Faculty Profiles

The Da Vinci Faculty consists of academic staff who possess a combination of the required academic, lecturing and research acumen coupled with relevant industry experience.     Our Academic staff co-create realities with students to encourage the growth of agile, aligned and engaged leaders through self-reflection, self-discovery and the exploration of new knowledge.

EXECUTIVE DEAN

 

Prof Krishna Govender

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Krishna holds a Philosophiae Doctor (UCT), Masters of Commerce (UKZN), Bachelor of Pedagogics in Commerce (UDW), Bachelor of Education (UNISA), and Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management (UNISA)

Work Background

Krishna started his career in 1979 as a high school teacher of Accountancy and Business, after completing a 4-year (B. Pedagogics- Commerce) professional teaching degree. After almost 7 years, and having completed two part-time post-graduate qualifications (B Ed. and B Com. Hons.), he joined the then University of Transkei as a lecturer in 1986, where he lectured marketing and business management for almost 14 years. In addition to lecturing and assessment of students from level one up to Honours, he participated in various committees including curriculum development, student development, and support, research, etc. He was promoted to senior lecturer after obtaining his master’s degree, and in 2000, after completing his PhD, he was appointed as vice- dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. In 2001, he was appointed full Professor and Executive Dean: Faculty of Business Management at the then Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR), a multi campus faculty with over 8000 students, 6 schools and 14 departments. During his tenure at the TWR, he provided strategic and operational leadership to place the institution on a trajectory of becoming a leading university of technology, by focusing on inter-alia, staff development, establishing a research culture, all linked to quality promotion and enhancement.  

In terms of senior leadership and academic management, in addition to the above-mentioned positions, Krishna held positions of Academic Director, Rector, and Executive Dean of faculties and schools in several private and public higher education institutions in South Africa and abroad. His appointment in Kigali, Rwanda, by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan was as a result of him being selected from among several international candidates.

In summary, his lecturing and assessment experience extends from UG to PhD degrees. In terms of curriculum development, he has developed and obtained accreditation for qualifications ranging from Higher Certificates to Masters programmes for contact, blended and online modes of delivery. He also developed a professional doctorate (DBA), and various policies and procedures to support the accreditation application by Regenesys Business School.

In terms of research and publications, his personal output took a back-seat from 2001-2010, since he focused his energies on developing researchers and establishing a research culture in the various institutions he led. He, however, kick-started his research and publications profile in 2010, which resulted in him not only supervising several masters and doctoral students, but producing quality research which resulted in several papers emanating therefrom and, being published in both accredited and peer-reviewed national and international journals.

Although he was most recently (2016) selected and appointed to provide leadership as Executive Dean and Head of a specialized private undergraduate higher education institution (AAA School of Advertising) in SA, Krishna is still very research-active (supervision, examination and publication), since he is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KZN. He was listed among UKZN’s top researchers in 2016.

Field of specialisation

Marketing Management, Commerce and Research

DEAN: DESIGN

 

Dr Mario Landman

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Mario holds a Doctor of Technology (TUT) in Language Practice, Master of Arts in Literary Theory (UNISA), Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theory of Literature (UNISA), Bachelor of Arts Language and Literature (UNISA), and National Diploma in Film and Video Technology (TUT)

Work Background

Mario is a seasoned Academic Management Professional with more than fifteen years’ experience in the Private Higher-, Further- and Secondary Education Sectors. Focusing specifically on the promotion of best practices in Academic Quality Assurance and Student Support, Mario has applied his trade to training and professional development in various industries including, but not limited to, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Teaching, Nursing, Health and Welfare, Fashion Design, and the Arts and Digital Sciences. After serving his tenure at various large education institutions over the last decade, Mario took on the role of consultant which allowed him to share his expertise with more organisations serving a more diverse spectrum of training sectors. Since the beginning of 2018, Mario has taken on the full-time role of Dean: Design at The Da Vinci Institute. Mario is a regular contributor to conferences and publications on matters pertaining to Academic Quality Management Systems, Student Experience Management and Mode 2 knowledge production.

Field of specialisation

Academic Quality Assurance, Programme Design, Student Experience Management, and Regulatory Compliance

ACTING DEAN: TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

Heather Goode

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Heather holds a Master of Education (UP), Bachelor of Commerce in Economics Honours (RU) and Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Work Background

Heather is an experienced Higher Education Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Business and Foundation sectors of Higher Education industry. She has lectured in Economics and modules relevant to transitioning into higher education. She is skilled in Management, Problem Solving, Higher Education, Coaching, Curriculum Development, Academic Staff Development, Lecturing, Educational Technology and Instructional Design. As a strong operations professional with focused in Professional development of Academic staff and Curriculum and Instructional Design and Development from the University of Pretoria, Heather is currently acting as the Dean Teaching and Learning at the Da Vinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Education, Curriculum Studies, Economics and Academic Literacy

FACULTY

 

Prof Benjamin Anderson

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ben holds a Philosophiae Doctor (UFS), Masters of Arts in Psychology (UFS), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy (UFS), Bachelor of Arts in Theology (UFS), National Diploma in Theology (UFS) 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 First National Bank (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

Psychology, Managerial Leadership Development and Management of People

 

Niradna Bechoo

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Niradna holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Public Administration (UKZN), Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management (UNISA), Diploma Human Resource Management and Training (Varsity College) and Certificate (ODETDP)

Work Background

Currently employed at The Da Vinci Institute as a Programme Convener. Niradna has been lecturing for 7 years in Private Higher Education Institutes.

