Our Faculty

The Da Vinci Faculty consists of qualified professionals who possess both industry experience as well as effective facilitation skills in order to promote critical thinking. As Subject Matter Experts (SME’s), they co-create new workplace realities as the student is encouraged to cultivate their inner-managerial leader through self-reflection, self-discovery and the exploration of new knowledge. 

 

 

Prof Benjamin Anderson

Subject Matter Expert/Faculty: SOS, PCD & MLD

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ben holds a Bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology, Honours in Psychology, Bachelor in Theology, National Diploma in Theology, Masters in Psychology, PhD (Psychology) and is a Registered Psychologist.                                                

Work Background

Ben has worked in various teaching and management positions at the University of the Free State between 1991 and 2000.  He joined FNB, where he was involved in staff development since 2001, and eventually served as the Chief Learning Officer of FNB from 2003 to 2005, when he became the first (and still current) Chief Executive Officer/Vice President of The Da Vinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Ben teaches the following modules focused on leadership development: Self and other Social Contexts, Problem Solving and Decision Making, as well as Managerial Leadership Development.

 

 

John Arnesen

Faculty Head: Marketing

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

John holds a BCom degree from the Rhodes University and a BCom (Honours) degree from UNISA.  He has also completed a Management Development Programme at UNISA, a General Management Programme at Harvard Business School in the USA, and he is a certified Chartered Marketer (SA).

Work Background

John has worked in a range of marketing and managerial positions, including the position of CEO of the Financial Planning Institute, and the position of Director at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), where he was responsible for branding and advocacy (marketing) of SAQA and the NQF brand. 

He currently consults on a range of topics including leadership, marketing and education (NQF) related matters.  He is also a board member at a number of companies.

Field of specialisation

John is the Faculty Head for Marketing at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Soraya Barry

Faculty: Banking

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Suraya holds a Bachelors of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) as well as a Bachelors of Arts  (Honours) degree in Sociology from the UPE (now NMMU).

Work Background

Suraya worked in Retail Banking for 20 years and have experience in different structures and departments in branch banking.  Her last couple of years was in the Home loan division and this is where she became a Training Consultant. She was involved in various different structures and training in leadership, transformation & strategy, and mentoring & coaching.  She also served as head trainer for Projects at FNB Homeloans.

Field of specialisation

Soraya teaches a number of Banking modules at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Adrienne Berkowitz

Faculty: SOS, PCD & MLD

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Adrienne attended the University of Witwatersrand where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Post graduate Higher Education Diploma. She graduated top of her class when she attained her Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. She is currently studying towards a Master’s degree at the Da Vinci Institute.

Work Background

Adrienne held various posts in the Tourism Industry including managing travel agencies and running a specialised Group Tour Department She worked for Alitalia in the Sales Department and for Sun International as a coordinator for the Superstars who entertained at Sun City.

She worked in the Industrial Real Estate sector as an Industrial broker focussing on the letting and selling of Industrial buildings. She has run a training consultancy for the past 10 years which has facilitated many interventions predominantly in the then FET sector for the National Department of Education and various FET Colleges.

Field of specialisation

She teaches the following modules at The Da Vinci Institute: Self and Other Social Contexts, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Managerial Leadership, as well as Marketing.

 

 

Biddie Biddulph

Faculty: Management of Technology, Managing the Systems Way

 

 

  Qualifications / Academic Background

Biddie holds a B.Compt (Hons) from the University of Pretoria and an MBL degree from UNISA. He has successfully completed the PhD degree in the field of personal and professional leadership at the University of Johannesburg and should graduate during 2017.

Work Background

Biddie completed articles with the International Auditors, Coopers and Lybrand, and then joined Volkskas Bank as an internal auditor, where he qualified as an internal and computer auditor. Thereafter he spent 4 years with Volkskas in various top financial management positions. Since the formation of ABSA Bank, he was involved in the setup of the Financial Services Division of ABSA and with ABSA Insurance Brokers as General Manager for 10 years.  His experience includes the management of the Technology Department at ABSA Brokers, where he implemented a new strategic technology plan, managed the Y2K project of the company and established a ‘data exchange or switch’ for the financial service industry, amongst other achievements.

Field of specialisation

Biddie is a member of the faculty for two modules, namely Management of Technology and Managing the Systems Way.

 

 

Dr Ronel Blom

Dean: Research and Design

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ronel holds a Teaching Diploma from the Goudstad Teaching College, a BA Degree from UNISA, a Post-Grad Diploma in Higher Education from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a M.Ed. degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria as well as a PhD from the University of Pretoria.

