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This Council serves from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2020. Each member’s term of appointment is usually four years.

Mr Sipho M Pityana (Chairperson)

Mr Sipho Pityana

Sipho Mila Pityana is the founder and chairman of Izingwe Holdings, and chairman of the JSE-listed AngloGold Ashanti, Onelogix and Munich Reinsurance of Africa.

He is also a non-executive director of several manufacturing companies including Aberdare Cables where he is the vice-chairman. He previously worked as the executive director of Nedcor Investment Bank and a managing director at Nedbank.

He has served on the boards of:

  • Bytes Technology Group
  • AFROX
  • SPESCOM
  • Scaw Metals
  • Old Mutual Leadership Group.

In addition to his private-sector track record, Pityana has extensive public-sector experience and international exposure. He was the first director general of the Department of Labour in a democratic South Africa. As the Foreign Affairs director general, he represented South Africa on various international platforms including the United Nations, African Union, Commonwealth and the International Labour Organisation.

He was one of the founding members of the governing body of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and convenor of the South African government delegation to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). He is the previous chairperson of the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and former registrar of the University of Fort Hare. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Pityana holds a BA(Hons) (Essex), an MSc (London), and an honorary DTech (Vaal University of Technology).

Ms Deborah Budlender (Deputy Chairperson)

Ms Deborah Budlender

Debbie Budlender is an independent research consultant. She was employed as a specialist researcher with the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE), a South African non-governmental organisation working in social policy research, from 1998 to June 2012.

Previously, Budlender conducted research for trade unions, and the UCT-based Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the time of the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa.

She served as a member of Council from 2004 to 2012, and was elected by the Convocation for the term of office 2012 to 2016. She served as the deputy chair of Council for the period 2 December 2009 to 30 June 2012, and she was re-elected to that position for the current term.

Budlender holds a BA (Hons) and MA from UCT, a BSc from UNISA and an honorary DSocSc from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mr Norman Arendse SC

Mr Norman Arendse SC

Norman Arendse is a UCT graduate, and co-founded the Labour Law Unit (now the Institute of Development and Labour Law) in 1987. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of transformation, conflict resolution, community conflict and experience in the sports’ arena.

Arendse was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1981, and as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1988. Silk (senior counsel) status was conferred on him by President Nelson Mandela on 10 November 1998. Arendse keeps chambers in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and acts as a High Court and Labour Court judge from time to time.

He is a past chairperson of the Independent Mediation and Arbitration Services of South Africa (IMSSA) and past president of the Western Province Cricket Association.

Mr Emlyn Balarin

Emlyn BalarinEmlyn Balarin has been a member of UCT’s professional, administrative support and service staff since 2001 and is currently the operations manager for the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP).

Previously, he was employed as a research manager in the Marine Research Institute at UCT, and as a psychology lecturer at Rhodes University.

Passionate about promoting workers’ rights and equity in the workplace, Balarin is an elected union executive in the UCT Employees’ Union. He also serves as a trustee on the UCT Retirement Fund’s board.

Ms Sheila Barsel

Ms Sheila BarselSheila Barsel is the political advisor to the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. She has 50 years of experience in:

  • policy development and implementation
  • planning, strategic and operational management
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • people and human resource management
  • administration in the private and public sectors, and civil society.

This experience includes her appointment as senior health researcher with the National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU), 6 years as general secretary of the National Union of South African Students, 19 years in the retail and manufacturing sectors, and 15 years working in the Western Cape's Department of Health.

She has been a member of the Council since 2010, having been appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training. She served on the Ministerial Committee for National Health Insurance from 2009 to 2014 and is currently involved in the workstreams that advise the minister on the implementation of policies.

She has a BA degree and postgraduate qualifications in adult education and coaching.

Mr Malcolm Campbell

Mr Malcolm Campbell

Malcolm Campbell is a UCT alumnus, having obtained a BArch from the university in 1981. He also holds an MSc in economics in urban development planning from the University College of London.

Malcolm is the principal at ACG Architects & Development Planners, whose portfolio of work covers the full spectrum of residential, retail, commercial, institutional and public amenity projects. In addition, Malcolm specialises in urban design with a particular focus on social and affordable housing. He has a special interest in memory work and has collaborated on two significant memory installations in Cape Town. ACG has garnered both national and international awards and most of its work has been published both nationally and internationally.

