Cyril O’Connor is a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and a D.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He is the Director of the Centre for Minerals Research at UCT and his main area of research is flotation. He is presently Chairman of the International Mineral Processing Council, holds the AngloPlatinum Chair in Minerals Processing, is a former Vice-President of the International Zeolite Association and was Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the XXII IMPC and the 14th International Zeolite Conference. He is also Vice-Chairman of the IZA Catalysis Commission. He has published over 150 papers in international journals and conferences and has supervised or co-supervised more than 30 PhD and 25 MSc graduates. He was Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering for 8 years, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment for 10 years and served as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor from April 2008-May 2009. He is an Hon. Fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, of the University of Cape Town, of the South African Academy of Engineering, of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineering and of IUPAC. He is a founder member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.