Faculty

Professor Russell Abratt’s teaching assignments have taken him to leading business schools in America, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa and UK. He is the author and co-author of several books on marketing and sales management and his research has been published in leading journals.

Professor Russell Abratt is a professor of marketing at WBS and has fulfilled other key positions at WBS including academic director and head of strategy and marketing. Prof Abratt is also a professor of marketing at the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA, and has completed teaching assignments at leading business schools in America, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa and UK.

Prof Abratt has had short-term consulting assignments in Russia, Ukraine, UK, Australia, Poland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ivory Coast and China. He is the author and co-author of four books on marketing and sales management and his research has been published in several leading journals.

Before entering the academic world, he worked as a sales rep, brand manager and marketing manager in the retailing and wholesaling sectors. Prof Abratt has extensive consulting and training experience and has completed assignments for BMW, 3M, Pfizer, Dow Chemicals, BIC, HP, Microsoft, Nedbank, VW and Unilever, amongst others.

Prof Ahwireng-Obeng has published widely, both locally and internationally, on development economics, entrepreneurship and small business. He was awarded for publishing the best paper in the South African Journal of Business Management.

Professor Frederick Ahwireng-Obeng joined Wits Business School in 1995 and is a tenured full professor of business administration (economics). He has been an Emeritus Professor since 2009 and has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of post graduate students in several universities across South Africa since then.

He is published widely, both locally and internationally, in the fields of development economics, entrepreneurship and small business. He was awarded a gold medal by the SA Association of Business Managers for publishing the best paper in the South African Journal of Business Management in 2001.

Frederick holds senior positions in a number of professional bodies and is a board member of the International African Institute based at the University of London. He also serves as a specialist reviewer for eight academic journals. Frederick was a visiting scholar at the University of Indiana, USA, in 1999, and a visiting professor at the Brisbane Business School, Queensland University of Technology, in 2000.

He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana and a PhD in Economics from the University of Leeds, UK. In his early career he consulted extensively for the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation. After completing his doctoral studies in 1981, Frederick taught economics at a number of universities in Nigeria and South Africa, joining the Department of Economics at Wits University as a senior lecturer in 1990.

He is still actively involved in research and publication.

Prof Alagidede’s extensive academic career has taken him to the UK, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, China and Finland. He has published widely on development and financial economics in top tier peer reviewed journals and contributed to policy relevant research in African economies.

Professor Paul Alagidede has held a number of visiting and permanent professorship positions in a number of leading institutions including the University of Stirling and Greenwich (UK); Rhodes University, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch (South Africa); the African Economic Research Consortium (Kenya); United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (Finland) and X’ian-Jiatong Liverpool University (China).

In terms of research, Paul’s focus has been on capital market development in emerging market economies, macroeconomics shocks and uncertainty and the link between financial development and economic growth. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the African Review of Economics and Finance and the Ghanaian Journal of Economics as well as the executive director of the research and policy think tank, the African Finance and Economics Consult. Paul is an award-winning rated researcher with a number of research grants from the National Research Foundation, the Freidel Sellschop Foundation and the International Growth Centre.

Paul obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics and history (first class honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and holds a master’s degree in economics and finance (with distinction) and a PhD in economics from Loughborough University, UK.

Laurence is a lecturer in marketing and entrepreneurship, as well as being a marketing consultant to large multinationals, business start-ups and NGO’s. He developed and co-authored an awarded business school case study on Harley Davidson in South Africa.

Laurence Beder has lectured on a part-time basis with WBS since 2000 in the marketing, service management and entrepreneurship fields for many of the School’s academic and executive education programmes. As a marketing consultant, he specialises in marketing planning and the roll-out of customised marketing and branding solutions for a wide range of local and regional clients and has also acted as a director of a new product venture company.

Laurence, who has an interest in the NGO space, has acted as principal consultant in the turnaround strategy of Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. He continues to present workshops on marketing planning for small business and NGO’s. Over the past three years, Laurence has been Programme Director of the Master of Management programme in the field of Strategic Marketing.  

Laurence has also held managerial and directorship positions in the homebuilding, property development and management and financial services sectors.

