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 mobilisation of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa’s science ecosystem and forged the Department’s partnerships with numerous Multinational Companies.
Mr Muofhe’s early working career and post-graduate years were mainly focused on 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, as well as Energy Research and Technology Strategy, Innovation Priorities Instruments, new Research Areas and finally overseeing implementation of the IPR Act.