Malcolm is a past president of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) (2001–2009) where he led significant transformation initiatives in the profession focused on promoting inclusivity and mobility. His work here included validation of architectural programmes at universities in South Africa, as well as in Ghana and Kenya, when he served as a member of the validation panel for the Commonwealth Association of Architects. He is a former the head of the department of architecture at the then Peninsula Technikon where he was involved in curriculum development work at a national level and in creating platforms for co-ordination and sharing between architectural institutions. He also initiated the community projects office, to prepare students for work in disadvantaged communities.

Dr Michael Cardo MP

Dr Michael Cardo MP

Michael Cardo is a member of parliament and shadow minister of economic development. He joined the political staff of the Democratic Alliance in 2003 as a researcher, speech writer and policy analyst. He was the party’s national director of research between 2004 and 2006.

Cardo was awarded a visiting research fellowship by the Helen Suzman Foundation in 2006, during which time he wrote a biography of the former South African Liberal Party leader, Peter Brown, entitled Opening Men’s Eyes: Peter Brown and the Liberal Struggle for South Africa (Jonathan Ball: 2010).

Between 2011 and 2014, Cardo worked in the Policy and Strategy Unit at the Department of the Premier in the Western Cape Government, specialising in social policy and serving as the director of policy research and analysis. Cardo is the Democratic Alliance's constituency head of the Overstrand Municipality, centred on Hermanus.

He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Natal and an MPhil and PhD in history from the University of Cambridge.

Mr Ezra Davids

Mr Ezra Davids

Ezra Davids is the chairperson of Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) at Bowman Gilfillan specialising in capital markets and securities law. He is also the relationship partner for many of the firm's major clients such as Bharti, Verizon, Barrick Gold Corporation, Nokia, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Eskom and Transnet.

He is a regular contributor to international M&A and equity capital markets publications, and is co-contributor on the mergers’ chapter of the Modern Company Law text book.
Davids hold the following positions:

  • chairperson of the UCT Law School’s Faculty Advisory Board
  • member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust
  • director of Freedom Under Law
  • patron of the Student Sponsorship Programme.

He was the first practising African lawyer to be featured as a full-cover subject on American Lawyer.
Davids holds BA from UCT (1989), an LLB (1992), an H Dip Tax (Wits) and a certificate in Leadership in Law Firms from Harvard Law School.

Professor Loretta Feris (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Prof Loretta Feris

Loretta Feris was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Transformation on 1 January 2017. She is primarily responsible for the student affairs and transformation portfolios, focusing on decolonisation and transformation as it affects both students and staff. She currently chairs the Rapid Response Task Team (RRTT) and leads research and engagement on fee-free higher education.

She is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher whose work is aimed at shaping conversations around environmental law and human rights, accountability and social justice – both in South Africa and around the globe.

Before joining UCT she was associate professor of law at the University of Pretoria, where she was instrumental in developing a master’s programme on trade and investment law in Africa. She spent time at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington DC, first as an International Legal Studies fellow and later as assistant director of the International Legal Studies Programme, assistant coordinator of the Humphrey Fellowship Programme and adjunct professor of law.

Feris joined UCT in 2009 as associate professor in the Faculty of Law, where she was director of the Institute for Marine and Environmental Law before her appointment as DVC.

She has served UCT in several positions, including:

  • chair of the Higher Degrees Committee
  • director of Research
  • both deputy chair and chair of UCT’s Conference and Travel Committee
  • vice-chair of the Black Academic Caucus.

Feris advises the United Nations Environment Programme on priority areas for the environmental law agenda in respect of the Montevideo Programme IV process. She is a law commissioner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

Mr Aboubakar (Bakar) Jakoet

Mr Bakar Jakoet

Bakar Jakoet is a chartered accountant and has been chief financial officer of Pick n Pay Stores Ltd since April 2011. Previously, he served as group finance controller and then finance director of the retail division and member of the Retail Management Board at Pick n Pay Stores Ltd.

Jakoet served as a member of the UCT Council from 2004 to 2008 and as deputy chair on both the university’s finance and audit committees.

Councillor Mark Kleinschmidt

Cllr Mark KleinschmidtMark Kleinschmidt trained as a teacher at Hewat College of Education and studied leadership and school principles and management at the University of the Western Cape. He was principal at Die Duine Primary School in Lotus River until 1998.

Kleinschmidt conceptualised the in-house Radio Plain, Mitchells Plain town centre, in 1985, and Radio West, Westgate Mall, in 1991. He hosted former President Nelson Mandela in Mitchells Plain, and officiated as programme director at his 79th birthday.

