Welcome to the Da Vinci Institute: School of Business Leadership

Faculty Profiles

ACADEMIC STAFF

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.

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.

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Psychology, Managerial Leadership Development and Management of People

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Human Resource Management and Change Management

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).

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Leadership, Self, Others and Social Context, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking and Decision making, and The Management of People.

WORK BACKGROUND

Jan has been an Associate with the Da Vinci Insitute in Johannesburg since March 2009. During this time he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of a certificate qualification in the Management of Technology and Innovation, applied to supervisory leadership development. Though this programme was originally designed for the gold mining industry in Africa, it was later also customised to the development needs of team leaders in the telecommunications industry.

In 2016 he became Head of Faculties Business Leadership and Management of People at The Institute. These appointments include supporting the design office in the curriculum design and content development for Certificate (NQF level 5), Diploma (NQF Level 6) and Masters (NQF Level 9) qualifications in the domains of Business Leadership and Management of People.

His specific interest in Business Leadership and Business Leadership Development spurred his close involvement in the design and development of The Da Vinci TIPS Business Leadership Framework along with Professor Ben Anderson (CEO of The Institute) and Me Marla Koonin (Executive: Insights and Strategy at the Institute).

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Human Resource Management, Business Management and Business Ethics

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Risk Management, Communication and Health and Safety

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Communication and Human Resource Management

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
QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Communication, Human Resource Management and Project Management

WORK BACKGROUND

Freelance Trainer in Project Management. Freelance writer and translator.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Antonio dÁlmeida holds a BA Degree from Rhodes University.

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Antonio dÁlmeida lectures in the Supply Chain and Logistics modules at The Da Vinci Institute from 2017.

WORK BACKGROUND

Antonio dÁlmeida works in the Supply Chain and Logistics Industry and is an Associate of Da Vinci.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Renaldo holds a Master of Business Leadership (Regent)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Finance, Sales and Governance and Compliance

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Sushil holds the following degrees and diplomas: Bachelor of Commerce degree (Cum Laude) Business Management (The Da Vinci Institute), High Diploma in Education (Transvaal College of Education), Higher Diploma in Business Management with Distinction (Damelin), Train the Trainer Diploma (Damelin).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Sushil is a Contract Lecturer in Business Analysis, Business Management, Customer Relationship Management and Professional Writing at the Da Vinci Institute.

WORK BACKGROUND

After completing his Matric, Sushil continued to study towards his four-year Higher Education Diploma at the then Transvaal College of Education where he graduated in 1997, and thereafter began his journey as a teacher. This was short lived as he then found an opportunity to enter the corporate world of business and grabbed it with both hands. During this time, Sushil worked at three different jobs for almost 2 years in order to supplement his income. Sushil grew through the ranks and climbed the corporate ladder into a Senior role as the Operations Executive for a national organization where he spent a 20-year career. Simultaneously, he also served on the boards of three other organisations. He was also appointed as an Advisor to the Commissioner for the Compensation Fund and the Minister of Labour in the capacity of a Board Member at the Fund. His role included legislative matters together with service delivery matters to member companies and employees.

Whilst working in corporate, he was responsible for leading and developing various teams to meet the requirements of the business strategy. He has a strong passion for turning around business challenges into profitable and sustainable solutions. With having strong integrity and leadership qualities, he has extensive experience in an array of different fields. Whilst he was negotiating with business leaders in the boardroom, he was also in the front line with his operations teams when there was Industrial action strikes at clients. Sushil has managed and been part of the negotiation and the resolution of over 90 Industrial action strikes all over South Africa in his career. He can operate on a multitude of different levels at any given time and was given the recognition by his peer and the business through various awards over his career. Sushil has built a Management Consulting business where his focus is to help his clients grow their businesses through efficiencies and develop sustainable structures. His experience includes the formulation of Business Strategies, Financial and Business Risk Management, Industrial Relations, Change Management, Payroll bureau Management, Business process re-engineering and re design, Facilitation and Lecturing, Coaching and Mentoring, Fleet and Asset Management, Project Management, Information Technology, Payroll technology systems development and management, Operations Management, Property development and construction.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Riaan hold the following degrees, BCom Marketing Management, BCom (Hons) Business management, MCom in Business Management (Cum Laude) and a PhD in Management Studies (Operations Management) conferred by the University of South Africa.

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Leadership, Service Quality, Project Management.

