Director, Graduate School of Business: Professor Walter Baets | Health Sciences: Professor Willem de Villiers | Humanities: Professor Sakhela Buhlungu |Science: Professor Anton le Roex | Engineering & the Built Environment: Professor Francis Petersen | Commerce: Professor Don Ross | Law: Professor Pamela Jane "PJ" Schwikkard | Centre for Higher Education Development: Associate Professor Suellen Shay
Prior to being appointed as the Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business in July 2009, Professor Baets was Professor of Complexity, Knowledge and Innovation, Associate Dean for Research and MBA Director at Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management. Previously at Euromed Marseille he was Director of Graduate Programmes. Before joining Euromed Marseille, he held the Philips Chair in Information and Communication Technology and he was director of NOTION (the Nyenrode Institute for Knowledge Management and Virtual Education) at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. He has held academic positions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain.
He graduated in Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and did postgraduate studies in Business Administration at Warwick Business School (UK). He was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick in Industrial and Business Studies and a Habilitation of Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III, France.
He pursued a career in strategic planning, decision support and IS consultancy for more than ten years, before joining the academic world, first as managing director of the management development centre of the Louvain Universities (Belgium) and later as Associate Professor at Nyenrode University, The Netherlands Business School. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille (IAE) and GRASCE (Complexity Research Centre) Aix-en-Provence. He held visiting teaching positions at ESC Rouen, KU Leuven, RU Gent, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tyumen University, Purdue University and Narsee Monjee (Mumbai, India). Most of his professional experience was acquired in the telecommunications and banking sector. He has substantial experience in management development activities in Russia and the Arab world.
He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information & Management, and Systèmes d'Information et Management. He has acted as a reviewer/evaluator and chair for a number of International Conferences (e.g. ECIS an ICIS) and for the EU RACE programme. He has published in several journals including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, The European Journal of Operations Research, Knowledge and Process Management, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, The Journal of Systems Management, Information & Management, The Learning Organisation and Accounting, Management and Information Technologies. He has organised international conferences in the area of IT and organisational change.
Baets has been published extensively. His most recent books are Knowledge Management and Management Learning: Extending the Horizons of Knowledge-Based Management, published with Springer (2005); and Rethinking growth: social intrapreneurship for sustainable performance (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) co-authored with Erna Oldenboom.
Read more about Professor Walter Baets on his blog.
A respected researcher in the field of gastroenterology, Prof De Villiers has been chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, where he was professor of the same division for over six years.
He is the recipient of several awards for his studies and work: best final-year MBChB student at Stellenbosch University, Nuffield Dominion Medical Fellow at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford, and several consecutive annual awards for Best Doctors in America. He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and a Master's in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
A Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and an Honorary Fellow of the South African Gastroenterological Society, Prof De Villiers is also an international speaker on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, pathophysiology, basic and translational research and clinical management.
In addition to basic science and investigator-initiated studies, he has been the principal investigator on more than 35 industry-sponsored studies into Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Professor Sakhela Buhlungu was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Humanities on 1 January 2014.
Professor Buhlungu comes from the University of Pretoria where he held the position of Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Ethics in the Faculty of Humanities. He was also Professor of Sociology and acting head of the Sociology Department. Professor Buhlungu received his Bachelors degree from the University of Transkei, obtained an Honours degree in African Studies from UCT and a Masters and a PhD (Sociology) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
His academic life has focused on labour studies, industrial democracy, social movements, politics, leadership and change in developing democracies and he is a renowned scholar and author on the development of trade unions in post-apartheid South Africa. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including the International Labour History Association Book of the Year Award in 2010 for Trade Unions and Party Politics: Labour Movements in Africa. He has teaching experience at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Pretoria, and at the University of Kassel, Germany where he was Ela Bhatt Visiting Professorship in the International Center for Development and Decent Work from 2011 until 2012.
Professor Buhlungu is currently a member of the Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa of the Academy of Science of South Africa and has also served as Convener and Chair of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on Labour Movements (ISA XVI World Congress 2006). Among his recent publications are, A Paradox of Victory: Cosatu and the democratic transformation of South Africa (UKZN Press 2010) and Cosatu’s Contested Legacy: South African trade unions in the second decade of democracy (HSRC Press 2012).
