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.
DR RONEL BLOM
Ronel has a passion for research and describes research as her first love. With a PhD in Education Policy, Ronel’s work experience has seen her as a full time researcher, policy developer, implementer and critic at various organisations and freelance for 16 years. Her special expertise is research design and methods.
MR SATISH ROOPA
Satish Roopa is the owner of S Roopa Consultants (Pty) Ltd. The consulting firm has been operational since 2004.
Satish completed the degrees B.Iuris LL.B M.Phil. He 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.
From 1994 to 1997, he was the MEC for Safety and Security for the North West Province and during this time, he often served as acting Premier of the province.
At the end of 2000, Satish was deployed as Executive Mayor of Potchefstroom. In this position, he achieved a number of firsts for the city, notably in the field of environmental issues, by the erection of the first local government building in Africa to be 100% compliant with SAEDES standards. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) rewarded Satish by inviting him to address environmental conferences in Germany and Australia as well as the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. He also acted as spokesperson for local governments across the globe during the Conference of Parties 8 in New Delhi, India in 2002.
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.
MRS PAT ROPER
Pat facilitates at Da Vinci because she firmly believes in the Mode 2 philosophy. She believes that it is important for students to be able to apply theory and concepts learnt in the work place. She is passionate about people development and about sharing and imparting her knowledge. Pat holds a Bachelor of Commerce qualification and a Master of Business Leadership.
With 20 years’ human resources, experience in industries such as banking, telecommunication, healthcare, retail, wholesale and the automotive industry. She has worked for private institutions, government as well as multinational organisations.
Pat is an accredited Assessor and Moderator with the following Setas: Merseta, Services Seta, Local Government Seta and is a member of the SABPP (South African Board for Personnel Practice) and the International Coaching Federation.
MR GREG TOSEN
Greg Tosen is the Head of Department for the Management of Technology at The Da Vinci Institute. With an enormous amount of experience in the renewable energy sector, Greg has been involved with The Institute since 2004.
In his capacity as a Da Vinci facilitator, Greg enjoys various levels of engagement that he experiences from the students in his workshops. He believes that business driven action learning leads to a holistic development in terms of broader thinking and work based application.
As a Registered Professional Scientist, Greg has also obtained a Diploma in Meteorology from TUT, Bachelor of Science from University of Pretoria and a Master of Science from University of Witwatersrand. In addition to this, Greg is currently studying his Doctorate of Philosophy with a key focus in the Management of Technology.
Greg Tosen is the General Manager of System Operations and Planning for Eskom and previously spent ten years in the Research and Design department of the government owned enterprise.
His infectious personality promotes a wide sense of engagement with Da Vinci students, thereby challenging them to find solutions to work based challenges.
In addition to his lectures at a range of public and private higher education institutions, Greg has contributed toward the publishing and presentation of over 40 papers both nationally and internationally. He has also edited and authored 4 books specific to environmental related issues.
MRS SIDDIAH MUTHEE
Siddiah attended the University of Johannesburg (UJ) where she obtained both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Post-graduate Degree. She then attained her Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Milpark Business School.
Siddiah has held various posts in the Learning and Development (L&D) and the Human Capital space, ranging from being an Instructional Designer, Learning Consultant and Project Manager before branching into Business to incorporate Business Management to L&D and Human Capital, in the business sphere, she has held positions such as a Business Development Manager, Relationship Manager, Regional General Manager and Strategic Account Manager.
She has lectured at UJ on Linguistics and Literary Theory, Cross Cultural Communication, Communication and English for Academic Purposes. Siddiah has been facilitating part time at The Da Vinci Institute for the past three years. She teaches Self, Other and Social Context, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Managerial Leadership Development, Work Based Challenge and Professional Writing Skills.
MR MARK FULLER
Mark has a Master’s degree in improving business processes using Lean thinking. He is a certified Coach and member of the International Coaching Federation. He is also a certified Skills Development Facilitator (SDF), Assessor and Advanced Facilitator. Mark is currently busy with a PhD at The Da Vinci Institute focused on self-empowerment in the workplace. In addition, he facilitates the TIPS modules at The Da Vinci Institute including post-graduate and masters students.
