Prof Peter Mbati is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda. He obtained his PhD in Parasitology from Kenyatta University and thereafter embarked on a postdoctoral training in advanced studies in protozoan diseases at the Research Centre for Protozoan Molecular Immunology, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan. Prof Mbati serves on the Executive Boards of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Agriculture) and the AAU (Association of African Universities) and, the Association of African Universities. He Chairs the Higher Education and Leadership Management programme of Universities South Africa. Prof. Mbati is an NRF-rated scientist and has published widely in peer-reviewed internationally recognized journals. He has supervised over 20 post graduate students at Masters and doctoral levels in the fields of molecular parasitology and immunology. As Vice Chancellor at UNIVEN, he has overseen major transformative initiatives at the institution, including extensive academic re-engineering of the academic project; exponential growth in research outputs and post graduate students and; construction of state of the art infrastructure to the value of R 1.5 billion through competitive grants he was awarded by the Department of Higher Education and Training, SETAs and other private donors. In addition he sourced over R67 mil from Bank SETA towards funding a nascent SAICA-accredited BCom accounting programme. Prof. Mbati has previously served as the Acting Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Centre of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Campus Principal of the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State and, Group Executive Livestock Business Division of the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.

Career Objectives

To contribute to excellence in organizations by investing my vast experience acquired over several years working in Senior and Executive Management at Universities and Science Councils.

Skills Sets

• Strategic Planning
• Resource Mobilization
• Budgeting and Financial Planning
• Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills
• Effective People Management Skills
• Research
• Change Management