Prof Tawana Kupe
Prof Kupe was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria in January 2019.
Prior to this appointment he held several senior positions at the University of Witwatersrand, including his role as the Vice-Principal responsible for running the University. Prior to that role he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Advancement, Human Resources and Transformation. He also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Operations, and was Executive Dean of the Wits Faculty of Humanities.
Professor Kupe was the founding Head of the Media Studies Department at Wits University. He also lectured at Rhodes University, where he briefly acted as Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.
Before Rhodes, he worked in various academic capacities at the University of Zimbabwe, including Chairperson of the Department of English, Media and Communication Studies.
Professor Kupe holds a BA Honours degree and Masters in English from the University of Zimbabwe, as well as a DPhil in Media Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway.
Professor Kupe was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities by Michigan State University (MSU) in December 2019.
Professor Kupe has been appointed International Council member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) from 2020-2024. The IAMCR aims to support and develop media and communication research throughout the world. It particularly encourages the participation of emerging scholars, women and those from economically disadvantaged regions.
Professor Kupe is also a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth universities (ACU). The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education, by bringing universities together from around the world by helping to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives.
Gary is an internationally-recognized expert on understanding and managing disruption. He is Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University and partner in the boutique consulting agency Charrette LLC, positions in which he shares his knowledge and expertise on disruption to help business and society manage change. His focus is on strategies for helping individuals, organizations, communities and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital economy.
As a speaker, Gary A. Bolles presents extensively on topics such as the future of work, education and learning, and how AI is transforming our world. Understanding the constant changes that society and markets undergo, Bolles promotes creating a culture of innovation and gives career strategies for tomorrow’s skills. Moreover, he addresses questions regarding leadership in change and the impact of business in the new digital economy. His experiences make him a valuable and noteworthy speaker, as his presentations provide great insight on change, future, and innovation.
As Chair for the Future of Work, he leads Singularity University’s efforts to enable an abundant future of work and learning through the empowerment of the global community. In the midst of the deep digital transition we are experiencing, Bolles believes it is needed to develop a shared understanding of the dynamics of disruptive change and establish effective strategies, as well as to ensure that everyone has access to meaningful work and lifelong learning opportunities.
He has been involved in strategic innovation projects with clients such as Intel, Yahoo, Nokia, Google, Silicon Valley Bank, London Business School, and the United Nations.
Rachel has over 27 years of experience in the education and training sector, including work-based learning, apprenticeships, employability, faculty management, quality improvement, excellence in teaching and learning and employer engagement.
She currently heads up the employer engagement, placements and external funding project teams within Employability at Nottingham Trent University (NTU); enabling businesses from the region and globally to access the university undergraduate and graduate talent pool to help their business grow, diversify and innovate.
Robyn joined the Office of Career Strategy in the fall of 2012 and is eager to meet with students who are at any point of their career exploration process. Robyn oversees the Common Good & Creative Careers team. She also manages a number of public service initiatives for the office including the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship and Yawkey Fellowship. She is the Office of Career Strategy liaison for student athletes. Robyn currently services on two professional association committees – the EACE Connections Committee, which manages the Professional Exchange and Road Trips to the Real World and the NACE Committee First Destinations Task Force. Before joining the Office of Career Strategy, Robyn spent seven years at Yale Law School’s Career Development Office as the Associate Director of Administration, where she worked on a number of public interest programs and was responsible for all postgraduate employment reporting.
Stewart’s mission, passion and purpose is helping young African higher education students get access to economic opportunities like jobs, by working at scale with leading African Universities & Governments.
From his base in Ireland, he leads the Graduate Activation Program (GAP), an initiative by LinkedIn Team Africa to create a systematic program to teach students, graduating classes, young professionals and alumni how to craft strategies for finding jobs during challenging economic times.
He works closely with University/Student Career & Alumni Services professionals to assist young African professionals to get hired – Helping students discover how to create a career strategy, cultivate resilience, explore career options, update their resumes, network virtually, and improve their job searches and interview skills.