Mark has consulted both locally and internationally on Lean thinking and processes, having developed over 30 programs and run over 850 workshops and seminars. He has successfully influenced the practical implementation of business strategies, innovation and systems thinking in international corporations and manufacturing plants. As a serial entrepreneur Mark has had shareholding in five separate businesses, has helped establish three SMME’s and was a founding member of UPSA. (United Professional Sales Association of South Africa)
Mark has spent the last 25 years as a coach, consultant and business executive teaching people how to ‘find their voice’ through developing quantum thinking – thinking without barriers. His driving force is ‘making a difference’.
MR BURNETT (BIDDIE) BIDDULPH
After school, Biddie attended the Universities of Pretoria and South Africa where he obtained his B.Compt (Hons) and MBL degrees. He is currently an aspirant PhD at the University of Johannesburg, completing his PhD research in the field of Personal and Professional Leadership.
He 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.
Biddie started Astute, The Financial Services Exchange, on 1 April 2000 as Managing Director. Astute is a joint venture between Old Mutual, Sanlam Life and Liberty Life as equal shareholders and provide technology services to the financial services industry in South Africa. He retired from the company after 15 years and started a consulting and advisory firm in March 2014, Focus Consulting, consisting of various highly qualified professional consultants. Biddie is also a part-time faculty member at the Da Vinci Institute of Technology, facilitating in the subjects of Management of Technology and Systems Thinking.
MRS ADRIENNE BERKOWITZ
Adrienne attended the University of Witwatersrand where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree and Post-graduate Higher Education Diploma. She graduated top of her class when she attained her Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing. She is currently studying for her Master’s degree at The Da Vinci Institute
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.
She has lectured at Varsity College, IMM and Rissik Business School for the past 22 years. Subjects taught include Communication, Management and Entrepreneurship. She teaches Marketing, Strategy, Global Marketing, Tourism Marketing, Marketing Communication and Brand Management.
Adrienne has been facilitating part-time at The Da Vinci Institute for the past two and a half years. She teaches the introductory class in Managerial Leadership Development, Self, Other and Social Contexts, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making.
MR PIETER DU TOIT
Pieter attended the University of South Africa (UNISA) where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree and Post-graduate Masters in Business Leadership (MBL). He attained his Post-graduate BCom Honours in Organisational Development and Change Management, at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently studying for his PhD at The Da Vinci Institute.
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, his own Consultancy Firm that specialises in Organisational Development and Change Management. Pieter is also the Lead Consultant of Status Aviation.
His assignments as project manager through his Consultancy Firm include a number of diverse projects, such as overseeing change management initiatives during SAP implementations at large global organisations (i.e. Impala Platinum, Xstrata Coal and Alloys, Glencore SA), the development of NQF qualifications for the hospitality and tourism industries (i.e. Harvey World Travel SA and Royal Sechaba Food Services), and the development, commissioning and maintenance of an Integrated Electronic Safety Management Platform, for the recording and investigating of all aviation related incidents at the 23 major airport in South Africa.
Internationally, he has delivered projects in countries such as Kazakhstan, Peru, Brazil, Australia, India, Ghana, DRC, Namibia and Mozambique. He is an accredited life and business coach with DuPont Safety Solutions and is certified as a facilitator and coach using the NBI® (Neethling Brain Instruments) Thinking Preference Profiles.
He has lectured at The Graduate Institute of Management and Technology (GIMT) and The LR Group. Subjects taught include Travel Agency Management and Entrepreneurship. He also teaches Business Strategy, Leadership, Marketing Management, Business Management, Safety Management, Information Management and Change Management. He has been facilitating part time at The Da Vinci Institute for the past two years, where he teaches Entrepreneurship, Change Management and Information Management.
