Dr Beverley Damonse
Beverley is the Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, driving policy and strategy
development and implementation in the areas of advancement of research and
technology, public communication and engagement with science, science education as
well as corporate communications and stakeholder engagement. The NRF is the premier research and science development agency in South Africa which promotes South Africa’s research interests across the country and internationally. She has more than a decade of executive leadership experience, having been the previous Executive Director of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) from 2003-2012. She has well established international networks and has represented the NRF in various international portfolios and platforms. She is a member of the NRF Board and the Advisory Board of the South African Young
Academy of Science (SAYAS). She also served as an immediate past member of The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA), Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) Advisory Board, Cape Town Science Centre Board and the Scienza Science Centre of the University of Pretoria. She obtained a BSc (Microbiology and Plant Pathology), B.Ed and MEd from the then University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) and a doctorate degree (Education Policy and Management) from the University of Pretoria.