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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.


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Mmboneni Muofhe

Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.
Deputy Director-General (DDG)
Dr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.  
 
He was previously the Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Resources in the Department during which time he oversaw, amongst other partnerships, South Africa's growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, led the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system, the establishment of partnerships with Multinational Companies and mobilising international support for South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope in Africa. 
  
Dr. Muofhe has experience in management of funding instruments to support innovation which started when he was at the National Research Foundation as Coordinator and then Manager for Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP), a Programme designed to foster Public-Private Partnerships in technology and human capacity development. Today he is responsible for various funds supporting innovation and technology commercialisation. This includes the recently established Innovation Fund which aims at bridging the funding gap between research, technology development and translation of research outputs into products and services addressing socio-economic challenges.  
 
Dr. Muofhe’s current portfolio includes Space Science and Technology, Bio-Innovation (Agriculture; Health; Industrial Biotechnology and Environment; and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Innovation), Hydrogen and Energy, Converging Technology Platforms and oversight of the National Intellectual Property Management Office. He is also the South African Group on Earth Observations (GEO) principal, a member of its Executive Committee