The CSIR’s leadership structure comprises the CSIR Board, Executive Management and Executive Directors. They bring a broad range of expertise to continue steering an organisation that strives to transform the world in which we live.

Prof Thokozani Majozi (Chairperson)
Chairperson of the CSIR Board, NRF/DST Chair: Sustainable Process Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand

Thokozani Majozi is a full professor in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits University where he also holds the NRF/DST Chair in Sustainable Process Engineering. Prior to joining Wits, he spent almost 10 years at the University of Pretoria, initially as an associate professor and later as a full professor of chemical engineering. He was also an associate professor in computer science at the University of Pannonia in Hungary from 2005 to 2009.

Majozi completed his PhD in Process Integration at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom. He is a member of Academy of Science of South Africa and a Fellow for the Academy of Engineering of SA. He has served in various senior positions, including Vice-President of the Engineering Council of South Africa (2009 – 2012), Director of Pelchem (2007 – 2010) and Director of Necsa (2010 – 2013).

He has received numerous awards for his research including the Burianec Memorial Award (Italy), S2A3 British Association Medal (Silver) and the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers Bill Neal-May Gold Medal. He is a two-time recipient of both the NSTF Award and the NRF President’s Award. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 scientific publications, including two books in Batch Chemical Process Integration. He is a B1 NRF rated researcher.

Dr Thulani Dlamini (CEO)

Dr Thulani Dlamini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR). He was appointed in this position in February 2017, but he is no stranger to the CSIR having previously served the organisation with distinction for many years.

He joined the CSIR in 2005 as the head of the National Laser Centre and in 2008, he was appointed in the position of Group Executive: Research and Development, a position he held until 2011 when he left the CSIR to join Sasol. At Sasol, he was the Executive Manager: Research and Development and later became Vice-President for Strategic Research and Technology.

Dr Dlamini holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master’s in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

Dr Amber-Robyn Childs

Dr Amber-Robyn Childs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University. She holds a PhD in Ichthyology and an MSc in Ichthyology (cum laude) from Rhodes University.

Dr Childs is an accomplished academic and researcher who has published over 30 scientific manuscripts in ISI-rated journals. Her research centres on the biology, ecology, physiology and movement behaviour of estuarine and coastal fishes, with implications for fisheries and climate change. She is also involved in the biological and social aspects of recreational fisheries to ultimately improve angler behaviour, and fish health and survival.

Her achievements include being a co-investigator and/or collaborator for several successful research grants (i.e. SA-Norway Bilateral Grants 2007 - 2014, NRF-ACEP Grant 2013, 2018, NRF-Marine Science call 2019). She is a recipient of the S2A3 Bronze Medal, a national award for the best Masters in the Science Faculty, and was also awarded the SANCOR International Student Travel Award. She has received several scholarships through the German Academic Exchange Service, known as DAAD, and the Rhodes University Atlantic Philanthropies Grant.   

Dr Childs has supervised over 20 students at honours, masters and doctoral levels.

Ms Phindile Baleni
Director General, Gauteng Premier's Office

Phindile Baleni (formerly Nzimande) was appointed as the Director General in the Gauteng Premier's office in March 2015. This follows her tenure as the CEO of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) since April 2011. She is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer and holds a B. Proc and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was a strategic management team legal advisor to the then Gauteng MEC for Housing and Local Government from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, Baleni joined the Metropolitan Council of Johannesburg where she held a number of key positions and was ultimately appointed as the Executive Director of Contract Management for the City of Joburg in 2001, which entailed managing and regulating the relationship between the City and its municipal-owned entities.

In June 2003, she was appointed as CEO of EDI Holdings, the state-owned company tasked with project managing the restructuring of the electricity distribution industry in the country. She currently serves in the boards of MERSETA and the Wits University Council. She has also served on a number of other Boards such as Sanparks, Momentum and Nurcha, a presidential-led project established to facilitate investment in the financing of low cost housing. Whilst at NERSA, she was the Chairperson of the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa and an Executive Committee Member of the African Forum for Utility Regulators.