Steve Bluen
Director & Head 

From the students and faculty to the staff, alumni and friends, as a collective, we have the ability to not only contribute positively to our own lives, but also make a substantial positive impact on the world around us, and we do. 

Professor Steve Bluen was appointed as the director and head of Wits Business School in 2014. He previously held top positions at South African Breweries (SAB) after joining them as a consulting psychologist in 1993, holding several directorships within SAB’s South African, African and Asia businesses.

In 2002, Bluen was appointed HR director of SABMiller’s South African operations and, from 2005, headed up HR in both the beer and soft drinks divisions, later serving as SAB’s acting corporate affairs director. Bluen also ran a consulting business where he worked closely with top South African companies.

Bluen did his PhD in Psychology at Wits University. He also completed the Development Programme in Labour Relations at UNISA and an executive development programme at the University of Michigan, USA. He was head of the psychology department and a professor of industrial psychology at Wits and has served as an academic at other leading institutions in South Africa.

Bluen says that WBS is steeped in history and legacy yet has all the modern-day resources and innovations one would expect at a post-graduate establishment of its calibre. “But we go beyond that here,” he adds. “From the students and faculty to the staff, alumni and friends, as a collective, we have the ability to not only contribute positively to our own lives, but also make a substantial impact on the world around us, and we do.”

Professor Steve Burgess has taught at several leading business schools and received several awards for his contributions to marketing education. He was one of five people chosen to represent President Mandela’s new South African government on its first trade mission to the United States in June 1994.

Professor Steve Burgess is research director and professor of marketing at WBS, having previously been director and professor of marketing at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School.

Before that, Prof Burgess was research director and professor of business administration in marketing at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and professor of marketing at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has also taught on programmes at several leading US, European and Asian business schools.

Prof Burgess’s research focuses on the context of emergent markets and its implications for successful marketing strategies. His work has been published and cited in several marketing, management and psychology journals. He has also published five books and received several awards for his contributions to marketing education.

Prof Burgess serves on several boards and has held positions as managing director of Autopage Cellular, managing director of ConsumaData (now Experian South Africa) and senior marketing executive at Johnson & Johnson. He was one of five people chosen to represent President Mandela’s new South African government on its first trade mission to the United States in June 1994.

Professor Terri Carmichael teaches in the area of research methodology. She loves reading, writing and doing qualitative and mixed methods research across a wide range of topics, including management education, management competence, diversity and culture.

Professor Terri Carmichael is an associate professor of management education at Wits Business School, having joined the school as a lecturer in 2003. She teaches MBAs, Masters and PhD students in the areas of qualitative and mixed methods research methodology, and has a number of publications in the above mentioned areas.

After obtaining her BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, her career path began with the Government of Zimbabwe in plant research, before moving to South Africa where she took up a post in the pharmaceutical industry, working variously in sales, marketing, human resources and training, and travelling extensively in the course of her employment. Prof Carmichael also ran her own HR development consultancy before joining WBS, completing her Masters in Management and PhD during that time.

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.

Peter Christie, a.k.a. big Chief Talking Bull, is a sessional lecturer at WBS and 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.

Dr Rabelani Dagada is a development economist and past president of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals. He has authored several books on eLearning, techno-preneurship, telecommunications and information systems.

Dr Rabelani Dagada is a development economist and occupies several senior positions in corporate South Africa. He teaches information systems management at WBS and supervises research projects in the MBA, PhD and MM by Research programmes.

Dr Dagada is an immediate past-president of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and was honoured at the 2008 IITPSA Annual President’s Awards in recognition of his foresight and achievement in transforming business by adopting and implementing leading-edge tech.

Dagada has authored and co-authored several books in the fields of eLearning, techno-preneurship, telecommunications and information systems and has published more than 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include mobile commerce, telecommunications, information and communications technology, governance and risk management, knowledge management, ethics and governance, corporate philosophy, eLearning and mobile learning.

Charisse Drobis joined WBS in 2001 where she currently holds the positions of Director of the PDM and Head of Career Management Services. Charisse also serves on the Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate and Curriculum committees and was part of the team that designed the 2016 MBA and PDBA curricula.