DR COLIN STEYN
Colin has been facilitating and consulting in the domains of leadership, Strategy, Education, Scenario Planning and Innovation for the past 20 years and is also CEO and enabler for the Centre for Integral Innovation and Development. Colin is completing an extended third doctoral study, which explores global worldviews on Integral Leadership thinking and practice toward a collaborative Ecology.
He is particularly interested in sharing new leadership and management lenses with corporate organisations, Non-profit organisations and students, thereby introducing innovative thinking from a Southern perspective of “community – being and becoming” within a new mindset.
This new mindset appreciates the importance of de-construction of current Leadership towards practise and thinking to thereby reconstruct strategic leadership and management realities to foster a new vision of harmony and prosperity to drive collective, integral solutions in a world dealing with unprecedented change.
He is believes that in today’s economy and business climate, organisations should shed their out-dated strategies and thinking of working in silos and embrace the cross pollination of talent pools with diverse human assets within the company to co-create valuable, innovative and sustainable growth to propel a collaborative networked economy.
MR GRAEME DE BRUYN
Graeme de Bruyn has more than 15 years of experience in organisational leadership, stakeholder management, strategic planning, organisational and team development. He taught at a secondary school, worked as a trade union organiser, and part-time lecturer at the USB-ED and in various roles for the Centre for Policy Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, the Careways Group, FranklinCovey Southern Africa, the Futures Group and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Graeme is an alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar in Austria, completed a B.Ed HONS in training and learning from the North-West University and a Master of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.
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.
He is an Associate Faculty of The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management and teaches/facilitates on Business Management and Strategic HR Management.
He convened and organised the Western Cape Local Government HIV/AIDS INDABA for municipalities. His work assignments include the design and facilitation of a national workshop for the strategy and policy development of an Employee Health and Wellness Strategy/Program for the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).
This workshop led to the formulation of a comprehensive strategy and policy on Employee Health and Wellness Strategy/Program for the DPSA. As in other strategic planning and capacity building sessions, his approach is iterative and consultative, from workshop design to implementation. Furthermore, Graeme chaired and acted as facilitator for the Department of Public Service & Administration’s (DPSA) Employee Wellness INDABA V and the Employee Assistance Practitioners’ Association of South Africa’s (EAPASA) conferences.
MR JOSHUA SIBUSISO BHENGU
Joshua holds an IPM Diploma, MBA from the International Management Centre (Buckingham) and a senior management programme (SMP) at IMD. Joshua is an independent business advisor who, having come from an HR background, broadened his skills base to include manufacturing, general management, management consulting, business school teaching, publishing and public speaking. He is literate in financial management and has developed academic and training programmes in business economics. He is an experienced mentor and coach for managers, a passionate action-learning practitioner and a skilled motivator of people.
Joshua is the former Regional HR Director: Africa and Middle East (Reckitt & Colman (now Reckitt Benckiser)) and was the General Manager for Cappa Sacks. He has taught business strategy at UNISA and is a past Chairman of Council of the Technikon North West.
He is a graduate of the Institute of People Management (IPM), holds an MBA from Buckingham and has completed a senior management programme (SMP) at IMD. He is currently reading for his PhD in the Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) at The Da Vinci Institute . He is founder and CEO of Joshua Bhengu Consulting (Pty) Ltd, a human capital and organisational performance improvement company; is Non-Executive Chairman of Covidien (Pty) Ltd and is a Faculty Head of The Institute.
MR RICHARD GODDARD
Richard has been in education for the past 18 years and holds a B Prim Ed (WITS) and Honours in Business Management (UNISA). He has a passion for the learners and for the subject matter he facilitates. His qualifications include: A B Prim Ed (WITS) and a Honours in Business Management (UNISA). Over the past seven years, he has facilitated at the following levels: certificate, diploma and degree.
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 a 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.