Ronel’s M.Ed. (2004),entitled The recognition of prior learning: In search of a valid and sustainable mechanism for South Africa, (supervised by Prof Sarah Howie) aimed to describe current international and national practices in the implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and to identify mechanisms that will ensure that RPL is a credible and valid process for the awarding of credits in terms of formal unit standards and qualifications registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Her PhD (2006) entitled The ideal of an integrated national qualifications framework, (supervised by Prof Jonathan Jansen), dealt with the extent to which the South African education and training system reflects in principle, perception and practice, the ideal of an integrated framework.

Work Background

Ronel is an experienced researcher, policy developer, implementer and critic.  She has published extensively on education policy matters including the South African NQF.

Field of specialisation

Ronel teaches Research Design and Methodology at The Institute.  

 

 

Dr Jan Bosman

Faculty: Managerial Leadership, Management of People

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Jan holds the degrees BA (Psychology), BA (Hons) (Psychology) and MA (Psychology) (Research) from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a in MA Clinical Psychology from the University of PE and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of the Free State.

Work Background

Jan has experience in working with the South African Medical Services and practising as a clinical psychologist, specialising in Trauma, Addiction Disorders.

He also has extensive experience in the field of management and leadership development, emotional intelligence and stress management.

Field of specialisation

Jan is the Faculty Head for the Management of People, as well as Self and Other Social Contexts, Managerial Leadership and Problem Solving and Decision Making at The Da Vinci Institute. 

 

 

Esmé Brits

Faculty: Banking 

 

 

 

 

 Qualifications / Academic Background

Esme holds a Higher Teaching Diploma at the Bloemfontein Teaching College (4 years) as well as BCom with specialisation in Human Resource Management from UNISA.  She also completed a National Certificate: Occupational Directed Education, Training and Development Practice at the  Chartall Business College (BANKSETA Bursary).

Work Background

Esmé worked as a teacher before joining the banking industry, where she worked for around 13 years (both Saambou Bank and African Bank).

She was a learning practitioner in the banking industry and has experience in banking processes, systems, legislation, change management and strategies to name just a few.

Field of specialisation

Esmé is a registered assessor and moderator (BANKSETA). She is passionate about facilitating as she has a passion for people and keeps learning from every individual in class. Through facilitation, she has an opportunity to build positively into people’s lives.

 

 

Ben Burger

Faculty: Risk Management

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ben holds a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (TUT), a National Higher Diploma in Total Quality Management (TUT) as well as an MSc (MOTI) (Da Vinci).

He is a certified DGQ/EOQ Quality Manager & Quality Professional, Certified ISO 31000 Risk Management Professional and ISO 31000 Certified Trainer as well as a Certified ISO 31000 Risk Manager and ISO 31000 Certified Trainer.

Work Background

Ben’s experience includes 22 years (and 100+ projects) of delivering and/or project–managing consulting services (i.e., enterprise level system modelling and business process architecture development, business process mapping and requirements integration) to government agencies and the private sector.

Completed projects span a wide range of organisations in the services, construction, mining, petroleum, power generation/distribution, leisure and manufacturing industry sectors – ranging in size from SMMEs to multinational corporations.

Field of specialisation

Ben’s passion is to assist organisations in developing integrated management systems strategies, with a risk-based process approach and their own unique value chain as basis. He facilitates Risk Management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Dr Johann Burden

Faculty: Project Management

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Johann’s qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from Potchefstroom University (now UNW), a PhD in Industrial Psychology from UJ, and an Advanced Executive Programme from UNISA.

Work Background

Johann’s experience includes a number of Human Resource positions, including senior positions at Allied Bank, United Bank and Nedcor.  He also worked in senior positions including Group Executive: Human Resources at Business Connexion.

Field of specialisation

Johann’s expertise includes organisational development services as well as project management.  He facilitates project management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Graeme de Bruyn

Faculty: Business Management

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Graeme de Bruyn holds a B.Ed. Hons from the North-West University and completed a Master of Management from the Witwatersrand University.

Work Background

Graeme has worked in executive positions at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, The Careways Group; FranklinCovey Southern Africa; Futures Group International and is Head of Faculty of Business Management at the Da Vinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Graeme is experienced in facilitating workshops with large groups with representatives from different sectors, and developed/facilitated workshops on leading teams and managing organisational change, strategy execution, policy development, time management, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers™, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens™, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make™, The Leader In Me™, personal resilience and team effectiveness.

As the Faculty Head for Business Management, he impacts the curriculum and facilitates Business Management to the BCom students of The Institute.