His experience includes:

Associate Professor Lis Lange (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Associate Prof Lis LangeLis Lange is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at UCT. Until January 2018 she was Vice-Rector: Academic at the University of the Free State (UFS). Before 2014, she was the senior director heading the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning at the same university.

Previously she held the following positions:

  • executive director of the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council of Higher Education (CHE)
  • acting chief executive officer of CHE between August 2007 and April 2008.

She has been involved in the development and implementation of science and technology and higher education policy in South Africa for 15 years, working in different capacities at the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation and the Council on Higher Education.

Lange has served as a member of the board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and has participated in several international initiatives on quality assurance. She is the editor of an academic journal focused on the humanities, Acta Academica, as well as being a board member and reviewer of other South African academic journals focused on higher education.

She has undertaken research and published in the fields of history, higher education and quality assurance, both locally and internationally. Her research interests are focused on the philosophy and politics of education.

Lange studied in Argentina, Mexico and South Africa, where she obtained a PhD in South African history from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998.

Ms Asanda Lobelo

Asanda Lobelo

Appointed by the Students' Representative Council.

 

Professor Mbulungeni Madiba

Professor Mbulungeni Madiba

Mbulungeni Madiba is a Professor and Co-ordinator of the Multilingualism Education Project at the University of Cape Town. He obtained his MA in African languages and DLitt et Phil in Linguistics at the University of South Africa. He has studied in Germany where he spent six months at the University of Cologne and was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the University of London (SOAS). He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Mandela Fellow at Harvard University. He has published widely on language planning and policy.

Dr Shuaib Ismail Manjra

Dr Shuaib Ismail ManjraShuaib Manjra is a sports- and occupational-medicine physician, and works with a range of non-governmental organisations, state- and private-sector institutions. He is also a senior honorary lecturer at UCT’s School of Public Health.

He was awarded the Helen Suzman Fellowship (Chevening) by the British Council, and the John Darwell Prize for academic achievement. He is an associate fellow and examiner of the College of Public Health Medicine (Occupational Health) (CMSA).

He holds the following positions:

  • chairperson of the board of Ndifuna Ukwazi
  • treasurer of Open Shuhada Street
  • board member and past chairperson of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture
  • chairperson of the Medical Committee of Cricket South Africa
  • chairperson of the Medical Committee of the International Netball Federation.

Manjra is also a member of:

  • the medical panel of the International Hockey Federation
  • the appeals board of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport
  • the selection committee for the Oxford Rhodes Scholarship.

Previously he was chairperson of both the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport and the Medical Commission of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), as well as chief medical officer for Team South Africa to the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. He was a member of ministerial task team established to evaluate and recommend a high performance programme for South African sport.

He graduated in medicine from the University of Natal and did his post-graduate studies in sports medicine and occupational health at UCT and the University of Birmingham, all with distinction.

Ms Lerato Mbele

Ms Lerato Mbele

Lerato Mbele is an UCT alumnus, having obtained a BA from the university in 1997, she also holds BA Honours from the University of Stellenbosch (1999) and MSc from the University of London. She is currently a business news anchor, correspondent and economic analyst at BBC World News, a position she has held since 2012. Previous positions include senior business anchor at CNBC Africa, news anchor, prime time at SABC News Channel 3 and research coordinator and head of programme “Democracy and News Political Party Systems” at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

As an alumnus Lerato wears the UCT badge with honour and believes that the university should take a position on social inclusivity, an optimism about a new Africa, amplifying the voice of young people and supporting the talent of black African academics.

Ms Nazeema Mohamed

Ms Nazeema Mohamed

Nazeema Mohamed currently serves as the recently appointed executive director of lnyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement. She joined lnyathelo after working as a consultant and a stay-at-home mom for four years while her daughter had open-heart surgery, spine surgery and eye surgery. When time would allow, she worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator for Emutihini and the Wits Institute for Cultural and Diversity Studies. She has run workshops for the National Research Foundation, Standard Bank's Information Technology Division and ABSA Corporate Investment Banking. She was a Fellow of Universities South Africa (now known as USAf) and conducted research for the University of Cape Town, and consulted on policy matters to several universities. Prior to this she has been a consultant and AirBNB Superhost, and has worked at the Ford Foundation as a progamme officer in the field of higher education and social justice.

Ms Mohamed has a master's degree in higher education management with a specialisation in gender equity from the University of London. She has several education certificates linked to education policy analysis and employee wellness. She is a qualified coach, a trained diversity and inclusion facilitator and has a foundation level ombuds certificate.

