remote moderator Thandi Mgwebi
Thandi Mgwebi - Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for Research, Innovation and internationalization at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. She serves in high level science, innovation and higher education advisory and policy forums. She was the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Director of Research and Professor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Prior to her appointment at UWC, she was the Executive Director of the South African Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence at the National Research Foundation responsible for designing and implementing numerous policies, organisational strategies involving the management and mentoring of multicultural teams, establishing and guiding multi-sectoral partnerships and networks. Thandi was the founding Director of the Southern African Systems analysis centre (SASAC), an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation, the NRF and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). She has served as co-chairperson for the 2018 World Sustainability Forum that was held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Thandi holds a PhD in Medical Cell & Developmental Biology from the University of Cape Town, a Management Development Programme Certificate from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (GSB) and a postgraduate qualification in Tertiary Education management from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Part of her PhD work on mesenchyme-epithelial transformation of corneal endothelium on transgenetic mouse models was spent at the MRC Centre for Neurobiology at University College, London (UCL). She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, UCT. Thandi started her research management career at the South African Medical Research Council. She later moved to the National Research Foundation prior to her association with universities.