Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa

Pre-Establishment Advisory (PAC) Committee

Dr Thulani Dlamini (Chairperson)

CEO, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Dr Thulani Dlamini is a member of the South African Academy of Science. He holds a PhD degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Business Leadership. His previous roles include Vice President: of Strategic Research and Technology, General Manager: of Research and Development and Chief Researcher at Sasol. At the CSIR, he previously held the positions of Centre Manager: National Laser Centre and Group Executive: Research and Development. He has served on numerous Boards and national/international committees including the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, National Advisory Council on Innovation and UNDP South African Programme Board.

Dr Kaven Naidoo

Group Executive (acting): Business Excellence and Integration, CSIR

Dr Kaven Naidoo holds a PhD degree in Aeronautics Engineering and has completed the Executive National Security Programme hosted by South Africa’s Department of Defence. He joined the CSIR in 1999. His previous roles at the CSIR include Aeronautics Engineer, head of CSIR Aeronautics and Divisional Operations Manager for Mining, Manufacturing, Defence and Security. He has led several national-level efforts on aerospace including the development of a national Aerospace roadmap on behalf of the DSI and hosting national dialogues on empowering aerospace growth in the region and the continent. He also served on the International Forum for Aviation Research

Prof Ahmed Bawa

CEO, Universities South Africa

Professor Ahmed Bawa, a theoretical physicist, is a member of the Board of Directors of USAF, a member of the Council of the Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa. He also served as Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Research Development, Telkom and Sanlam and was Vice-Chair of the Board of the Atomic Energy Corporation. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics. His previous roles are Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Durban University of Technology, chair of Higher Education South Africa (HESA), Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Natal and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served on several national policy development teams and currently serves on several international advisory boards. Professor Bawa has been a recipient of many awards. Among them was the Transformative Leadership Award bestowed on him by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Centre.

Mr Patrick Dlamini

CEO, Development Bank of Southern Africa

Patrick Khulekani Dlamini is the Vice Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC). He previously held the positions of Chairperson of Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Africa region, SADC Development Finance Institutions, Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and World Federation Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI). He holds an MSc in Global Finance, and a B Comm degree, certificates for completing an Executive Development Programme (EDP) and an Advanced Executive Programme. His previous roles are CEO at Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa, Executive Vice President and General Manager at South African Airways (SAA) and Business Unit Executive at Transnet Limited.

Mr Roger Baxter

CEO, Minerals Council South Africa

Roger Baxter joined the Minerals Council (then Chamber of Mines of South Africa) in 1992 and was appointed CEO in 2015. He is a member of the Minerals Council Board and the Board of BUSA, a director at the World Platinum Investment Council and a vice-chairman of both the International Associations Working Group within the International Council on Mining and Metals and the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa. He previously chaired the BUSA Econpol and Growth Task Team. He has 30 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors. He was involved in the first mineral policy discussions with the ANC in 1992 and has participated in (and often led) discussions on all aspects of mining, economics, investment, transformation and tax policy with the government.

Mr Mikel Mabasa


Mikel MABASA is a Transport Economist by training with a considerable business background in the aviation industry. He currently serves as Chairman of the Air Services Licensing Council. He also served in many other capacities such as Chairman of the Board of ATNS and a member of the International Air Services Council. His previous roles include senior executive positions for several blue-chip multinational corporations such as Heineken International, Diageo, Rio Tinto and Japan Tobacco International. He also served in Government as a spokesperson and a Ministerial Advisor to the late Dr Dullah OMAR in his capacity as Minister of Transport.

Mr Adam Craker

CEO, IQbusiness

Adam is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, Chapter Chair for YPO Gold Johannesburg, member Institute of Directors and past President of the IMD Alumni Club of South Africa. He joined IQbusiness in September 2009 and was appointed CEO in 2010. His previous roles are COO at Super Group, Group Executive at Dimension Data, MD at Merchants (Pty) Ltd, Associate Partner at Accenture and Market Analyst at British Gas.

He is an ardent lobbyist for government and business collaboration, though he emphasizes education as the key ingredient to driving an inclusive future for all South Africans. Adam has forged strong partnerships between IQbusiness and various NGOs and social enterprises, such as SmartStart, Tomorrow Trust, Harambee, Partners for Possibility and the National Mentorship Movement to act as catalysts for positive trends in education and self-advancement. Two social enterprises are currently under Adam’s leadership as CEO – the COBRA Initiative and SAtion.

Mr Tilson Manyoni

Head of Policy, Black Business Council

Tilson Manyoni is the Managing Director of VisionWave (Pty)Ltd, Executive Director of Milestones (Pty)Ltd and Chairperson of the Council for Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). He is also a member of the BRICS Council Digital Economy working group and Board of Trustees of Indlulamithi South Africa Scenario 2030. He holds two Masters (MSc.), namely Major Programme Management and Project Management, a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology. Over the past 15 years, he started three companies in the field of technology. His previous roles include Process Engineer, Senior Business Analyst and IT Project Manager.

Ms Nonkqubela Jordan

Director General (Acting), Department of Communications and Digital Technologies

Ms Nkuli Shinga

Chief Director: Innovation and Technology, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Dr Phil Mjwara

Director-General, Department of Science, and Innovation

Dr Phil Mjwara has served as the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006. In this capacity he is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa, as well as the portfolio management and governance of South Africa’s systems of government laboratories. His responsibilities further include the management of South African science and technology official development assistance and the driving of the implementation of South Africa’s National Research and Development Strategy and the management of South Africa’s new DST 10 Year Innovation Plan.

Prior to his appointment at DST, Dr Mjwara was the Group Executive: Research and Development; Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). At the CSIR, he was responsible for assisting the CSIR strengthening its Science and Technology base including Human Capital Development. In 2001, Dr Mjwara joined the National Laser Centre (NLC) as its head, where he has been instrumental in growing the centre’s activities since its inception and in creating a network of centres in Africa, i.e. African Laser Centre (ALC).