Senior Director: Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Education, Department of Research and Innovation at the University of Pretoria, Dr Carol Nonkwelo was a guest speaker at the FABI Monday Morning Meeting on 31 January. Dr Nonkwelo took up her new post at the University in November 2021. Dr Nonkwelo spoke of the functions of her portfolio and the challenges she faces but also of the opportunities to make this department work better to address the changing needs of the university, researchers and students. It was an opportunity for her to meet FABIans and also for FABIans to meet Dr Nonkwelo and interact with her regarding this important portfolio.