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Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University

Sara Grobbelaar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University. She's also a research associate at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University.

Sara is a seasoned consultant and through experience gained at Monitor Group, Frost & Sullivan and independently, Sara has successfully completed in excess of 35 consulting engagements in the government, higher education, not-for-profit and private sectors (ICT, Energy and Power supply, Chemicals, Materials and Food, Pharmaceutical, Industrial, Mining, Tourism, Private Equity, Aviation and Automotive).

She holds an MPhil in Technology Policy (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge. During her time in the UK, she was supported by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the Cambridge Trusts. Sara also holds a B.Eng (electronic) (with distinction) (UP), M.Eng (computer)(with distinction) (UP), PhD in (Engineering) (UP) and a Post Graduate Diploma in M&E methods (with distinction) (SU).

Sara’s research interests and passions are to think about, research and develop plans for inclusive development through pro-poor value chains and inclusive innovation systems for the African continent. She has a keen interest in research uptake and impact assessment, systems analysis, systems thinking, strategy, technology management and innovation.


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    Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University