Ben Durham

National Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

Ben Durham is a Chief Director: Bio-innovation at the National Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa. His responsibilities include the implementation of the South African Bio-economy Strategy (2014), and he oversees innovation developments in Agriculture, Health, Industry & Environment, and IKS. Ultimately, the purpose is to develop and improve the efficiencies of the National System of Innovation through science and technology, ensuring socio-economic and environmental benefits to the broader society. Amongst others, Ben has been appointed to: Deputy Chair of the GMO Act Executive Council, The Board of the National Health Laboratory Service, and Bioeconomy Metrics committee of the National Advisory Committee on Innovation.