 

 

Renaldo de Jager

Faculty: Business Management  

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Renaldo holds an MBA from Regent Business School.

Work Background

Renaldo has acquired 16 years’ experience as an International Management Consultant. During this time, he successfully delivered projects in most industries in various countries.

Field of specialisation

Graeme facilitates Business Management for BCom students at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Pieter Du Toit

Faculty: Aviation Management, Change Management

 

 

 

 Qualifications / Academic Background

Pieter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Post-graduate Masters in Business Leadership (MBL). He is currently studying for his PhD at The Da Vinci Institute.

Work Background

Pieter held various posts in a number of organisations and industries that ranged from the Aviation Industry as an Air Traffic and Mission Controller, Mining Industry as Human Resources Manager at one of the five Divisions of Vaal Reefs Exploration and Mining Company and the Tourism Industry including owning and managing a travel agency.  Since 1997 he owns and runs VNI Consultants, a consultancy firm specialising in Organisational Development and Change Management.  Pieter is also the Lead Consultant of Status Aviation.

Field of specialisation

Pieter facilitates Change Management as well as Aviation Management at The Da Vinci Institute. 

 

Isaiah Engelbrecht

Faculty Head: Management of Innovation

 

 Qualifications / Academic Background

Isaiah has completed many courses over the years and also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and is currently studying towards a PhD in innovation at Da Vinci Institute.

Work Background

Isaiah is an author, teacher, speaker, coach, entrepreneur and “craftsman” (business solutions creator).

Isaiah plays a leading role in the advancement of innovation in the country and is a founding thought leader and previous chairperson of the South African Innovation Network (SAINe-www.saine.co.za) 

He has gained experience across various industries and has implemented innovation management systems at diverse organisations.

Field of specialisation

Isaiah teaches the Management of Innovation at The Institute.

 

 

Jo Enslin

Faculty: Risk Management

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Jo holds a BA Honours degree in Geography (Potch, now NWU), a BA Honours in Sociology (Potch, now NWU), a University Education Diploma (Potch, now NWU), as well as a National Diploma in Occupationally Directed ETD Practices from The Institute for People Development.  He has also completed an Executive Development Programme at WITS.

Work Background

Jo started his career as a Geography teacher, whereafter he worked as a Human Resource Manager, including the management of training.  He then moved on to safety health and risk management, developing learning material and offering training in this field.

Field of specialisation

Jo facilitates risk management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Juliette Fourie

Faculty: Sales, CRM and Key Account Management 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Juliette holds a BCom (Industrial Psychology) from the University of Stellenbosch and a BCom (Honours) (Industrial Psychology) from UNISA.  She also holds an MSc (MOTI) from The Da Vinci Institute.

Work Background

Juliette’s career started in the Freight Forwarding industry but has always been focused on education and training.  She owns and manages a training company, Metrominds, which was one of the TT100 finalists in the past two years, and she received the prestigious national ‘Boss of the Year’ in 2014.

Field of specialisation

Juliette facilitates CRM, sales and key account management at The Institute.

 

 

Mark Fuller

Faculty: WorkBased Challenge, Operational Management 

 

  

Qualifications / Academic Background

Mark has a Master’s degree in improving business processes using Lean thinking. He is also currently studying towards a PhD at The Da Vinci Institute

Work Background

Mark’s career history includes various senior management positions including CEO positions. He has also worked as a management consultant.  His experience includes the implementation and training of LEAN, WCMS, Change Management and Strategic Operational processes. He has also developed successful sales, marketing and CRM strategies for a number of large companies.

Field of specialisation

Mark teaches WorkBased Challenge (research at undergraduate level) as well as Operational Management at The Institute.

 

 

Welmoed Geekie

Faculty: Project Management 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Welmoed holds an M.Sc. Project Management from the University of Pretoria as well as PRINCE2 certification.  She also holds a Certificate in Education, Training and Development from UJ and a B.Sc Dietetics from UP.

Work Background

Welmoed worked as a medical representative and later became the Training Manager for Adcock Ingram and Thebe Medicare, whereafter she specialised in training, firstly in the Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Training, and later in Project Management.  She also served as an adjudicator of the South African Project Management Excellence Awards 2012 as well as the 2016 adjudication panel and formed part of the team that developed the draft Supply Chain Management Curriculum for National Treasury (2013).

Field of specialisation

Welmoed facilitates Project Management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Schalk Gerber

Faculty: Business Ethics

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Schalk’s highest qualification is a Master’s degree in philosophy of religion amongst the two undergraduate and three postgraduate degrees. Other fields of study include psychology and theology. He has studied twice abroad, namely in Konstanz – Germany; and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Schalk plans to enrol for a PhD in 2017.

