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Biography of Sibisi SIBUSISO

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Born on 24/05/1955 (format : day/month/year)

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Dr Sibusiso Sibisi (b. May 24, 1955), is South african scientist. Dr Sibusiso Sibisi is currently the President and chiefexecutive officer of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. He serves on the National Advisory Council onInnovation, sits on the boards of African Rainbow Minerals Limited and Liberty Life and is chairperson of the Denel Board.

Sibusiso Sibisi was born and raised in Marianhill in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal in May 1955. He completed his basic educationat San Francis outside Durban.
Mathematics and Science so inspired him in high school that in higher learning he focused on the two subjects with intent. His parentsencouraged him to follow his dreams and they became his inspiration in his quest to learn more. He went on to complete hisBSc in Physics at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London in 1978.
In 1983, he received his PhD at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge University.
In 1988, Sibisi became a Fulbright Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge in 1989 to assume aresearch position at DAMTP. In 1991, he co-founded a research-based small enterprise at Cambridge.
After acquiring skills and knowledge, Sibisi returned to South Africa to contribute to the development of the country’s upcomingscientists. He joined the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of Witwatersrand, in 1994. In 1997, hejoined Plessey South Africa as executive director (R&D) and in January 2000 he became deputy vice-chancellor for Research andInnovation at the University of Cape Town. He co-founded iThemba Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd in 2001, which is focused on helpingnew technology business with analyses and strategies.Sibisi is a physicist and a mathematician who is also well-versed with the workings of the corporate world. His work recognises theimportance of linking the academic world of science and the commercial world of business. This is heavily influenced by where hestarted his work, which was at one of the world's highest-profile innovation hubs, Cambridge Science Park.

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