Appointed October 2023
· PhD- Physics- University of the Free State
· MSc- Physics- University of the Free State
· BSc- Honors- Physics-, University of the Free State
· BSc- Physics and Chemistry- University of the Free State
Wynand Louw was born in the north-eastern Free State, attended a rural “farm" school, and from these humble beginnings, became a Solid-State Physicist that obtained his MSc and PhD from the University of the Free State and spent 20 years as a material and material characterisation researcher at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
He also collaborated on various research projects at universities and research institutions nationally and internationally, including France, Germany, and the USA.
He was the manager for Metrology in Chemistry and Biology from 2000 to 2002, then became the General Manager of the CSIR NML, and from 2005 to 2007 assisted the (then) dti in writing a new South-African Metrology Act and establishing the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA). With the inception of NMISA in May 2007, he was appointed as the Acting CEO. With the appointment of a CEO in 2010, Dr Louw became the Director of the Regional, International Liaison and Innovation Division, the position he held until his retirement from NMISA in 2023.
Since 2014, Dr Louw has been the National Champion for Materials Research within the South African Research Infrastructure (SARIR) of the Department of Science and Innovation, DSI, and is currently developing a national program for Materials Characterisation.
In 2013 he was elected to the CIPM and in 2014 became the President of the Consultative Committee for Ionising Radiation (CCRI). In 2019 he was elected to the Presidency of the CIPM, the first ever President from Africa, and in 2023 was re-elected for a second term of 4 years. He is currently leading the development of a Strategy 30+ for the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, BIPM.
“From a humble background, everything is possible through hard work, dedication and most importantly, treating everyone you meet irrespective of their beginnings, race, or social standing, with respect".