For students, this program provides resources to let them know the benefits of LinkedIn profiles and presence and to help them get started with the following – 1) Building a student profile, 2) Finding a Job or internship, 3) Networking on LinkedIn, 4) Tailoring profiles to particular goals, 5) Communicating on LinkedIn, 6) Finding jobs in Africa and 7) Building personal professional brands.
For Universities & Higher Education Institutions in Africa, the programme enables them to build online school brands on the world’s largest professional network. Key benefits are: 1) Conducting profile reviews with students, 2) Using the alumni tool with students, 3) Running effective & valuable LinkedIn groups 4) Creating university pages & the alumni plugin and 5) Provide in-demand skills-based learning courses to help students start their journey on LinkedIn.
Sharmla is a visionary driven by one purpose – transforming organizations and society through leadership. She is passionate about achieving sustainable outcomes in the areas of what she terms ‘professional justice’ – diversity, equity, inclusion and women in leadership. Her areas of ongoing research include board leadership, the future of work, humanity and technology and people practices and processes.
In her current role, Sharmla oversees business operations and global markets at Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) to ensure alignment with strategy for the company globally and for its regional practices in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. She also leads client relationship management, advisory work designed to maximize the impact of client learning and development efforts, and leadership solutions to build strategic capacity and capabilities for clients around the world. Sharmla brings extensive knowledge of each market and its industries, collaborating with leaders across the organization to achieve measurable results.
An expert in emerging markets, Sharmla provides global perspective to clients, with deep local experience in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, mining, petroleum and FMCG from working in many regions including the USA, Europe, Africa, China and India. Enlisting her global team, she engages in every market to build resilient business disciplines and networks to drive change with leaders in industry, key political stakeholders, community leaders, academic institutions and consulting partners. She also focuses on developing business growth plans by studying economic trends and revenue opportunities and analyzing organization operations; identifying opportunities for improvement, optimization and systems enhancement.
Sharmla is a strategic advisor to board and c-suite leaders, coaching senior executives on how to grow their revenues and profits; implement effective strategies; shift culture, build accountability systems and elevate performance.
Dr Henri Jacobs
Charlotte is a Global Disability Advisor of the World Bank Group.
As Disability Advisor, she focuses on working with and supporting operational teams across the institution to ensure that Bank policies, programs and projects take people with disabilities into consideration. Before joining the World Bank, she served as USAID’s coordinator for disability and inclusive development, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011 to lead the government’s efforts in disability inclusive development, from developing policies and country strategies to technical assistance for program implementation.
Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Operations Officer at the Bank to integrate disability inclusive development into operations in the East Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Earlier in her career, she was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to the South African Human Rights Commission focusing on social and economic rights, disability rights, and child rights. From 1996 to 1998, she also served as a project officer on child protection for UNICEF.
She holds a Master’s Degree in international law and administration from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and an LLM from Cornell Law School.
Prof Leanne Piggott
Associate Professor Leanne Piggott is the Director of Student Experience and WIL Central at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her previous appointments include Education Director of the Centre for Social Impact in the UNSW Business School. Leanne’s decades of higher education experience in program development and teaching include expertise in online learning and WIL. Her recent co-authored publications focus on the design and delivery of inter-disciplinary WIL project-based courses and preparing students for the changing nature of the workforce. Leanne is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a recipient of an Australian College of Educators’ National Teaching Award.
Paul is the Divisional Head of Student Employability and Academic Success at the University of Exeter, England. He has a Master’s of Education in networked collaborative learning from Sheffield University, England and a Bachelor’s in information science from Leeds Metropolitan University, England). Over the past 25 years, Paul has delivered nationally and internationally acclaimed services in employability, careers and learner support, e-learning, study and working abroad, student predictive analytics, entrepreneurship education, placement strategies, employer engagement, personal and professional development and business HR support. He has assisted numerous international universities and governments in developing related strategies and frequently speaks at international events. He currently leads a research team examining exemplar university employability ecosystems around the world and has been a member of the Steering group of the EAIE Expert Community Employability from 2008–2016.
Graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris with a DESS in “Development and Cooperation” from Paris I and a Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, France Henry-Labordère has a resolutely professional background oriented towards employment and training issues. She began her career in 1999 at the National Assembly in a parliamentary group as a project manager on social issues. In 2008, she joined the office of the Secretary of State for Employment before joining, in 2010, the office of the current President Nicolas Sarkozy as a Work, Employment and Vocational Training technical advisor. In 2012 she joined the French Embassy in London as a social advisor and in 2014 took over the social affairs department of AFEP (Association Française des Entreprises Privées).
Before her current position, France joined The Adecco Group as Secretary-General for France (the country). While in this role, she was responsible for representing the Group externally, sitting on various bodies such as the Board of Directors of Prism’emploi and chairing its legal committee. She was the general correspondent of The Adecco Group France at the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) and sat on the Social Relations and Employment Commission of Medef as well as on the Social Commission of the Groupement des Professions de Services (GPS).
Dr Joe Molete
Popularly known as Dr Joe, he has over twenty years of experience assisting technology entrepreneurs in the research and commercialisation of inventions. He has supported scientists and technology entrepreneurs in more than eight companies such as Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Biotechnology Partnerships and Development (BioPAD) and Cape Biotech. Five years of Dr Joe time was spent at both BioPAD and Cape Biotech, initiatives of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) established to strengthen the biotechnology industry in South Africa. He also spent 11 years studying and working in the USA. In the USA he worked for companies such as the American Red Cross, the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and for Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
Dr Joe contributes most competently, and presents a substantial portfolio of key achievements which testify to the dedicated application to mandated tasks. Notable amongst his successes is a capacity for raising funds for various projects; for facilitating enterprise development; for brokering strategic partnerships; and for managing organisational restructuring to achieve optimal efficiencies.
Furthermore, Dr Joe is a sought-after motivational speaker, Life Coach and workshop facilitator, and to consolidate and share his skills, he founded the Dr Joe High-Performance Academy, which mentors leaders and entrepreneurs. As a passionate, persuasive and dynamic speaker, with more than fifteen years speaking experience, Dr Joe plays a key role in coaching leaders and believes that an authentic leader is central to successful enterprise. His flagship programs include “Finding Your Sweet Spot” and “The High Impact Leader in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. Dr Joe is also an accredited facilitator, assessor and moderator; and has authored 2 books.
Dr Joe’s qualifications include: Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School; Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Cape Town; Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University; M.S. in Biology from Howard University; and B.Sc. (Honours) in Biochemistry from University of the Witwatersrand.
Dr Morne Mostert
Morne is a Director of the Institute for Futures Research at Stellenbosch University, where he established a research unit on African Futures. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Economic Research and is a former member of the ILO international panel of experts on the Future of Work. He advises globally on the development of higher-order thinking and decision-making for senior leaders in business, with specialisations in Futures Thinking, Systems Thinking and Strategic Thinking. His award-winning thought leadership has been published widely and he is a regular contributor to the business media on longer-term policy and strategy. Dr Mostert is the author of Systemic Leadership Learning – Leadership Development in the Era of Complexity, in which he proposes an innovative methodology for the development of future leaders in a world characterized by near-chaotic change.
Prof Maurits Van Rooijen
Professor van Rooijen has held visiting and honorary appointments at universities globally in his academic field (sustainable urbanisation) and has published widely on international education and university management. He is actively involved in various international organisations. He is the long-serving co-chairman of the World Association for Co-operative and work Integrated learning and the former President of the Compostela Group of Universities (2008-2016). He holds various international awards including the Constance Meldrum prize for Vision and Leadership (EAIE 2012) and the Emblema Ouro or Golden Insignia of the Universidad Santiago de Compostela (2014).