Work Background

The bulk of my Schalk’s experience includes teaching or work related to the higher education sector. He is currently focusing on furthering his academic career through presenting papers at local and international conferences, and publishing.

In terms of teaching experience, he has been involved with Philosophy and Business Ethics since 2011 and has taught at the University of Pretoria, UNISA and the DaVinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Schalk’s research expertise is situated at the intersection of philosophy of religion and social/political philosophy. In turn, his teaching expertise concerns business ethics and philosophy. He is also a member of the Philosophical Society of South Africa and the Nederlands-Afrikaanstalige Wysgerige Genootskap.

 

Richard Goddard

Faculty Head: Statistical Methods

Faculty: Economics, Financial Literacy (Numeracy), Business Management

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Richard holds a B Prim Ed (WITS) and Honours in Business Management (UNISA). He is also currently studying towards a Masters degree at The Da Vinci Institute.

Work Background

Richard has been involved in a variety of educational programs. Some of these include the BML Degree at FNB where he facilitated problem-solving, economics, financial accounting, soft skills, business management, project management, mathematics and understanding and knowing who I am.

He also facilitated the first-year programme for Engineering at Monash University, for a group of Angolan students. His clients include City Power, Altech (UEC), Altech Cellular, Altech Netstar, Altron, KDI-Kenya Data Networks and Swift Global (Uganda), FNB and Covidien.

Field of specialisation

Richard facilitates Statistical Methods, Economics, Financial Literacy (Numeracy), and Business Management.

 

Dr Wilma Guest Mouton

Faculty Head: Retail Management

 

 Qualifications / Academic Background

Dr Wilma holds a BA (Languages) from the University of Pretoria, a Higher Educational Diploma, B.Ed, M.A. in Adult Education and a D.Ed in Didactical studies.

Work Background

She is the Chief Executive Officer for Guest Resource Services (Pty) Ltd. Field of specialisation. In addition, she held various directorships including Ekosto 1094 since 2004, Capital City Business Chamber (CCBC) in 2011 and Business Information Center (Akasia Soshanguve) in1999.

Field of specialisation

Wilma has been delivering education and training in the Retail space for a number of years.  She is passionate about education and training in general and about Retail Management in particular.  She teaches Retail Management at The Da Vinci Institute and also serves as the Faculty Head.

 

Nickey Hart-Crosby

Faculty: Business Communication, Business Management

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Nickey holds a BA Educational Psychology and English, HED (Postgraduate) and an Advanced Certificate for Professional and Business Coaching (Postgraduate).

Work Background

During the past 15 years, Nickey has practised as a Leadership Learning and Development Practitioner and have extensive experience in presenting and facilitating learning interventions at various small, medium and large enterprises in South Africa and abroad.

Nickey has a solid understanding of business and the development and the implementation of key people practises due to her previous exposure at Nedbank, Woolworths and Foschini. In these Financial and Retail enterprises, she functioned in the roles of HR and Leadership and Workforce Development Management.

Field of specialisation

Nickey teaches Business Communication as well as Business Management (first year) at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Kerryn Irvin

Faculty: Management of People

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Kerryn holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Sociology from WITS, as well as an Honours in Psychology from RAU (now UJ).

Work Background

Kerryn’s experience includes leading a team of psychologists in the strategy and operations of a unique tool to help managers and leaders understand their influence and effect on the people around them, creating FNB’s orientation programme and then its facilitation, as well as creating and launching a new “on the job” training programme for Edgars, and facilitating workshops countrywide to launch the product.

Field of specialisation

Kerryn teaches Management of People at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Gerhard Janse van Rensburg

Faculty: Managerial Leadership

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Gerhard holds a B.A (Hebrew and Philosophy), a number of theology qualifications including a D.Th (Practical Theology – Thesis: Leadership and organisational structures in congregations) and MCom (Leadership Studies) – Dissertation title: The need and process for the change from a management to a leadership culture in organisations.

Work Background

Gerhard founded New Era Leadership and worked as a leadership and executive coach, development facilitator and academic supervisor since 2002.

He is a co-developer of the leadership development component of the National Human Resources Management Standards and certified as a PDA Analyst and MyPDA Coach. Since 2015 Gerhard is a director of the Future Leaders Africa online development journey.

Gerhard is well-known for his articles in the leadership field and is a column writer for the CEO magazine. He published two leadership books, The Leadership Challenge In Africa (foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu), and Leadership Thoughts. He is furthermore chosen by Motivational Press as one of their community of leading experts, thought leaders, and industry authorities.