Charisse designs and facilitates learning in the areas of team dynamics, personal branding, intra-organisational effectiveness, career management and job search strategy. She also consults and coaches extensively in the areas of career management, career strategy, personal and career negotiations, personal branding, interview skills and CV formulation and critique.

As head of career management services at WBS, Charisse directs all employability and employment initiatives for MBA, MM and PDM students, including the annual Graduate Recruitment Programme, Career Fairs and Academic Internship Programme.

Charisse says that the WBS career development programme enriches the learning experience of students, taking it beyond the classroom and into the workplace. She states that personal career development is part of who WBS is as a business school.

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.

Frank Einhorn convenes several programmes, with subject areas span project management, operations management, and supply chain management. He enjoyed a 32 year career with IBM where he played systems engineering, sales management, and IT project management roles.

He was actively involved with many of IBM South Africa’s largest clients, mainly in the banking, mining, utilities and health industries.  In 2002 he moved on to freelance consulting and project management, mainly in financial services and insurance.  Frank’s international experience extends to Canada, Australia, Namibia, USA, the UK and Europe.

During much of this time he was involved in teaching, with subjects ranging from project management to business policy.  He has presented papers at three Project Management South Africa conferences.  Since 2010 he has been a sessional lecturer at Wits Business School

He holds a BSc Electrical Engineering (UCT) and MBA (UCT), and is a PMP (Project Management Professional) through USA Project Management Institute.

Spanning some forty years, Dr Alan Fowler’s career combines academic scholarship with practical advisory work and organisational entrepreneurship.  He is the author and co-author of 11 books about the roles and behaviours of non-profit organisations in international development.

Dr Alan Fowler is a visiting professor at WBS. His lecture and research areas include non-profit management, strategy, philanthropy and inter-organisational relations. He is currently emeritus professor at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.  Previous academic posts include a visiting fellowship at the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and visiting senior research fellow at Oxford Brookes University.  A diploma in education complements formal training in electronic engineering.

His professional experience has been gained within numerous institutions.  Examples are as a visiting fellow at the World Bank, with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi, as a programme officer at the Ford Foundation in East Africa and as a business field manager.

Dr Fowler has advised many non-profit organisations including World Vision, Action Aid International, Oxfam and Amnesty International.  In addition to numerous books, including compendiums and organisational biographies, he has authored more than 140 published articles and papers.  He co-founded Matrix Consulting in Kenya, the International NGO Training and Research Centre based in the UK and Inter-Mediation International.  He has acted as convenor of the NGO Study Group of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland.

Voluntary service includes roles an elected board member and past president of the International Society for Third Sector Research and as a board member of CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Professor Adam Gordon is MBA and Executive Education faculty, teaching industry foresight methods, scenario planning, systems dynamics, design thinking and strategic innovation.

He is author of “Future Savvy: Quality in Foresight” (Amacom Press, NY, 2009) and publishes on leadership learning for future challenges at forbes.com/sites/adamgordon 

Adam has taught or co-taught academic programmes at INSEAD Fontainebleau; Cedep; University of Copenhagen; OCAD Toronto; Monash GSB Melbourne; Massey, New Zealand; La Trobe University Melbourne; University of Witwatersrand WBS Johannesburg; University of Cape Town GSB; Skolkovo GSB Moscow; and Edinburgh Napier University. He was Director of Executive Education at WBS 2012-2015.

His industry background is a specialist in industry foresight and business future strategy for private and public-sector organisations, preparing leaders for future industry-change via research, workshop, and educational forums. Using an array of forecasting, planning, uncertainty management and leadership tools, he has helped companies anticipate and evaluate opportunities, and innovate and transform to exploit them.

As director of Adaptive Futures Learning and as senior associate at the Washington D.C. future strategy firm, Coates & Jarratt Inc, Adam has created and delivered numerous foresight projects for clients including Adidas, SABMiller, Nokia, Siemens, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Weyerhaeuser, Coca-Cola, Metropolitan Life, CSIR, Pfizer, American Express, Ch2MHill, HSBC, GenRe, LVMH, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and the World Bank.

