Dr. Thandi Mgwebi is Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for Research, Innovation, and internationalization at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. She was the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Director of Research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Prior to her appointment at UWC, she was the Executive Director of the South African Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence at the National Research Foundation responsible for designing and implementing numerous policies, organizational strategies involving the management and mentoring of multicultural teams, establishing and guiding multi-sectoral partnerships and networks. Thandi was the founding Director of the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation, the NRF, and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. She has served as co-chairperson for the 2017 World Sustainability Forum that was held in Cape Town, South Africa.