Professor le Roex was appointed as dean of the science faculty on 1 January 2011.
In addition to posts at UCT, he held teaching and research posts at the University of Hawaii and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, US.
Although Le Roex grew up in Pietermaritzburg, he travelled south to earn his BSc cum laude (geology, geochemistry) from the University of Stellenbosch (1975), his BSc Hons, first-class (geochemistry), at UCT in 1976 and his PhD (geochemistry) at UCT in 1980.
In addition to his teaching and research duties at UCT, Le Roex held numerous administrative posts. He headed the Department of Geological Sciences from 1991 to 2005. He has been a member of the Senate since 1991, and was a student advisor in the Faculty of Science from 1986 to 2002. Since 1998 he has served on 17 UCT and science faculty standing committees and he remains active on at least 10, two of which he chairs and on two others he is the deputy chair.
Le Roex is or has been active on the following scientific committees and working groups: the South African Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SASCAR - Earth Sciences Committee; the Council of the Geological Society of South Africa; the NRF Open Research Programme Earth Science Evaluation Committee (1998 to 2001; Convenor 1999 to 2001); the NRF National Isotope Working Group; the Southwest Indian Ridge Working Group of the International InterRIDGE Programme; the NRF Proposal Funding Committee (2001 to 2004); and the editorial boards of the Journal of African Earth Sciences and the Open Mineralogy Journal.
He is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa, the American Geophysical Union, the Electron Microscopy Society of South Africa, the Mineralogical Society of South Africa, the Royal Society of South Africa and the Geochemical Society.
In addition, Le Roex has authored or co-authored 86 articles in peer-reviewed journals; two chapters in books; 23 extended abstracts and 95 abstracts. His collaborations with other academic institutions and colleagues extend to the US, France, Germany, England, Botswana and Kenya.
Francis Petersen is Dean: Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has formerly been Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo American Platinum and Executive Vice-President: Research and Development at Mintek, and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula Univeristy of Technology). He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with the B. Ing (Chem), M. Ing (Metal) and Ph.D (Ing) degrees, and completed a short course on Financial Skills for Executive Management with IIR Training. He is a recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Researcher of the Year Awards and is a regular reviewer, and member of a range of editorial boards for international journals.
He is a non-executive director on the Boards of the Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Pragma Holdings. Furthermore, he is a member of the South African Minister of Science & Technology's National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), chairman of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and a former member of the Board of the South African Precious Metal and Diamond Regulator. He is a member of the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and a former member of the Boards of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Mintek. Francis is also a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He a member of an International Panel on Sustainability for Anglogold Ashanti, a former advisor to the Anglo American Platinum Beneficiation Fund, and is a Fellow of both the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the South African Academy of Engineers. Francis is also a member of the Council of the University of Cape Town, and was appointed recently to the Board of the World Design Capital 2014.
Francis has extensive experience of management at various levels within the University and industry sectors. He believes in teamwork, and has played a key role in various initiatives within higher education, industry and science councils. He is the founder of the first cohort of industry research organisations in the minerals and energy sectors (M & E G9), and has been actively involved in strategic planning with regard to R&D in the Science & Technology Sector, Joint Venture formation and Scenario Development. Francis is serving on various national and international technical, editorial and advisory committees, is actively involved and has consulted widely to the South African engineering & the built environment industries. He has published over 150 technical papers & conference proceedings in international journals.
Professor Don Ross was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Commerce on 1 June 2010.
A native of Canada, he obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science at the University of Western Ontario in 1990. His doctoral work was on formal properties of neural network processors of natural language semantics in artificial intelligence. While in graduate school he also pursued his interest in economics and game theory, on which he has taught and published throughout his career.
Between 1990 and 1997 he was assistant professor, then associate professor of philosophy at the University of Ottawa. About half of his research during this time was devoted to cognitive science and about half to the foundations of microeconomics and game theory.
