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Join us in this engaging episode of the Lucentlands Podcast, where hosts Dewald Kirsten and Louise Brodie delve deep into the world of science and agriculture with the remarkable Xolelwa Zulu-Magwenyane. Xolelwa, an accomplished professional with a PhD in Chemistry and extensive experience in strategic research, development, and innovation, shares her incredible journey and insights.

Discover how Xolelwa’s career has been shaped by her passion for innovation, technology, and management. Explore her fascinating background, from her educational pursuits at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Pretoria, where she earned her M.Sc. in Technology and Innovation Management, to her impactful roles at prestigious organizations.

Xolelwa’s career highlights include her role as Acting Group Manager for Strategic Research, Development, and Innovation at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. She has overseen the development and implementation of CSIR’s RD&I strategy, managed substantial investment funding, and fostered strategic RD&I partnerships. Her achievements in the fields of agriculture, health, manufacturing, and more make her a true trailblazer in the world of science and innovation.

In addition to her contributions at CSIR, Xolelwa served as the Science and Innovation Attaché at the British High Commission in Pretoria, where she played a pivotal role in promoting collaboration between the UK and South Africa in various sectors, including health, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Learn about Xolelwa’s involvement in the Beef Genomics Program at the University of Pretoria, where she successfully managed a multi-million rand animal genetics program and attracted substantial third-party funding. Her work in coordinating program activities, managing resources, and fostering collaborations with international partners from Australia and Ireland has left a lasting impact on the field of agriculture.

Throughout the episode, Xolelwa emphasizes the importance of innovation, creativity, and technology in driving scientific advancements and industrial development. Her dedication to nurturing young talent and promoting research excellence is truly inspiring.

Don’t miss this enlightening conversation that delves into the intersection of science, agriculture, and innovation. Whether you’re a budding scientist, a seasoned professional, or simply curious about the future of agriculture, this episode offers valuable insights and a dose of inspiration.

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