Mr. Imraan Patel is a public policy and strategy manager with a focus on innovation, inclusive development, sustainability, social and economic development, public management and governance.

Employed since 2006 at the Department of Science and Technology, he is currently a Deputy Director-General. In this role, he represents the department on the social and economic clusters and the advisory committee responsible for the Green Fund. He is a current member of the board of the Water Research Commission, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and a past board member of MINTEK and SASSCAL.

Prior to joining the DST, Mr. Patel was always involved in roles that encourage social change and economic development including the Centre for Public Service Innovation, Workplace Information Group (WIG) as well as the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), a think tank to COSATU.

At the DST, he is responsible for strategically driving a portfolio of investments and policies aimed to advance the social and economic development priorities of government through science and technology-based interventions. Under this portfolio, a particular area of focus for Mr. Patel is on science and technology innovations for sustainable development.