His articles were published in several leadership, management and human resources publications such as CEO, PMR, HR Future, HR.com and BusinessBrief.

Field of specialisation

Gerhard facilitates modules focused on leadership development at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Piet Joubert

Faculty: Project Management

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Piet holds a BA (Psychology) from UP, a BA (Honours) (Industrial relations and advanced organisational behaviour) from UPE (now NMMU), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management (RAU) (now UJ).

Work Background

Piet has many years of consulting experience, including business process mapping, and focusing on project management in particular.

Field of specialisation

Piet facilitates Project Management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Dewald Kruger

Information Officer, Research Support

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dewald holds a Bachelors of Theology (UP) and a Master of Divinity (UP).

Work Background

Dewald is working as the Information Officer at The Da Vinci Institute on a full-time basis.  His role includes research support such as assisting students with searching for literature, training on academic writing and plagiarism, managing the physical and online library of The Institute, and other research-related support functions.

Field of specialisation

Dewald teaches research at undergraduate levels and academic writing at The Institute.

 

Tshepho Langa

Faculty: Economics

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Tshepho holds a Master of Business Administration (USB) degree. His other qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (UKZN), Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy (UWC) and Programme in Supply Chain Management (UNISA)

Work Background

Tshepho has worked in the Clothing Retail, Store Management, Planning & Buying Sector for 3 years.

Field of specialisation

Tshepho is passionate public speaking, lecturing and leadership.  He is currently teaching Economics (BCom first year) at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Geoff Law

Faculty Head: Banking

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Geoff completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and an MBA at the Milpark Business School.  Geoff also holds a Certificate in Banking, a Banking Licentiate Diploma, a Credit Diploma and a Diploma in Treasury Management and Trade Finance, all from the Institute for Bankers. 

Work Background

Geoff’s career started in the banking industry, and he has been involved in education and training in the banking space since 2000, in various capacities.

Field of specialisation

Geoff heads up the banking faculty at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

 

Thulani Madinginye

Faculty: Economics

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Thulani holds a Bachelor of Business Science (UCT) and a Master of Commerce in Applied Economics (UCT).                                                       

Work Background

Thulani Madinginye is the founding Chief Executive and Lead Researcher at Berakah Value Investments. Berakah is an investment holding company that seek to find and invest in opportunities across various industries including the energy, mining, technology and financial sectors.

Thulani also worked as a junior Economics Lecturer at the University of Cape Town for a year, as well as at the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurship located within the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Busines, and the Sandton campus of Varsity College (part-time).

Field of specialisation

Thulani facilitates Economics at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Chengedzai Mafini

Guest facilitator: Supply Chain Management

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dr Mafini holds a PhD from the North West University as well as a D. Tech from the Vaal University of Technology, an Advanced Diploma in Higher Education – UOFS, an MSc in Strategic Management (Chinhoyi University of Technology), a Bachelor of Business Administration (Chinhoyi University of Technology), a Diploma in Personnel Management, as well as a Certificate in Doctoral Supervision (Rhodes).                                                        

Work Background

Dr Mafini is currently the Faculty Head of the Logistics Faculty at the VUT and is serving as a guest facilitator at The Da Vinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Dr Mafini specialises in Supply Chain Management and has built up an extensive record of publications in this field.

 

Henra Mayer

Faculty Head: Management of Innovation

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Henra holds a BA degree with a focus on languages from UP.  She has also completed a Programme in Business Leadership (PBL) at UNISA, and a Masters in Business Leadership from the UNISA SBL.

Work Background

Henra is a respected innovation measurement specialist. Innovation measurement was the focus of her Master studies and she has since delivered several keynote addresses and conference papers on the topic.  She also published various articles highlighting innovation measurement imperatives and demonstrating subject matter expertise. 

Henra also acts as Innovation adjudicator for various innovation related competitions. She is currently acting as a judge for the Accenture/Da Vinci Innovation Index Awards, serves as TT100 (Top Technology 100) adjudicator, acted as an adjudicator for the University of Pretoria on their annual Innovation in Engineering competition as well as for the FASA (Franchisee Association of SA) Awards. She also acted as an editorial panellist for The SA Innovator Magazine, contributes weekly to the New Age Newspaper’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship column and guides weekly Innocentrix publications in TechSmart Magazine.

Field of specialisation

Henra is the Faculty Head: Management of Innovation at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Dr Nimrod Mbele

Faculty: Entrepreneurship, Governance

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Nimrod holds a Bachelor of Arts (WITS), a Graduate Diploma in Management (WITS), a Masters Degree in Management (WITS) and a PhD in Corporate Governance (WITS).