Field of specialisation

Management and Public Administration

 

Adrienne Berkowitz

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Wits) with majors in English III, Hebrew II, Sociology and Social Anthropology  and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (IMM)

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 that has facilitated many interventions predominantly in the then FET sector for the National Department of Education and various FET Colleges.

Field of specialisation

Marketing, Sales, Business Communication, Academic Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Marketing

 

Dr Vulumuzi Bhebhe

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Vulumuzi holds a Philosophiae Doctor in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Master of Business Administration (PU) and Bachelor of Business Administration (PU)

Work Background

Vulumuzi works in the business consulting space, helping businesses improve their processes, rethink and/ or re-engineer their strategies and implement solutions for success.

Field of specialisation

Entrepreneurship

 

Dr Biddie Biddulph

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Biddie holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Personal and Professional Leadership (UJ), Masters of Business Leadership (UNISA) and Bachelor of Commerce (UP)

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

Management of Systems, Systemic Thinking, Management of Technology and Finance

 

Sheldon Booth

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Sheldon holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial Psychology (UJ) and Diploma in Labour Law (Graduate Institute of Management and Technology)

Work Background

Sheldon has worked in the Human Resources space for the past 15 years, most recently as the Human Resources Manager for a group of companies under the banner of Speedbird Investment Holdings. In March 2017 Sheldon started a small consulting business in order to provide specialist human resources consulting to small and medium-sized enterprises. Through a partnership with a small BBBEE consultancy, in a short period of time, he was able to extend his repertoire to include consulting on all aspects of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE).

Field of specialisation

Human Resource Management and Change Management

 

Dr Jan Bosman

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Jan holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Psychology (UFS), Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology (US) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (UPE)

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

Management of People, Managerial Leadership, Supervisory Management and Business Management

 

Dr Hein Brand

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dr Brand holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Ethical Leadership (The Da Vinci Institute), Master of Business Administration (UFS), National Diploma in Management (UNISA) and Certificate (DITASA)

Work Background

Dr Brand spent the first 27 years of his career in the SA Navy, as an HR Officer, specialising in Education, Training and Development. After leaving the SA Navy he qualified as a Professional Practitioner in Real Estate (PPRE) and serviced the Real Estate industry for approximately two and a half years. Dr Brand also has experience at a number of Private Higher Education institutions.

Field of specialisation

Human Resource Management, Business Management and Business Ethics

 

Esmé Brits

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Esme holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management (UNISA) and Diploma in Teaching  (UFS)

Work Background

Esmé worked as a teacher before joining the banking industry, where she worked for  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

Governance, Risk and Compliance, Banking, Markets and Strategy, Banking, Operations and Technology

 

Ben Burger

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ben holds a Master of Science in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (TUT) and National Diploma in Total Quality Management (TUT)

Work Background

Ben is an independent consultant, assisting organisations in planning and designing strategies towards ‘Risk-based Integrated Management’. His experience includes 23 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 across Africa and the Middle East. Industry sectors he has been consulting with include the services, construction, mining, processing, petroleum, power generation/distribution, leisure and manufacturing sectors – ranging in size from SMMEs to multinational corporations. He has also been serving as Faculty Head: Risk Management at the Da Vinci Institute since October 2016.

Field of specialisation

Risk Management, Communication and Health and Safety

 

Marizanne Burger

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Marizanne Burger holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Honours in Accounting (UFS), CTA (Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy) and CA (SA)

Work Background

Marizanne joined Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) to complete her auditing articles. She was then promoted to Assistant Manager, Manager and Senior Manager during her post article career. She was with PwC for 8 years. She then joined The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management as the Executive: Operations a position she still holds. This position includes taking accountability for the Finance, Human Resources, Operations and Facilities offices.

Field of specialisation

Financial Accounting and Operations Management

 

Dr Joel Chigada

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Joel holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Information Science (UNISA), Master of Business Leadership (UNISA) and Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration (UNISA)

Work Background

Joel Chigada is Head of Marketing, School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town and is involved on a part-time basis at Da Vinci.

Field of specialisation

Information Science, Strategic Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship

 

Dr Linda Chipunza

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Linda holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Literature (UNISA), Master of Human Resource Management (HWU), Bachelor of Arts in English, History and Divinity (University of Rhodesia) and Certificate in Education (University of Rhodesia)

Work Background

Linda has been involved in the fields of Teaching, Training, Facilitating and Learning and People Development for the last 40 years. She started off as a secondary school teacher at Goromonzi Secondary school and moved up to become a teacher trainer in both Primary and Secondary School Teacher Training Colleges in Bulawayo and at the Belvedere Teachers College. From there she was appointed as a lecturer and subsequently the Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Zimbabwe before joining FNB in South Africa; first working as the Registrar of its Learning division, then as Head of Consumer Education and finally as Head of Learnerships for the First Rand Group. She is currently a student coach, councillor and support specialist at the Da Vinci Institute.  She has been involved in a number of consultancy projects around learning and development.

