WBS Alumni Association

The WBS Alumni Association supports the WBS mission to be recognised worldwide as Africa’s premier business school. It upholds the WBS values as values of its alumni, which are: academic excellence; critical, creative and clarified thought leadership; personal accountability; a positive work ethic; mutual respect and support; the celebration, respect and recognition of diversity; and sensitivity to wider societal issues and a responsibility to society.

Our alumni committee memebers are:

Jay Punwasi is a medical doctor by training and holds the position of Medical Manager at a tertiary hospital in Gauteng. As an MBA graduate and a talented leader, she is well equipped to make a difference in South Africa in  healthcare, public sector, business management and tertiary education.

Jay has a particular interest in strategy development, operations management, change management, organisational design and capability and competency development. Her motto in life is: "Be the change that you would like to see in the world" - Gandhi

Thato Moraba holds a Master of Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Metallurgy and Materials Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has recently completed his MBA degree with the Wits Business School. He is currently studying for a Law degree with the UNISA. He is currently appointed as Principal Business Planning in the Planning and Development Function responsible for the Regional Business Planning for the South32 (S32) Africa Region. Prior to joining S32, He was also an Associate Consultant at Partners in Performance International in 2016.  Prior to Joining Partners in performance, he worked for McKinsey & Company as Consultant in the operations division focused on Capital Productivity and business improvement. His career started at Glencore where He Spent 4 years before leaving in a role of Process Superintendent in November 2014 to pursue postgraduate studies at Wits Business School. He is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng).

He is a confident negotiator who is able to compellingly convey the message at hand to all levels of stakeholders. Thato was a founding committee member for the Wits Business School consulting club where he was also Vice-President of the Consulting Club (2015), The Young Professional Council (2014) where he also championed the Entrepreneurship portfolio and served as the Chairman for the Metallurgical Engineering Students Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010. He is currently the President for S32 Toastmasters club in Melrose Arch.

My name is Nomusa Ndwandwe (M.Inst.Dir) and I completed my PDM 2007/2008 (Dean’s List) and MBA 2014 (Thesis Distinction) both from Wits Business School.

I have over 10 years banking experience in both Corporate and Investment Banking and Retail Banking. My various achievements include being recognized by the Business Women’s Association of South Africa as a 2017 Regional Finalist in the Professional Category.

I am a qualified Professional Business Coach with a passion for entrepreneurial development. I further have experience working with various Audit, Risk and Governance committees.

PhD candidate (University of the Witwatersrand); Masters of Management in Strategic Marketing (Wits Business School); Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (IMM Graduate School of Marketing; Bachelor of Arts (University of the Witwatersrand)        

Melissa is a multi-skilled Strategic Marketer with an outstanding breadth and depth of marketing research skills. A researcher, social entrepreneur and an academic at heart, Melissa Zulu is a Marketing Strategist who partners with entrepreneurs of small to medium sized businesses to ensure that all communication and messages of a brand are implemented effectively and well understood. She has played a consulting role to business executives in developing and implementing successful strategies. Her strong marketing research and strategy skills has enabled business executives to make important decisions on brand positioning and strategic marketing planning tactics.

Melissa defines herself as a “pracademic”, with vast interest and passion in using theory to solve practical business and socio-economic problems. Melissa is currently a lecturer and consultant. Prior to joining academia, she worked in key areas such as marketing, client liaison, account management and project management both in education, innovation and social impact companies where she was exposed to dealing with the public and private sector. She also has a passion for entrepreneurship and SMME growth, especially in the township economy where her PhD Study is centred around the economic development of townships on small independent retailers through innovation and consumer retention. She is also a co-founder of a township-based afterschool tutoring programme located in Daveyton, a township she grew up in, where she is the programme’s Markerting and Project Director, Tutor and Mentor.

Nosheena Mansoor is an Education Specialist heading up the Professional Development Department for the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIA SA). Nosheena has been working in Education for ten years during which she has gained experience in various areas including, quality assurance, curriculum development, alumni management, project management, and student engagement. Nosheena obtained a health sciences undergraduate degree at the University of Johannesburg. During her first job as a lecturer at a Private FET College, Nosheena undertook studies related to Education, Training and Development practices.  She obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from WBS, graduating with distinction in 2016. Nosheena is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Education through WITS School of Education. Nosheena lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dewald is a WBS graduate of both the MBA and Master’s in Strategic Marketing academic programs. Through the establishment of several greenfield enterprises, it has been possible for him to apply his extensive experience in developing revenue generating strategies for diverse organizations and investors in competitive markets since 2007. His passion for consumer behavioural studies is the overarching theme to his current reading and researching interests, with the intention to one day pursue his doctoral studies in the same dynamic field.

Tshibvumo is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lamo Solar. He is an electrical engineering graduate from Wits University with capabilities in design, analysis and problem solving as well as critical thinking. He is currently completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Louvain School of Management, Belgium, in partnership with the Wits Business School and is investigating the economic viability of distributed generation of renewable energy in rural parts of South Africa. He is an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who is open to new ideas and challenges whilst paying special attention to detail and is outcome-oriented.

He is also a volunteer and director of Thusanani Foundation (NPO) since its inception in 2010. His passions extend to the development of sustainable infrastructure in rural schools across South Africa in order to create environments that are both conducive and viable for learning.

I'm heavily invested in Wits and the WBS:

as a student, with BA law, some LLB and PhD (current) on main campus, and MBA FT in 1995, and as an academic, teaching Management, Marketing and Organisational Behaviour on main campus and Economics to MAP, P&DM and MBA students around 2008.

In my MBA report, I looked at tax reform and in my PhD, I'm looking at law reform in the field of child protection, marriage and divorce.

I have a number of roles:
as an arbitrator / mediator, helping to settle commercial and family disputes out of court,
as an auditor / evaluator, reporting on projects in the public and non profit sectors (blowing the whistle on donor fraud where needs be),
as a corporate ethics activist, developing transparency tools and promote the professionalising of the public sector evaluation sector,
as a consultant, leveraging my corporate background in banking, business intelligence, M&A, project management, risk, strategy and tax, 
as a lecturer, previously teaching UNISA Economics, International Trade Economics, Macro and Micro Economics, Monetary Economics and SA Economic Indicators ,
as an inventor and Excel guru, developing algorithms and spreadsheets for HR, Finance and auditors, predicting and locating corporate and project failure, measuring performance etc,
as a mentor, coaching fellows of the Mandela-Washington Fellowship and students at the Wits Business School,
as a social entrepreneur, founding a child protection organisation, a training NPO and a software company, and
as a trainer, helping Black start-ups establish their management systems and Government teams on World Bank-funded projects with RBME, BI, Project Management, Performance Measurement and TQM.

I see being on the committee as a chance to approach the huge pool of scarce talent and goodwill that is the WBS alumni. I'd like to introduce ways to protect and to harvest the investment the alumni have made in themselves, the school and the country. I believe that we can help to bridge the gap between graduating and being successful, to support entrepreneurs, to increase the business IQ of our government, to make our economy more inclusive and to build partnerships for seniors with experience and youngsters with energy.