Dawid Potgieter, D.Phil.

Director, Programs in Discovery Science

Dawid Potgieter is the Director of Programs in Discovery Science at the Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is responsible for the Foundation's new initiatives in the Discovery phase: a $40M effort to develop field-leading interdisciplinary research topics related to 'what it means to be human'. This includes developing new initiatives and grant proposals in a wide range of areas, such as natural sciences, philosophy, and public outreach activities. In 2018, he launched the Accelerating Research on Consciousness initiative, which involves a $20M commitment from the Foundation to investigate scientific theories of consciousness through adversarial collaboration and by promoting open-science practices.

Dr. Potgieter also serves as Head of Program Management and Continuous Improvement. He leads the Foundation’s efforts to promote best practices in open science. He is also responsible for overseeing changes to policies and procedures, and developing new grantmaking practices to better support discovery science.

Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Potgieter studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and stayed on there to complete a D.Phil. in Neuroscience at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics. His research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neurobiology of Disease, and Human Molecular Genetics. His work has been covered in Science, Financial Times, and BBC Science Focus.