While working at the Da Vinci Institute, Linda also has a current association with the University of Johannesburg where she has worked as;

  • An invited member of the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Industrial Psychology and People management’s Executive Thought Leadership Group
  • A member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Industrial Psychology and People management PAC meeting
  • A member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Management studies 
  • University of Johannesburg’s on the Young Academic’s Programme (Yap) whose aim is to find new ways of working as well as customising products for developing and growing markets. 
  • She is a member of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) Learning and Development committee

 Field of specialisation

Communication and Human Resource Management

 

Loudine Claassen

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Loudine holds a Master of Human Resource Management (UJ), Bachelor of Communication (UJ) and an Honours in Industrial Psychology (UJ)

Work Background

Freelance Trainer in Project Management. Freelance writer and translator.

Field of specialisation

Communication, Human Resource Management and Project Management

 

Renaldo de Jager

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Renaldo holds a Master of Business Leadership (Regent)

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

Business Management, Retail Management, Strategic Management, Change Management and Project Management

 

Zito De Sousa

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Zito holds a Masters of Business Administration (HWU) and Advanced Diploma in Taxation (UNISA)

Work Background

Achievement focused and results-driven consultant, passionate about offering 35 years of international and local banking experience, as well as financial accounting and management experience across a broad spectrum of skills, including client relationship management, credit risk control, financial accounting, and compliance.

Field of specialisation

Business Finance, Sales and Governance and Compliance

 

Pieter Du Toit

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Pieter holds a Master of Business Leadership (UNISA), Bachelor of Commerce (RAU) and Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Human Resource Management (UNISA)

Work Background

Pieter held various posts in a number of organisations and industries that range from the Aviation Industry as an Air Traffic and Mission Controller, the Mining Industry as Human Resources Manager, and the Construction, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Transport Industries as a Business Consultant, including owning and managing a travel agency. 

As a change management and competency improvement consultant, Pieter’s areas of specialisation include project management, business analysis, diagnostic and research-based assignments, process engineering, systems development, training, coaching and behaviour change implementation.  He is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has earned accredited life and business coach status with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS).  He is also a certified practitioner, facilitator and coach using the NBI® (Neethling Brain Instruments) Thinking Preference Profiles. 

Since 1997 Pieter owns and runs VNI Consultants, a small consultancy firm specialising in Organisational Development and Change Management.  Pieter is also CIO at the Applied Creativity Institute and the Lead Consultant at Status Aviation.

Field of specialisation

Change Management, Aviation Management, Business Management, Human Resources, Coaching and Business Leadership

 

Dan Ellappa

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dan holds a Master of Business Leadership (UNISA), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Durban Westville) and Diploma in Human Resources and Education (University of Durban Westville)

Work Background

Dan is an educator/facilitator and works mostly in the leadership and coaching domains in both academia and the corporate world.

Field of specialisation

Leadership development, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Management of People and Change Management

 

Juliette Fourie

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Juliette holds a Master of Science in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial Psychology and Honours, (US)

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

Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Customer Relationship Management, Sales and Management of People

 

Mark Fuller

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Mark holds a Master of Business Administration (Milpark Business School) and Diploma in Business Management (Damelin)

Work Background

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 a shareholding in 5 separate businesses, has helped establish 3 SMME’s and was a founding member of UPSA. (United Professional Sales Association of South Africa)

Field of specialisation

Manufacturing and Operations Management, Business Management, Business Communication and Marketing Management

 

Welmoed Geekie

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Welmoed holds a Master of Science in Project Management (UP), Bachelor of Sciences in Dietetics (UP) and Certificate in Education, Training and Development (UJ)

Work Background

Welmoed worked as a medical representative and later became the Training Manager for Adcock Ingram and Thebe Medicare, where after 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

Project Management 

 

Schalk Gerber

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Schalk holds a Master of Theology (UP), Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (UP), Bachelor of Theology (UP), and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology (UP)

Work Background

The bulk of 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 Da Vinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Governance and Business Ethics

 

Belinda Goddard

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Communication (UNISA)

Work Background

Belinda has an extensive 25-year business career, of which the past 16 years have been focused on learning and business development.

Over the past 16 years, she has focused on customised learning development programmes as well as the project management aspect for these programmes across various sectors. These development programmes have ranged from learnerships, internships, graduate programmes, workplace experience, women’s development programmes and executive development programmes.

She has extensive knowledge in terms of the business and learning development environment. These skills include assisting potential clients with identifying their development needs and assisting with the design, development and implementation of learning programmes and processes within a collaborative model with her clients.

Field of specialisation

Business Communication and Academic Literacy 

 

Richard Goddard

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Richard holds a Bachelor of Education (Wits) and Honours in Business Management (UNISA)

Work Background

Twenty-six years working in Education: 15 Years at Primary and Secondary schools and 11 years in Tertiary Education.

