Dr Hennie Groenewald has more than 25 years of experience in biotechnology research and development, teaching, biosafety risk analysis and governance, science communication, business development and innovation management in the public, private and academic sectors. He is currently the executive manager of Biosafety South Africa, a national biosafety service platform under the auspices of the national Department of Science and Technology. It is the principal instrument within the national biotech innovation system which enables compliant, sustainable and effective research & development, innovation and commercialisation in the biotech sector. Prior to joining Biosafety South Africa Hennie also worked at Stellenbosch University, the South African Sugarcane Research Institute and North-West University. During this tenure at these organisations he was awarded research fellowships at the Texas Agricultural & Medical University, Weslaco, USA, the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany and the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Plant Industry, Brisbane, Australia. Hennie is a founding member of two successful South African biotech start-ups and has served on numerous international and national bodies tasked with responsible research and innovation, biosafety and risk governance and capacity building, medicines control, science communication and sustainable biotech and agricultural innovation.