Dr Solomzi Makohliso

Deputy Head of the EssentialTech Centre at EPFL, Switzerland

Dr Soli Makohliso is the Deputy Head of the EssentialTech Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), where he is actively involved in harnessing cutting-edge research to develop technology innovations that can leapfrog sustainable development, support humanitarian action and the fostering of peace. He has extensive experience in international entrepreneurship in the US, Switzerland and southern Africa.

His professional interests include innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable impact, with a particular interest in health. He was recently a member of the Ministerial Task Team in Technology Innovation Valorisation for the South African government and has held various advisory positions in the past in biotechnology innovation, and for the implementation of the South African Nanotechnology Strategy. He also previously served as the advisor to the Swiss government for the establishment of the strategy for the ongoing bilateral cooperation with South Africa in science, technology & innovation. Soli received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University in the US and his Ph.D. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

KEYNOTE «Harnessing science and technology to drive sustainable health development»