The Innovation Hub, South Africa
Billy Bokako is currently the Senior Manager of the Climate Innovation Centre South Africa and Acting General Manager of the Green Economy Unit. An alumnus of the Nelson Mandela University and the Tshwane University of Technology, he holds an MTech degree in Industrial Engineering specialising in Technology Management. He has over 15 years’ industry experience gained from the power cables industry, the automotive industry as well as the enterprise development sector. Prior to joining The Innovation Hub, Billy worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as an Enterprise Development Portfolio Manager, a role which saw him spearheading research into new enterprises and commercialising internal research projects across various fields which include but not limited to agro-processing, ICT, nano-technology, lithium batteries, green economy, industrial parks, policy and strategy formulation. In 2017 he was awarded the emerging leader award at the CSIR among other awards. In his personal capacity, Billy also plays an integral advisory role to start-up companies in various fields with the aim of stimulating sustainable growth.
Speaking in — Plenary session 5 – Startups and scaleups supporting green and digital transformation