Mzo has been a sessional lecturer with WBS since 2013. He teaches on Competitive Intelligence, Industry & Competitor Analysis and is also involved with the Postgraduate Diploma in Management , where he lectures on Principles of Strategic Management.

Mzo has 10 years of experience in Competitive Intelligence. He is currently at Standard Bank, where he is a Senior Manager: Competitive Analysis. With this role, he heads a team that is mandated to support the bank’s Africa-focused strategy with actionable competitive intelligence. The role has seen him complete on-ground competitive analysis projects in South Africa, Ghana and Ivory Coast. He previously spent 5 years as an information specialist and librarian at various legal services firms and government entities.

Mzo completed his Masters in Commerce (MCOM): Business Management with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and has an Honours bachelor degree in Information Science (UNISA), a certificate in Competitive Intelligence (University of Pretoria), a certificate in Marketing Management (UNISA) and a certificate in Business Law (SA Institute of Legal Training/Intec). He graduated from the WBS Management Advancement Programme in 2011.

A keen networker, he is a committee member of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) SA Chapter. He has organised and facilitated several in-company and industry workshops and has spoken at various local and international conferences.

Karen is focused on professionalising learning and development practices and quality assurance. She has gained experience in both the public and private sectors and is currently involved in the quality assurance of technical and vocational education and training in the insurance industry.

In addition to her role as a sessional lecturer, Karen has been an External Examiner for WBS MBA Research Reports.

She holds an MA in Industrial Psychology (UKZN) and is registered as a Master Learning and Development Professional with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP). She is a member of the SABPP Learning and Development Committee and actively participates in a working group which has recently produced a ‘first-of-its-kind’ Workplace Learning Professional Practice Standard. 

Karen has garnered extensive experience in implementing, monitoring and evaluating the impact of national education, training and development quality assurance strategies and policies, through her consulting work for a number of Education and Training Quality Assurance Bodies (ETQAs). She has also consulted, over a period of six (6) years, to German International Co-operation (GIZ) which provided technical assistance and the initial funding, including several pilot sites, for a Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Development Programme aimed at the informal sector, country-wide.

Dr Renee Horne is senior lecturer of business in Africa, emerging markets and economics, and director of International Relations at WBS. She is an award-winning political journalist, war correspondent, editor and political economist

She is a lecturer and speaker on political economy and international relations in Africa and the Middle East, and is passionate about enterprise and skills development. 

She has advised governments, media and businesses on the political and economic policy of South Africa, Iraq, Kenya, the Democratic of Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Uganda. She also headed up the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Unit. She has interviewed politicians and presidents, and advised governments, media and businesses on the political and economic policies of African and Middle East countries.

Dr Horne has worked with institutions such as Transparency International, Delta Economics, Royal Africa Society, Exclusive Analysis, Royal United Services Institute, BBC, SKY, ITV, SABC and the World Entrepreneur Society. She has interviewed politicians, high-profile personalities and presidents, including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Trevor Manuel, Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres.

Dr Reuel Khoza is currently the chairman and a major shareholder of Aka Capital (Pty) Ltd and Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd. He has served as a director of companies including JSE Limited, IBM SA and Liberty Life Group. Dr Khoza is also the author of six books on leadership and Corporate Governance.

Dr Reuel Khoza, former chairman of the Nedbank Group Limited and Eskom Holdings Ltd, is a visiting adjunct professor with Wits Business School, teaching business in society and collective action on the MBA course.  

Dr Khoza is currently the chairman and a major shareholder of Aka Capital (Pty) Ltd. He is a director of several companies in which Aka Capital is invested, including Nampak Limited, Sasol Oil and Corobrik. He has served as a director of companies including JSE Limited, IBM SA, Liberty Life Group and the Standard Bank Group. He is a fellow and president of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Khoza was the founding chairman of the Nepad Business Foundation and initiated the establishment of the African Leadership Development Programme. Dr Khoza is also the author of six books on leadership and corporate governance.

Dr Kodongo, the sitting Director of WBS PhD program, has a wealth of teaching and research experience with articles published in several outstanding academic journals. He is the editor of Africagrowth Agenda journal and a founder member of African Development and Financial Economists Institute.

