South Africa Forum: University-Industry Engagement for Innovation and Impact

10 - 11 April, Johannesburg, South Africa

Location: Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Hotel, Johannesburg

We’re excited to announce the UIIN South Africa Forum: University-Industry Engagement for Innovation and Impact, hosted in partnership with SARIMA in Johannesburg on 10-11 April 2024.

The 2-day forum will be an opportunity for professionals, policymakers, and government representatives within Southern Africa, to come together to connect and exchange knowledge and experiences with the aim of addressing the challenges and opportunities in university-industry engagement in the South African context.

Registrations are open.

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Get your tickets

Tickets are sold via our forum partner SARIMA.

By clicking the button below, you will be redirected to their official registration page.


Explore the forum agenda.


Meet our expert speakers from higher education, industry and government.

Andrew bailey
Dr. Andrew Bailey

Senior Manager Innovation, University of Cape Town & Former President, SARIMA

Anita Nel
Anita Nel

Chief Director of Innovation and Commercialisation & CEO of US Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, Stellenbosch University

Arno Meerman
Arno Meerman


Cornelia Malherbe

Director of Research Contracts, Stellenbosch University

Dina Biagio
Dina Biagio

Patent Attorney & Partner, Spoor & Fisher

Dion Mphahlele

Assistant Manager, Dept. of Trade, Industry & Competition

Doug sanyahumbi
Doug Sanyahumbi

Innovation Management Consultant & Former Vice President Africa Engagement, SARIMA

Gerard martin
Gerard Martin

Research Development and Innovation Executive, South Africa Wine

Dr. Janine Chantson
Dr. Janine Chantson

Chief Director: Technology Transfer & Innovation Support, Northwest University

Jetane Charsley
Jetane Charsley

Chief Director NIPMO, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa

Johan nel
Johan Nel

Former Consultant for Legal, IP and Compliance Services, Sasol

Dr. john becker
Dr. John Becker

Director, African Centre for Gene Technologies

Kaven naidoo
Dr. Kaven Naidoo

Group Executive Business Excellence and Integration, CSIR

Koena motloi
Koena Motloi

Director Industry and Strategic Engagement, The National Research Foundation of South Africa

konanani rashamuse
Dr. Konanani Rashamuse

Chief Director Innovation Priorities and Instruments, Department of Science and Innovation

Prof Lynn Morris
Prof. Lynn Morris

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of the Witwatersrand

Maletsabisa molapo
Dr. Maletsabisa Molapo

Executive Research & Innovation, Telkom

Nontombi maseko2
Nontombi Maseko

Innovation and Technology Policy & Strategy, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Revel Iyer
Dr. Revel Iyer

Director Technology Transfer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Dr. Tanya Hughes
Dr. Tanya Hughes

Manager Capacity Building, SASOL

A/Prof. Todd Davey headshot
A/Prof. Dr. Todd Davey

Associate Partner, UIIN

Who should participate

This event is for thought leaders, educators, researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers interested in university-industry collaboration in the Southern Africa context.


Get to know our forum co-host SARIMA.

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SARIMA is an organisation that brings together Research and Innovation Management practitioners, to strengthen these disciplines and institutional capabilities across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

It operates at an individual, institutional, national and international level, as well as from research through to innovation. It has anchored itself as a key player within the SADC regional system of research and innovation, providing thought leadership and advocacy, a platform for the promotion and facilitation of best practices, and championing efforts to build and strengthen capacity & capabilities, within institutions and for individual practitioners.

Forum sponsors

This event is proudly sponsored by the Department of Science and Innovation, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the National Research Foundation (NRF), and Spoor & Fisher.


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Through a mixture of panel discussions, case studies, and networking, we will collaboratively explore different activities and demonstrate how university-industry partnerships can lead to impactful outcomes. It will stimulate regional development, drive economic competitiveness, and address pressing local and global challenges.

We’re looking forward to connecting with our South African community in 2024 at Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Hotel, Johannesburg!

Downtown of johannesburg, south africa
Downtown of johannesburg, south africa