Professor Maurits van Rooijen is Group Rector and Chief Academic Officer of Global University Systems (GUS). In addition to this role, on 1st September 2019, Professor van Rooijen was appointed as Rector of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences. He is also Chairman of IBAT College Dublin and GISMA Germany. He studied and lectured at Utrecht University before joining the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1993 he moved to the University of Westminster, London from which he retired as Executive Vice President when he took up the position of Rector Magnificus and CEO of the Dutch ‘corporate leadership’ university, Nyenrode. In 2012 he joined forces with the entrepreneur Aaron Etingen and Global University Systems was created.
Dr Engela Van Staden
Engela is the Vice-Rector: Academic, at the University of the Free State. Preceding this position, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). She was also the Chief Director in the Department of Higher Education and Training responsible for, inter alia, human-resource development for the higher-education system, enrolment planning, establishing new universities and new entities such as the SA Maritime Institute, academic programme management, planning the national information and application service known as CAS, distance learning, demerger of the University of Limpopo, establishing SMU as the third new university, as well as developing the reporting regulations and analysing the annual financial reports and annual performance plans of the universities. One of her responsibilities as a project manager was planning the function shift of the agricultural and nursing colleges.
She was involved in various national and international projects, either as a member or project leader, where the projects contributed to middle-management capacity building, institutional restructuring, curriculum development, quality assurance, strategic planning, as well as information-technology improvement and the development of performance indicators for the UoT sector.
She presented various keynote addresses and papers at national and international conferences, with a specific focus on, inter alia, globalisation of higher education; planning within the transformation phase of higher education; funding and resourcing higher education, quality risks in the merger process; and transformation from a teaching and learning perspective.
Many plans, strategies, policies, and technical reports – from an academic, national, and institutional perspective – have been produced through her leadership and pen.
Prof Jon Foster-Pedley
Jonathan is Dean and Director of Henley Business School Africa, part of the internationally triple-accredited Henley Business School of the University of Reading, UK.
He has been a visiting professor in strategy, creativity and innovation. He was the faculty member for strategy at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB) for the MBA and other programmes and has held significant leadership positions there, including that of designer and launch director of the Executive MBA, head of executive education etc. He has lived in France, UK, New Zealand, South Africa and has over 35 years of international business experience in demanding environments, including 6 years as a sales manager with UK’s largest exporter on complex and high-value international sales in the aerospace industry and for 5 years as a marketing director of a European collaboration with airbus, Aerospatiale and other partners. He has worked in many countries in Europe, Africa, Australasia and the Middle East. He has contributed in leadership positions on a number of government and business committees and ventures in Africa, Australia and the UK. Starting his career as a scholarship winner to a military academy and an officer in the Royal Air Force.
His career has three key threads – one professional thread as a commercial pilot; one commercial and corporate thread as an international executive, business starter, change agent, and business winner; and one academic thread as a dean, academic, teacher, education designer and programme director. These three threads give him an interesting breadth of insights for the education industry.
Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi
Rutendo has an insatiable desire to see the exponential growth of business in Africa through the continent’s greatest resource – its people. He is a founding faculty member and Programme Director for the Deloitte Alchemy School of Leadership that provides executive leadership programmes leveraging off Deloitte’s global advisory capabilities and intellectual property.
He is also a Business Development Leader responsible for taking the firm’s multi-disciplinary value proposition to market, with a primary focus on multinational companies in their Pan-African strategy. Over the past 20 years, Rutendo has done business in over 20 African countries, demonstrating an in-depth understanding and experience of helping businesses navigate through the African continent. Prior to joining Deloitte, Rutendo was part of Sage Plc Africa and Middle East executive leadership that had a successful “grow Africa” strategy.
Paul Comyn has over 30 year’s experience in TVET and skills development as a technical specialist and consultant in the public and private sectors working across a wide range of industry sectors and has worked on various assignments in more than 20 countries. He has a PhD in vocational education and training policy and has authored various journal articles and book chapters on the topic. His interests include skills policies and industry engagement in skills development. He has worked for the ILO for the past ten years and since 2015 has been the Senior Skills & Employability Specialist leading the work of the National Skills Policies and Systems Group in Geneva.