Thursday, 27 March 2014
Room: Hall 1A
10:30 - 12:30
  Political Opening
Vivian ALBERTS, University of Johannesburg/ PTip (Pty) Ltd, SOUTH AFRICA

Presenter:  Mmboneni MUOFHE, Department of Science and Technology, Deputy Director General, SOUTH AFRICA

Presenter's biography:
Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Research, Development and Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology. He was previously DDG for International Cooperation and Resources. Before his appointment as DDG, he held several positions at the Department including being Chief Director: International Resources, Director: Strategic Partnerships and Director: Global Projects. During this period he oversaw South Africa's growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, lead the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system and the Department’s partnership with Multinational Companies. Mr Muofhe’s earlier working and post-graduate years were mainly on agronomy research, especially agricultural biotechnology. He was a UNESCO Biotechnology Fellow at the Agricultural Research Council in 1997. He has extensive experience in management of science and technology programmes which includes years of coordination, implementation and management of Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), the South African public-private partnership programme in research and development aimed at improving competitiveness of industry and while at DST, oversaw the implementation of the SA-Finland innovation partnership programmes. Mr. Muofhe's academic achievements include a BSc from the University of Venda, Masters of Science from the University of Cape Town and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pretoria. Mr Muofhe is currently enrolled for PhD in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management at da Vinci Institute looking at the relevance and appropriateness of innovation policies and strategies in developed countries to developing countries.

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