DR JAN BOSMAN
Jan holds a BA Psychology , BA Hons Psychology , MA Psychology (Research) , MA Clinical Psychology and PhD Psychology. Jan has experience in working with the South African Medical Services and practicing as a clinical psychologist, specializing in Trauma, Addiction Disorders, Management and Leadership Development and Training Clients include: FNB, ABSA, Barclays, ABI, SABMiller, Spoornet, Anglo Gold Ashanti (Southern Africa and Africa Regions), Harmony Mines, Netcare, Medicross, Life Healthcare, and Altech Auto Page.
Jan is a Research Associate at The Da Vinci Institute in the domain of Supervisory Management. Jan has been a guest speaker on Emotional Intelligence and Stress Management at a number of conferences.
MRS ESTE WELMAN
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.
Este is a qualified CA (SA), and obtained her masters in National and International Tax, Cum-laude, from the North West University in 2005. Prior to joining the airline industry in (SA Express) in 2007, Este worked within the audit profession, obtaining experience in a vast field of industries.
Within SA Express, Este joined the Executive team in August 2008, as the youngest female in the airlines history. Within the airline, Este has fulfilled multiple roles ranging from financial management, revenue management, business development, project and performance management, transformation strategy and corporate strategy and turnaround strategic interventions. Her passion for the latter urged her to embark on her PHD in this field in 2013.
Este has been leading and participating in critical projects across the industry and the airline, with particular focus in the last 5 years on the fleet planning and projections, the turnaround strategy to navigate turbulence and the Durban Regional Expansion Strategy. As a task team member to the Shareholder, Este contributed in crafting the long term strategy for the Status Aviation Assets. She was the thought leader for multiple R&D applications developed within, SA Express, which created the platform to solve business and industry challenges. Her passion for business and the airline industry allows her to be an invaluable asset in any project and on any team.
DR DUMISANI MAGADLELA
Dumisani’s work and business experience has taken him from being a university lecturer for over six years, to multiple senior management roles in the public and private sector. He supervises and examines Masters Students in universities across South Africa. He has worked in the United Nations (UNDP) both as a consultant and employee. Dumi has recently worked as a Regional Manager, Senior Corporate Affairs Specialist, Senior Strategist and internal coach for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
In April 2010 he was part of a management team that set up an operations office and started running the Pan-African Capacity Building Programme (PACBP) within the DBSA, providing training and capacity building across the African continent. This was in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the AFD (a French development funding agency).
Dumisani is currently a Senior Strategist and Internal Coach at the DBSA. He is the Lead Coach and Founder of Ekhaya Consulting, and is a member of faculty at one of South Africa’s leading coach-training institution on the African continent, The Coaching Centre (TCC), based in Cape Town, South Africa.
DR CHENGEDZAI MAFINI
Chengedzai has a PhD in Economics from North West University plus a Doctor of Technology degree in Business from Vaal University of Technology, an MSC degree in Strategic Management, an Advanced Diploma in Higher education (cum laude) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
He has eight years’ experience as an academic, teaching in diverse higher education institutions in such areas as logistics and supply chain management, business management, organisational behaviour, leadership and economics.
Chengedzai is a published scholar with well over 50 publications to his credit and has presented over twenty papers at various local and international academic conferences. He has examined numerous masters’ dissertations and doctoral theses and is an active post-graduate supervisor in various higher education institutions. He is also a moderator for various post-graduate modules at a number of higher education institutions.
His research interests include supply chain and operations management and human resource and performance management. He is a member of the following professional bodies: Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), South African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS), Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa (SAPICS) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
DR WILMA GUEST-MOUTON
Wilma Guest-Mouton is the Chief Executive Officer for Guest Resource Services (Pty) Ltd. She 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. Wilma is a qualified teacher, trainer, assessor moderator, verifier and skills development facilitator.
She holds various directorships in Guest Resource Services since 2006, Ekosto 1094 since 2004, Capital City Business Chamber (CCBC) in 2011 and Business Information Center (Akasia Soshanguve) in1999.
