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LATEST ARTICLES

20 May: JOB OPENING – Manager: Growth and Sustainability

POSITION TITLE – Manager: Growth and Sustainability Overview As the Manager: Growth and Sustainability, you will be responsible for developing and diversifying business within The Institute, in order to increase revenue and to guarantee the growth and sustainability of the business. This includes securing new business, managing ongoing relationships including renewal of contracts with an aim of growing income generated by, amongst others, short courses and customised interventions. Responsibilities for this role are as follows: · developing and executing growth strategies and plans · managing and retaining relationships with existing clients · increasing client base (corporate and individual enrolments) · having an in-depth knowledge of business products and value proposition · writing business proposals · negotiating with stakeholders · identifying and mapping business strengths and customer needs · carry out sales forecasts and analysis and present findings · researching business opportunities and viable income streams – including new markets, growth…

05 May: Job Opening – Dean: Management of People and Systems.

POSITION TITLE – DEAN OF FACULTY: MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE AND SYSTEMS   The Da Vinci Institute is seeking an outstanding leader for the position of Dean of Faculty: Management of People and Systems, whose responsibility will be to lead the Faculty into the future by building on a strong reputation as a local, national and international leader in the management of people and systems. The Dean of Faculty: Management of People and Systems is accountable for leading various role players (clusters, academic departments, staff and students) at The Institute, in the management of people and systems with fit for purpose solutions to facilitate an agile and aligned workforce within a systemic thinking context. The intent is to strengthen The Institute’s position to develop the nation and address some of South Africa’s socio-economic challenges, with alignment to the National Development Plan (NDP) and the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) through…

Premie WEBSITE
25 Apr: COUNCIL CATCH-UP: A Q&A SESSION WITH DR PREMIE NAICKER

Dr Premie Naicker is one of The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumni, the Managing Director of FuseForward, and she serves as one of the members of The Da Vinci Institute’s council – offering her expert advice towards driving the strategy of The Institute.   Please provide us with a brief overview of your career to date.  My career spans over 25 years in IT and People Development. I have managed a few multinational software and IT companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. My current position is Managing Director at FuseForward (which is an AWS partner). In addition, I am also the Executive Director of an NGO called Computer Aid International.    What prompted your decision to become one of The Institute’s council members?  I am an alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute, and it is an honour that I now am one of the council members. Being a council member gives me…

Marlenie WEBSITE
25 Apr: ALUMNI ALERT: Meet Marlenie Moodley, one of The Institute’s Master’s Graduates

Marlenie Moodley’s academic journey ensured her remarkable mould – it sharpened Marlenie’s critical thinking and sounded her unique voice. Today she tells her story…   Marlenie is a focused, curious, and disciplined individual, who works hard at her goals. It is these attributes that contributed to her attainment of her Master’s degree. Marlenie singles out her “flexibility and self-motivation” to have helped her through this journey.   When asked to describe how her academic undertaking was, Marlenie says the past two years for her have been a challenge and adds that all the “stress and pressure is overwhelming – balancing being a new mom, wife, having a full-time job and being a part-time student. Every now and then, there were times when quitting seemed easier than continuing.” Marlenie did not quit, however, and her resilience is paying off. Her robust nature is largely linked to her working experiences, which span two…

Banele WEBSITE
21 Apr: STUDENT EXPERIENCE: Q&A SESSION WITH BANELE MOABI

Banele Moabi is one of The Da Vinci Institute’s remarkable students, currently completing a Higher Certificate in the Management of Technology and Innovation with electives in New Venture Creation.   We sat down with Banele to engage with him, get some insights and share some of his hopes for the future. Here is what he had to say…    Tell us about yourself and your background.  My name is Banele Moabi, and I come from Katlehong. I am 36 years old and completed my matric in 2004 at Alafang high school. After matriculation, I studied sound engineering in the year 2005 at Sound of sounds (Braamfontein). Thereafter, I became a Dj in my neighbourhood of Katlehong. Over time, fancying a different challenge, I started searching for other job opportunities (unrelated to music).    How did you hear about The Da Vinci Institute?  It was in 2020 when a childhood friend…

