Francis Petersen is the Rector & Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has formerly been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Dean: Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, the Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo American Platinum, Executive Vice-President: Research and Development at Mintek, and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology). He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with the B. Ing (Chem), M. Ing (Metal) and Ph.D (Ing) degrees, and completed a short course on Financial Skills for Executive Management with IIR Training. He is a recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Award for research excellence, and the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Researcher of the Year Award, and is a regular reviewer, and member of a range of editorial boards for international journals. He is a non-executive director on the Boards of the Fruits Unlimited, Bigen Africa and Stone Three Digital. He, was amongst others, chairman of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a non-executive director on the Board of the Royal Bafokeng Platinum, a member of the South African Minister of Science & Technology’s National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), deputy-chairman of Mintek and a member of the Board of the South African Precious Metal and Diamond Regulator. Francis has extensive experience of management at various levels within the University and industry sectors. He believes in teamwork, and has played a key role in various initiatives within higher education, industry and science councils. He is the founder of the first cohort of industry research organisations in the minerals and energy sectors (M & E G9), and has been actively involved in strategic planning with regard to R&D in the Science & Technology Sector, Joint Venture formation and Scenario Development. Francis is serving on various national and international technical, editorial and advisory committees, is actively involved and has consulted widely to the South African engineering & the built environment industries. He has published over 160 international journal papers & conference proceedings