Professor Robson Mafoti is the Chief Executive Officer of SIRDC since July 2003.
He is a renowned industrial scientist with several international patents to his name. He has global work experience covering research and development, patenting, intellectual property licensing, manufacturing and commercialisation of research outcomes.
Professor Mafoti has had a distinguished career working in USA and for German companies where he held various research and leadership positions. His illustrious career overseas led to several interventions in the following industries: automotive, paints and coatings, fenestration, aerospace, adhesives and sealants, decorative surfaces for household applications, and detergents.
Locally he has seen the transformation of SIRDC to an organization that places great emphasis on relevant scientific research and the application of research outcomes for the benefit of industry. He has spearheaded the commercialisation programmes at SIRDC leading to the formation of viable strategic business ventures that are backed by technology.
He holds a B Sc degree in Chemistry and Biology, an M Sc degree in Analytical Chemistry as well as M Sc and Ph D degrees (both in Organic Chemistry). Professor Mafoti has published extensively in refereed journals and is a member of the following professional societies: American Chemical Society, PhiLambda Epsilon Chemical Honour Society and the Polymeric Materials, Science and Engineering Society. He is or has been a member of the Board of several organisations including the Industrial Development Corporation, Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education and Chinhoyi University of Technology where he was Chairman of Council.
In January 2019, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa appointed Professor Mafoti to the 26-member Presidential Advisory Council (PAC). The Council advises and assists His Excellency in formulating key economic policies and strategies that address Zimbabwe’s economic agenda leading to Zimbabwe attaining middle-income status by the year 2030