Dr Ramatsemela Masango
Executive Director, Mzansi Energy Solutions and Innovations (Pty) Ltd

Ramatsemela Masango is currently an Executive Director at Mzansi Energy Solutions and Innovations (Pty) Ltd (Mzesi), where she is also the Group Chief Technology Officer tasked with ensuring successful delivery of Mzesi products and services, while positioning Mzesi as a reputable international player in the nuclear technology field, renewable energy sector and the training sector. She leads the Mzesi subsidiary, Mzesi Energy (Pty) Ltd in her capacity as CEO and is also a non-executive director and chairman of ArioGenix (Pty) Ltd. She was previously employed by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company, the National Nuclear Regulator and Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in technical roles, management and executive positions.

Following the completion of her B.Tech degree (cum laude) in chemical engineering, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study towards a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and was also awarded the Fulbright Amy Biel award for being the most outstanding applicant that year. In recognition of her contribution to the Penn State Nuclear Engineering department during her Master’s degree studies, the university awarded her a scholarship to complete her PhD in Nuclear Engineering.

Mr Stafford Masie

Stafford commenced his education in South Africa before undertaking studies in computer science at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He has been involved in the IT industry for more than 20 years, and was associated with pre-eminent ICT companies, such as Telkom, Dimension Data, Novell and Google. His passion for technology led to him holding senior executive positions at Novell USA (based in Utah for seven years) and subsequently at Novell South Africa.

He is also responsible for establishing Google's presence in South Africa and orchestrating their initial broader Africa strategy. After leaving Google in 2010, he founded several FINTECH businesses and has since established several technology start-ups that have expanded globally.

He is known as the inventor of the Thumbzup "Payment Pebble" and "Payment Blade". One of the companies he founded recently raised capital via an International VC and the USA-based Visa Incorporated also acquired an equity stake. He continues his entrepreneurial journey today as an inventor within early stage IT start-ups - most notable is GATTACA an artificial intelligence platform and crypto currency specialists.

He also lectures at several business schools, participates in television and radio broadcasts and is an international guest keynote speaker on the influence of technology on modern life, society and education. Stafford is also a private pilot, a microlight pilot and a scuba dive master. In 2018, he won the ElliptiGo bike race category, while competing within the "Tour Durban" event.

Ms Tiny Mokhabuki

Ms Tiny Mokhabuki is a qualified Chartered Accountant, registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has 13 years’ experience in finance, within a wide range of multinational companies. Her experience ranges across an array of industries, including pharmaceutical, insurance, banking and hospitality. She brings with her a wealth of expertise with strengths in areas such as profit and loss reporting and financial analysis.

She is currently in a partnership with Connected Video, a division of MultiChoice, where she manages and reports on the financial aspects of the division. Prior to this, she was a Finance Manager at Aspen Pharmacare, where she was responsible for running the finance reporting, cashbook, tax, audit, and analysis aspects of Aspen’s Sales and Marketing division.

Ms Mokhabuki obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (with CTA) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She further obtained a certificate in Management Development from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Currently, she is in the process of fulfilling registration requirements for the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Dr Vuyo Mthethwa

Dr Vuyo Mthethwa is currently the Senior Human Resources Director at the Durban University of Technology. Prior to her current role, she was the Managing Director at Hucad cc, a company she established 20 years ago, and for a brief period she was the Executive Director in the office of the Vice-Chancellor at Mangosuthu University of Technology.

Dr Mthethwa has broad experience in leadership, human resources management, strategy and governance.

In her consulting roles, she was integrally involved in the establishment of various incubation agencies, specifically formed to facilitate the development of SMMEs in various sectors. These include the SEDA Construction Incubator, SmartXchange, LIFElab, and the KwaZulu-Natal Growth Fund. She has led consulting teams for the restructuring and/or establishment of various organisations, notably Umgeni Water, the Technology Incubation Agency and MSQ Health. Her responsibilities entailed the design of HR strategies and policies; recruitment and the appointment of suitable staff; industrial relations; remuneration advisory and skills development facilitation.

