Dr Hannelie Nel - Biography

Dr Hannelie Nel is Director of Tennelli.

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 over twenty years’ experience in both industry and academia and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.  Her work involves the design and implementation of risk management systems with a focus on cost and quality.

Hannelie is a former President of the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIE), and serves on the Board of Denel SOC as Non-Executive Director. She is an international author and speaker and has published three books and over forty technical academic papers and chapters to date. Hannelie works with international companies and universities and is an associate member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.

Throughout her career Hannelie has received several awards for her work in industry and business.  Notably, she was twice nominated for the prestigious SAIIE Kris Adendorff Award for outstanding Industrial Engineering professional in 2018 and 2017 respectively, and awarded Honorary Membership of the professional association in 2018.  In 2014 she was elected as Finalist in the Standard Bank Top Business Women Awards; and consequently invited as member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) for her contribution to leadership and development of technical women.  Hannelie has received several awards for her contribution to the Industrial Engineering profession in South Africa, as well as for quality engineering education of undergraduate engineers.  She continues to supervise Masters  students and Doctoral candidates in Engineering Management, where she serves as a postgraduate supervisor for the University of Johannesburg.

Hannelie is passionate about the contribution of engineering to the economic and social development of companies and subsequent growth in economies; and firmly believes in building bridges between academia and industry for entrepreneurial development and innovation.  As such, her work is dedicated to the development of highly ethical and committed leaders in engineering, and towards creating a culture of diversity and innovation in the profession.