CURRICULUM VITAE: Helen Fox
Ms Helen Fox
Email: helen (at) iwr.ru.ac.za
Date of Birth: 25 February 1980
Place of Birth: Nairobi, Kenya
My career objectives centre around Africa, where I want to be instrumental in bringing restoration to the people and landscapes of our beautiful continent through action research, service and initiating projects that focus on children, the environment and community upliftment.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MY SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY CAREER
- Victoria Girls High School: Good Matric with University Entrance, B-Aggregate, 1997
- Bachelor of Science Degree, with distinctions in Environmental Science 3 and Geography 302, Rhodes University, 2000
- Bachelor of Science (Honours - Environmental Science with distinction, Rhodes University, 2001
- Masters of Science (Environmental Science with distinction, 2005)
- Awarded the prize for top Environmental Science student, 2000
- Rich school and university extramural involvement, 1993 - 2000
- Invaluable research experiences: Kat River Valley, Eastern Cape and Coquet Dale, England, 2001-2006
- Initiated an environmental ministry in my local church
- Selected for the U16B Eastern Province hockey team (1995) and the U21 Eastern Province soccer team (1999)
- Initiated a soccer team with the street children of Grahamstown, 2003
- Developed strong personal skills (communication, research, initiative, perseverance and mental resilience)
|School|| Victoria Girls High School, Grahamstown, 1993-1997|
|School certificate|| Cape senior certificate, Matriculation Exemption, 1997|
Rhodes University (1998-2005)
Post Graduate Degree
|Undergraduate Degree|| Bachelor of Science (1998-2001)|
|Undergraduate Majors|| Environmental Science & Anthropology with Geography 302 as an extra course|
|Bachelor of Science (Honours - Environmental Science), 2001|
|Masters of Science (Environmental Science), 2003-2005 |
|Two year ministerial training course (His People Bible School)|
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- Awarded the prize for top Environmental Science Third year student (2000)
- Awarded academic colours, 2001
- Awarded a National Research Foundation Honours bursary valued at R8000 (2001)
- Awarded a Rhodes Honours bursary valued at R5000 (2001)
- Awarded a Rhodes Masters bursary valued at R5000 (2003)
- Awarded a Daad Scholarship valued at +R20000 (2004)
- Awarded an Ethel and Erikson scholarship valued at R6000 (2004)
- Granted an NRF bursary valued at +R14000 (2003 and 2004)
- Invited member of the International Golden Key Society, 2001
- Presented a paper at the 2002 SAAB (South African Association of Botany) conference titled "A cultural valuation of Tidbury's landscape".
- Presented a poster at the 2003 African Ritual and Environment conference titled "The importance of ritual and tradition in the making of a cultural landscape".
- Presented a paper at the 2005 Grassland Society of Southern Africa (Congress 40) titled "Integrating anthropogenic disturbance, culture and ecology into complex adaptive system thinking".
Published and unpublished reports
- Fox, H. 2002. A comparative cultural valuation of three rural landscapes in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Environmental Science Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
- Fox, H. 2002. The people of Coquetdale, Northumberland, UK: Their perceptions of the 'environmental capital of the Dale. School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Fox, H. 2003. Potential loss of resource value resulting from heavy resource use, Environmental Science Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
- Burt, J., de Jong, M., Fox, H., Gumede, H., Ntshudu, M., Vanderford, P. 2005. Workshop Report 1: The Construction of the AWARE Model for the Kat River Catchment. Unpublished Water Research Commission Report. Project no K5/1496. Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
- Burt, J., de Jong, M., Fox, H., Gumede, H., Ntshudu, M., Vanderford, P. 2005. Workshop Report 2: The Construction of the AWARE Model for the Kat River Catchment. Unpublished Water Research Commission Report. Project no K5/1496. Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
|Dates|| Organization|| Job Title|
|Jan 1998- April 1998 ||Rat and Parrot Restaurant, Grahamstown ||Waitress|
|Dec 2000 - Feb 2001 ||Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia ||Eco-tourism camp assistant and English teacher |
|April 2001 (2 weeks) ||Grahamstown Foundation ||Sci Friend at the Sasol Science Festival|
|Dec 2001 - Feb 2002 ||Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ||Researcher|
|April 2002 (2 weeks) ||Grahamstown Foundation ||Sci Friend at the Sasol Science Festival|
|April 2002 - Oct 2002 ||Newcastle University, England ||Researcher|
|June 2002 - Oct 2002 ||Three Wheat Heads Restaurant, Northumberland, UK ||Waitress, dish washer|
|Jan 2002 - Feb 2002 ||Environmental Science Department ||Office assistant working with Reference Manager|
|Nov 2002 - March 2003 ||Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ||Researcher|
|Nov 2003 ||Department of Environment and Tourism ||Data synthesis and report write up|
|February 2005 - Present ||Water Research Commission ||Researcher, Administrative Manager and Evaluator|
|April 2005 (2 weeks) ||Grahamstown Foundation ||Sci Friend at the Sasol Science Festival|
|Feb 2005 - Dec 2005 ||His People Church ||Year of Your Life|
|September 2005 ||United Nations University ||Organized a field day for an
International course titled 'Ecosystem and well being: conducting and using integrated assessments.'|
My schooling, university and various research posts and volunteer activities have greatly benefited me in the development of a wide range of skills.
Interpersonal/ Communication Skills
- Good one on one, small group and workshop skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Public speaking and presentation skills
- Excellent cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills
- Increasing proficiency in Xhosa
Leadership / Organization / Planning / Computer / Administrative Skills
- Leadership developed through pioneering an environmental ministry, teaching Sunday School, running a street children's soccer team and having extensive input from my church in terms of knowledge and being given the opportunity to lead.
- Computer literate and familiar with Reference Manager, Arc View, Power Point and Microsoft Office
- Organizational, project management, administrative and planning skills
- Financial management skills
- Proposal writing skills
- Experience of a wide range of scientific and social research methodologies and techniques
- Data collection, analysis, statistical and interpretation skills
- Interview proficiency
- Report writing skills
- Literature reviewing
- Perseverance and mental resilience
- Creative, adaptable, passionate and have the ability to take initiative
- Dedicated, determined, disciplined, responsible and a desire for excellence
- Compassion and sincerity
My interests include environmental conservation and involvement in
community upliftment projects, sports, reading (particularly books on
Africa and Christianity) and enjoyment of the outdoors. I am fortunate to
have traveled through parts of East and Southern Africa, Europe and
America. Other interests include keeping fit through running and mountain
biking, cultural involvement, listening to ethnic music and socializing
with family and friends.
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