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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 Clifford Nxomani

Dr Clifford Nxomani is the National Research Foundation (NRF) Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.

He is a driven leader and a strategic thinker who has a wealth of research management experience, having spent 24 years in the academic, research and scientific environment. Of the 24 years, 17 were spent at the NRF part of which were at the South African Astronomical Observatory, where he was manager responsible for the Southern African Large Telescope Collateral Benefits Programme. Dr Nxomani also spent two years at the South African Medical...

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-...

Dr Phethiwe Matutu

Dr Phethiwe Matutu is the Group Executive: Strategy Planning and Partnerships of the NRF.

She has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and spent 16 years in academia at various institutions including Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University and UCT. She worked at the Department of Science and Technology for nine years, where she was as Chief Director: Human Capital and Science Promotion (HC&SP), overseeing human capital development (HCD) related entities, the drafting of legislation, guiding documents and the implementation of HCD & SP programmes....

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...