NACI Council

The Council consists of:

  • a Chairperson appointed by the Minister;
  • the Chief Executive Officer;
  • an officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) appointed by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister of Trade and Industry;
  • 16-20 Members appointed by the Minister after consultation with the Minister’s Committee, and after submission to the Cabinet for notification.

The members of NACI, other than the CEO and the officer from DTI, are appointed in their personal capacity due to their outstanding achievement in any field of Science & Technology, or in the context of innovation, special knowledge, experience and insight into the role and contribution of innovation, in promoting and achieving national and provincial objectives.

The chairperson of NACI has direct access to the Minister and members of the Minister’s Committee to submit and discuss any report of NACI, any minutes of a meeting of NACI, or any other matter relating to the functioning of NACI.

The full Council meets four times a year.

Members of the Council

Chair of NACI

Prof. Cheryl de la Rey

Prof. De La Rey is the Vice-chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria

Acting CEO of NACI

Dr Mlungisi Cele

Acting Chief Executive Officer
National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI)

Members of NACI

Ms Claire Busetti


Prof. Roseanne Diab

Executive Officer
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Dr Thulani Dlamini

Chief Executive Officer
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Dr Azar Jammine

Director and Chief Economist

Mr Mafika Mkwanazi

Non-Executive Director

Dr Shadrack Moephuli

Chief Executive Officer
Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

Ms Zanele Monnakgotla

Managing Director

Mr Dhesigen Naidoo

Chief Executive Officer
Water Research Commission (WRC)

Mr Kevin Nassiep

Chief Executive Officer
South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)

Dr Andile Ngcaba

Founding Partner & Chairman
Convergence Partners

Mr Sullivan O'Carroll

Managing Director
Nestlé SA

Dr Molapo Qhobela

Chief Executive Officer
National Research Foundation (NRF)

Prof. Crain Soudien

Chief Executive Officer
Human Science Research Council (HSRC)

Mr Paul Steenkamp

Head: Innovation Capability Build (PBB SA)
Standard Bank Group

Mr Garth Strachan

Deputy Director-General: Industrial Development Division
Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

Prof. Jennifer Thomson

Emeritus Professor: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Cape Town (UCT)