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Dear Nelson Mandela University staff,

Please join me in welcoming Dr Nqobile Gumede as the new Director: Innovation Office. She commenced duties on Monday, 2 July 2018.

Dr Gumede has been a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA) since 2016 and was the Director of Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) at the National Research Foundation before making this career move.

Her skills set includes and is by no means limited to:

-          Programme and Financial management;

-          Technology development and transfer;

-          Business development, sales and marketing;

-          Stakeholder and relationship management; and

-          Research Grant management. 

In line with the philosophy of transformation at the Nelson Mandela University, Dr Gumede’s passion is to participate in the creation of a larger, more effective, innovation system in South Africa.

She undoubtedly possesses the academic, personal and professional attributes that will make her successful in this position.


Prof. Andrew Leitch




Ms LeonĂ© Nowell (previously Acting Director: Innovation Office), Dr Nqobile Gumede (Director: Innovation Office), Prof. Andrew Leitch (DVC: R&E)

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Tel: 0415044216