Tshilidzi Marwala Biography: Age, Wife, Career & Net Worth


Tshilidzi Marwala (born 28 July 1971) is a South African mechanical engineer and computer scientist who is currently Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg with effect from 1 January 2018.

Tshilidzi Marwala

Tshilidzi Marwala Age

He was born on the 28th of July 1971 in Duthuni, Venda, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 52 years old and celebrates his birthday on July 28th every year.


In 1989, he graduated from Mbilwi Secondary School after attending Dimani Agricultural High School. Marwala won the National Youth Science Olympiad during his matriculation year and was sent to the United Kingdom to participate in the London International Youth Science Fortnight.

Marwala earned his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Cambridge between 1997 and 2000, following which he worked on intelligence software as a post-doctoral research fellow at Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of London.

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Tshilidzi Marwala Wife

He is married to Jabulile Vuyiswa Manana and together they have three children.


Marwala was previously the University of Johannesburg’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation and Dean of Engineering, as well as a Professor of Electrical Engineering, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering, and the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering.

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He was a non-executive director of the State Information Technology Agency (Pty) Ltd and the Chair of the Local Loop Unbundling Committee.

Tshilidzi Marwala has served on the Bradlow Foundation and the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation’s boards of trustees. He was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe, and his doctorate student Fulufhelo Nelwamondo was also given this honor. He was the first African engineer to receive the President Award from the South African National Research Foundation.

Tshilidzi Marwala Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $500,000 which he has earned as a professor.


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