Work Background

Nimrod is a seasoned lecturer in the following discipline: corporate governance, corporate strategy development; change management and risk management.

He also taught and supervised master’s students at Wits School of Governance, Regenesys Business School and Da Vinci Institute of Technology.

Field of specialisation

Nimrod facilitates Entrepreneurship and Governance at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Ronald Mlalazi

Faculty:  Supply Chain Management

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ronald holds an MSc Procurement (University of South Wales), a Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (CIPS-UK), and a Higher National Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Work Background

Ronald has worked in Supply Chain Management for quite some time and he is a well-known player in education and training in the Supply Chain Management field, having impacted the national curricula (National Treasury as well as Palama), and lecturing in this field for several years.

Field of specialisation

Ronald teaches Supply Chain Management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Judy Molefi

Faculty:  Banking

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Judy holds a BA Degree (Applied Psychology) (UNISA), a BA (Honours)( Applied Psychology for Professional Contexts) (UNISA) a Diploma (HR) (Allenby), as well as a Certificate: HIV/AIDS Care & Counselling (UNISA).

Work Background

Judy has 12 years’ experience in Retail Banking; both as a banking hall controller, and overseeing tellers and enquiries.  She also worked as a facilitator of learning for 7 years, and spent almost a year as a Relationship Manager at head office level, building relationships internally between Group HR and Line.

The past 16 years was spent in her own practice as a consultant, associate and coach in the learning environment but diverse industries including young graduates and bursary students.

Field of specialisation

Judy teaches a number of banking modules at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Unathi Mntonintshi

Faculty Head:  Business Ethics, Faculty: Business Management

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Unathi holds a B.Tech Civil Engineering (Peninsula Technikon), an MSc Transportation Planning (UP) as well as an MBA Finance (UP).

Work Background

Besides his experience as an Engineer, Unathi has a wealth of experience in business, including extensive management consulting experience.  He has also served as a member of the Transport Appeal Tribunal (Ministerial appointment) from 2006 – 2008, as a Member of the Regulating Committee for ACSA and ATNS (2008 – 2011), Chairperson of the Regulating Committee for ACSA and ATNS (2013 – 2016), as well as a Non-Executive Director of the Gautrain Management Agency (2015 to current).

He is passionate about ethics and good corporate governance, especially in state owned enterprises.

Field of specialisation

Unathi facilitates Business Management as well as Business Ethics at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Ann Naicker

Faculty: Human Resource Management, Management of People

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ann Naicker holds a Diploma in Human Resources Management (Dip:HRM), a degree in Social Science (B.SocSci), a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management(Post Grad: Dip: Bus Mgt)  and a Masters in Business Administration(MBA). She is currently reading her Doctorate in Leadership – Leadership and Change.

Work Background

Ann has worked across multiple industries within her 17year working career. This includes both the private sector and the public sector (locally and internationally).  She worked at, amongst others, Oracle (SA), MTN, Edcon, Woolworths, SABC, Hollard, Mutual and Federal, MultiChoice, Eskom and Transnet (Pipelines).  She managed diverse and multiple portfolios at stepped levels within her corporate career, namely from junior management levels to executive management.  Her passion, however, lies with the development of people and this has been her key focus.

Field of specialisation

Ann facilitates Human Resource Management and the Management of People at The Institute.

 

Olivia Nyahokwe

Faculty: Economics

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Olivia holds a BCom Business Management & Economics (Fort Hare), a BCom (Honours) (Fort Hare), and an MCom (Economics) (Fort Hare). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics at UJ.

Work Background

Olivia has lectured in the field of Economics at a number of Universities and has also published in peer-reviewed journals.

Field of specialisation

Olivia facilitates Economics at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Yzette Oelofse

Faculty: Banking

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Yzette holds a BCom Law Degree and an Honours Degree in Financial Management.

Work Background

Yzette worked in Commercial banking for 8 years. She has experience in Sales, Credit, Investments, Transactional banking.

Field of specialisation

Yzette is a member of Golden Key Honour Society. Her academic interest would be obtaining a BCom Law Degree Cum Laude. Yzette is passionate about educating learners who have the potential to achieve their dreams.

She teaches a number of Banking modules at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Ryan Parker

Faculty: Banking

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ryan holds a Degree in Industrial Psychology, post graduate qualifications in Business Science from GIBS and the University of Stellenbosch, and a post graduate Diploma in Change Management (UNISA 2015). Ryan is currently studying towards a Masters in Education (Virtual Learning Environments) at the University of South Wales.

