Prof. Fulufhelo Nelwamondo
CEO, National Research Foundation
Fulufhelo Nelwamondo is the CEO of the National Research Foundation of SA. He holds a PhD in electrical Engineering, with specialisation in Computational Intelligence from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate school of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and was the youngest South AFrican to receive the prestious Harvard-South Africa Fellowship. Fulufhelo is a registered Professional Engineer, A Senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Prior to his current role, he held executive positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and has served in several Board, Council, Ministerial Task Teams and Advisory committees. Fulufhelo is passional abouth the Fourth Industrial Revolution, particularly in the potential impact is research and technologies can bring in the advancement of humankind, thereby addressing the social ills of poverty, unemployment and inequality. He has been a recipient of many awards, for his contribution to Science, Engineering and Technology. In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the President of the Republic of South Africa.