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 post graduate 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 enroll 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 have 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.