Dr Odongo Kodongo has a wealth of experience in several areas of Finance, having held several permanent and visiting positions in various universities. He has also played an active role in coordinating, developing and reviewing finance curricula. He currently teaches corporate finance, capital budgeting and project finance, investment banking, and commercial real estate finance at Wits Business School.

Dr Kodongo’s research interests are in the pricing of risk, financial markets, corporate finance and real estate and infrastructure financing. His research articles have appeared in such outstanding academic journals as Journal of Banking and Finance, Emerging Markets Review, International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets Institutions and Money among many others. He has also authored several chapters in books published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Elgar and others.

Dr Kodongo is the editor of Africagrowth Agenda journal and reviews for several journals. He is the sitting Director of the Wits Business School PhD program and among the founders and an active member of African Development and Financial Economists Institute (ADEFEI).

Prof Kriek is focused on teambuilding, leadership and change management and was instrumental in introducing adventure therapy to South Africa. He has extensive international experience spanning several African countries as well as Australia, Russia, Slovenia and Serbia.

Professor Hendrik Sebastian (Drikus) Kriek fulfils various roles at Wits Business School – he is the director of the Leadership Development Centre, associate professor in Human Resource Management and Leadership, and programme director for the International Executive Development Programme and the International Executive Programme for Learning and Development.

Drikus’s research, publications and teaching focus mainly on teambuilding, leadership and change management. He consults in the field of organisation development and has been involved in team development, management education projects and leadership development programmes. Drikus was instrumental in the introduction and advancement of the adventure therapy industry in South Africa.

Drikus has extensive international experience spanning Namibia, Botswana, Australia, Ghana, the DRC and Eritrea. Most recently, Drikus was involved in teambuilding interventions with companies from Slovenia, Russia, Serbia, Mozambique and Namibia. In 2006 he was visiting professor at the Integral Leadership Centre of the Graduate School of Management of the University of Western Australia in Perth.

Drikus received his MA (Clin Psych) and MBA degrees cum laude from the Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Stellenbosch respectively. Prof Kriek received his Doctorate from the University of Pretoria and is a graduate from Yale University in the United States.

Prof Kalu has lived, studied and worked in several regions around the world including North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is an active researcher and editor and has produced several extensively recognised articles.

Professor Kalu Ojah is a full professor (finance), deaputy head of WBS and director of the Master in Finance and Investment at WBS. He has garnered invaluable socio-cultural experiences by living, studying and working in several regions of the world including North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He holds both a PhD and MFn in Finance (Saint Louis, USA) and a BSc in Management/ Economics (Oral Roberts University, USA). Kalu has also taught and researched at major business schools in America, Spain, United Arab Emirates and South Africa and was a visiting scholar at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Kalu is a very active researcher and has published many peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, many of which have been cited and awarded. Kalu also fulfils several editorial and reviewer roles. He is frequently invited by the media to provide expert views on contemporary financial economics issues and often engages in thought leadership debates and presentations.

Dr Jones Odei Mensah’s areas of research include international finance, applied financial econometrics and risk management. He is focused on financial interconnectedness and is currently looking at dependence structures among emerging and advanced financial markets, among other issues.

Dr Jones is a URC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wits Business School. His areas of research are international finance, applied financial econometrics and risk management. Jones focuses on financial interconnectedness, particularly tail risk co-movement, systemic spillovers, market integration and its implications for portfolio diversification. He is currently working on a number of issues including the dependence structure among emerging and advanced financial markets, capital flows and instability, optimal budget deficit and the role of African Central Banks in financing deficits.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds a master’s degree in economics and a PhD in economics from the UBD School of Business and Economics at the University of Brunei. He also holds a diploma in human resources management from the Institute of Commercial Management, UK, and the Financial Economist Charter from the American Academy of Financial Management.

Dr Mokoaleli-Mokoteli has been involved in lecturing finance and accounting for over 15 years and has won several academic awards including Fulbright Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar and the Lesotho Institute of Accountants Award.

Dr Mokoaleli-Mokoteli is a senior lecturer in finance and accounting as well as MBA Deputy Director (Block Release Program)at Wits Business School. She has been involved in lecturing finance and accounting for over 15 years. Prior to joining WBS, she was a Senior lecturer at Wits School of Accountancy, a lecturer and Head of Department at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and a Finance Officer at Standard Chartered Bank.

