SPEAKER BIO

Dr Thandi Mgwebi

Dr Thandi Mgwebi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation at Nelson Mandela University. Prior to joining Nelson Mandela University, Dr Mgwebi was Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement at Tshwane University of Technology, and before that Director of Research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Before joining UWC she was the Executive Director of the South African Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence at the National Research Foundation (NRF) responsible for implementing numerous polices, systems and strategies through the management and mentoring of large multi-cultural teams. Dr Mgwebi is an accomplished scientific leader, recognised both in South Africa and internationally, serving as an advisor on capacity-building initiatives and as an executive member of the Southern African Research Innovation and Management Association (SARIMA) since 2016. Dr Mgwebi has a PhD in medical cell and developmental biology from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a management development programme certificate from the University of Stellenbosch’s Business School and a postgraduate qualification in tertiary education management from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at UCT.