Dr Mthethwa’s experience in Boards and Board committees includes St Anne’s College, Highbury School and being a member of the HRRemco for the Mining Qualifications Authority and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has been trained by the Institute of Directors.

She holds a PhD and MScoSci from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mr Joel Netshitenzhe
Executive Director and Board Vice-Chairperson, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)

Joel Netshitenzhe is the Executive Director and Board Vice-Chairperson of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He has an MSc degree in financial economics and a post-graduate diploma in economic principles from the University of London (SOAS), and a diploma in political science from the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow. He is a member of the National Planning Commission of the South African government, the advisory board of the Nelson Mandela Trust and the board of CEEF. Africa (a section 21 company dealing with tertiary education opportunities).

He is also a Member of the Boards of Nedbank Group and Life Healthcare Group; and a Champion within Programme Pioneer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Life College Association. Before joining the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) as CEO in 1998, Netshitenzhe was Head of Communication in former president Nelson Mandela’s office. In addition to being GCIS CEO, he was appointed Head of the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) in The Presidency, in 2001. He headed the PCAS on a full-time basis from 2006 until his retirement in 2009.

Dr Christine Render

Dr Christine Render holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds. She is a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (FIChemE) and a Chartered Engineer (Europe).

She has 37 years’ experience as a chemical engineer practising in the energy and petrochemical industry project environment; specifically focusing on front-end concept engineering, process design and multidisciplinary engineering management within an owner team. She has led the front-end development and design of many new plants and petrochemical complexes, and several “first-of-a-kind” technologies.

Christine started up and led Sasol’s concept development function for more than 10 years, where she was accountable for prefeasibility and feasibility studies on capital projects. Her experience covers new business development, project concept development and process design, project framing and scope development and multidisciplinary engineering management.

Christine’s areas of expertise include group management (of Sasol Group of Companies), business management, strategy development, new business development, project concept development (prefeasibility and feasibility) and design; “first-of-a-kind” technology flow sheets, design and commercialisation; project framing and scope development and multidiscipline engineering management.

Christine was a member of the Group Management team of Sasol and has held several directorships.

Mr Cassim Ebrahim Shariff

Mr Cassim Shariff is currently an Executive Director at SDB GAS and Lirazest. He has extensive experience in the energy, mining and resources sectors, spanning over 20 years.

He is also a director at Aquaworx and Southern Cross Diamonds.

He has held various leadership and strategic positions, which include being founder and Chief Executive Officer of IPLAB consulting and founder and joint managing director of Icon Entertainment. He worked at Reach & Teach (an IBM project) as an appropriate technology, communications and research consultant. He consulted at various education, government, development and business organisations on the use of appropriate information and communication technology. He also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Magnum Simplex International.

In recent years, he has held directorship and Board roles in organisations such as Acapulco Resources, Afrinaissance Mining Resources, Selang Resources & Leswika Resources, the BEE partners to BRC Diamondcore, and HoHup Corporation.

Cassim also served on the Department of Science and Technology’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Review Panel.

He has a Master’s in Business Administration from DeMontfort University.  

Dr Thulani Dlamini (CEO)

Dr Thulani Dlamini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR). He was appointed in this position in February 2017, but he is no stranger to the CSIR having previously served the organisation with distinction for many years.

He joined the CSIR in 2005 as the head of the National Laser Centre and in 2008, he was appointed in the position of Group Executive: Research and Development, a position he held until 2011 when he left the CSIR to join Sasol. At Sasol, he was the Executive Manager: Research and Development and later became Vice-President for Strategic Research and Technology.

Dr Dlamini holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master’s in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.


