Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Chimene Chetty
Director: Centre for Entrepreneurship

Come and join our shared value approach to business that is driven by self-actualisation and development. We challenge you to become part of this new business model generation of entrepreneurs. 

Chimene Chetty is the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits Business School. She joined WBS after six years as a consultant and 20 years in the NGO world where she specialised in the design, development and implementation of development programmes in various fields. This included a position as regional director of Ashoka, a global NGO working in the area of social entrepreneurship.

Chimene brings her personal insights and experiences as an entrepreneur to the School. She is committed to supporting personal transformation of individuals, organisations and society to become changemakers. Chimene is also interested in the mechanisms for the delivery of a democracy, which facilitates development opportunity and access for all.

Chimene says that the mission of the WBS Centre for Entrepreneurship is to provide the insights, skills, tools and mentoring to facilitate a new generation of creative, disruptive entrepreneurs. “Come and join our shared value approach to business that is driven by self-actualisation and development. We challenge you to become part of this new business model generation of entrepreneurs.”

Sessional lecturer – Every Leader a Storyteller MBA elective, Organisation Development and Design, and Organisation Theory.

Peter Christie, a.k.a. big Chief Talking Bull, has consulted to more than 80 well-known businesses in South Africa and beyond.   

An MA (Industrial Psychology) graduate from Wits University, Peter worked for five years in the corporate sector before taking on his Big Chief Talking Bull persona. For the past 26 years he has been an independent strategic storyteller, for creative corporate communications, change and transformation, and leadership development purposes.

Peter edited, with Ronnie Lessem and Lovemore Mbigi, the best-selling African Management: Philosophies, Concepts and Applications (1993), and is the author of Stories from an Afman! (1996), Animal Firm (2000) with Craig Gordon, Every Leader a Storyteller – Breathing Brightness into Business (2009), and The Treasure Punt (2013). His sixth book, Inclusive People, is due for imminent publication. He currently publishes Charlatans Inc, a new series of short stories on unethical business practices, in The Star. Peter has lead facilitated seven International Storytelling in Organisations workshops, in England and South Africa, and the Personal Leadership and Storytelling module for MBA students at City University, London. In 2003 Peter was contracted as a Professor of Management and Director of the Leadership Development Centre at DCDM Business School, Quartre Bornes, Mauritius.

As a part-time lecturer at Wits Business School for the past 26 years, in 1998 Peter developed and still facilitates the Every Leader a Storyteller MBA elective, after having co-ordinated the South African Management Project at WBS in the early 1990s, a project investigating indigenous approaches to leadership and management in Africa. He has taught Organisation Development and Design courses extensively at MBA and PDM levels at WBS.

Peter is currently working on a new initiative, Afri-CAN-DOERS, a Maboneng Precinct experience developing positivity and a spirit of enterprise amongst corporate clients.

Peter Christie
office +2711-44-8563
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Dr Tienie Ehlers has 22 years’ experience in academia, research and the corporate sector. He trains at business schools and consults on strategic management, leadership and human capital management.

Ehlers worked in the academic and consulting environment for 11 years until he was appointed at the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a professor in strategy and international management. Here he co-authored the first South African textbook on strategic management called Strategic Management – Southern African Concepts and Cases.

Ehlers then moved into the corporate environment, working for SABMiller for 11 years where he was involved in strategy at the human capital level. He fulfilled a position as human resources manager for their manufacturing and sales and distribution divisions, and finally as HRD manager heading up training, learning and development. He oversaw all training and development across the organisation, including performance management and leadership development.

Dr Heil has expertise in strategy, leadership, organisational development and the philosophy of management

He is the chairman of ReputationHouse in South Africa and MD of Works Access Ltd, a tech start-up based in Oxford. He holds a PhD (University of the Witwatersrand) and a Diplom Kaufmann (German equivalent to an MBA) (Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, Munich/Germany).

Dominik is a sessional lecturer in strategy, leadership, and philosophy of management at Wits Business School in Johannesburg and a PhD research supervisor. He is also a tutor and programme director at Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

Dominik has extensive consulting experience and has worked with many of South Africa’s largest corporations and a number of multinationals at board and exco level. He is currently pioneering a methodology to display the organisational world or culture fundamental to people’s work performance.

He is a well published academic and has recently written a book titled “Ontological Fundamentals for Ethical Management”. Dominik is passionate about exploring the fundamental assumptions of current management practice in his teaching and academic research in a way that makes a tangible difference to organisations’ performance.

Dr Dominik Heil

Dr Grant Sieff is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Strategy & International Business, and a management consultant who is the CEO of IC Growth Group, and Infochoice Growth (Pty) Ltd

He has a background in strategy, leadership development and general management, and global experience in financial services, management consulting and corporate education, with extensive experience in Europe, Australia and South Africa.