Work Background

Ryan’s early experiences as Lecturer and Academic Head for Damelin School of Business ingrained in him the importance of gaining measurable results from training, while his last Full Time Employed position as Head of Learning & Development for Nedbank’s Client Services Cluster, where he was mandated to build a culture of learning against the backdrop of some of the most turbulent times in the history of Nedbank, taught him the importance of balancing the wants of the learner with needs of the client.

His experience includes building Executive Development programs, landing blended learning for complex IT projects to developing short, fun team building sessions for millennials, or creating serious sales training aimed at business owners.

Field of specialisation

Ryan is teaching a number of Banking related modules at The Institute.

 

Theo Potgieter

Faculty: Banking

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Theo holds a Sc. Agric (Agricultural Economics) (US),  Hons B.Sc. (AgEcon) (US) and a MBA (UP) (Dissertation topic: The economic evaluation of the Zoeknog Coffee Project in Lebowa with the assistance of current investment criteria

Work Background

Theo has worked in the Venda Homeland, Department of Agriculture for 4 years as an Ag Economist, in the Economic Development Corporation, Ag Economist for 4 years, then Standard Bank for 25 years in various positions, ending as the Provincial Director Free State and Northern Cape. Theo also worked at the School of Management, Free State University for 6 years and served on the Board of the Landbank for 5 years.

Field of specialisation

Theo has extensive experience in retail banking and has specialised in the challenges of the BBBEE legislation for smaller businesses. Theo presented pre- and post-graduate programmes on BBBEE at the University of the Free State. He also has a long-standing interest in development economics and the challenges that come with it.

Theo is passionate about facilitating Banking modules at The Da Vinci Institute.  He enjoys facilitation/interacting with students.

 

Dawn Pretorius

Faculty: Banking

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dawn holds a Masters in Commerce from the Potchefstroom University. Her dissertation dealt with Private Banking Services in South Africa. She also holds a B.Tech Banking degree and has completed a number of other banking/commercial qualifications and courses.

Work Background

Dawn has spent a lifetime in banking with experience in various aspects of banking including trust company of bank, offshore banking and structures, private and commercial banking, strategy, preparation for merger Standard Bank and Liberty wealth.

Field of specialisation

Her field of specialisation is corporate governance and compliance, with particular emphasis on banking. She is passionate about facilitating Banking modules at Da Vinci as she loves learning from her students and growing her mind together with theirs.

 

Satish Roopa

Faculty: Managerial Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Satish holds a B.Juris degree and an LLB from UNISA, as well as an M.Phil (related to management sciences) from the University of Stellenbosch. 

Work Background

Satish practised as a human rights and labour lawyer in the 1980s and early 1990s. He was involved in a large number of political development forums and negotiating teams and served as member and office-bearer of a variety of organisations, including Lawyers for Human Rights.

Field of specialisation

For the past 20 years, Satish has been involved in the management of a number of companies. He currently serves as a non-executive director on the Board of the Gautrain Management Agency. He also inter alia served on the Board of ABSA in the North West Province, as well as a number of other companies.

Satish teaches managerial leadership (including supervision) at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Pat Roper

Faculty: Human Resource Management, Banking

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Pat holds a BCom degree, a Results Coach Certificate, as well as a Masters in Business Leadership from the UNISA SLB

Work Background

Pat has over 20 years’ human resources experience and worked for the following industries: Banking, Telecommunication, Motor Industry, Healthcare, Retail and Wholesale Worked for private institutions and government, as well as multinational organisations. Accredited Assessor and Moderator with the following Setas: Merseta, Services Seta, Local Government Seta

Field of specialisation

Pat teaches Human Resource Management as well as Banking modules at The Da Vinci Institute.

She is a member of the SABPP (South African Board for Personnel Practice) as well as the International Coaching Federation.

 

Dr Shaun Ruysenaar

Faculty: Managerial Leadership

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Shaun holds a PhD in Social and Political Science (African Studies) from the University of Edinburgh. His undergraduate was in Physics and Environmental Management with and Honors and MSc in Geographical Science.

Work Background

Shaun has worked as a research and management consultant for 10 years in a range of fields covering GIS, food security, environmental management, strategy, policy and general management

Field of specialisation

Shaun is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and IODSA and has published peer-reviewed articles in the field of food security, biofuels and policy (internationally).

Shaun is teaching managerial leadership (including supervision) at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Roger Snelgar

Faculty: Banking

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Roger holds a B. Social Science (UCT), a Diploma in Accountancy and the GIBS Professional Business Coaching Diploma.

