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Vice-Chancellor: Professor Calie Pistorius

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Professor Calie Pistorius is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, a post he has held since 1 September 2009. Previously he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria in South Africa from August 2001 to August 2009. He has announced that he will be stepping down as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull at the end of January 2017, after seven and a half years in the role.

Professor Calie Pistorius was born and raised in South Africa. He obtained BSc(Eng)(cum laude) and BEng(Hons)(cum laude) degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1979 and 1981, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in 1984 and 1986, and an SM degree in the management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Calie PistoriusIn August 2001, at age 41, he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He served in this capacity for eight years until August 2009. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), a statutory body advising the Minister of Science and Technology on issues pertaining to national science, technology and innovation policy and strategy.

He also held various management roles at the University of Pretoria prior to being appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, including Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Director of Information Technology, Director of the Institute of Technological Innovation and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology.

He became the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull in September 2009, and will have led the University for seven and a half years in January 2017 when he steps down. During his tenure at Hull, the University has been firmly established as an anchor institution for its regions and has seen significant organisational renewal as part of an ambitious investment-driven strategy – a £200m investment initiative, the largest in the University’s history.

As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pistorius is very active in the community. He is the deputy chair of JISC, a member of Universities UK (and its internationalisation and innovation groups), a member of the Humber Local Economic Partnership (LEP) board, a member of Greenport Hull Guiding Coalition and the City Leadership Board in Hull, an Academic Council Member of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), a Yorkshire Patron and past chairman of Yorkshire Universities, former director of the Deep and the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, and former member of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) Regional Council for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Professor Pistorius’ research and consulting interests are focused on issues relating to the management of innovation, management of technology, national and regional science and innovation policy, and the role of universities in stimulating innovation, economic development and competitiveness. He has published widely and has received a number of awards for his work.

He is registered as a Chartered Engineer in the UK, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineers, Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He has dual British/South African citizenship.

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