Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. He was previously DDG for International Cooperation and Resources and has held several positions at the Department, including being Chief Director: International Resources, Director: Strategic Partnerships and Director: Global Projects. During this period he oversaw South Africa’s growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, led the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system and the Department’s partnership with Multinational Companies. Mr Muofhe’s earlier working and post-graduate years were mainly in agricultural biotechnology.
He was a UNESCO Biotechnology Fellow at the Agricultural Research Council in 1997 before joining the Foundation for Research Development (now National Research Foundation) as Coordinator and then Manager for Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP).
Mr Muofhe’s current responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of South Africa’s Space Science and Technology Strategy, Bioeconomy Strategy, Energy Research and Technology Strategy, Innovation Priorities Instruments (including new Research Areas) and oversight of the IP act.