FELLENG WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Dr Felleng Yende

Alumni Talk: Meet Dr Felleng Yende, who is at the helm of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA), and our remarkable alumnus   (Image supplied) Dr Yende is on the rise – her patience, perseverance, resilience and humility give her the momentum to move forward.  In addition, she also attributes her remarkable strides largely to the helpful liveliness of those she is closely associated with. That is, family and her supervisors, as well as The Da Vinci Institute’s team, for always being there throughout her research journey when needed. Dr Yende’s academic curiosity and journey undertook a critical reflective work-based challenge, as articulated in her thesis, after having realised that the nexus of leadership and the 4th Industrial Revolution have been under-researched within the context of organisational adaptability – thus her thesis titled: “Enhancing public sector leadership in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution…

HENRIETTA WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Henriette van Twisk

ALUMNUS ALERT: Henriette van Twisk, Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s Degree Alumnus (2021)   (Image supplied) Henriette, through dedication and commitment has uniquely placed herself as an expert aspiring to make a long-lasting contribution to the field of education, a crucial area towards sustainability. Now armed with a master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute, and even prior to her having obtained the mentioned qualification, Henriette has been confronting some of the burning issues in recent times – conundrums within the education sector and specifically at the college level. Her dissertation, a diagnostic study, is titled: Summative Evaluation of a Foundational Learning Programme for Technical and Vocational Colleges in South Africa. Henriette states that its chief aim “is to answer the question: Can a foundational learning programme create a learning foundation that will facilitate better pass rates when students enrol at TVET colleges?” A corollary to this question is, “to design,…

MARCUS WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Marcus Desando

Marcus Tebogo Desando: The Man and His Work We are joined today by The Da Vinci Institute’s Masters alumnus and Doctoral candidate, Marcus Tebogo Desando – the outgoing CEO of Arts & Culture Trust. Now, newly appointed as the Director of Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam). He is a constant fixture of South Africa’s cultural and operatic scene.   (Image supplied)   In briefly tracing back the origins of Marcus’ artistic journey, he began as a chorister, thus an operatic singing career inevitably ensued, usually a path not abnormal among choral singers, especially here in South Africa. As the years passed, Marcus started to consider charting a career path in operatic stage directing, following advice from his mentor Prof. Angelo Gobbato, to which he moved apace and, over-time, an artistic occupation he became renowned for in the country. He was first an assistant to local and visiting international directors, where he…

DA VINCI EVENTS

OPEN DAY
14 Feb: Open Day: BCom Qualification

For those of you interested or know of anyone interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, come join us online, on 1 March 2022, 09h00 to 10h00, where your remarkability will be explored, as you hear about the unique way that The Institute offers its Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Register here for FREE: https://zcu.io/wBCY

DaVinci Book Talk
16 Nov: Virtual Book Talk: Prof Ben Anderson & Jared Diamond

Join The Da Vinci Institute’s Virtual Book Talk, with our Executive Chairperson Professor Ben Anderson! We are delighted to invite you to The Da Vinci Institute’s Book Talk hosted by Professor Ben Anderson and featuring a book by American geographer, historian, and ornithologist – Jared Diamond. The Institute seeks to foster curiosity within our community. We encourage this through our series of book reviews/talks, with the purpose of motivating others to delve into selected literature and probe these texts. Diamond’s book being reviewed is titled: “Upheaval”, and largely based on “how nations cope with crisis and change.” We look forward to you joining us to hear Professor Anderson himself discussing his chosen book, as well as some leadership thoughts thereof. EVENT DETAILS Thursday 2 December 2021 15:30 to 16:30 REGISTER: https://zurl.co/66Wt

