Ahmed Bawa currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa (USAf).
Until the end of April 2016, he was Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Durban University of Technology. Before that, until August 2010, he was a faculty member at Hunter College in the City University of New York where he was a member of Department of Physics and Astronomy until August 2010. During this period, he was also Associate Provost for Curriculum Development at Hunter College.
He has served as the Program Officer for Higher Education in Africa with the Ford Foundation and during this time led and coordinated the Foundation’s African Higher Education Initiative.
Ahmed Bawa holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham, in the UK. He has published in the areas of high energy physics, nuclear physics, higher education studies and in the area of science and society.
He served on a number of policy development teams in the post-1994 period and was an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation till 2002. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa as well as the Academy of Science of South Africa.