Her research interests include Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policy and its effectiveness, behavioural issues in finance and investment, capital markets, financial reporting and disclosure, market-based accounting research and content analysis of accounting narratives.

Dr Mokoaleli-Mokoteli is an ad hoc reviewer of various finance and accounting journals. She has won several academic awards including Fulbright Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar and the Lesotho Institute of Accountants Award for Best Student in Accounting.

Dr Mthanti redefined entrepreneurship as a positive predictor of growth and debt sustainability. Besides his academic work, he has negotiated and dealt with senior leaders in both business and government.

Dr Thanti Mthanti is a senior lecturer in finance at Wits Business School. He teaches financial risk and asset management in the Masters in Finance and Investment programme. Mthanti holds a PhD (Finance) from Wits Business School (WBS) and the Professional Risk Manager (PRM) Charter from PRMIA.

Mthanti’s research interests are mainly in development economics and risk management, with a particular focus on Africa. In his PhD, Mthanti redefined and recalibrated entrepreneurship and confirmed it as a positive predictor of growth and debt sustainability. This may have particular significance for Africa with its developmental challenges.

Besides Mthanti’s academic work, he also has extensive business and leadership experience. In these positions, Mthanti has negotiated and dealt with senior leaders in both business and government.

Devan Naicker
Director and Head of Executive Education

We teach both individuals and organisations to create, capture and deliver value for now and into the future.

Prior to this, Devan worked as a C-Suite Executive responsible for strategy at the largest education training authority in South Africa for 14 years, spending two years on the board. Overall, Devan has 30 years’ working experience in both the private and public sector and has attended and participated in a host of local and international conferences, seminars and master classes in trade, business, leadership, management, skills development, education and training, strategy and customer development.

Devan says that executive education at WBS focuses on delivering a holistic, sustainable, and conscious-based learning framework. “We teach both individuals and organisations to create, capture and deliver value for now and into the future.”

Dr Mthuli Ncube has an extensive background in academia, banking, investments and public policy and is ranked as a top economic thinker on Africa and globally.

Professor Mthuli Ncube has joined WBS as visiting professor and is lecturing on Africa’s challenges and business opportunities and financial derivatives. He is currently Professor of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, where he teaches and researches in the areas of macroeconomics, finance, development economics, political economy and health economics.

Prof Ncube was chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank and holds a PhD in mathematical finance from Cambridge University. With an extensive background in academia, banking, investments and public policy, Dr Ncube is ranked as a top economic thinker on Africa and globally. He heads a multi-disciplinary project on the economics of HIV, holds several board and committee positions and has published numerous books, papers and articles.

Prof Ncube has been the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce Law and Management and the Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School and founded the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits University. He was also a lecturer in finance at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Ncube has also had extensive experience as an investment banker. As well as his position as chief economist and vice president at the African Development Bank Group, Ncube was head of Asset Allocation Strategy and manager of the Global Managed Fund at Investec. Ncube also founded Barbican Holdings and Selwyn Capital.

Dr Zanele Ndaba has experience as an academic, management consultant and human capital practitioner. She has worked for top management consultant firm Deloitte as well as the Department of Defence.

Dr Zanele Ndaba is a senior lecturer at Wits Business School and the deputy director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management. She has experience as an academic, management consultant and human capital practitioner.

Dr Ndaba has studied, lived and worked in the USA, UK, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. She worked for Deloitte, one of the top management consulting firms, where she focused on transformation, organisational design, gender mainstreaming and strategy implementation projects. She also worked for the Department of Defence and fulfilled roles such as labour relations manager.

Dr Ndaba’s research interests include gender and race in organisational studies, and understanding and improving the different forms of gender, race and class inequalities that may exist in a society.

Neale Penman leads a busy dual life as core sessional lecturer at WBS and as the Research Director of a boutique consultancy specialising in research driven Strategy.

Neale has the benefit of a split personality - an ability to work in both highly quantitative and creative fields. As such he lectures in Analytical subjects such as Decision Science and then blends these concepts into Marketing relating areas.