Field of specialisation

Statistics, Economics, Introduction Business Management and Principles of Accounting, Academic Literacy and Maths Literacy

 

Dr Schalk Grobler

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Schalk holds a Philosophiae Doctor (UP), Master of Business Administration (UNISA) and Bachelor of Commerce (UP)

Work Background

Schalk works in the academic realm as a freelance academic. He has 25 years corporate experience with various blue-chip organisations like FNB, Sasol, Accenture and Bidvest, the majority at senior management level in fields of Human Capital Management, Operations Management, Strategic and Corporate Performance Management and Programme and Project Management.

Field of specialisation

Organisational Behaviour and Business Leadership

 

Portia Heynes

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Portia holds a Master of Business Administration (UCT) and Bachelor of Commerce in Banking (Damelin)

Work Background

Portia works in the field of systems thinking and designing sustainable learning strategies and cultures. She has worked for local and global companies in cross-functional roles across multiple industries by design. This has provided her with great insights on the learning challenges experienced in Organisations and the resultant negative impact i.e. restructures and job losses.

She was privileged to have been exposed to great learning Organisations and interventions which challenged her world view and perspectives. Her interest in Systems thinking started in 2002, where she observed the nature of the inter-dependencies between the value of unlocking potential in individuals and how this can contribute to the sustainability of society and organisations at large.

In 2007, she combined her passion for developing individuals with systems thinking based MBA, her thesis is based on “employability”, which surfaced the socio-economic challenges in South Africa and recommended an ideal Organisational learning design. Whilst heading Learning and Development divisions in various Organisations, she experienced learning, to a large degree, as transactional, to a point of ticking compliance boxes and treating symptoms, instead of surfacing route causes to create value and impact. It was whilst studying at Insead Business School in Paris that she started exploring “What value creation really means”. She has a demonstrated track record of how systems thinking can be applied in highly complex Organisational environments. She is embarking on her Doctorate, which is focused on how systems thinking can be applied in the design of a systemic educational design for learning to be more relevant and value creating.

She also shares the story of her personal journey on how “challenges are gifts in disguise and opportunities if you choose”

Field of specialisation

Business Administration, Systems and Leadership Management

 

Dr Gerhard Janse van Rensburg

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Gerhard holds a Master of Commerce (UKZN) and Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew and Philosophy (UP)

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 a number of leadership, management and human resources publications such as CEO, PMR, HR Future, HR.com and Business Brief.

Field of specialisation

Leadership and Business Management

 

Dr Dzingai Katsamba

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dzingai holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Business Leadership (UNISA), Master of in Business Administration (Regent Business School), Bachelor of Business Administration (IMM) and Diploma (Harare Polythenic)

Work Background

Dr Katsamba is an entrepreneur with interests in engineering, medical equipment, consultancy and has businesses across Africa. He is an academic of repute who works with various institutions to impart his practical knowledge coupled with his academic experience.

Field of specialisation

Organisational Innovation and Marketing Management

 

Faith Kgaditse

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background:

Faith holds a Master of Science in The Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Bachelor of Business Administration (Regenesys Business School), Bachelor of Commerce in Electrical Engineering (Tshwane North College) and Certificate in Leadership Development (Wits Business School)

Work Background

Faith works in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality as Director responsible for Customer Interaction and Enhancement Management. Between January 2017 to July 2018 Faith worked as Acting Divisional Head for Customer Relations Process management, from August 2017 up to date (February 2019) She has been Acting Divisional Head: Contact Centres Operation (physical and virtual centres). Faith has combined 12 years’ experience in Local government in both senior management and Executive levels.  Prior to her employment at the City of Tshwane, Faith founded and operated a small electrification business, focussing mostly in appliances repairs, maintenance and housing electrification. She’s also a co-founder of K Squared Group which is a Biotechnology development company

Field of specialisation

Business Administration, Electrical Engineering and Leadership

 

Nadia Landman

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Nadia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing (IMM Graduate School)

Work Background

Nadia Landman is Marketing and User Experience Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives, and solopreneurs to grow their businesses and professional brands. After spending more than a decade working in Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management as a Marketer and Solution-Sales Specialist, Nadia knows what truly drives conversions, builds pipeline and creates data for business decision-making – and it’s not mastering the marketing trend of the week. It’s how well you connect with the people inside the business and provide enabling technologies to drive dynamic data for business decision making.

Nadia has worked for and with major multi-nationals in Advertising, Professional Services, Automotive as well as the Education, Training and Development sectors.  Nadia has landed coverage on CNBC Africa, Microsoft 4 Africa, and Cliff Central and is an avid blogger. In addition to her extensive marketing and UX experience, Nadia is also an experienced lecturer in the fields of Digital Literacy and Business Information Systems.

Nadia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management majoring in Advertising Production Management, Sales Management, and Services Marketing. Nadia is currently completing professional development programmes focussing on User Experience Design and User Interaction Design with the Interaction Design Foundation in Copenhagen.

