Mr Phil Mjwara, South Africa
Chairperson of the Natural Sciences (SC) Commission
Dr. Phil Mjwara has served as the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006. His responsibilities encompass all policy development in this sector in South Africa, management of South African official development assistance related to science and technology, driving the implementation of South Africa’s National Research and Development Strategy and managing South Africa’s new ten-year Innovation Plan. Prior to his appointment at DST, Dr Mjwara was the Group Executive for Research and Development and Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). After becoming head of the new National Laser Centre In 2001, Dr Mjwara created a network of centres under the name of African Laser Centre. Among his many other functions, one could cite his role as co-chair of the Group on Earth Observation based in Geneva.