Work Background

Roger worked in banking for 40 years and has experience in all aspects of commercial banking, both locally and overseas. In Standard Bank, some of the more senior roles he had fulfilled have been Head of HR for Retail Bank; CEO of Personal & Business Banking, Rest of Africa; CEO of Standard Lesotho Bank; Regional CEO, Central & Southern Africa.  He has also represented the Group on the Boards of several banking subsidiaries in Africa.

Field of specialisation

Roger teaches a number of Banking related modules at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Carin Stoltz-Urban

Manager: Teaching and Learning

Faculty Head: WorkBased Challenge(Undergraduate Research), Faculty: Business Communication

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Carin holds a Master of Public Management degree from the Regenesys School of Public Management. She has also recently completed a PhD at the Da Vinci Institute. Her thesis deals with the retention and success of non-traditional postgraduate students.

Work Background

Carin has worked in both the public and the private sector in a range of managerial positions.  Her most recent experience includes 7 years at SAQA, where she worked as a Deputy Director in the Executive Office, 3 years as the Head of Professional Development and Education at CIPS Africa, and her full-time role at The Da Vinci Institute, since July 2014.

Her current role and most recent work experience involve managing the quality of teaching and learning as well as student support.

Field of specialisation

Carin is passionate about student success (student retention and throughput).  Her research interests also include teaching and learning and assessment.

 

Barry Urban

Faculty Head: Financial Accounting, Business Analysis

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Barry holds a B.Com (Econ) from Rhodes University, a B.Compt (Hons) from UNISA, and is a qualified C.A. (S.A.) (retired). He is also a TOCICO certified expert in the Theory of Constraint management philosophy.

Work Background

Barry worked as an auditor and accountant for 18 years and as a management consultant for 21 years.  In this time he built up extensive management expertise as well as experience in business analysis and improvement.

One of the positions he held was that of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of SAQA, where he also built up extensive knowledge of the South African education and training landscape, as well as education policy.

Barry also serves as external moderator at both GIBS and the UFS.

Field of specialisation

Barry teaches Financial Accounting as well as Business Analysis at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Gerda Venter

Faculty: Business Management, Manufacturing and Operations Management

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Gerda holds a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Leadership from UNISA SBL.

Work Background

Electronic engineering design, project management & systems engineering: Military & broadcasting industries, with international experience – 13 years; Strategic marketing, sales & new technology launch & implementation: eCommerce; Internet Security &  banking industries, with international experience – 5 years; Outsource Transition & Transformation: Information Technology; Utility and banking industries – 5 years; Organisational, Talent & Leadership development:  – Banking, Utilities, Broadcasting, ITC, Transport (Gautrain) – 9 years. 

Field of specialisation

Memberships: International Coach Federation (ICF); Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA). Special Expertise: Facilitation, Consulting, Coaching & Mentoring of Business Management; Leadership Development; Organisational & Team development; Neuroscience Coaching; eCoaching & distance Coaching; Marketing management; Sustainable Mentoring and succession planning. Academic Interest: Internet of Things (IoT); Change & Innovation Management; Distance learning; Neuroscience learning; HR management; Systems Thinking

Gerda teaches Business Management as well as Manufacturing and Operations Management at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Sarel Visagie

Faculty: Numeracy Skills (incl Visual Intelligence)

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Sarel holds a B.Com (UOFS), B.Com (Hon.) (RAU), and an M.Com (Strategic Management) (RAU). He is also ISO 14001:2004 qualified.

Work Background

At the SA Road Transport Services, Sarel was responsible for costing of services, pricing of routes and budgeting for passenger and goods transport. He then joined Stannic from July 1988 as Senior Consultant in Fleet Management and moved through the ranks, gaining valuable experience in fleet management and vehicle finance until June 2003 when he started his consultancy business, Stentor Consulting cc.

Field of specialisation

Sarel facilitates Numeracy, Financial Literacy and Visual Intelligence at The Da Vinci Institute.

 

Este Welman

Faculty: Financial Accounting

 

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Este is a qualified CA (SA) and obtained her Masters in National and International Tax, Cum-laude, from the North West University in 2005. She is also currently enrolled for a PhD at The Da Vinci Institute.

Work Background

Este has years of experience in the airline industry, which has allowed her to very quickly zone in on the cost saving and efficiency factors that typically dictate the wellness of the airline /organisation. Este’s financial qualifications, in turn, allow operational changes to be reflected in real financial terms allowing the organisation to view the impact of remedial actions.

Field of specialisation

Este teaches Financial Accounting at The Da Vinci Institute.