a vibrant astronomy community with the technical capacity to ensure the implementation of various astronomy projects. Charles is also involved in various education and outreach projects and is passionate about sharing astronomy with young people.