In 1997 he joined the UCT academic staff as senior lecturer in philosophy. During 1998 he was academic coordinator for the merger of faculties into the current Humanities faculty. At the beginning of 1999 he transferred to the School of Economics, in which he became professor at the beginning of 2001. He served as deputy Dean of Commerce, responsible for academic programmes, during 2002 and 2003.
At the end of 2003, Professor Ross reverted to part-time status at UCT in order to accept an appointment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the USA. Until he left UAB in order to take up his current deanship, he was professor in UAB's Department of Philosophy and in its Department of Finance, Economics and Quantitative Methods.
Concurrently with leaving UAB and becoming Dean of Commerce at UCT, he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, USA.
Professor Ross's main research interests are in the game-theoretic foundations of human sociality; the picoeconomics and neuroeconomics of impulsive consumption, especially addiction; mathematical frameworks for unifying the behavioural sciences with one another and with physics; and trade and industry policy in Africa. He is the author of numerous journal articles and author or editor of 12 books, including Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation (MIT Press 2005) and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics (with Harold Kincaid), 2010. He has served as a consultant for various South African business associations, companies and government departments. During 2001-2006 he was director of the SABITA Infrastructure Development Assessment Project (SIDAP). Since 2006 he has been director of research for the National Responsible Gambling Programme of South Africa.
Professor PJ Schwikkard took up her position as Dean of Law on 1 January 2009. An accomplished and widely published scholar, Schwikkard has substantial experience in both academia and the legal profession. She completed her BA degree at Wits University before embarking on an LLB, graduating summa cum laude.
She was admitted as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1990. Schwikkard went on to complete her LLM (cum laude) at the University of Natal. In 1999 she completed her LLD at the University of Stellenbosch.
Over the past 20 years Schwikkard has taught courses in gender and the law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, youth justice, conflict resolution, civil procedure, legal interpretation, legal skills and special contracts.
She began teaching in 1987 as a contract lecturer at the University of Natal's School of Law, later rising to senior lecturer. When she left this university in 1998 it was to take up a professorship at Rhodes University's Faculty of Law.
In 2001 she joined UCT's Faculty of Law in the Department of Criminal Justice and was appointed head of department in 2006 before taking on the dual role of deputy dean a year later.
Associate Professor Suellen Shay was appointed Dean in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) on 1 September 2013.
She completed her Masters degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1987, and her Doctorate in Education at the University of Cape Town in 2003.
In 1989, Shay started her professional career in the Academic Development Programme, teaching foundation courses in Humanities. She then coordinated UCT's Writing Centre. Her work gradually shifted in the direction of academic staff and institutional development, and she served as Deputy Dean of CHED prior to becoming Dean in 2013. Since 1989, Shay's experience spans a range of development work, including language, curriculum, staff and institutional development. She has convened the PG Dip and Masters in Higher Education Studies since 2010 and taught several of its courses.
Shay's research brings the theoretical frameworks of the sociology of education to an understanding of higher education as social practice, specifically focusing on assessment and more recently, knowledge and curriculum. Since 2010 her work has focused on developing frameworks for curriculum differentiation from a knowledge point of view. This interest emerged in 2010 when she consulted on a SANTED-funded Comprehensive University research and development project. More recently she was the principle investigator for a three-year funded National Research Foundation project, Attending to Knowledge in Higher Education Curriculum. In 2014 the Department of Higher Education and Training awarded her a Teaching Development Grant for a national research and development project on the flexible curriculum.
Shay's most recent publications include: Curriculum in Higher Education: Beyond False Choices. In Thinking about Higher Education, eds. Gibbs, P & Barnett, R.; Conceptualizing curriculum differentiation in higher education: a sociology of knowledge point of view. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34,4, p. 563-582.
She is also co-editing a forthcoming book: Maton, K., Hood, S., Shay, S. (editors) Knowledge-building: Educational Studies in Legitimation Code Theory. Routledge.
Shay has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in 2002 and Harvard University in 2011, and in 2013 she won a Worldwide Universities Network Mobility Grant to visit the University of Sydney. She serves on the Executive Board of Teaching in Higher Education.