Field of specialisation

Business Administration and Marketing

 

Tshepho Langa

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Tshepho holds a Master of Business Administration (US), Bachelor of Commerce (UKZN) and Diploma in Economic Policy (UWC)

Work Background

Tshepho has worked in the Clothing Retail, Store Management, Planning and Buying Sector for 3 years. Tshepho has worked in Banking, both Retail and Business Banking with roles including Branch management, Business management and Strategy with a total of 12 years’ experience.

Field of specialisation

Economics and Business Management

 

Ntokozo Mahlangu

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ntokozo holds a Master of Science in The Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute) and Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Sciences (UNISA)

Work Background

Ntokozo works in the Financial Services industry specialising in Operational Risk Management. He joined Investec Bank Limited in 2011 as part of the Legal Risk team in the SA Private Banking business before moving into the UK banking Middle Office team in Sept 2011.

After expressing an interest in Risk Management, he requested a secondment opportunity in Group Internal Audit at the end of 2013. As this exposed him to the Risk and Control environment, the spark to work in Operational Risk was immediately ignited.

In 2013, Ntokozo was part of a UK banking project team as an Operations specialist before joining their Quality Assurance team in September 2013 where for the two years their displayed a great passion for coaching and partnering with business. This involved facilitating incident management and problem-solving, identification and maintenance of relevant indicators, and facilitating appropriate action plans.

In February 2015, he was selected to join the Private Banking Masters Programme where his dissertation topic explored the concept of the effectiveness of Investec’s combined assurance. The aim of his research was to define the roles in risk management, and how they could be utilised more successfully in supporting management teams in driving the business strategic objectives. Late 2015, Ntokozo made a move into Operational Risk Management as a Risk Manager and later joined Group Operational Risk as an Operational Risk Consultant.

Field of specialisation

Risk Governance and Compliance and Accounting

 

Madi Malemu

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Madi holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management (MSU) and Diploma (CIPS- UK)

Work Background

Madi is an accomplished and multi-faceted supply chain professional with over 18 years of professional experience in the FMCG, Manufacturing, Retailing and Service industries. I am a perennially focused individual with invaluable knowledge of managing the supply chain, projects, resources and staff. Madi is a well organised, process driven, and has the ability to develop efficient supply chain strategies and procedures.

Field of specialisation

Supply Chain Management, Process implementation, Risk Management, Project Management and Operational Logistic Management

 

 

Willard Masau

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Willard holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Business Management, Diploma in Purchasing and Supply Management (UK), Diploma in Technical-Vocational Education (UK), National Diploma in Purchasing and Supply and National Certificate in Stores Management

 Work Background

A committed Training manager with over 11 years of experience at leading South Africa and Zimbabwe academic institutions teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds. Possess solid experience in managing postgraduate diplomas, professional qualifications, and learnership programs.  Have excellent administrative, verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote a stimulating learning environment. Able to work in a managerial role or as part of a team and having the proven ability to successfully work to tight schedules and deadlines. Enjoy working within all teaching environments and able to demonstrate a vast range of other transferable skills and organizational /administrative expertise.

Field of specialisation

Supply Chain Management

 

 

Henra Mayer

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Henra holds a Master of Business Leadership (UNISA), Bachelor of Arts in languages (UP) and Business Leadership (UNISA)

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

Innovation and Business Management

 

Zane Mheyamwa

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Zane holds a Master of Business Administration (HWU), Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (UNISA) and Diploma in Business Studies (Edinburgh Business School)

Work Background

Zane works currently as a Chief Finance Officer for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus Services, in charge of the financial management unit, supply chain management unit and the inventory management unit. He is also an Executive Director of the company and interface with various board committees and a member of the EXCO of the organisation.

Field of specialisation

Financial Accounting

 

Ronald Mlalazi

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ronald holds a Master of Science in Procurement (University of South Wales), Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (CIPS-UK), and a Higher National Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain (CIPS –UK)

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

Supply Chain Management and Operations Management

 

Unathi Mntonintshi

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Unathi holds a Master of Business Administration (UP), Master in Commerce in Transport Planning (UP) and Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering (Peninsula Technikon)

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

Business Management and Business Ethics

 

Siddiah Muthee

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Siddiah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Language (UJ), Bachelor of Arts Honours in Applied Linguistics  (UJ) and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (Milpark)

Work Background

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.

Field of specialisation

Language, writing, Business administration

 

Ann Naicker

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ann holds a Master of Business Administration (UKZN), Bachelor of Social Science (UKZN), and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (UKZN) and Diploma in Human Resources (DUT)

Work Background

Ann has worked across multiple industries within her 17-year 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

 Human Resource Management and Introduction to Business Management

 

Dr Mthandazo Ncube

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Mthandazo holds a Philosophiae Doctor in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Master of Business Administration (UKZN), Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (UKZN)

Work Background

Mthandazo works in the entrepreneurship space where he provides holistic business development services to particularly the SMME sector. Mthandazo also provides business turnaround and research services to the SMME, corporate and public sectors. During the last 20 years, Mthandazo has worked for different organisations in the positions of Accountant, Finance Manager and Project Manager for Local Economic Development. He has more than 14 years’ facilitation experience having facilitated various programmes, including entrepreneurship, project management, financial accounting and other business-related programmes at reputable learning institutions such as the University of Johannesburg and the German Centre of Quality Assurance in Sudan. Mthandazo is the founder and current Managing Director of two sustainable enterprises, Insedlu Business Companion (Management Consulting cum Accounting Firm) and Amanzi de Leau (a company that manufactures bottled spring water).

