Professor Yunus BallimYunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). He spent six years in the construction industry and has been in academia since 1989. He currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Wits between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of the Council on Higher Education and is Chairperson of the Higher Education Quality Committee. He has served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and he held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000.