Tshilidzi Marwala is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg.

He was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. He was previously a full Professor of Electrical Engineering, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was also an executive assistant to the technical director at the South African Breweries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University, was a post-doctoral research associate at the Imperial College (London) and completed a Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. He is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a distinguished member of the ACM. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and they include the theory and application of computational intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine. He has supervised 47 Masters and 21 PhD students to completion. He has published 9 books (one has been translated into Chinese), over 280 refereed papers and holds three international patents. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (Taylor and Francis Publishers) and has been a reviewer for more than 40 ISI journals. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Wolfson College-University of Cambridge and Nanjing Tech University. He has received more than 45 awards including the Order of Mapungubwe. His writings and opinions have appeared in the New Scientist, The Economist and Time Magazine.