She was appointed to the first Ministerial Transformation Oversight Committee. She is one of the founding members of the Anti-Racism Network in higher education and held a position on the executive. She served as a committee member on the Apartheid Archive. She has represented Wits University in Higher Education South Africa's (HESA's) Transformation Directors' Forum. Other national activities have included being an auditor for the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology quality assurance audit and being drawn on by many higher education institutions for advice on the transformation of higher education.

Ms Mohamed is the founder of the Facebook page Universities in South Africa: Decolonising the mind, which has over 9 000 followers.

She was appointed to several ministerial committees during her career as a higher education policy analyst and equity expert. She has worked in government as the director of higher education policy and development support. She was also acting director of constituency affairs in higher education and served on several national task forces. When she worked at the Centre for Education Policy Development, she provided support for the Education White Paper 3 process in the ANC education study group in parliament. There (1996) she argued for the white paper to include a clause on gender-based violence and institutional culture. Nazeema is a committed human rights activist and has actively worked in this arena in the field of education. She has a political history as a youth activist and led action on gender-based violence in the South African Youth Congress in 1990. She was appointed a part-time commissioner to the first National Youth Commission by former president Nelson Mandela.

Ms Tshidi (Grace) Mokgabudi

Tshidi Mokgabudi is a chartered accountant with 32 years of accounting, auditing and advisory experience within the public and private sectors. She was a member of the Audit Commission during President Mandela’s administration and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) ethics committee. She served on the University of the Witwatersrand’s Council and lectured at Vista University (now University of Johannesburg).

She is the founder of the Global Women Corporate Directors (WCD) South Africa Chapter, a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), a member of the Association of Black Accountants of South Africa (ABASA) and served on the founding board of directors of ABASA.

Mokgabudi held various senior positions at KPMG, and was a board member of the following companies:

  • Financial Services Board: non-executive director
  • South African Reserve Bank: non-executive director and chairperson of the Remuneration Committee
  • Armscor: non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee
  • Transnet: non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee
  • South African Airways (SAA): non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee
  • Global Women Corporate Directors: chairperson of South African chapter
  • International Women’s Forum: non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee.

She has the following qualifications:

  • Dip Tax Law (Wits, 1991)
  • BSc(Hons) (Unisa, 1987)
  • BAccSc (Unisa 1985)
  • BComm in Economics and Industrial Psychology (Unisa, 1978).

Ms Grace Moyo

Grace MoyoGrace Moyo is a teaching assistant in the Department of Public Law and the postgraduate student representative on Council. She holds an LLB from Rhodes University, an LLM from the University of Cape Town, and is presently a PhD candidate in law. Her research focuses on administrative tribunals and campus sexual offences.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law as a teaching assistant and PhD candidate, Grace was a research associate for Trudie Broekmann Attorneys and the Justice Alliance of South Africa. She was also a fellow at the African Leadership University in Mauritius where she was instrumental in drafting the institution's equality and diversity policy, and a student-friendly policy dissemination strategy, as well as reviewing the student disciplinary procedures.

From 2014 to 2018 Grace was a four-time director for the National Model United Nations New York, with whom she published nine research papers on global issues that include children’s rights, sexual violence in conflict, international drug strategy and policy, and sustainable development. She has previously served on UCT’s Senate as a postgraduate student representative as well as on Rhodes University’s Senate and Institutional Forum in her then capacity as SRC Secretary General.

Appointed by the Students' Representative Council.

Professor Tom Moultrie

Prof Tom Moultrie

Tom Moultrie is professor of demography, and director of the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe), at UCT.

He is a member of the Union for African Population Studies; the Population Association of America, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). From 2014 to 2017, he served as the IUSSP Council Member for Africa.

Moultrie has been an editor of Population Studies, a leading international journal since 2012, and holds a B2 rating from the South African National Research Foundation (2015).

Moultrie has a long history of involvement with UCT administration. He was a member of the UCT National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) SRC in 1989–90, served for several years on the executive of the UCT Academics' Union, including terms as president from 2014 to 2015, and was an elected non-professorial member of UCT’s Senate from 2008 to 2014.

He has the following qualifications:

  • BBusSc in Actuarial Science (UCT, 1992)
  • Master’s in Economics (development studies, with distinction, LSE, 1998)
  • PhD in demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2002).

He returned to UCT in 2002 as a Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow, was appointed as senior lecturer in 2005, and promoted ad hominem to associate professor in 2009 and professor in 2015.

