Dr Sepo Hachigonta is Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. Sepo’s research interests is in trans-disciplinary fields as well as Africa’s science, technology and innovation policy landscape. Prior to joining the NRF, he was a programme manager at FANRPAN, a regional policy analysis network on food security and agricultural based in Pretoria. Sepo has played a significant role in developing systems analysis expertise aimed at addressing current global challenges through various programmes including the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC), a multi-year initiative that takes cognisance multi-level systems analysis capacity interventions, and a comprehensive approach to policy-related activities in southern Africa. Additionally, Sepo has been instrumental in spearheading South Africa’s participation in regional and international bodies including the Science Granting Council Initiative (SGCI), the International Science Council (ISC) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
Sepo has published widely in environmental and agriculture systems, with a specific focus on research to policy interface. He is the author, co-author/editor of more than 40 articles and books (20 in scientific international journals). Sepo has extensive networks within the continent and beyond having worked with partners in more than 20 Africa countries. His expertise include stakeholder engagement with the public and private sector – networking, cultivating and nurturing strategic partnerships with stakeholders across the continent, globe and sectors.
Sepo holds a Masters and a Doctoral degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town.