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Thomas Auf der Heyde

Deputy Director-General, Department for Science and Technology, South Africa

Currently Deputy Director-General at the South African national Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr. Auf der Heyde has held teaching, research and executive management posts at the universities of Johannesburg, the Western Cape, Cape Town, Berne (Switzerland), Cambridge and Princeton.  Following a successful early career as a structural chemist, he developed interests in science and technology policy, and research and higher education management, acting as a consultant and advisor in this field to a range of government bodies, civil society organisations and trades union.

Prior to joining the DST, Dr Auf der Heyde held the post of Professor and Executive Director for Research and Innovation at the University of Johannesburg.  In 2009 he was appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre for Research and Evaluation on Science and Technology at the University of Stellenbosch.  At the DST he was in charge of international cooperation between 2008-2012, and now is responsible for research development and infrastructure, as well as support to basic and strategic sciences such as astronomy, Antarctic and marine research, and palaeosciences.