Biography

Dr Hannelie Nel is Director of Tennelli Industries (Pty) Ltd, a company that focuses on innovation in engineering, technology and education.  She also serves as Visiting Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at North-West University, and as Academic in the Postgraduate School of Engineering Management at the University of Johannesburg.

She holds a Doctorate in Engineering Management, a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.  She has twenty years’ experience in both industry and academia and her work entails business and education strategy development; the design, implementation and costing of business and quality management systems; training and education; business research systems; process improvement; and gender advancement in engineering.

Dr Nel is the former President and current Fellow of the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering, and serves on the Board of the South African Society for Engineering Education, and formerly the MCTS at the University of Johannesburg.  She is an international author and speaker in her field of expertise and has published two books and several academic papers to date.  Notably her book titled Leadership and Agency by Women Engineers in South Africa was published in 2015. Dr Nel works with international companies and universities and is an associate member of the Institute of Directors.  In 2014 she was recognized as Finalist in the Standard Bank Top Business Women Awards; and in 2016 she was invited to join the International Women’s Forum in recognition of her work towards the advancement of technical women.  Other related awards include the 2013 WiEBE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women in Engineering; the 2011 IEEE WIE Award for Human Capital Development in Science, Engineering and Technology; and two SAIIE awards for the promotion of industry and academia liaison.  A selection of her work can be viewed at www.hannelienel.co.za and her company profile is available at www.tennelli.com. In 2017 she was nominated for the prestigious Professor Kris Adendorff Award for outstanding Industrial Engineering professional by the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering.

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Her previous awards include:

  1. The 2013 UJ-Group Five WiEBE Award for outstanding contribution and commitment to women in engineering and the built environment.
  2. The 2011 IEEE WIE National Award for Human Capital Development in Science, Engineering and Technology.
  3. The 2008 SAIIE Special Commendation Award for contribution to the Industrial Engineering profession in South Africa.
  4. The 2006 SAIIE Special Commendation Award for contribution to the discipline of Industrial Engineering in the education of  Industrial Engineers and liaison with industry.
  5. The 2005 Nestle Award for commitment to quality education in the Department of Industrial Engineering Technology,  University of Johannesburg.

Hannelie joined The BIE Group in 2013 after eleven years at the University of Johannesburg where she worked as Vice Dean, Head of Department and Strategy Manager.  She was President of the Council of the Southern African Society for Industrial Engineering from 2009 to 2010 and is now a registered Fellow of the Institute.  She serves on the Boards of the South African Society for Engineering Education and the Metal Casting Technology Station of the University of Johannesburg and is member of the Quality and Risk Committee of CESA, Consulting Engineers South Africa.  She previously contributed to the Engineering Council of South Africa via its marketing committee and thought leadership programme.

Hannelie is an international author and speaker in her field of expertise and her work towards promoting engineering as a career of choice for women and the advancement of women in this sector continues to grow.

Hannelie published her first book titled ‘Environmental Management and Profitability’ in February 2015.

Her second book ‘Leadership and Agency by Women Engineers in South Africa’ has just been published in July 2015.