The 2nd Annual President’s Dinner – 2015

The Da Vinci Institute presented its Second Annual President’s Dinner on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at the Johannesburg Country Club.

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management is a private higher education provider that contributes towards socio-economic development and transformation. The Institute’s purpose is to cultivate managerial leadership through business driven action learning. Offering students a personalised journey of self-discovery and co-creation.

In this regard The Institute celebrates the accomplishments and achievements of the Da Vinci 2015 PhD graduands. The second annual President’s Dinner took place on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at the Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park, starting at18:00. 

The dinner was hosted by Prof Bennie Anderson, CEO/Vice-President of The Da Vinci Institute, and served to be a momentous occasion in the lives of Da Vinci PhD graduands. Held on the evening before the Da Vinci annual graduation, the President’s Dinner is an intimate and exclusive event held for successful PhD students, their partners and their Supervisors who have journeyed with them. 

Twelve PhD students graduated on 10 September 2015 after years of commitment and personal growth.

The research topics include the following:

Dr Rashid Abrahams, “A framework for broadband fulfilment and assurance in the telecommunications environment: A South African case study.”

Dr Vulumuzi Bhebhe, “Total early stage development of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs): Creating a sustainability framework for emerging economies.”

Dr Jennitha Chinniah, “Data privacy and Energy Distribution Market: Revisiting implications of the Smart Grid Framework.”

Dr Marlo De Swardt, “Stategy formulation, performance implementation and performance execution: Developing an integrated framework to enhance organisational performance.”

Dr Rean Du Plessis, “The spiritual self of the corporate leader.”

Dr Musa Stefane Furumele, “Front-end governance of large water infrastructure investments within developing economies: A South African perspective.”

Dr Elliot Kasu, “Ubuntupreneurship within rural communities: Creating community colleages for a developing economy.”

Dr Mark Kenneth Marombedza, “The relevance of integrating exogenous and indigenous knowledge systems within an African education system: A Zimbabwean case study.”

Dr Winfrida Ndakaiteyi Mhaka, “Rural women entrepreneurship and sustainable development through musha mukadzi: The Case of the Svosve community in Zimbabwe.”

Dr Ronewa Mulea, “Competition forces and regulatory constraints within the Information, Communication and Telecommunication (ICT) industry: Developing a repositioning framework for Telkom SA.”

Dr Sheila Mavis Nyatlo, “Creating an implementation framework to improve the effectiveness of technology transfer offices at South African Universities.”

Dr Rooksana Rajab, “Contributions of the workplace in enhancing the employability of unemployed graduates through work integrated learning (WIL).”

Dr Mary Ritz, “Customer Management: Creating a sense making framework for developing economies.”

Dr Tapuwa Sherekete Rushesha, “African entrepreneurship development in emerging African economies: A Zimbabwean Perspective.” 

“The Institute is proud of presenting these candidates to business and government alike – they will make a meaningful contribution towards the creation and development of a sustainable socio-economic system.” Dr Linda Sibali, Dean (Academic Development and Research).