Tshilidzi Marwala

Professor of systems and control engineering: Wits

Tshilidzi is the Carl and Emily Fuchs professor of systems and control engineering, as well as head of control and systems group in Wits University’s school of electrical and information engineering.

A recipient of more than 35 awards, including the Order of Mapungubwe from President Thabo Mbeki, he sits on the boards of City Power Johannesburg, the State Information Technology Agency, Statistics South Africa, the National Advisory Council on Innovation and the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions. He is also a fellow of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. An accomplished and prolific academic, Tshilidzi has published more than 100 articles in journals, proceedings and books. Before taking up his post at Wits, he was an executive assistant to the technical director at South African Breweries.

Born in Limpopo province (then Venda), Tshilidzi matriculated from Mbilwi Secondary School in Sibasa. He has a bachelor of mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States, a master’s in engineering from the University of Pretoria and a PhD in computational intelligence from Cambridge University. Tshilidzi’s areas of expertise are the theory and application of artificial intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine.

He supports Moroka Swallows, loves Indian food and plays golf.

Lunch Spot: Barrington's, Johannesburg