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Dr Khotso Mokhele

Chancellor, University of the Free State, South Africa


Curently serves as: … (more)

Curently serves as:

Chairperson of the Advisory Council of the African Open Science Platform; Chancellor of the University of the Free State, South Africa; Chairperson of two Stock Exchange Listed Companies (AECI and Tiger Brands Limited), President of the Hans Merensky Foundation.

Previously served in the following roles:

Special Advisors to two Ministers of Science and Technology, South Africa; President/CEO of the National Research Foundation; Founder President of the Academy of Science of South Africa; Academic and Researcher at University of Cape Town and University of fort Hare; Chairperson of three Stock Exchange Listed Companies (Implats Holdings, ArcelorMittal South Africa and Adcock Ingram)

Previous International Roles: South African Representative on the Executive Board of UNESCO; Vice President for Scientific Planning and Review of the International Council for Science (ICSU);  Board of Directors of SciDev.Net and START International; Facilitator of the process that led to the merger of ICSU and the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC) to create the International Science Council (ISC) in 2018; Chairperson of the Task Force on the repurposing of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Honours Received:

Recipient of Nine Honorary Doctorates and Legion of Honour (Chevalier), France; Science Diplomacy Award from the Minister of science and Technology, South Africa

Academic Training:

BSc (Agriculture), University of Fort Hare, South Africa; MS (Food Microbiology); PhD (Microbiology), University of California, Davis, USA; Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Molecular Biology) at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine