Prof Sylvester Mpandeli is an Executive Manager at the Water Research Commission (WRC). He joined the WRC as a Researcher Manager in 2013. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Venda, School of Environmental Sciences since 2013. He worked at the Agricultural Research Council – Institute for Soil, Climate and Water (ARC-ISCW) for 9 years. He serves as a Board Member of the ACCESS, Advisory Board Member of the Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) of the European Commission (EC) from 2019 to 2022, member of the International Executive Council (IEC) of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) from 2013 till to date, He was as a Specialist Advisor at the Department of Environmental from 2009 to 2012 and later as Director responsible for Climate Change Adaptation sectors from 2012 to 2013. He has earned the following degrees in between 1997 & 2006, Bachelor in Agriculture from University of Venda 1997, two honours degrees in Horticulture and Land Use Planning from the University of Pretoria in 1998 & 2002, Masters degree in Irrigation and Agronomy in 2001 from University of Pretoria, Doctor of Philosophy in Climatology from University of Witwatersrand in 2006. He has been involved in Research & Development and Innovation for the past 20 years focusing on Agriculture, Water and Environmental sectors. His particular areas of interest are climate change adaptation, food security, water -energy -food nexus, agricultural water management etc. He has published 2 books and more than 100 scientific articles, conference /workshop proceedings, technical reports.