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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.

Dr Matutu has served as a member of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC-SA) and was a Ministerial appointee in the Council of Walter Sisulu University. She currently serves on the Department of Higher Education and Training Ministerial Task Team responsible for drafting the Implementation Plan of the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training. She also serves in the HRDC-SA on the Mathematics and Science Standing Committee.  

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