Dr Rachel Chikwamba
CSIR Executive: Industrial Development

Dr Rachel Chikwamba is the CSIR Executive responsible for leading the organisation’s industrial development initiative, or Project Synapse. The initiative seeks to amplify the role of innovation in improving the performance of industries, ultimately accelerating inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development.

Most recently she was responsible for leading the organisation’s legal, management services, enterprise risk management as well as facilities’ departments.

Prior to that, she was the Group Executive for Strategic Alliances and Communication, where she championed organisational alliances with local and global partners in the public and private sectors in order to advance knowledge and to address challenges of socioeconomic and industrial development through science, technology and innovation. 

Rachel joined the CSIR in December 2004 from Arizona State University, US, where she served as a postdoctoral research associate. She has served at various levels of science leadership and was a member of the CSIR Strategic Research Panel for two terms. She also championed the development of the CSIR Health Research Impact Area strategy. Prior to her appointment, she was Chief Researcher and Competence Area Manager at CSIR Biosciences where she was instrumental in facilitating major global alliances, which resulted in the transfer of key technologies and skills to the CSIR, and continue to result in collaborative projects and programmes.

Beginning as a researcher, her technical experience spans the life sciences across many disciplines, notably agriculture, health and nutrition and biomedical sectors. In her organisational roles and assignments, she has gained sound understanding of science and technology application in a variety of other sectors aligned with the CSIR business. She has led and participated in several global research consortia, and has been principal investigator in many locally and internationally funded research initiatives.   

Rachel sits on boards of various organisations focusing on agriculture, conservation and health, notably the Global Governing Board of ICRISAT, the Board of Directors of the Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd, and the South African Medical Research Council.  She was recently appointed to the African Union (AU) Panel on Emerging Technologies. The panel advises the AU and its Member States on harnessing emerging technologies for economic development. She has served as an editorial board member for several international journals and a reviewer for local and international funding organisations. She has published book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Rachel holds a PhD in Genetics from Iowa State University in the USA and a Master of Business Administration from the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) and has held an Honorary Research Fellowship at St Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London.   

Sithembile Bhengu
CSIR Group Executive: Human Capital

Sithembile Bhengu joined the CSIR as Group Executive: Human Capital, on 4 September 2017. Sithembile’s career spans over 17 years, with the last four years spent as an Executive: Human Capital, Development and Transformation at Denel Aeronautics. She brings to the CSIR a wealth of experience in learning, human capital development and transformation from high-tech and knowledge intensive organisations. She has worked in industries such as aeronautics, chemicals and gas, financial services, management consulting and pharmaceuticals.

Sithembile holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, from the University of South Africa (Unisa). She also holds a Leadership Development Programme qualification from Development Dimensions International.

Zanele Ngwepe
Chief Financial Officer

Mrs Zanele Ngwepe was appointed CSIR Chief Financial Officer (CFO), on 1 December 2017. Zanele joins the CSIR from the South African Revenue Services where she was the Group Executive: Revenue Accounts.

Zanele has experience in the private and public sectors across various industries. She has served in various senior leadership roles in the past, including being CFO at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Financial Director at Graftech South Africa and as a Finance Manager at Sasol. In these roles, she successfully assisted the organisations to meet their respective strategic objectives.

Zanele holds a BCom (Honours) in Accounting from the University of Natal, which is now known as the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a qualified CA(SA) and she brings to the CSIR over 13 years of financial management experience at an operational and strategic level.

Adv Esmé Kennedy
CSIR Group Executive: Legal, Compliance and Business Enablement

Adv Esmé Kennedy has been appointed CSIR Group Executive: Executive Legal, Compliance and Business Enablement effective 1 August 2018. She joins the CSIR from Yokogawa South Africa (Pty) Ltd, where she was Executive Manager: Business Support Services. She brings to the CSIR a wealth of experience, which spans over 15 years, eight of which were at senior management level. She is a dynamic executive manager with a broad range of expertise in the legal and commercial fields in the mining, construction and energy sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, Europe, India and the Middle-East. She has worked for organisations such as Murray and Roberts, Areva, Shaft Sinkers and Placer Dome.

