Thembakazi Mali

Senior Vice President for Research and Technology


Thembakazi Mali holds a Ph. D in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering in  Environmental Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her career spans over two decades in the energy and petrochemical fields. Presently, she is the Senior Vice President for  Research and Technology at Sasol, an international integrated chemicals and energy company.  Research and Technology (R&T) is at the forefront of Sasol’s Purpose, “Innovating for a better  future” by identifying, assessing and developing novel technology options for sustainable Sasol  operations., They focus on developing sustainable technology solutions to guide pathways for  Future Sasol, while also spearheading licensing opportunities for Sasol’s proprietary technologies.  Before joining SASOL, she was the Interim CEO at SANEDI, which is a state-funded applied energy  research, development and deployment organisation. Until recently, she has served as the South  African representative and executive committee member to the International Energy Agency’s  (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programmes on Ocean Energy Systems, Bioenergy and Solar  Cooling and Heating.