Engelbrecht leads the climate studies, modelling and environmental health research group at the CSIR. He obtained a PhD in meteorology (2006) at the University of Pretoria, and specialises in the fields of numerical climate model development and regional climate modelling. Engelbrecht currently leads the development of the first African-based Earth system model in collaboration with national and international partners. He is an extraordinary associate professor at North-West University and an honorary research associate of the University of the Witwatersrand. Engelbrecht also serves as an invited member of the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation of the World Climate Research Programme.