Makohliso, Solomzi


Dr. Soli Makohliso is an international entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the US, Switzerland and southern Africa. His current professional interests are in innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable impact, with a particular interest in health. He currently serves the Deputy Head of the EssentialTech Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), where he is actively involved in harnessing cutting-edge research to develop technology innovations that can leapfrog the development and drive sustainable impact in low- and middle-income countries. He was recently a member of the Ministerial Task Team in Technology Innovation Valorisation for the Department of Science & Innovation in South Africa and has held various advisory positions in the past in biotechnology innovation, and for the implementation of the South African Nanotechnology Strategy. He also served as the advisor to the Swiss government for the bilateral strategy with South Africa in science, technology & innovation. Soli received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University in the US and his Ph.D. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).