Neale has over 25 years of experience in developing solid business strategies backed by extensive expertise in how to structure research projects.  After beginning his career in management consulting at Gemini, Neale moved to Markinor (now Apso), where he led the first ever rollout of internet-based marketing research in South Africa.

Neale’s firm Confluence originated out of a desire to blend research and consulting. Confluence gets involved in numerous and varied data driven strategy projects and this cutting edge experience is brought back to the classroom

Neale has lectured on a variety of executive programmes in other African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana Namibia and Mozambique.

Neale has a B Com Hons degree from Wits University and an MBA from Wits Business School. He is also a Chartered Marketer. Neale is currently working on his PhD which aims to link the fields of Customer Equity and Business Ethics.

Bill Pierce is a lecturer on a number of Executive Education programmes. He has run several engineering companies and a consulting firm as managing director.

In this role, he has successfully been involved in turn-around and repositioning strategies which have involved complex projects, negotiations with stakeholders and motivating staff. As several of the firms he ran were subsidiaries of multinationals, Bill has travelled internationally and his projects often involved several countries.

Bill holds a  BSc in Engineering (UKZN, RSA), a MA ( Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship) and a MBL ( UNISA ). He also qualified as a professional management Coach and is a Registered Coach with COMENSA.

Bill currently lectures on Project Management at WBS and for consulting firms. His focus is on enabling students (clients) to use the tools and concepts discussed to be both more effective and more efficient in their own environment. He also lectures on the main WITS campus on Business to Business Marketing  with the same focus and intention. In his own capacity he runs workshops on Project Management, Marketing and Strategy for private firms and often works as a coach / mentor with individuals.

Prof Rasoava Rijamampianina is the Programme Director of the PDBA and Director of the Management Advancement Programme. He has orchestrated and taught on various local and international programmes at leading institutions in South Africa, Japan, USA, France, UK and Mauritius.

Previously, he was the director of the Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa – a joint initiative of WBS and Harvard Business School (USA) – and the academic director at WBS.

Rija has orchestrated and taught on various local and international programmes with other reputable institutions such as Hokkaido University (Japan), Otaru University of Commerce (Japan), Harvard Business School (USA), INSEAD (France), Duke Corporate Education (UK), Fuqua Business School (USA) and De Chazal Du Mee Business School (Mauritius). 

He was a senior research associate in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Hokkaido University (Japan). Rija has also been an auditor consultant at Delta Audit Deloitte & Touche (Madagascar) and the overseas international consultant of the Indian Ocean Resources for Quality.

Rija is a council member of the World Business University Association, an editorial board member of various international academic journals and a member of several international academic associations, with many of these based in Japan.

Prof Roodt has studied, consulted, lectured and worked throughout the world – in South Africa, America, Mauritius, Pakistan, UK and The Netherlands.

Professor Anton Roodt is a visiting professor at Wits Business School and  Wits School of Governance where he lectures part-time on strategy, governance and leadership. He also consults and has lectured at other schools in South Africa and internationally, including GIBS, University of Pretoria, Quinlan School of Business (University of Chicago), Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands), Cambridge University (UK), Pakistan Institute of Management (Pakistan) and DCDM Business School (Mauritius).

He has studied at various institutions including North West University, University of Texas, IMD (Switzerland), the London Business School and Wharton School (USA) and held a variety of academic and executive positons – at Sasol and Gencor in South Africa, North West University (tenured professor) and DCDM Business School in Mauritius (director).

 

 

Derek’s contribution to Investments and Finance spans academia and business. He has managed multiple funds with South African and African assets and lectures in all areas of finance.  This joint focus allows him to bring dynamic and contemporary ideas to this constantly evolving art.

Derek Seely has a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (Business Economics) from Wits University in Johannesburg as well as a joint (MBA) from WBS and Duke University in the United States. He is currently undertaking a PhD though the Gordon Institute of Business Science.  Derek holds the International Certificate in Treasury Management (CertITM)– London; all South African Registered Persons Examinations.  He is a Registered Equities trader with JSE; Registered Senior Derivatives dealer with Safex and Registered bond dealer.  He has completed SFA Registered Persons Examinations in London, RE1 & RE3– FAIS Exam in South Africa. 