Field of specialisation

Accounting, Project Management, Business Management and Entrepreneurship 

 

Dr Jan Nell

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Jan holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Business Management (NWU), Master of Commerce (NWU) and Bachelor of Commerce Honours (NWU)

Work Background

Jan works in the consulting, lecturing and training environment.

Field of specialisation

Business Economics, Marketing, Financial Management, Industrial Marketing and Strategic Management

 

Olivia Nyahokwe

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Olivia holds a Master of Commerce in Economics (UFH) and Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management and Economics (UFH)

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

Economics and Business Management

 

Jotham Nzombe

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Jotham holds a Master of Business Administration (MANCOSA), Master of Management in Finance and Investment (WITS) and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (MSU)

Work Background

Jotham has experience in both the corporate world as well as in teaching/ lecturing. He has worked for nearly 4 years as an assistant budget manager in the FMCG sector, at the Grain Marketing Board of Zimbabwe. Jotham also occupied a researcher role at Esayidi for 4 years. He also lectured and tutored at various institutions in South Africa including UKZN, MANCOSA and Pearson in finance and statistics-related modules for a period over 6 years in which he also carried out material development as well as extra-curricular activities. 

Field of specialisation

Finance, Investment, Business Administration and Mathematics

 

Yzette Oelofse

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Yzette holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UP) and Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management Honours (UNISA)

Work Background

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

Field of specialisation

Applied Finance for Bankers, Banking, Markets and Strategy, Banking, Operations and Technology, Governance, Risk and Compliance

 

Logan Padayachee

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Logan holds a Masters of Science in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Master of Business Leadership (UNISA) and Bachelor of Commerce (UNISA) and Diploma in Telecommunications and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineering Technologists (Ecsa)

Work Background

Logan has worked in the ICT sector for over three decades and has vast experience in Telecommunications networks and operations management. He also over 15 years of experience in the corporate environment with particular focus on Corporate and Business strategy as well as Mergers and Acquisitions. He also has over two years of experience working in Nigeria in mobile telecommunications.

Field of specialisation

Project Management

 

 

Tumi Pitsie

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Tumi holds a Master of Business Administration (GIBS), Bachelor of Arts in Economics (OKWU), Diploma in Investment Management (RAU) and Certificate (WITS)

Work Background

Tumi has over two decades working experiences in various industries as a Business Consultant and Advisor, Associate/Assistant to C-Suite Executives; and a general management analyst. Focus areas include Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBBEE); Business Transformation and Change Management; and Strategy Facilitation. Research interests: Economics, Strategy, Learning & Development, and Career Management.

Tumi has also completed a company tailored programme called the “Thebe Leadership Development Programme” at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria (Oct 2009 – Mar 2010).

Field of specialisation

Economics and Business Research

 

Theo Potgieter

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Theo holds a Master of Business Administration (UP), Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics (UP) and Diploma Economics (Indiana Agricultural Banking School, USA)

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

Banking, Markets and Strategy, Banking, Operations and Technology and Applied Finance for Bankers

 

Dawn Pretorius

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dawn holds a Master of Commerce in Finance (NWU), Bachelor of Technology in Risk Management (Wits Technikon) and Diploma in Company and Personal Tax, Trustee Law 1 and 2, Financial and Estate Planning (Institute of Bankers).

Work Background

Dawn has 30 years in banking with experience in various aspects of banking including trust company of the bank, offshore banking and structures, private and commercial banking, strategy, preparation for merger Standard Bank and Liberty wealth.

Field of specialisation

Governance, Risk and Compliance, Banking, Operations and Technology, Banking, Markets and Strategy

 

Jayesh Reddy

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Jayesh holds a Master of Science in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (UKZN)

Work Background

Since 2015, Jayesh has been working as an independent business consultant/advisor, specialising in the development of business cases and specifications and evaluating business operations.  He also facilitates classes in systems thinking at a number of institutions.

Field of specialisation

Managing Systems, Systemic Thinking and Management of Technology

 

Patricia Roper

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Patricia holds a Master of Business Leadership (UNISA) and Bachelor of Commerce Business Economics (UNISA)

Work Background

Patricia has over 20 years’ experience in Strategic Human Resources Management, Talent Management, Employee Relations, Compensation and Benefits, Change Management, Transformation Initiatives, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, Organisational Development, Design and Implementation of Human Resources Policies, Procedures and Benefits.  Her experience includes developing and motivating people and departments for multinationals and various industry verticals like medical, FMCG, telecommunications, financial, service and motor industry as well as government departments.

Patricia left the corporate sector four years ago and currently lectures at the Da Vinci Institute of Technology Management.  She also lectured Economic Management Science to education students on a part-time basis at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. Patricia also provides coaching and mentoring to individuals and corporates, as well as human resources consultancy services.

