Jannie van Deventer was educated in South Africa, where he was Head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1995 he accepted a Chair at the University of Melbourne, where he served as Dean of Engineering from 2003 to 2007. Since 2010 he is an Honorary Professor and continues research into alkali-activated cement (AAC) and mineral processing. Since 2006 Jannie has been the CEO of Zeobond, which is commercialising AAC. He previously commercialised computer vision and gold extraction in the mineral industry. His publication record of 600+ papers includes 290 journal papers. He is author of the highest ever cited papers in two journals. With 9,000 citations and an h-index of 50 he is the world’s highest cited researcher in cement chemistry.