Dmitri Bessarabov

18th October 2019

By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Full Name: Dmitri Bessarabov

Position and Company Name: Director of HySA Infrastructure Centre at North-West University and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research

Main Activity of the Company: Research and development

Date and Place of Birth: February 1, 1967, Moscow, Russia

Education: PhD, Stellenbosch University

First Job: Senior lecture at Stellenbosch University

Career Path to Date: In 2011, I moved to Canada, where I worked for Aker Kvaerner Group, Ballard Power Systems Canada and AFCC (Daimler and Ford Company). While I was in Canada, I gained a lot of hydrogen industrial experience, notably fuel-cell-related experience, from big names like Daimler and Ford

Value of Assets under Your Control: About R200-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: About 25

Management Style: I trust people, listen to all, but make decisions alone

Personal Best Achievement: I am lucky to have lived and worked on three continents. I have a C1 rating from the National Research Foundation and came third in the National South African karate competition in 1999

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife, Natasha

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Professor Ron Sanderson, of Stellenbosch University

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Vladimir Putin

Philosophy of Life: I respect professionals and being simple. Lead others by your own example

Hope for the Future: Peace and prosperity for everyone

Favourite Reading: Viktor Pelevin, a modern Russian writer

Favourite TV Programme: I do not have a TV set at home

Favourite Sport: Karate

Married: To Natasha

Children: Katerina, 18

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