Prof. Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Executive Director, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo was appointed Executive Director of CSIR Modelling and Digital Science (MDS) effective from 1 April 2016, a position he had been acting in since 1 April 2014. Dr Nelwamondo joined the MDS unit in May 2008 and was previously a principal researcher and a competence area manager for Information Security. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering, with a focus on applied computational intelligence, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a registered professional engineer and a senior member of the Institute of Electronical and Electronics Engineers. Dr Nelwamondo remains the youngest recipient ever, of the Harvard-South Africa Fellowship Programe, awarded in 2008, which allowed him to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard University. Since 2009, he has been a visiting professor of electrical engineering, at the University of Johannesburg and has successfully supervised and co-supervised several students who pursued Master's and Doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. He has also been an editor and a reviewer for a number of international journals and has served in programme committees of several international conferences. Dr Nelwamondo has published over 100 research papers in international reviewed journals, conferences and book chapters. Dr Nelwamondo is a founding member of the South African Young Academy of Science and currently serves on the Department of Home Affairs ministerial advisory committee on modernisation.