Field of specialisation

Human Resource Management

 

Dr Shaun Ruysenaar

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Shaun holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Political Science (Edinburgh University), Masters in Geography and Environmental Management (WITS), Bachelor of Science in Physics and Geography (Rand Afrikaans University) and Bachelor of Science Honours (Wits)

Work Background

Shaun prides himself as a problem solver, network builder, business developer and life-long student. As part of the Da Vinci Leadership Faculty, he is an educator and leadership development facilitator. As a consultant, he has 15 years’ experience working with local and international organisations in various roles, from facilitation to general management consulting and advisory.  He has established and served as an executive in a number of boutique consulting firms. Going forward, he is focusing his attention on developing and implementing learning and development programmes in large companies, helping to empower people and build organisations.

Shaun is a Member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa, the Union of Concerned Scientists and his local country club.

Field of specialisation

Business Management, Leadership, Political, Environmental and Geographical

 

Ross Saunders

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Ross holds a Master of Science in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute)

Work Background

Ross works in the fields of Data Privacy and IT Strategy, consulting and speaking to numerous organisations on privacy strategy, business process and technology application, through Ross G Saunders Consulting. He is also co-owner of Attraqtiv, a niche training institute for technical recruitment agents.

Field of specialisation

Information and Marketing Management and Technology

 

Brian Scallan

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Brian holds a Masters in Business Administration (UCT), Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering (UCT) and Bachelor of Commerce in Economics (UNISA)

Work Background

Brian is currently an independent consultant in corporate finance focusing particularly on raising finance for new ventures and articulating the merits of the strategy and business model to obtain the funding using, inter alia, extensive economic analysis, and managerial economics. He has previously lectured on a part-time basis in economics and managerial economics for the Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa and CIMA qualifications Brian’s career started as a research officer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) but after completing an MBA he became a management consultant. He has had fifteen years’ experience at Standard Bank including a period serving on the executive team of the merchant bank and being head of structured trade and commodity finance based in Johannesburg. This was followed by a career in project finance and included a period as the gold trader for Banro Corporation a Canadian mining company operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while Vice President Commercial. He has served as financial director of Delrand Resources, a listed Canadian mining company that operated in the DRC and has served on the board of a Rio Tinto subsidiary. He has extensive practical and international business experience in over 25 countries, providing real-life examples in classes.

Field of specialisation

Economics

 

Dr Mamohau Sekgaphane

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Mamohau holds a Philosophiae Doctor in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Master of Science in the Management of Technology and Innovation (The Da Vinci Institute), Bachelor of Commerce Marketing (NWU), Diploma (WITS)

Work Background

Mamohau has worked in both the public and private sector in a range of consulting projects and capacities. Her most recent experience includes 6 years within the First Rand Group, where she worked as Head: Change Management in the Strategic Change Business Unit for the Wealth Segment of FNB where her work-based challenge leading to her current PhD emerged and subsequently as Head: Organisational Change and development of WesBank. Her latest role is at Henley Business School faculty on the PGDip programme where she designed the innovation module which she also facilitates. Part of her role includes marking of assessments as well as sitting as a panellist on various panels for graduation. She continues her work as an independent consultant, coach and public speaking.

Field of specialisation

Innovation and Transformation Leadership

 

Mokgethi Selebogo

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Mokgethi holds a Master of Business Leadership (UNISA), Bachelor of Commerce (WITS)

Work Background

Mokgethi has over 20 years of working experience in the corporate world. He served as the CEO and Board member of Prowalco (Pty) Ltd, Sales Director for FedEx, and Independent Business Development Consultant for New Africa Petroleum (NAP). Mr Selebogo also served as the Accounts & Card Processing Manager for Oberthur Card Systems. He started his working career with Unilever South Africa as an Assistant Accounts Manager and a Sales Representative in 1993.

Field of specialisation

Business Management

 

Dr Dolf Steyn

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Dolf holds a Philosophiae Doctor in Information Science (UP), Masters of Education in Computer Aided Education (UP), Bachelor of Education Degree (PU), Further Diploma in Education (S.A. College for Education and Further Training) and Higher Diploma in Education (Goustad College of Education)

Work Background

His last full-time position held was that of Managing Director for Pearson Institute of Higher Education and Campus Director at the Midrand campus. He held management and Lecturing positions at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology and Witwatersrand Technikon. He is a part-time lecturer in project management at the Enterprises University of Pretoria. His career includes work in Education, public, private and corporate sectors. He is experienced in working in teams, delegations and committees as well as in the running of projects as an individual. He has published nationally and internationally. He served on examination boards, investigation/advisory commissions and industry work teams across 3 continents and amongst multiple cultures where he worked with people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and contexts. In the training context, the spectrum ranges from service level staff (ABET) through to post-graduate work, deep rural African students to first world top-ranked University staff and in the consultation environment from illiterate miners through to international executives. He receives equal appreciation from within all of these contexts.

Field of specialisation

Technology Management, HRD Strategy design and application and Organisational Change.

