Deon Thirumala


Job Title: CIO

Company: Water Research Commission


Deon Thirumala was appointed CIO of the Water Research Commission in November 2015.  Prior to this he spent nine years working as an IT and operations manager at Virgin Mobile SA. Deon also worked as an IT technician at Sappi and a senior network support engineer at Comparex Africa. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Durban University of Technology.

2016 - Present     CIO, Water Research Commission
2006 - 2015          IT and Operations Manager, Virgin Mobile SA
2001 - 2006          IT Technician, Sappi
1999 - 2001          Senior Network Support Engineer, Comparex Africa
1995 - 1999          Support Consultant, RKB Computers

2020 - 2021         LEAD Professional certificate, Stanford University School of Business
                              Bachelor of Technology, Durban University of Technology
                              MCP, Microsoft

About the Water Research Commission: The Water research Commission is a global water knowledge hub offering advice on policy and decision making. They help to innovate and create new products and services for socio-economic development. They also develop sustainable solutions and help to deepen water research and development in South Africa, Africa and the developing world.

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