Esmé has a B.Proc from the University of Pretoria, LLB and LLM from Potchefstroom University and an MBA from the University of the North West, Potchefstroom Business School. She is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and has also worked as a practicing Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar.

Dr Jonas Mphepya (Acting Executive Director)
CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment

Dr Jonas Mphepya was appointed as Acting Executive Director: Natural Resources and the Environment, effective 15 March 2018. He is currently the Competency Area Manager: Global Change and will continue to hold this position, while acting in the afore-mentioned post. Before joining the CSIR he was with the Department of Environmental Affairs as Chief Director: Integrated Coastal Management. Prior to that, he held the position of General Manager: Operations at the South African Weather Service.   

Dr Mphepya is a registered professional scientist and holds a doctoral degree in atmospheric chemistry from Potchefstroom University. He is currently serving as a member of the Ecosystem Advisory Committee on the Benguela Current Convention, a position he has held since 2015. He is an accomplished academic with various publications in notable journals. 


Dr Bethuel Sehlapelo
Executive Director: CSIR Built Environment

Dr Bethuel Sehlapelo was appointed as Executive Director: Built Environment, effective 16 July 2018. Prior to joining the CSIR, he was the Executive: Innovation Funding and Pre-Commercialisation Support at the Technology Innovation Agency. Bethuel has extensive senior and executive management experience in technology-intensive enterprises, having worked in organisations such as the Ekurhuleni Municipality, Rand Water and the Department of Science and Technology amongst others. His responsibilities included governance and strategic management oversight on institutions, as well as the development and implementation of policies and legislation on innovation. His involvement and experience in such organisations span a period of more than 20 years,  with the last two spent TIA.

He has served as a board and board committee member in various organisations, such as the Tshwane Rapid Transit, Water Research Commission, National Nuclear Regulator and Mega Africa Holdings.

He holds a PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Natal, MSc (Chemistry) from Queen’s University, Canada, BSc (Chemistry and Biology) from the National University of Lesotho and has completed an Executive Leadership Programme with the UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership.

Johan le Roux
CSIR Implementation Unit

Johan le Roux was appointed as Executive Director: CSIR Implementation Unit with effect from 1 November 2014. The CSIR Implementation Unit consists of the Enterprise Creation for Development; Consulting and Analytical Services; and Strategic Initiatives Implementation Unit.

He has held various leadership positions at the CSIR. Most recently – he was the General Manager for the CSIR Strategic Initiatives Implementation Unit and has also acted as Executive Director for the Implementation Unit from April to December 2013. He was Acting Executive Director: CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing from May 2005 to August 2008. Johan first joined the CSIR in 1990 as a Project Manager for Technology for Small Business Development and Textile Technology Training for Industry.

Johan has served on and contributed to many key South African advisory bodies, including the Automotive Industry Development Centre; the National Manufacturing Advisory Centre of South Africa; the National Cleaner Production Centre; and the Small Enterprise Development Agency. He represents the CSIR in the management and advisory structure of the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative; the National Foundry Technology Network; and the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit.

He completed his studies in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch and has completed management programmes at the University of Cape Town, Groman and the Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.

Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo
CSIR Modelling and Digital Science

Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo was appointed Executive Director of CSIR Modelling and Digital Science (MDS) effective from 1 April 2016, a position he had been acting in since 1 April 2014. Dr Nelwamondo joined the MDS unit in May 2008 and was previously a principal researcher and a competence area manager for Information Security.

He holds a PhD in electrical engineering, with a focus on applied computational intelligence, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a registered professional engineer and a senior member of the Institute of Electronical and Electronics Engineers. Dr Nelwamondo remains the youngest recipient ever, of the Harvard-South Africa Fellowship Programme, awarded in 2008, which allowed him to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard University. Since 2009, he has been a visiting professor of electrical engineering, at the University of Johannesburg and has successfully supervised and co-supervised several students who pursued master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. He has also been an editor and a reviewer for a number of international journals and has served in programme committees of several international conferences. Dr Nelwamondo has published over 100 research papers in international reviewed journals, conferences and book chapters.

