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Dr Thandi Mgwebi

Dr Thandi Mgwebi is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement at Tshwane University of Technology. Prior to joining TUT, she worked at the University of Western Cape as Director for Research, Executive Director for DST-NRF Research Chairs Initiative and Centres of Excellence at the National Research Foundation and as a Research Manager at the South African Medical Research Council.


Nationally, she has been actively involved in the conceptualization of national funding approaches as a member of the Executive of the NRF. Thandi has a passion for science diplomacy and has represented the country at many international forums such as the World Science Forum; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the European Open Science Forum and others. In 2017, she served as co-chair of the World Sustainability Forum 2017. Her insightful knowledge of the Science and Education landscape and experience in Education, has led to being appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Ministerial task team member in policy interventions. In addition, she is a member of the reference group and lead investigator of a Council on Higher Education (CHE)’s National Project on review of doctoral studies in South Africa.

Dr Thandi Mgwebi holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Cape Town, a postgraduate degree in higher education management from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Management Development Program certificate from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.