Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Programme Director – Michelle Lochner

Michelle ran the Mauritian Mentoring pilot programme (initiated by Prof. Bassett) for a year and a half before revamping and relaunching the programme as the Supernova Foundation. She holds a joint researcher position at AIMS and the SKA SA, focusing on cosmology, statistics and machine learning.

Email: michelle@supernovafoundation.org

Programme Administrator – Dee Knights

With an administrative background as well as years of experience working with children and young people, Dee was well-equipped and excited to take up the role of Programme Administrator. Despite having a full-time job, Dee manages all administrative aspects of the programme, including making university contacts, coordinating mentoring sessions, and collating applications. Dee also acts in a support role for everyone in the programme, especially the mentees.

Email: admin@supernovafoundation.org

Advisors and Mediators


Antonia Bevan

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London

Email: antonia.bevan.12@ucl.ac.uk 


Ghazal Geshnizjani

Research Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Email: ggeshniz@uwaterloo.ca 


Valeria Pettorino

Astrophysics Department,  CEA Paris Saclay, France

Email: valeria.pettorino@cea.fr