Retirement of National Research Foundation (Nrf) Deputy CEO: Risa And appointment of New Deputy CEO: Risa

Retirement of National Research Foundation (Nrf) Deputy CEO: Risa And appointment of New Deputy CEO: Risa

Following 12 years of exceptional service to the NRF, we bid a fond farewell to the National Research Foundation’s Deputy CEO of Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA), Dr Gansen Pillay, as he retires on the 31st of January 2022.

I have worked closely with Dr Pillay since April 2021 and recognise that his consistent dedication to the NRF has played a significant role in where the organisation is today. Testament to this is, amongst others, the benefits realised through his leadership of the transformation of the RISA investment portfolio and grant-making system in response to ongoing changes and challenges in our environment; a focus on transformation of the NRF-funded research workforce; enhanced internationalisation of research; and the building of positive stakeholder relationships, especially with our university communities. We thank Gansen for his immensely valuable contribution to the NRF, and the tremendous difference he has made in the Science System over these past 12 years. He has shown by example that excellence is something to aim for and achieve.

Dr Pillay is succeeded by Dr Eugene Lottering and both colleagues have worked closely in the last month to ensure a smooth handover. 

Dr Lottering is a seasoned business executive, having previously served as Managing Director of Specpharm Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He also serves as a Scientific Advisor on Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has served on the Boards of several organisations including being the Chairperson of the HealthiChoices (Pty) Ltd.

Prior to this, he was an Executive Director of the NRF and the CEO of the National Innovation Fund, a precursor to what is today known as the Technology Innovation Agency.

We are confident that, with his experience, Dr Lottering will advance NRF research and innovation support, and we look forward to working with him as a valued member of our team.  

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, NRF

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