Anita Nel

Anita Nel

CEO of Innovus and Chief Director: Innovation and Business Development at SU

Anita Nel is an experienced technology transfer professional with her roots in technology innovation and venture capital stretching as far back as 1998.  Anita started her career in technology with Thawte Consulting, a digital security firm and, transitioning through the company’s acquisition by Verisign in 2000, moved to HBD Venture Capital Fund.  At HBD Anita was involved in investing in various technology start-ups before taking up the challenge of joining and restructuring Innovus, the technology transfer office of Stellenbosch University. 

Since she started at Stellenbosch University, Anita has grown Innovus to become one of the leading university technology transfer offices in Africa and in the process established herself as a thought leader in the industry. As part of this journey, Anita established and grown the highly successful LaunchLab Business incubator at Stellenbosch and was instrumental in starting and raising funding for many new technology startups. 

As a well-respected contributor to the international technology transfer fraternity, Anita currently serves on the ATTP adjudication panel for RTTP applications and holds several directorships on boards of young and upcoming technology companies.  She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology as well as a post graduate diploma in Education and a Bachelor degree in Science.