Grant specialises in strategy development and delivery, change management and in leadership performance and growth. He has a particular interest in strategic behaviour and organisational dynamics.

He has worked in Australia as a vice president for Citibank, and as a partner for the Centre for Corporate Strategy, and in South Africa as a partner at Accenture. In 1999, he established Netchoice, an ecommerce infomediary service, followed by Infochoice, a research, education and consulting organisation, and then IC Growth Group, a consultancy with a primary focus on strategic insights and leadership development.

He has served as a faculty member of Citibank's Asia-Pacific Banking Education Institute, and Duke Corporate Education’s Global Learning Resource Network, as academic director for Tias Business School in the Netherlands, and has held visiting professorships.

He holds a BA (with majors in Economics, Computer Science, and Psychology) and a BSc Honours degree (Computer Science) from the University of Cape Town, as well as an MA (Psychology) and an MBA from Sydney University.  He holds a PhD from the University of Johannesburg, on the topic of strategic leadership.

Grant consults in South Africa and internationally with leaders of listed companies and public sector organisations.

Antony is determined to find better ways of making computers do work for people, rather than the other way around.

Antony has been a lecturer with Wits Business School since 1999 after completing his MBA with us. He has worked in a range of industries and environments, always within an IT focus. His IT exposure has been diverse, spanning both technical and managerial functions, and over the last few years he has gravitated towards IT strategy as well as broad business strategy.

Antony is mildly obsessed with facilitating business change and value creation through IT (probably because he has so often witnessed the exact opposite). He is also determined to find better ways of making computers do work for people, rather than the other way around. In addition to his lecturing and consulting work, he is deeply involved in a select few entrepreneurial ventures (and adventures) which continue to inform his lecturing.

Antony Soicher
Wits Business School
+27 (0)11 717 3608


Dr Diran Soumonni is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management and Policy at the Wits Business School. He obtained his PhD in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, US, where he focused on both innovation studies and energy policy.

Diran Soumonni’s teaching interests include subject matter on creativity and innovation, techno-preneurship, the strategic management of innovation, and philosophical paradigms in scientific research. His primary research interest lies in the area of innovation for sustainability from both an ecosystemic and a firm-level perspective. Some of his previous publications span subject matter on electricity policy, biofuels policy, nanotechnology policy, and innovation policy and management.

Prior to embarking on his doctoral studies, he worked as a materials engineer in the area of research commercialisation of display and energy-efficient lighting technologies. In that capacity, he was part of a team that expanded the business opportunities of a new technology-based firm (NTBF), which was dependent on an enabling ecosystem for its survival and growth, while simultaneously working closely with large LED and display corporations such as Samsung (South Korea), Sumitomo (Japan), Nichia (Japan), among others, to help solve specific technological challenges along the innovation value chain.

Diran holds a Masters degree in materials science and engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology, US) and undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics (Tuskegee University, US). He is an active member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS), and of the International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT).


WBS Professor & Chair in Entrepreneurship
Programme Director: MM in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation

Our Master of Management in the field of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation reflects the global trend towards universities being instrumental in creating relevant knowledge and developing skills in entrepreneurship. The one year degree is focused on creating higher-level entrepreneurial knowledge which translates into research capacity building

Boris Urban has held the Chair in Entrepreneurship (Lamberti Foundation) at WBS since 2009. He has over 30 years academic and professional experience in business, where he has practiced, taught and researched strategy, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship.

Based on more than 70 publications in academic journals, including high-impact ISI and Quality Journal List (Hartzig) articles, Boris’s work is increasingly cited in the field. As subject expert, he has contributed to several initiatives such as the World Economic Forum (YGL), EY G20 Entrepreneurship Monitor Report, Sunday Times Directors Event, and MIT Global Start-ups panels. He also sits on the Executive Board of the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society, and has had the opportunity to present his research findings to the Office of the SA Presidency and at colloquiums held at various international universities.

Apart from his academic background, Boris has extensive business experience. Boris has created new ventures, operated both as a franchisor and as franchisee, and worked for MNCs in retail industries, with broad exposure to strategic and general management functions. Through training and consulting, he has delivered interventions to local and international clients in the private, NGO and public sectors. Boris is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and as a subject expert on TV and radio shows.

Boris introduced and is director of the niche academic degree programme Master of Management in the field of Entrepreneurship/NVC at Wits Business School. “The degree is differentiated and positioned apart from similar offerings with its focus on research and the adoption of an evidence-based approach”, says Boris. “The emphasis of the content is on locality and contingency, which results in the endless dynamic of creating and exploiting new knowledge and opportunities. Students graduating from this programme often assume an active role in corporate venturing, or act as social innovators and entrepreneurs”.

Prof. Boris Urban
Chair in Entrepreneurship
Wits Business School
+27 (0)11 717 3762