MR SAREL VISAGIE
Sarel Visagie holds a BCom from University of the Free State, BCom Honours from RAU, MCom in Strategic Management from RAU. Sarel started his career as a consultant with SA Road Transport Services before he joined the Standard Bank Group (Stannic).
At SA Road Transport Services, he was responsible for costing of services, pricing of routes and budgeting for passenger and goods transport. Sarel 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.
Stentor is an educational service, providing services to a number of corporate entities and Higher Education Institutions and is a registered assessor with Services SETA. Sarel facilitated economics, accounting and financial management related programmes over the past eight years as sub-contractor on behalf of a number of private training providers operating in the corporate arena. Sarel is educated in commerce with a broad background spanning 20 years in the corporate environment, including services related to management, training, strategic marketing and product development.
Sarel is co-owner of Mobilitas CC focusing specifically on education training and consulting to the fleet management industry. Mobilitas actively works with educational institutions to promote fleet management education and training programmes. Mobilitas enables fleet owners to contribute to a cleaner and safer environment and achieve acceptable returns on their investment in mobility services assets supported by a healthy workforce that possesses superior vehicle administration and management skills.
MR BARRY URBAN
Barry holds a BCom in Economics, a BCompt (Hons) and a C.A. (S.A.). Barry has worked for the first 18 years of his career as an auditor and accountant. He then became a management consultant and has been consulting for the past 21 years. Barry has a passion for economics, business analysis, accounting and business management and enjoys facilitating. He states that it is a way in which he can contribute to make South Africa a nation of managerial leaders. Barry is a TOCICO certified expert in the Theory of Constraint management philosophy and has been a member of SAICA for 20 years.
MR KHUTSO RAMONTJA
Khutso is a MCom graduate with 12 years’ experience in the education, NGO and FMCG sectors. He has extensive experience in SMME/entrepreneurship development, having been actively involved in this field both as a student, academic and practitioner. Khutso has a BCom degree from the University of the Western Cape, with a BCom Honours from the same institution, where he received a distinction in Global Marketing. He is currently busy with an LLB degree at the University of South Africa.
MR ISAIAH ENGELBRECHT
Isaiah Engelbrecht has a passion to help people become the best version of themselves by igniting their creativity and innovativeness on their journey of becoming limitless.
Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked across many industries where he had to develop and implement various solutions, strategies and business models. His career was always aligned with the vision of creating limitless people, businesses and economies. In particular, how businesses and economies could become limitless through leveraging peoples knowledge. He is passionate about the value creation potential of innovation and with his team has set a goal of leading the enablement of creating 1 million jobs by 2022 through innovative partnerships and platforms.
Isaiah is the CEO and founder of the Innoworxx Group and has more than 20 years’ experience in business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, Innoworxx has grown significantly with business divisions that are specifically targeted at economic development and job creation.
He 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 the management of technology and innovation at The Da Vinci Institute. Isaiah is an author, teacher, speaker, coach, entrepreneur and “craftsman” (business solutions creator). He 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).
PROFESSOR BENJAMIN ANDERSON
Ben has delivered lectures and workshops at National (12) and International (13) Conferences regarding the learning development needs of working adults, the relevance of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), the scholarship role of business leaders, change management, leadership development, continuous business improvement (CBI) and the Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL). Ben has 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. He designed, developed and implemented the Bachelor in Management Leadership (BML), Certificate (MOTI), Diploma (MOTI), BCom (Business Management), MSc (MOTI) and PhD (MOTI).
He has been engaged with the Global Leadership Forum since March 2004 – and has established linkages with international companies who are interested in building business partnerships with South Afrcian companies, these include: Alcan, ING, ABN Amro, Pan Asia Paper and Honeywell. He designed, developed and established a fully accredited learning business unit within the FirstRand Group during the period 2001 -2005. He also participated in the development of management and leadership exchange programmes for the financial services industry since 2001. These included visits to France (2004), Australia (2004), China (2007), Korea (2008), India (2008), South America (2008) and China (2009). Ben is a member of on the Audit Committee of the Council for Higher Education since 2010.