DaVinci Dimostrazione
03 Nov: Dimostrazione: 28 October 2021

The Dimostrazione is a round table opportunity for our business leaders to give expression to their voices as a topic is presented and debated. It offers business leaders, who are also Da Vinci alumni, the platform to present, argue and debate the innovations they put into practice, and what they have learnt from their implementation. Dimostrazione is about learning from experience. This is about cultivating one’s own independent, original thought and thus it offers the panelists the opportunity to share their experiences so that others may learn from them. Our panelists who sat around the virtual table and debated the theme were: Dr Premie Naicker; Bram Meyerson and Tharshan Moodley. Dr Premie Naicker Dr Premie Naicker has over twenty-five years’ experience in the IT industry and has experience across a range of various senior executive roles for multinational technology, software and cloud services companies. Premie holds an MBA with a…

DaVinci Curiosita
29 Oct: Curiosita Colloquium’s in 2021

Curiosita is one of the Da Vinci principles referring to “an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.” (Gelb, 1998) ABOUT The Curiosita forum is a monthly colloquium for contemporary thinking on the Management of Technology, Innovation and People in a Systemic context, hosted by The Da Vinci Institute. The forum takes the form of a robust and vibrant round-table discussion that consists of two parts. Firstly, a Doctoral student who is also a business leader in his/her own right presents their research to those in attendance, with the aim of receiving input through debate on their research. Then a guest speaker for industry who is also a societal influencer engages the audience on a particular topic, which connects to the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework. The various speakers’ insights and thought-provoking ideas provide our audiences with an engaging experience. Topics discussed are transdisciplinary in nature,…

ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

Premie WEBSITE
25 Apr: COUNCIL CATCH-UP: A Q&A SESSION WITH DR PREMIE NAICKER

Dr Premie Naicker is one of The Da Vinci Institute’s Doctoral alumni, the Managing Director of FuseForward, and she serves as one of the members of The Da Vinci Institute’s council – offering her expert advice towards driving the strategy of The Institute.   Please provide us with a brief overview of your career to date.  My career spans over 25 years in IT and People Development. I have managed a few multinational software and IT companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. My current position is Managing Director at FuseForward (which is an AWS partner). In addition, I am also the Executive Director of an NGO called Computer Aid International.    What prompted your decision to become one of The Institute’s council members?  I am an alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute, and it is an honour that I now am one of the council members. Being a council member gives me…

Marlenie WEBSITE
25 Apr: ALUMNI ALERT: Meet Marlenie Moodley, one of The Institute’s Master’s Graduates

Marlenie Moodley’s academic journey ensured her remarkable mould – it sharpened Marlenie’s critical thinking and sounded her unique voice. Today she tells her story…   Marlenie is a focused, curious, and disciplined individual, who works hard at her goals. It is these attributes that contributed to her attainment of her Master’s degree. Marlenie singles out her “flexibility and self-motivation” to have helped her through this journey.   When asked to describe how her academic undertaking was, Marlenie says the past two years for her have been a challenge and adds that all the “stress and pressure is overwhelming – balancing being a new mom, wife, having a full-time job and being a part-time student. Every now and then, there were times when quitting seemed easier than continuing.” Marlenie did not quit, however, and her resilience is paying off. Her robust nature is largely linked to her working experiences, which span two…

Saygran WEBSITE
04 Apr: ALUMNI SHOWCASE: CLAUDETTE SAYGRAN

Claudette Saygran: The Woman and Her Work    Our chat with Claudette Saygran – The Da Vinci Institute Master’s degree alumnus     A trending topic both locally and abroad, within and outside corporate structures, relates to gender equality and the empowerment of women. Gender parity is fundamental to growing economies and creating business competitiveness. There is a strong sense, however, that the pace to accelerate gender equality is slow-moving. This area of interest has been a key research domain for Da Vinci Master’s alumnus Claudette Saygran, who used her razor-sharp intellect and experience in the banking sector to explore the low representation of women in senior management positions in the banking sector.   The title of her research is: Barriers to the career progression of women into senior leadership positions within a selected South African Bank. This study, as its title suggests and along with Claudette’s elucidation, explores the challenges that…

