Tandokazi Nquma-Moyo is a published scientist with a master’s in industrial biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering turned technology transfer and commercialization practitioner, Intellectual Property (IP) analyst and advisor, fund manager and business developer. Tandokazi started her industry career in 2010 as a Sector Specialist Graduate at the Coeca Industrial Development Zone, A special Economic Zone of the Department of Trade and Industry and provincially reporting to the Department of Economic Development, responsible for the development and Implementation of the Renewable Energy Investment Strategy, being the IDZ supporting project manager of the first commercial wind turbine in SA (Electrawinds projects). She joined Innowind/EDF a French Energy company for a short period of time late 2011. From there, she then joined Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) as a Business Development Officer in 2012 and moved on to North West University in 2014 as a Senior Specialist Commercialisation responsible for attracting funding of technology development and commercialisation, IP identification and commercialisation.
She is currently employed at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) as a Business Development Manager and is responsible for establishing and leveraging idea-to-market partnerships, opportunities and programmes to attract third party funding and market access/commercialisation opportunities and coordinating the National System of Innovation. Prior to her appointment at TIA, Ms Nquma-Moyo was employed at the South African Nuclear Energy Association (NECSA) as a Business Development Manager responsible for, amongst other things, IP identification, protection strategies and exploitation; technology and business commercialisation including fundraising; and support to the NECSA Group. In addition to her technical academic accolades, Tandokazi holds a Diploma in Business Management, certificates in Project Management from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Bio-entrepreneurship from UCT and IP & Technology Transfer Management from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).