Ms Pontsho Maruping is currently the Managing Director of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). She previously held the role of Deputy Managing Director (Operations and Business Processes) at SARAO. Ms Maruping is an experienced executive with over ten years of experience in the private and public sectors. She held an executive role at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) responsible for Innovation Funding and Pre-commercialisation Support. Her major career highlights include coordinating the development of the National Nanotechnology Strategy, which was approved by the Cabinet in 2006 and coordinating the development of the Health and Safety Culture Transformation Framework for the Mining industry.