Naledi Pandor - Keynote Speaker

Naledi Pandor is South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology.


She holds a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an MA in Education from the University of London. In 1992 she studied for a Diploma in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership at Bryn Mawr College. In 1997 she completed an MA in Linguistics at Stellenbosch University and a Diploma in Leadership in Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, while serving as a member of the South African Parliament.

Ms Pandor became a member of Parliament in 1994 and has amassed much experience in positions of public office, including as Deputy Chief Whip of the African National Congress in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998, Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces in 1998, and Chairperson of the National Council from 1999 to 2004. Her experience in education policy planning led to her appointment as South Africa’s Minister of Education from 2004 to 2009.


She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2009, and Minister of Home Affairs in October 2012. She was again appointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2014 following South Africa’s fifth democratic elections. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University have awarded her honorary doctorates.