Derek Seely began his financial markets career at Gensec bank managing proprietary equity trading portfolios; he was instrumental in the creation of Sanlam Securities, an independent stockbroker on the JSE where he occupied the position of director and managed new business development and head of bond trading.  His responsibilities included liquidity for the first Exchange Traded Fund in South Africa – Satrix; delta one derivatives and interdealer broking.    Derek headed Sanlam Capital Markets “Multi Strategy and Multi-disciplinary” hedge fund for eight years, the fund held positions in equities, bonds and currencies.  As head of the fund he was responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and managing portfolio risk. Derek is currently the fund manager for the Lombard Africa Fund.

Derek’s research is primarily in the area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship funding. He lecturers’ a variety of subjects at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level for some of South Africa’s leading independent and public universities.  Subjects include Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, International Finance, Financial Strategy, Investments, Investment Analytics. Further, he provides corporate financial training services to a range of South Africa’s largest investment institutions.

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.

Justin calls himself a Valuologist, specialising in value creation. Justin is the driver of “The Leadership Balance Sheet” which quantifies people on the balance sheet and measures leaders’ ability to create value. Justin calls this a leader’s VQ (value quotient) as opposed to their EQ.

Justin has been teaching corporate finance on the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme at Wits Business School for the last 5 years and has been teaching accounting and finance for the last 10 years. His claim to fame is that he is a builder at heart and not an accountant.  He is also an investor and trader who knows where the accountants burry the bodies. His alternative perspective on the world of accounting, finance and investment equips him to be an excellent teacher in the management education field.

Justin holds a BSc in Building Science and MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and Wits Business School.  He published his Masters research in the South African Journal of Business Management.

Justin works extensively in the private sector in customised executive education. He develops bespoke leadership development and value creation journeys for clients using a mixture of delivery techniques such as integrated thinking and dialogue. His technology in the measurement of VQ largely informs this work.

Julie Stacey is focused on how personal change can produce change at broader corporate and societal levels, towards sustainability in every sense. She works internationally in the field of sustainable development, with her primary technical experience in mining.

Julie is a sessional lecturer at Wits Business School and with the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI), delivering core and elective MBA and Masters programmes relating to ethics, governance, sustainability, and leadership. Her area of current research interest is the nexus between corporate and personal decision-making, and the immediate and long-term effects of this on business viability, and eco-social sustainability.

Julie’s work includes the technical, corporate, systems and people aspects of sustainable development: her research and publications to date have reflected these themes. She is increasingly concentrating on how perception, worldview, and values influence complex decision-making processes for sustainability, for which she has co-created computer-based models and tools.  Julie is inspired by the deep belief in the power and possibilities for individual change, and the scalable and wide-ranging impact this has.

Her career has included senior managerial positions with a global mining house, working for advocacy groups and in international liaison positions, and consulting. Her work has taken her to Canada, Geneva, Germany, Australia, Chile, and the United Kingdom. Now a credentialed coach, Julie brings technical and personal development skills to bear in her lecturing and consulting.

Julie is a proud Witsie, having graduated with a BSc (Honours) in earth- and life-sciences. She is currently registered for a PhD through Wits Business School, which research is investigating the impact of director’s self-identities and values on business decision-making for sustainability.

Conrad Viedge is a registered Industrial Psychologist, corporate consultant, MBA Director and senior lecturer. He brings his research and experience in leadership, human resources, interpersonal skills and self- management to the learning environment.

Conrad has been involved in various positions at the Business School including the Acting Head of Executive Education, Director of International Programmes, Director of the International Executive Development Programme and the Human Resource Area Head.

Previous experience includes positions as an Administrative Manager at a fast moving consumer goods company, a unit head of the Management Studies Division at the National Institute for Personnel Research and lecturer in economic history at Wits. He holds an MA (Psychology) from Wits University and is a registered Industrial Psychologist. He consults in the areas of leadership, organisational effectiveness, performance management and self- management.  He has published articles on performance management, management development and group dynamics.  He has also co-authored case studies on Hollard Insurance, Massmart, Montecasino and Fruit & Veg City.


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