Dawid Potgieter, D.Phil.

Dawid Potgieter is a Senior Program Officer of the Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is involved with developing new initiatives and grant proposals in a wide range of areas, including research in the natural sciences, philosophy, and public outreach activities. He is also responsible for overseeing the evaluation of some of the Foundation’s current grants, maintaining the website, training new program staff, and liaising with mission-critical service providers.

Dr. Potgieter is responsible for the Accelerating Research on Consciousness initiative, which involves a $20M commitment from The Foundation to empirically investigate scientific theories of consciousness. This includes promoting adversarial collaboration and open-science practices such as registered report, open review, and replication studies.

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.