 

Raymond Toga

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Raymond Toga holds a Master of Commerce in Industrial Psychology (UFH), Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) (UFH), Bachelor of Social Science Human Resource Management (UFH)

Work Background

As an experienced academic he possesses extensive lecturing and research knowledge, strong leadership skills and superb relationship management abilities. He has working experience in developing and managing implementing of various spectrums to ensure effective education and training environment is achieved at the campus level. Raymond is currently employed at The Da Vinci Institute as Programme Coordinator – Undergraduate Studies.

Field of specialisation

Human Resource Management, Business Communication and Industrial Psychology

 

Greg Tosen

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Greg holds a Master of Science in Atmospheric Science (Wits), Bachelor of Science in Operations Research (UNISA) and National Diploma in Meteorology (TUT)

Work Background

Gregory is currently Faculty Head – Management of Technology & Management of Systems (Systems Thinking) at the Da Vinci Institute of Management Leadership. He supervisors a number of MSc students in the area of technology leadership, innovation and systems thinking. He acts as an external examiner and has lectured on Research & Technology Management and related fields at Pretoria and Johannesburg Universities, the Max Planck Institute (Germany) as well as at number multi-nationals organisations. 

He has refereed for numerous National and International Environmental Journals and published and presented over 40 papers both nationally and internationally, edited and authored 4 books on technology and environmental related issues.            

His expertise in Technology Management goes back 32 years where he was General Manager Eskom R&D and led Eskom to numerous Top Technology 100 Awards in the area of Research Management and associated innovative products and patents.

Greg sits on a number of national and international Research Boards to name a few:

  • Chairman and President of the Global Board of the  International Energy Research Exchange run under the auspices of the  Japanese energy R&D Institute
  • Board Member of the Engineering Board of the University of Pretoria
  • Board Member of the Graduate School of the Management of Technology at the University of Pretoria
  • Board of the Power Institute of East and Southern Africa
  • Advisory Board member of Inter-Governmental Co-coordinating Committee for Climate Change (IPCC) in the preparation of a 3, 4 & 5th IPCC Assessments

Field of specialisation

Managing Systems Way, Management of Technology and Business Management

 

Barry Urban

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Barry holds a Bachelor Commerce Marketing Management (RU), Bachelor of Commerce Accounting Honours (UPE), Chartered Accountant (SA)

Work Background

Barry is an experienced Chief Finance Officer and Management Consultant and has worked in both the public and private sector. He has run his own consulting business for more than 20 years and has consulted to private and public organisations locally as well as internationally. Barry has many years of experience as an external examiner and moderator and does this type of work for the University of the Free State, GIBS, and Pearson Institute of Higher Education. He facilitates classes for Guest Resource Services, a FET provider at NQF level 5. Barry is skilled in Financial Management and Analysis, Complex Problem Analysis and Solutions Development, Operational Improvement, Strategic Planning, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Mentoring and Coaching, Lecturing and Instructional Design. Barry continues to consult to various organisations and is currently the part-time Head of Financial Accounting at The Da Vinci Institute.

Field of specialisation

Business Management; Business Analysis, Numeracy Skills and Financial Accounting

 

Dr Deon van Zyl

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Deon holds a  Philosophiae Doctor in Psychology(TUKS), Master of Clinical Psychology (UJ) and Bachelor of  Administration Honours (UJ)

Work Background

Deon van Zyl (D.Phil.) is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and has 26 years of experience as a Management, Training and Development Consultant within a wide range of organisations. He was an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pretoria, where he lectured and practised for 13 years. He is past chairperson of the South African Institute for Clinical Psychology, a Professional Associate of the S.A. Association for Jungian Analysts and the African representative of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Deon has received two Academic Merit awards from the Human Sciences Research Council, and a HSRC research award for the “Psychological Influences on Human Immune Responses”, showing the relationship between stress and the body’s immune systems. He spent a year in the U S A on a post-doctoral grant from the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, researching a multi-disciplinary approach to behavioural medicine. He completed two summer intensive continuing education study programmes at the C G Jung Institute and the International School for Analytical Psychology, Zurich Switzerland. Recently he delivered papers at international conferences in the Netherlands, Kyoto (Japan), Chicago, Asheville, New York and Burlington (all in the U.S.A.), and he does regular lectures for the C G Jung Centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

He has 57 scientific and popular publications, including published conference proceedings and five book chapters to his name, both locally and overseas.

He has designed 31 customised training programs for companies over a wide range of industries.

Field of Specialisation

Psychology and Management of People

 

Andre Vermaak

 

 

 

Qualifications / Academic Background

Andre holds a Master of Science in Physics (Stellies), Master of Business Leadership (UNISA) and Bachelor of Science Physics and Chemistry Honours (UNISA)

Work Background

Andre Vermaak is a highly skilled facilitator with vast experience of presenting programmes at management and executive levels. As part-time lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Strategy and Leadership Module), da Vinci Institute (Strategy) and at UNISA SBL (Modules on Strategy and on Research for MBA’s) he has an in-depth knowledge of the latest business trends and research on leadership and management which adds much value to the programmes he presents.  He has extensive training and facilitation experience.

Field of specialisation

Strategy and Business Leadership