Mmboneni Muofhe

Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa

AfriGEO

Republic of South Africa

Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa.

Mr. Muofhe oversaw South Africa's growing participation in EU Research Funding programmes, led the mobilization of Official Development Assistance funds to support South Africa science system and the establishment of partnerships with Multinational Companies. Mr. Muofhe was, in his role as DDG for International Cooperation, central in mobilizing international support for South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope in Africa.

Mr. Muofhe also 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.

Mr. Muofhe’s current responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of South Africa’s Space Science and Technology Strategy, Bio-economy Strategy, Energy Research, Converging Technology Platforms and oversight on implementation of the IP Act for publicly funded R&D. He is also the South African Group on Earth Observations (GEO) principal, a member of its Executive Committee, Leader of the GEO African caucus and GEO Co-chair.