Dr Nelwamondo is a founding member of the South African Young Academy of Science and currently serves on the Department of Home Affairs ministerial advisory committee on modernisation.

Hina Patel
CSIR Meraka Institute

Hina Patel was appointed Executive Director of CSIR Meraka Institute on 1 February 2015, after serving in an acting capacity since 1 October 2013. She joined the CSIR in 1996 as a computer scientist in the Information Delivery Software Programme working in Internet/web-based software systems projects. She studied computer science at the University of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in London (UK) and has an MSc in technology management and innovation from The Da Vinci Institute of Technology Management. She has extensive management experience which she gained through her CSIR role evolution as a project manager, operations manager, competence area manager and since 2010, as a strategic research and innovation manager at CSIR Meraka Institute.

Patel has been involved in research management for the past 10 years and has played various leadership roles. She was involved in ICT for independent living for persons with disabilities and the aged since 2003, and was the National Accessibility Portal (NAP) initiative leader where she represented South Africa at a number of international fora such as the World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (WTSA) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Her recent achievement was when Cabinet of South Africa approved the National ICT RDI Roadmap, which she was responsible for leading and driving in partnership with the DST. Her role extends to national and international initiatives and the national system of innovation programmes.

Dr Motodi Maserumule
Executive Director: Defence, Peace, Safety and Security

Dr Motodi Maserumule was appointed Executive Director: Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS), effective 2 October 2017. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Group Executive: Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation.

Dr Maserumule is not new to the CSIR. He first joined the organisation in 1999 as a Senior Scientist in the then Defencetek operating unit, which is known today as DPSS. He then became the Competency Area Manager for Aeronautic Systems at DPSS and was later appointed Executive Director: Modelling and Digital Science (MDS) in 2009. In this role, he was instrumental in establishing the MDS unit into an operationally effective division.

He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA. He has completed programmes in management development and national security, as well as a course in mastering technology enterprise, offered by the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr Maserumule has received various local and international awards and has published research papers in reputable journals. He has professional memberships with the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians.

He brings extensive experience in strategy development and implementation, leading technology concepts to commercialisation, driving transformation, strategic stakeholder engagement and business development.

Martin Sanne
CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing

Martin Sanne was appointed as Executive Director: CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing (MSM) on 1 January 2016.

Sanne gained extensive experience working across Africa, Europe and in various countries around the world. He recently headed up the Siemens Africa Smart Grid business, providing solutions to utilities, a broad range of industries and municipalities. With 28 years of engineering and management experience, Sanne brings skills in engineering, research and development (R&D) management, project management, business development, sales and product management, strategic business planning, intellectual property commercialisation, start-ups and venture capital.

A significant part of his career was built with Siemens AG in Germany, where he headed up the line of business for 3G communications solutions at a time when Siemens (then a competitor of Nokia) was amongst the top three GSM and 3G equipment vendors in the world. His other roles at Siemens AG included strategic product portfolio management, product management, technical sales and R&D management.

He was also the Divisional Managing Director and Sales Director for Siemens Telecommunications and Nokia Siemens Networks in Southern Africa. Some of his clients included Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Celtel.

In a previous role, Sanne helped drive the IT and Internet start-up, SEACOM, where he held strategic positions in South Africa and Mauritius. SEACOM, a highly innovative and privately funded company, brought affordable Internet to South and East Africa, interconnecting to most international communications service providers.

Sanne is a registered professional engineer in South Africa. He completed a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 1984, as well as an MSc in Digital Systems at Cranfield University, England in 1987.

Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela
CSIR Biosciences

Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela started her career at the CSIR in 2005 as a post-doctoral researcher specialising in biochemistry and her research work focused primarily on nanotechnology drug delivery systems, while also lecturing immunology and nanotechnology at the University of Pretoria on a part-time basis.

