Dr. Solomzi Makohliso

Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Solomzi Makohliso is the Deputy Leader of the EssentialTech Program at EPFL.

He is an international entrepreneur with biotechnology industry experience from the United States, Europe, and South Africa. He was also the founder and CEO of Ayanda Biosystems in Switzerland, and a Resident Entrepreneur at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa.

He currently serves on the Swiss National Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation in Science & Technology with Africa.

Previously, he served as a member of the Biotechnology Advisory Panel for the national Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in South Africa and was a Member of the Nanotechnology Advisory Board in South Africa.

He holds a PhD in Biomaterials from EPFL.