MR RHODES DERAH
Rhodes Derah holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Masters in Economics. Rhodes has gained his professional experience through the following avenues as Lecturer for institutions such as, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The University of Zimbabwe, Birnam Business College, The Institute of Bankers and Unisa. He is an Assessor and Consultant for The Graduate Institute of Technology.
Whilst working at Jonker, Rhodes & Associates Pty (Ltd), Rhodes gained his corporate experience through avenues, which included being a Project/Corporate Services Manager at SINAGO Consulting (Pty) Ltd. He was also a Financial Advisor at Sanlam Financial Services, Training Officer/Facilitator at Absa, Management Consultant at Velocity Strategic Development Corporation (VSDC) and at Standard Bank and was a Srategy Analyst at First National (Growth Strategies Department).
MR TSHEPO LANGA
Tshepo has a huge passion for facilitation, as it is a major tool used to empower others. As such, he has vast experience as a lecturer and facilitator for general Business Administration and Leadership and is known for his public speaking.
Tshepo has experience in various industries, included of which is a 9 year stint in banking and a 3 year stint in clothing retail, store management, planning and buying.
Tshepo’s academic background includes a Certificate in Banking, Bachelor of Commerce received from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch.
DR RICA VILJOEN
Rica is the Managing Director and Senior Strategic Facilitator of Mandala Consulting Group (Pty) Ltd. She holds a Doctorate qualification in Business Leadership. She has been responsible strategic HR, repositioning and changing resilience within Netcare. Rica was the founding member of the unique Jungian organisation development practice. She is the Head of Department for the Management of People at The Da Vinci Institute.
Rica holds a professional membership at the Institute of South African Leadership Authority and is a member of the Academy of Management. She received an award from the International Academy of Management for the most promising dissertation (top 10). Rica was a guest speaker at the Mega HR Conference, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in 2009. Her discussion was based on The New Enterprise Imperative: Building Leaders at Every Level.
MRS BASHNEE NAIDOO
Bashnee hold two degrees, of which one is in Industrial Psychology from UNISA and the other is in Education/Training from University of Johannesburg. Bashnee has completed two coaching certificates with UCT and Regenesys Business School and Metaskills aligned coaching. She has also completed an Honours MDP cum laude with University of Pretoria.
Bashnee is an accredited coach with the ETDP SETA along with SETA accreditation as a facilitator, assessor and moderator. She is trained in action learning coaching on an international level by the World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL-USA).
Bashnee has consulted, designed and developed behavioural solutions within the fields of people development, leadership design, personal mastery, coaching and talent frameworks.
She has worked for firms like Standard Bank, Deloitte, Medscheme/Momentum where her focus was in people development, behaviour/interpersonal analysis and leadership dimensions and coaching conversations.
MR SCHALK GERBER
Schalk holds a highest qualification being, a Master’s in philosophy amongst the two undergraduate and three postgraduate degrees he has obtained thus far. Other fields of study include psychology and theology.
Schalk has studied twice abroad, namely in Konstanz – Germany; and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and is actively pursuing a career in the academic world by presenting at local and international conferences and publishing.
In terms of teaching and facilitation experience, Schalk has been involved with Philosophy and Business Ethics since 2011 and has facilitated at the University of Pretoria, UNISA and The DaVinci Institute. I plan to start a PhD in 2017.
MR SHAUN RUYSENAAR
Shaun is a research and business consultant, facilitator and trainer. Shaun completed his Doctorate in Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University, Masters and Honours Degree in Environmental Management at Wits and BSc. in Physics and Geography at RAU. He has worked as an environmental consultant (generalist and wetland specialist), research consultant and GIS technician amongst other things.
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. He 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).
MRS GERDA VENTER
Gerda’s exceptional business and technology management career spans more than 25 years in the South African and international corporate, financial, IT and military sectors. Today, she leverages her broad base of experience and expertise as a business consultant, coach, mentor to develop and support leading organisations and leaders.
