CSIR welcomes new CEO

02 February 2017

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday welcomed Dr Thulani Dlamini as its new CEO.

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

Dlamini holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and a Master’s in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

He has also completed advanced courses in several aspects of technology management and the chemical industry.He was instrumental in the establishment of the Photonics Initiative of South Africa and the development of a national strategy for photonics research, development and innovation. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF).

“The CSIR is well positioned to have an impact beyond South African borders and it is my hope that together with our global partners, we can deliver on the mandate of the CSIR to use science, engineering and technology to advance society and industry,” Dlamini said.

The CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa.

Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation, as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of all South Africans.


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