Professor Kevin Naidoo (Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Professor Kevin Naidoo

Professor Kevin Naidoo has been appointed acting DVC for Research and Internationalisation for the period from 1 January to 30 March 2019. He takes over from Professor Michael Kyobe, who was acting in this role since 1 July 2018.

Professor Naidoo was formerly the director of the Scientific Computing Research Unit in the Chemistry Department. He also holds the Department of Science and Technology / National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair in Scientific Computing.

He obtained his BSc honours and master's degrees at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1987 and 1989 respectively, and his PhD from the University of Michigan in the USA in 1994. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, USA, working in computational chemical glycobiology. Thereafter, he joined the Faculty of Science at UCT as a computational scientist based in the field of chemistry.

Professor Naidoo's research develops informatics and computer-modelling techniques to interrogate data and simulate complex molecular processes in disease. Some of his latest work found that the gene expression pattern of patient tissues can be used to accurately classify cancer types, which can be used for accurate early diagnosis and targeted treatment.

Ms Babalwa Ngonyama

Ms Babalwa Ngonyama

Babalwa Ngonyama is the chief executive officer of Sinayo Securities, a women-owned and managed business. She is a member of the Forbes and Choiseul Top 100 in Africa, and represents South Africa on the Business 20 (B20) as one of the business leaders.
Ngonyama is the deputy chairperson of Brand South Africa, an astute leader with highly regarded business acumen.

Previously she was chief financial officer of Safika Holdings (Pty) Ltd, and group chief internal auditor of Nedbank Ltd. She sits on the board and audit committee of Aspen Limited, a top 20 JSE-listed company, Barloworld Ltd, Implats Ltd and Group Five Ltd, amongst others.

In 2008 Ngonyama completed the Women in Leadership Programme at Harvard University, and received the BBQ Business Woman Visionary Award. She has made considerable contributions to driving awareness of women in the profession.

Previous positions include:

  • chairman of the Transformation Advisory Board
  • founding chairman of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA)
  • member of the education and academic review committees of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • chairman of the technical committee of Transnet auditors (APF).

Ngonyama is a graduate of the University of Transkei. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1999. Her academic qualifications include an MBA from Bond University and a Higher Diploma in Banking Law from Rand Afrikaans University.

Ms Rahmat Omar

Ms Rahmat OmarRahmat Omar is a senior lecturer in the Institute for Post-School Studies: Adult Education (formerly Centre for Adult and Continuing Education) at the University of the Western Cape.
Previous positions include:

  • research officer at the Congress of South African Trade Unions
  • researcher at the Sociology of Work Unit (SWOP) at the University of Witwatersrand
  • project coordinator at the Joint Education Trust
  • coordinator for further education and training at the South African Institute for Distance Education
  • member of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the National Commission for Higher Education.

She has supervised several postgraduate students and acted as external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Omar served as a member of the Senate and various university and faculty committees at the University of the Western Cape. She has presented at several national and international conferences, mainly on her research relating to call centres and workplace learning.

She holds a BA from the University of Hull, BA (Hons) and MA in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of London. Omar started her career as a high school teacher.

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng (Vice-Chancellor)

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Mamokgethi Phakeng is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. She is a B1 NRF-rated scientist who is as passionate about research as she is about teaching and community engagement.

Phakeng has been invited as a speaker and visiting professor at international conferences and universities in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Senegal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. She has won many awards for her research and community work.
Honours include:

  • In April 2016 she received the Order of Baobab in silver, a civilian national honour, for her contribution in the field of science and representing South Africa on the international stage through her research work.
  • In August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category.
  • In 2008 she became the first South African woman to be appointed to co-chair a study commissioned by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.

Other positions include:

  • trustee of the FirstRand Foundation
  • member of the board of the CSIR
  • national president of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA)
  • chairperson of the Board of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF)
  • secretary and member of the executive committee of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
  • president of Convocation of Wits University for five years (2011–2016).

She is the founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Professor Elelwani Ramugondo

Prof Elelwani Ramugondo

Professor of occupational therapy in UCT’s Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Elelwani Ramugondo served as head of division for occupational therapy from 2010 until 2013. She was appointed both the chairperson of the Dean’s Transformation Advisory Committee in the Faculty of Health Sciences and special advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Transformation following the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes Statue at UCT in 2015.

Ramugondo currently mentors several PhD candidates using case study and embedded methodologies approached from both critical theory and poststructuralist perspectives. Her growing body of work focuses on theorising about human occupation, building on new terminology (occupational consciousness), which she introduced into occupational science discourse.