Gerda started her career as a design engineer in military projects and systems, advancing to systems engineering and project management for Persetech (Barlows group), Teklogic (Pty) Ltd (Altech) and Studio Technology (SABC). She joined PQ Africa’s (now BCX) eCommerce business unit SACA (The South African Certification Agency) as Marketing Manager, leading marketing strategies to launch a new technology and deploy eCommerce security solution in South Africa.
While at SACA, she spearheaded and managed strategic eCommerce projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East serving the major players in the South African financial sector and international financial institutions.
Gerda’s academic qualifications include B.ng (Electronics), a Master’s degree in Business Leadership (MBL) and an Advanced Coaching certification from CoachU Inc.
DR REAN DU PLESSIS
Rean holds a doctorate in the Management of Innovation and Technology and sees himself as an African with a passion to “unleash Africa’s wealth through leadership”. He has been involved in executive coaching, strategic leadership alignment and group interventions for two decades; and in leadership development, through his focus on leading leaders and in his career as an Industrial Psychologist for almost three decades.
During his doctoral research with industry leaders in South Africa, he came to the conclusion that successful leaders at the height of their careers are looking for cognitive stimulation in the form of complex assignments and the need to make a meaningful contribution in the lives of others.
His focus in coaching is on strategy, enhancing business performance, influencing effectively at executive and board levels, career transition and increased self-insight and self-belief, understanding of own potential and focus. Rean believes strongly that people will deliver on deeply held beliefs and intentions. Coaching is a way to direct and support these intentions in order to achieve powerful business outcomes.
Rean’s philosophy and coaching approach is holistic and systemic and this has resonated with the many leaders he has coached during times of pressure over the last sixteen years.
Rean is currently a Director of Change Partners. He has led his own company that specialises in leadership assessment and development, recruitment/executive search and performance improvement interventions since 1999. During the 10 years he worked at Anglo American his focus included leadership assessment and development.
MRS BIANCA SMITH
Bianca has a passion for teaching and education and wants to enrich the lives of adults who are studying. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with specific focus on Education, Bianca started out as schoolteacher, before starting at Accsys, people management specialists.
Bianca embraces her role at Accsys as a training and eLearning facilitator. Bianca ensures that the organisational focus is to empower Payroll People to become strategic within business, of which Accsys has many years’ experience in this field.
Bianca is a member of the South African Counsel for Educators (SACE) and has a great interest for general Payroll operations, administration and software.
MRS MERUSHA REDDI
Merusha holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Education (Honours). Merusha has a passion for assisting people with their understanding of Payroll subject matter and strives to support them in reaching their full learning potential.
Merusha has worked as a student teacher and educator, as well as having experienced in both child and adult teaching and learning. She joined Accsys, people management specialists, as a Training and eLearning Facilitator in Payroll Administration.
Merusha is registered with the South African Counsel for Educators (SACE). She has a deep passion for payroll and with the guidance and mentoring received from the payroll experts at Accsys, has become an expert in Payroll Operations, Payroll Administration and in the training of Payroll software.
MRS CARIN STOLTZ-URBAN
Carin joined The Da Vinci Institute as the Client Engagement Manager from 7 July 2014. (She also served as the Registrar of the Institute with effect from 1 April 2015 until 30 September 2016). From 1 October 2016, she has also accepted the role of Manager: Teaching and Learning, in addition to Client Engagement.
In this role, her key responsibility is that of ensuring a pleasant and constructive student experience, including the quality of teaching and learning as well as the support and administrative service. She is responsible for the appointment and management of members of faculty, looking at both their academic expertise, their practical work experience, as well as their ability to facilitate learning. She is also responsible for quality assurance in terms of teaching and learning. In addition, She manages a team of Key Account Managers and administrative and support staff.
She holds a Master’s in Public Management and is in the process of completing a PhD that deals with the support of non-traditional students.
She is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and seeing students succeed.