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Dr Beverley Damonse

Dr Beverley Damonse is the Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. The NRF is the premier research and science development agency in South Africa that promotes South Africa’s research interests across the country and internationally. 

Her responsibilities include driving and implementing policy and strategy development in the areas of research advancement and technology; public communication and engagement with science; science education; as well as corporate communications and stakeholder engagement....

Dr Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay

Dr Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO): Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.  His thirty-year career in research, teaching, management and leadership includes academic, management and leadership positions at the former University of Durban-Westville (UD-W: now University of KwaZulu Natal) as Full Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology,  as Director of Research Management and Development at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and as the current DCEO of...

Dr Molapo Qhobela

Dr Molapo Qhobela has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation of South Africa with effect from 1 January 2016. He is a seasoned executive leader with extensive policy and administration experience that has seen him head up the development of a significant number of policy and strategy documents, which have shaped the nature and operations of South African universities as well as the education system in general. He has exceptional knowledge of the South African Higher Education System and the National System of Innovation, and has established well-...

Mr Bishen Singh

Bishen Singh is the Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems and CFO of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is responsible for the strategic management and leadership of the following functions:

Finance, Governance, Supply Chain Management, Knowledge Management and Information Communication Technology (ICT)

The portfolio ensures that the NRF has the appropriate financial and business systems to meet the organisations mandate in an efficient and effective manner. The unit champions various legislative and compliance requirements as required of a public...

Professor Nithaya Chetty

Professor Nithaya Chetty is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO): Astronomy sub-Agency of the National Research Foundation. He was professor of physics at the University of Pretoria for the past six years, a position that he held on a part-time basis for the past 3.5 years while he managed astronomy within NRF.

Prof Chetty did his undergraduate studies at the University of Natal, and his MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois on a Fullbright Fellowship. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Denmark, and at the Brookhaven National Laboratory...