She grounds her theoretical work with regards to what people do every day (human occupation) on liberation philosophy – notably work by Biko, Fanon and Dussel. Her research work and publications have drawn numerous invitations for academic engagements both nationally and internationally, with recent visits to the United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand and South America.

Ramugondo’s academic career started in 1998 at UCT, where she obtained both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Mr Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau teaches critical thinking and ethics in UCT’s School of Management Studies, and is the chairperson of the Free Society Institute, a secular humanist non-profit organisation. He has been on the academic staff since 2001, during which time he has chaired the Academic Freedom Committee, and has also served, or is serving, on various committees including Senate and the Senate Executive Committee.

Rousseau has several publications and research reports, with his current areas of research including:

  • epistemic standards in science journalism
  • decision theory
  • business ethics
  • religious conflict.

He is a regular contributor to national debates in the public sphere through articles and radio interviews, as well as to international conferences on science, pseudoscience and secular humanism.
He holds a BA(Hons) in Philosophy and MA in English from UCT.

Ms Dianna Marilynne Yach

Ms Dianna Marilynne Yach

Dianna Yach is currently chairperson of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund (MFF)], which supports community-based and academic institutions in South Africa (Western Province), Israel and the West Bank. MFF works to advance human rights and social justice by supporting the next generation of ethical leaders in health, welfare, education, the arts and sustainable environment.

She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Law and chair of the UCT Alumni Advisory Board.

Yach is a proud UCT alumnus who is passionately committed to equality, diversity and human rights. She is also an accredited mediator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of People Development (UK).

She founded and became managing director of Ionann Management Consultants Ltd. This niche consultancy is dedicated to helping clients in the public, private and community sectors to identify and manage equality and human-rights risks.

Yach serves on several boards including:

  • Cape Town Ballet Company
  • ORT Cape SA
  • Cape Jewish Welfare
  • Mensch.

While resident in London, she was chair of the Camden Citizens Advice Bureau, chair of the Camden Race Equality Council and founder member of Scotland Yard’s Racial and Violent Crime Taskforce.

During South Africa’s first democratic elections, she served as a member of the Commonwealth Observer’s Group and chaired a multinational panel on peacekeeping.

After graduating from UCT with a BA and LLB Yach obtained an LLM from the University of London, subsequently becoming a law lecturer at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Professor Shirley Zinn

Prof Shirley Zinn

Shirley Zinn is the former Human Resources Director of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group and has since registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting. Through this consultancy, Zinn provides advisory services in human resources, transformation, leadership and education.

Zinn started her career as a secondary school teacher, then moved to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in teacher education, before holding a variety of positions with several leading institutions.

She currently holds the following positions:

  • chairperson of DHL: Global Forwarding SA
  • non-executive director on the boards of AdvTech, Tuesday Consulting, Business Engage, Sygnia Asset Management and the Boston Consulting Group SA
  • trustee on the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust and the Orbis Africa Charity
  • chairperson of Starfish Greathearts Foundation.

She also serves on the advisory boards of:

  • Monash
  • African Society for Talent Development
  • University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

She is the president for the Harvard Alumni Association South Africa and a fellow of the Institute of Directors South Africa. Zinn previously served as the chair of the Institute of Bankers and on the Council of Tshwane University of Technology.

Zinn is a mentor to several women across multiple industries, particularly financial services. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences as a keynote speaker. In 2012, was listed as one of the ‘Top 30 Wonder Women in South Africa’ by the Wits Business Journal.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of the Western Cape), a Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape), a Bachelor of Education (Honours) (UNISA), an Master of Education (University of the Western Cape), a Master of Education (Harvard) and a Doctor of Education (Harvard).

Mr Buyani Zwane

Mr Buyani ZwaneBuyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, student, educator, leadership development facilitator and director of companies. He has been engaged in leadership development, human resources, capital and business management for over 25 years with local and international companies.

He has served as senior executive, director, chief executive officer and chairperson in the business consulting, oil, energy and gaming industries, as well as financial and public-sector organisations. Zwane contributes to human capital and talent development in formal and informal sectors including churches, NGOs, schools, as well as local and international aid organisations.

Zwane is a part-time lecturer on leadership, diversity, change and transformation management, organisation development and strategy execution at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Wits Business School. He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

He earned qualifications in social sciences, postgraduate strategic human resources and business management, including MBA qualifications from UCT, WBS and GIBS.

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