Ahmed C. Bawa is the vice-chancellor and principal of the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Prior to his current post, Bawa taught in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Hunter College and was a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the program officer for higher education in Africa with the Ford Foundation. Previously, Bawa was deputy vice-chancellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served on science, technology, and higher education policy teams, and was an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation.
Bawa is a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa as well as the Academy of Science of South Africa. He has been board chair of the Foundation for Research Development, and vice-chair of the Atomic Energy Corporation. Bawa holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.