Dr Beverley Damonse

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.


She has more than a decade of executive leadership experience. She was the Executive Director of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) from 2003 to 2012 and served as the Acting CEO of the NRF for an interim period of 10 months in 2015. She has well-established international networks and has represented the NRF in various international portfolios and platforms.

She is a member of The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA); the NRF Board; the Advisory Boards of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS); and the Scienza Science Centre at the University of Pretoria. She is a past member of the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) Advisory Board, and the Board of the Cape Town Science Centre.


She obtained a BSc (Microbiology and Plant Pathology), BEd and MEd from the then University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) and a Doctorate degree (Education Policy and Management) from the University of Pretoria.