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Dr Sibusiso Sibisi CSIR President and CEO
Dr Sibisi took office as President of the CSIR on 1 January 2002. He previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Born in Mariannhill, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, Sibisi completed a BSc (Hons) in physics at Imperial College, London and obtained a PhD from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Cambridge University in 1983. Sibisi joined the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand in 1984 and was a Fulbright Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in 1988.
He returned to Cambridge in 1989 to assume a research position at DAMTP and in 1991, co-founded a research-based small enterprise at Cambridge. On his return to South Africa in 1997, Sibisi joined Plessey as Executive Director (Research & Development) before joining UCT.
He is a former chairman of South Africa’s National Advisory Council on Innovation.
Dr Sibisi was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe: Silver by President Thabo Mbeki in September 2007. National Orders are bestowed on South Africans who contribute to the betterment of the country in their respective fields and represent the highest award that a country, through its President, bestows on its citizens.
Sibisi serves on the boards of Liberty Life and the Mapungubwe Institute