WORK BACKGROUND

Dr Riaan Dirkse van Schalkwyk is a senior lecturer in Quality, Project and Operations Management at the UNISA Department of Operations Management. He has extensive practical experience (several management positions) and left the private sector for academia in 2006. Riaan has taught at various private higher education institutions before joining UNISA in 2009. Riaan was the recipient of the Unisa Council Platinum Award in CEMS – Top performer in a master’s degree for the academic year 2011. He has authored a number of publications and presented papers at both local and international conferences. Riaan is also the programme leader for the short course in Basics of Project Management offered by the CBM.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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)

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Paul holds the following qualifiations: Certificate in Microsoft Office Project 2003 Collaboration for Project Managers from Fulcrum Business Solutions 2006, Certificate in Professional Business & Life Coach (Advanced Mentor) from VIP Leadership & Strategic Coaching & Mentoring Institute 2005, Degree in Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford Brookes University (UK) 2004, Certificate in Skills Development Facilitator from The Institute of People Development 2002, Diploma in Project Management from Damelin Management School 1999, Certificate in Management Theory & Practice from Institute of Commercial Management (UK) 1995, and a Diploma in Manager Development from Damelin Management School 1992.

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Management, Marketing Management, Entrepreneurial Skills Development, Small Business Management, Project Management.

WORK BACKGROUND

Paul has the following experience: Corporate Trainer, Course Development and Lecturer experience (33 years). Chief Operations Officer/Business Development Manager at Eden Life Wellness Clinic since 1995 (23 years). Business and Life Coach at Turning Point Coaching since 2005 (13 years). Project Management experience in IT Projects and Non-IT Projects (30 years).

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Project Management

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).

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Governance and Business Ethics

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

WORK BACKGROUND

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

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Education, Curriculum Studies, Economics and Academic Literacy

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Organisational Behaviour and Business Leadership

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Christian holds the following degree, BCom Business Management (Da Vinci Institute) and a Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply – CIPS).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Christian is a part time faculty lecturer in Operational Management at the Da Vinci Institute.

WORK BACKGROUND

Christian started his working career at Sun Couriers in 1990 and has been in the Express Courier Industry for the past 29 years. He is currently employed at DHL International Express (Pty) Ltd as the ‘Director of Operations’. Throughout his career Christian has gained experience across various disciplines such as Operations, Industrial Engineering, Ground and Air Network Management, Customs Compliance, Security, Strategy, Information Services, Programs Management & Delivery, Warehousing, Pick & Pack Operations, Fleet Management and Training.

Christian was instrumental in the development of the Transportation Education Training Authority (TETA) up to NQF level 5 and has been a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) since 2003.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Leadership and Business Management

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Blessing Kachere hold the following degrees, Master of Business Administration (MANCOSA Business School) SAQA level 9, Graduate Diploma in Purchasing & Supply SAQA level 8 (The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Supply Change Management

WORK BACKGROUND

Blessing has over 13 years of work experience in the field of Supply Chain Management and Administration.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Organisational Innovation and Marketing Management

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Economics and Business Management

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Wing Sze Vingin Leung holds a Bachelor of Education Degree (B. Ed) in 2010 from University of the Witwatersrand. Straight after 2011, she completed her Bachelor of Education Degree with Honours (B. Ed – Hons), specialising in Mathematics. Vingin is currently studying a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Vingin lectures Mathematics at The Da Vinci Institute from 2018.

WORK BACKGROUND

Vingin is currently the senior lecturer for mathematics, for a private higher institute in South Africa. She coordinates six different mathematic modules across 12 campuses. From 2010 to 2015 Vingin was working in University of the Witwatersrand – Wits Maths Connect Secondary Project as a research manger’s assistant and administrator.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Language, writing, Business administration

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Calvin holds a Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Pastel Accounting V5, BTh Degree, Masters of Business Leadership (MBL), Advanced Program in Supply Chain Management, MFMA Program certification, and a Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Supply Chain Management, Finance, Public Administration, Operations Management.

WORK BACKGROUND

Calvin is employed at the City of Ekurhuleni (Finance Department) and has completed his Master’s (MBL) and a Doctorate in Business Leadership in the disciplines of Supply Chain Management, Public Administration and Finance. He has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector and has also worked for various companies in the private sector. He also lectures at various institutions in finance and public administration at the master’s and undergraduate level and has published a book and written various articles.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Accounting, Project Management, Business Management and Entrepreneurship

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).

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

WORK BACKGROUND

Jan works in the consulting, lecturing and training environment.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

WORK BACKGROUND

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

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Project Management

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

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).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Human Resource Management

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Management, Leadership, Political, Environmental and Geographical

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Information and Marketing Management and Technology

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.

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

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Economics.