Mfanelo WEBSITE
18 Mar: ALUMNI TALK: A catch up with Dr Mfanelo Patrick Ntsobi

Dr Mfanelo Patrick Ntsobi is a man whose voracious consumption of facts, in his chosen field of work, and research, is a remarkable quality to possess. This, as a consequence, casts not only a learned figure about him but is indicative of someone with a zeal in finding sustainable educational solutions.   Dr Ntsobi comes from a military background, a graduate from the Military Academy. He is also a former Major from the Military Health Services where he headed the Research and Development Unit. In addition, Dr Ntsobi was the Deputy General Secretary of the South African Security Forces Union (SASFU) whilst still serving in the military. Fancying a different challenge at some point in his career, Dr Ntsobi was recalled to the trade union movement, serving the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) as their national spokesperson and head of administration. His agility and ability to pivot is…

Sihle WEBSITE
16 Mar: STUDENT EXPERIENCE: Q&A session with Sihle Mbabane

Sihle Mbabane is one of The Da Vinci Institute’s remarkable students, completing the Higher Certificate in the Management of Technology and Innovation, with elective modules in New Venture Creation (NVC). This programme has various parts such as, The Business Simulation, Mentorship, Academic Performance, and the TIPS framework. Sihle came up tops in the Business Simulation segment, landing him the status of top achiever for the 2020/2021 Business Simulation Single Player.  (Image supplied)  We sat down with him and had a brief chat about his background and student experience, as well as his hopes for the future.    Tell us about yourself and your background.  I am Sihle Mbabane from Carletonville in the Rand West District, and I am 26 years old. I completed my matric in 2014. The following year, in 2015 I started my small fast-food business selling bunny chows (Kotas). That was to last until the year 2017,…

Ross Saunders
06 Jul: Book Review Insights: Ross Saunders

Dr Heather Goode provides some insights into Da Vinci alumnus Ross Sauders’ book, titled: This is not what I signed up for: A survival guide for first-time managers   Of course, no company intends to promote someone incompetent or to promote someone until they are incompetent in their new position (the Peter Principlei), nor is it any managers intention to promote someone likely to fail. At least not usually, and if it does happen, there’s a story to tell. The sad truth is, that being an accountant doesn’t actually prepare you to manage accountants. That being a good programmer doesn’t prepare you to manage programmers, projects or diverse multi-skilled teams. Similarly, no one works for promotion in order to fail in their new role. And yet, research conducted by CEB shows that 60 per cent of new managers fail within the first 24 months of their new position. In today’s increasingly dynamic…

Avesh Sundarlal
15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Avesh Sundarlal

His measured personality exudes a serene quality about him, touched with a deep humbleness – this is how we describe our experience of Avesh Sundarlal’s character during his research period at the Home of Remarkability. Beneath the quiet demeanour in him is an unquenchable obsession for research, and his analyses are of a careful and even painstaking nature. These, perhaps, may be the sorts of qualities that could be associated with a mind that is constantly engaged in abstract matters of an academic kind and, by his own admission: “I love to learn … [and I am constantly] listening in to new ideas and simultaneously augmenting my own.” According to Mr Sundarlal, a day in his life without any learning engagement or new experiments is an opportunity wasted. The love for learning and the intellectual wherewithal that Mr Sundarlal possesses is something made evident in his research project titled: “A…

Yusuf Adeojo
15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Yusuf Adeojo

Researching for, but not limited to, a Doctoral Degree, and timeously having it completed, is the culmination of years of toil and is no easy feat. The trepidation that comes with it, nonetheless, may also be the much-needed occasional reminder and motivation for the researcher to keep on track with the researching momentum, as the journey evolves and ideas flow over time. This is the process that one of our newest Doctoral graduates, Dr Yusuf Adeojo underwent, and was rewarded at our recent 2021 graduation ceremony when he was conferred with his Doctoral degree from The Da Vinci Institute. The path to the attainment of his apex qualification may have not been a walk-in-the-park, but Dr Adeojo marched on and saw the journey leading through to its ultimate maturity and fruition. Dr Adeojo likens his PhD journey to the DNA sequencing process that fellow researchers and scientists often use when…

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