Mr Odwa Mtati

The Nelson Mandela University welcomes Mr Odwa Mtati, who has been appointed as CEO of SAIMI (South African International Maritime Institute).

SAIMI is hosted at Nelson Mandela University, and works nationally with role players across a range of disciplines and sectors that make up the Maritime Economy.

Mr Mtati has been with SAIMI since its inception in 2014, fulfilling a range of strategic roles, which has provided him with the relevant experience in the broad-ranging mandate of the institute and the critical national importance of the maritime sector to the country, including different Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy Structures.

Mr Mtati brings a wealth of experience, having served as the former CEO of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PERCCI) and Director and Owner of Jupilog Enterprise Development. He is also past chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Gambling Board and Chairperson of the Methodist Homes for the Aged and eZethu Development Trust and served on the Nelson Mandela ICT Incubator.

His career path spans the portfolio of Business Development Manager at Canon Eastern Cape; Director: Management Services in the Department of Correctional Services; Head of Marketing at Port Elizabeth Technikon and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Student Counsellor at Vista University.

Furthermore, he holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela University and a BJuris and BA from Vista University.

~ Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa

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