About

TechnoScene was founded in 1989 as a consultancy in the strategic domain spanned by the management of science, technology, innovation and knowledge. We lead our customers into the short term or long term futures by developing sound business models and strategies. We enable our customers to unlock their own knowledge and experience and through knowledge transfer to make informed decisions about business solutions based on emerging and disruptive technologies. We confine risk and uncertainty by matching knowledge, technology and business solutions to ensure that the customer is ready for today’s and tomorrow’s worlds of business.
What we do
Technology Management
Future Thinking
Knowledge Management
Innovation Management
Facilitation
Event organising
Training

Our People

Managing Director & Principal Consultant

Anthon Botha

Anthon studied at the University of Stellenbosch and did his post-graduate work at the Southern Universities Nuclear Institute (SUNI), the current iThemba LABS, in the Western Cape. He worked for the CSIR in electronic materials research and development from 1982 to 1989. In 1989 he founded TechnoScene. His academic exposure includes being invited as part-time Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1992. From 1994 to 2004 he has been a guest lecturer in Management of Technology and Innovation to post-graduate students in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria. He is currently a part-time academic at the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) in the Engineering, Built Environment and IT Faculty at the University of Pretoria. He is also an Extra-ordinary Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University. He is a Professional Physicist registered at the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) and a registered natural scientist at the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). He is also a mentor for small start-up companies.

His work is based on the Management of Technology, Innovation and Knowledge as disciplines, and incorporates future thinking, strategic facilitation and business consulting on the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies on the way we live, work, play and transact; human behaviour; and macro-trends and events. The outcome of this work leads to sound technology, innovation and knowledge strategies for clients and to an understanding of the evolving future business landscapes.

He has conducted numerous strategic planning projects and market and feasibility studies leading to strategies for research, innovation, restructuring, and repositioning in the fields of electronics, microelectronics, information and communication technologies, advanced materials, small business start-up support, higher education, business and financial services and high technology enterprises. He has been instrumental in developing research infrastructure strategies in South Africa and has been involved in several research infrastructure and knowledge infrastructure reviews and the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR). He has also been involved in a European Union programme for promoting partnerships in research infrastructure between Europe and Africa. He has further been an evaluator and advisor on research infrastructure for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Anthon has published numerous research papers, contract reports, white papers and opinions on new technology and future worlds of business and living and is the author of a book: “Knowledge – living and working with it” published by Juta.

Thereza Botha

Thereza Botha holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She worked as a researcher and a lecturer in the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch. From 1983 to 1984 she was appointed as lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Pretoria.

In 1989 she joined TechnoScene as Chief Financial Officer and Professional Conference Organiser. She is part of the senior planning team in TechnoScene. Under her leadership TechnoScene has organised over 100 science, engineering and technology conferences, some of which were major international events and part of the international conference circuit.

She is skilled in database design and data management for large events, liaison with service providers and sponsors, has considerable experience in communication management, negotiation and supplier management. Her creative skills are applied to deliver memorable events and functions whether it is in the African bush or in a large city. Her communications skills with international visitors have made her a popular organiser and her ability to keep large delegate groups informed, assisted and happy is well known.

She also runs a part-time activity of digitising artwork for machine embroidery, mostly for small entrepreneurs running embroidery businesses.

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