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Innovation and Transformation Leadership

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Management

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Movement Science (UP), Master of Arts in Human Movement Science (UKZN), Bachelor of Arts Honours in Physical Education (UKZN), Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education (UKZN)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Strategic Management and Sports Management

WORK BACKGROUND

Prof Paul Singh started his career in education as Senior Lecturer at University of Pretoria, after which he headed the department of sport and movement studies at University of Johannesburg. Prof Singh has been specialising in sport and recreation as a management consultant since 2006. His notable experience saw him as Chief Director of Sport Support Services of Sport and Recreation South Africa where he oversaw and lead the following Directorates: International Relations; Sport Service Providers; Scientific Support; Research and Evaluation; Sport Infrastructure; and Major Events.  He also had oversight of two state entities, viz. Boxing South Africa, and the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Lionell holds the following degrees: Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Strategy and Marketing ) – Wits Business School, Bachelor of Science (BSc) – University of Witwatersrand, Management Advancement Programme (MAP) – Wits Business School and a leadership qualification from International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Switzerland – (Orchestrating Winning Performance, Strategy Management and Organisational Development).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Lionell is a part-time lecturer in the following disciplines: Work-based challenge, Business Management, Financial Accounting, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management at the Da Vinci Institute.

WORK BACKGROUND

Lionell has over 30 years’ experience of management and leadership at the executive level across numerous industries such as FMCG, Telecoms, Transport, Advertising, and Education Management. Since 2013, Lionell has been working as an independent consultant/advisor, specialising in strategy, business improvement and change management initiatives to position companies for profitability, market dominance and competitiveness. He has also been actively involved in implementing learning and enterprise development programmes in township environments, upskilling and empowering unemployed youth in Mamelodi and Soweto to run sustainable and successful businesses. Mentoring Entrepreneurs on strategy implementation and business performance improvement, finance management, business operations management, marketing intelligence, product portfolio management, and go-to-market strategies. He is also a keen strategy scholar.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

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

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.

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)

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Managing Systems Way, Management of Technology and Business Management

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
QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Management; Business Analysis, Numeracy Skills and Financial Accounting

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Psychology and Management of People

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.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Anamari Wessels holds a National Diploma in Sport Management and Marketing &
B Tech Post School Education from Pretoria Technicon and Skills Development Facilitator from Corporate College SA, as well as a Life and Business Coach from the University of Johannesburg.

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Her field of specialisation and passion is Transformation through Employer Compliance. Bringing it together through Skills Development, Employment Equity and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

WORK BACKGROUND

Anamari Wessels has a solid 16 years track record of providing tailor-made solutions to her clients and has found crossroads and connections through a large policy framework, redressing South Africa’s political past, building capacity to provide access for all South Africans through education, training, employment, and a better life.

She is involved across sectors and identifies employer and professional bodies, subject matter experts as well as service providers to collaborate with when implementing transformation projects.

Assisting with solutions through Employer Workplace Accreditation, Recruitment of unemployed candidates and the related Employee and BBBBE Compliance.

She has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Department of Labour, Employer Associations, Department of Transport and the SETA’s.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Jeanine holds a Diploma in Human Resources (2005) from Damelin,
Diploma in OD-ETD Practitioner (2016) from The Institute of People Development, and a
Higher Certificate (MOTI) Sales and Management (2018) from Da Vinci Institute.

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Jeanine lectures Sales Management at The Da Vinci Institute from Metro Minds.

WORK BACKGROUND

Jeanine started her working career in the world of Freight Forwarding and Logistics.
After 16 years of industry experience, exposure to all modes of transport, Imports and Exports, she decided to follow her passion for developing people and sharing her knowledge about the industry and took the leap in training and development.

QUALIFICATIONS / ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Takesure holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (TUT), a Masters in Organisational Leadership (TUT), a Bachelor of Commerce Hons (RBS), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (HH, Finland), a Bachelor of Business Administration (AU), and a Diploma in Education (UZ).

FIELD OF SPECIALISATION

Business Management, Strategic Management, Research Methods, and Entrepreneurship.

WORK BACKGROUND

Takesure has worked in the education and training sector for almost 28 years. He has lectured in several business and management modules, research methodology, and entrepreneurship at Tshwane University of Technology. Notwithstanding his practical and expansive classroom experience, Takesure coordinated the MBA Program at TUT Business School and held research and administrative positions in tertiary institutions. He is an assessor and seasoned trainer who has delivered training in the public sector and at reputable international companies, inter alia; Ford Motor Company, Robert Bosch, CBI Electrics, PowerTech, and UD Trucks. He has gained experience in quantitative and qualitative research and currently supervises masters and doctoral students.

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“…My experience at Da Vinci opened my mind to the idea that knowledge is a constant journey. It is humbling to realise that my knowledge is only a drop in the ocean and that an entire world of education and learning awaits me. This learning experience has enhanced not just my educational capabilities but also provided new perceptions and an appreciation for the opportunities that await me.”

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