Semete-Makokotlela then moved on to become a McKinsey Leadership Fellow consulting primarily in the pharmaceuticals sector, and other sectors at McKinsey and Company. In 2013, she was appointed General Manager for research, development and innovation at the Innovation Hub. She has a PhD in Biochemistry and molecular genetics from the North-West University as well as a Masters in Management Finance and Investments from Wits Business School.

Dr Clinton Carter-Brown
Manager: CSIR Energy Centre

Dr Clinton Carter-Brown was appointed as the Manager of the CSIR Energy Centre in July 2018. He joined the CSIR in 2017 as a chief engineer. Prior to joining the CSIR, Dr Carter-Brown worked for Aurecon as a Technical Director. In addition to a secondment to the South African Department of Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Office, he held various positions in Eskom, focusing on energy systems. He has extensive experience in this field, having received local and international acclaim for his technical work.

Carter-Brown has a PhD (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Cape Town and is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. In 2003, he received the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers Young Achievers Award and the Eskom Chairman’s Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation. Clinton was awarded 2012 Specialist of the Year in the Eskom Technology Group.

Delon Mudaly
Manager: CSIR National Laser Centre

Delon Mudaly was appointed to head up the CSIR National Laser Centre in November 2015. He has 20 years of experience working as a science and technology professional in the South African National System of Innovation.

He joined the CSIR in 2007, where he has contributed to major initiatives including laser metal additive manufacturing, the commercialisation of laser engineering and refurbishment services, as well as the establishment of a photonics prototyping facility. He contributed to initiatives aimed at creating a local titanium industry with upstream and downstream manufacturing processes. He was involved in the development of sensors, sensor devices and information systems that provide condition and diagnostic information to infrastructure owners and operators, comprising electro-optical power line inspection systems, railway line break and defect detection systems. He also contributed to the development of medical devices, sensors and information systems to provide point-of-care support to the public healthcare system and solutions for water treatment, contaminant detection and information systems for effective water management.

In his role as a CSIR manager for intellectual property and technology transfer, he developed commercialisation strategies for novel technologies, evaluated inventions and developed business plans. He was involved in managing the spin out of Uvirco (Pty) Ltd from the CSIR; a company which sells an innovative range of high-voltage infrastructure monitoring equipment to an international market. He has been involved in several licensing transactions with commercial partners and is experienced in managing intellectual property, including the filing of several patents for CSIR-owned technologies. He has also served on the Board of several CSIR spin-out companies.

Mudaly has an MTech degree from Durban University of Technology, and a BSc degree from the University of Durban-Westville. He has further qualifications in business management, as well as investment and portfolio management.

Operating Units

The CSIR performs relevant multidisciplinary research and development. To do this, the organisation is made up of 10 operational units. These units are bound by the common objective of using science, engineering and technology to contribute to national priorities.

CSIR Biosciences

Research, development and innovation for cutting-edge tools and products for the life sciences sector.

CSIR Built Environment

Research and development for effective built environments that increase productivity, social development and growth.

CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security

Science, engineering and technology to help detect threats, secure borders and protect the lives within.

CSIR Energy Centre

Energy research to help South Africa achieve an energy-secure and low-carbon national economy.

CSIR Implementation Unit

Supporting government and industry to implement technologies and processes to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing

Research and development in materials science and manufacturing for aerospace, automotive, bio-based buildings, energy, health and micromanufacturing.

CSIR Meraka Institute

Information and communications technology research and development to attain a digital advantage for South Africa.

CSIR Modelling and Digital Science

Advanced mathematics and digital science for modelling, simulation and optimisation in various research fields.

CSIR National Laser Centre

Researching, developing and implementing laser-based technologies and applications.

CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment

Science-based insights and solutions to address risks associated with the changing natural environment and the consumption of natural resources.