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Brian Figaji


Prof Brian De Lacy Figaji 

Non-Executive Director

Board: Chairperson

Renumerations and Nominations (RemaNCo) Committee: Chairperson

Finance and Audit (F&A) Committee: In attendance

Education Advisory Committee (EAC): Chairperson


Brian Figaji retires from the JET board at the end of December 2022.

Brian Figaji studied at the Universities of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town (UCT), University of South Africa (UNISA) and Harvard University in the USA. He practiced as a professional engineer for 10 years in both contracting and design and then joined Peninsula Technikon which, subsequent to the merger of 2004, became known as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He served the institution for 25years, with 10 of these years as Vice-Chancellor (President), and left the institution in 2004 in opposition to the pending merger. The many notable positions he has held include member and later Vice President of the Engineering Council of South Africa, member of the South African Council on Higher Education, South African representative on the UNESCO Executive Board from 2005 to 2009, Chairman of the South African National Commission for UNESCO from 2009 to 2013, and a member of the Council advising the President on National Orders (National Presidential Awards) until 2014. Brian is also a Fellow of the Society for Professional Engineers, Fellow of the Institute for Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, and Member of the Academy of Science of SA. In the context of civil society, he has served on Education Trusts, a Performing Arts Board, the Board for Blood Transfusion services, the National Board of the Scout Association, environmental bodies such as the Green Trust and the Table Mountain Fund, and a body serving the needs of war-blinded individuals. Until recently he was the chairperson of WESGRO, the Trade and Investment Agency for the Western Cape. Currently Brian is also the non-executive Chair of one of the largest fishing companies in the country and is involved in a few business ventures. 

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