YESA Founding Board Members
Dr Neville Comins
Dr Neville R Comins is currently consulting in the fields of Innovation Systems and Science Park Development. He spent many years at CSIR in positions from researcher to Division Director of Materials Science and Technology, before moving to be Director of Business Development (Integrated Projects). Following this he was the founding CEO of The Innovation hub Management Company (Pty) Ltd, tasked with establishing The Innovation Hub, the first Science Park in Africa to receive international recognition. In 2008, he joined COFISA (Cooperation Framework on Innovation Systems between Finland and South Africa) as National Innovation Advisor, and later under the Finnish Consulting Group as Chief Technical Advisor. He continued in 2009 to be Interim Technical Advisor for the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the SAIS (Southern African Innovation Support) Programme launched in 2011 in Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia.
He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Physics from the University of Natal, and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, and is a Founder Member of the South African Academy of Sciences.