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Bulelwa Ntsendwana PhD is driven by developing solutions to strengthen and improve the sustainability of the water-energy-food nexus. She aims to harness the power of chemistry to create “a world of social and economic prosperity sustained through collective action”.


She is also motivated by the desire to see women play a much larger role in science, innovation and technology (a male-dominated field), and she is determined to break down the barriers to women’s creative capacities – a crucial step in their emergence in the innovation field.


She studied analytical chemistry  at the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape, joined the University of the Western Cape to complete her Master’s degree, she worked on hydrogen fuel cells for energy storage. She worked  in Norway on metal hydrides, used in fuel cells, at the Norwegian Institute for Energy.


Dr Ntsendwana pioneered the installation of fuel cells on bicycles, in collaboration with the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, Gauteng.


Her PhD studies were concluded at the University of Johannesburg. She focused on water-related issues, working on the development of water-cleaning systems. Based on an new kind of electrode, her innovation uses chemistry to extract pollutants out of water.

Implementing The VeggFarming initiative by driving knowledge, is her current focus.

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