Anthon Botha holds a PhD in Physics and is Managing Director of TechnoScene (Pty) Ltd and Executive Director of InnovationLab (Pty) Ltd, a black economic empowered company. TechnoScene operates in the knowledge industry to provide business consulting in the management and commercialisation of knowledge, technology and innovation and facilitates debates and events in the field of science and technology. Through its services, TechnoScene creates common visions around the knowledge base of enterprises and focus on the incorporation of knowledge and technology into strategy. TechnoScene further facilitates knowledge transfer through its TechnoConferences division. Anthon Botha often acts as facilitator in environments of interactive debate and long range planning.



InnovationLab™ conducts research and development and demonstrates future business solutions based on emerging technologies. InnovationLab (Pty) Ltd helps its clients to find business and social solutions based on current and future technologies, communities and business worlds. These virtual and physical demonstrators are developed from the InnovationLab™ facilities on The Innovation Hub in the City of Tshwane, South Africa. The interventions of InnovationLab™ serve as a unique innovation catalyst to assist enterprises and organisations to position themselves competitively in new markets via strategies for future technology and business.


Anthon studied at the University of Stellenbosch and did his post-graduate work at the Van de Graaff Group at the current iThemba LABS in the Western Cape. He worked for the CSIR in electronic materials research and development from 1982 to 1989. In 1989 he founded TechnoScene. His academic exposure includes being invited as part-time Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Pretoria. From 1994 to 2004 he has been a guest lecturer in Management of Technology and Innovation to post-graduate students in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria. He is currently a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Pretoria in the senior management programme of Continuing Education at UP in association with the Graduate School of Technology Management. From 1992 to 1999 he acted as Managing Director of Decision Technologies (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of TechnoScene that developed software products to support technology management in enterprises.


His work is based on the Management of Technology, Innovation and Knowledge as disciplines, and incorporates futures research, strategic research and business consulting on the impact of emerging, often digital, technologies on the way we live, work, play and transact. This work has been branded under “Digital World®.” The outcome of this work leads to sound technology, innovation and knowledge strategies for clients and to an understanding of the evolving business landscapes.


He has conducted numerous market and feasibility studies leading to strategies for innovation, restructuring, and repositioning in the fields of electronics, microelectronics, information and communication technologies, advanced materials, small business start-up support, higher education, business and financial services and high technology enterprises. He has published numerous research papers, contract reports, white papers and opinions on new technology and future worlds of business and living and is the author of a book: “Knowledge – living and working with it” published by Juta.