SPEAKERS


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Dr Catherine Duggan

Director of the UCT GSB

Dr Catherine Duggan is the director of the UCT Graduate School of Business. She was previously Professor of Management and Political Economy and Vice Dean for Strategy and Research at the ALU School of Business in Rwanda. Prior to joining ALU, she was a professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) for nearly a decade, teaching courses on political economy and leadership to MBA students and executives. She has also taught in MBA and executive education programs at Saïd Business School (SBS) at the University of Oxford, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria.

Duggan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences. Prior to attending Stanford, she was an industry analyst for the telecommunications group at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP) in Chicago, and received a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Brown University.

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Prof. Thuli Madonsela

Former Public Protector of South Africa

Prof. Thuli Madonsela is the former Public Protector of South Africa, former Full-Time Law Commissioner and current Law Faculty Trust Chair in Social Justice, University of Stellenbosch and founder of the Thuma Foundation for Democracy Leadership and Literacy. She has an extensive background in applied administrative law principles mainly based on her public service years and investigating improper conduct in state affairs.

She was one of the drafters of the Constitution and a key participant in the conceptualization and drafting of several laws, including the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act. Prof. Madonsela also helped draft a number of international human rights instruments and country reports. She currently teaches constitutional law, administrative law, social justice law and democracy and has written and published extensively on these matters.

Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina

Kirby Gordon

Chief Marketing Officer at FlySafair

Kirby Gordon is the Chief Marketing Officer and a non-executive board member at local low-cost airline FlySafair. Prior to FlySafair, Kirby held senior marketing roles at both ecommerce giant Kalahari.com and Sanlam. He has a deep passion for utilising technology to drive efficiency in business while innovating for great customer and employee experience. Kirby read for his MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business in 2010 and enjoyed the opportunity to spend a further three months at the Kellogg School of Management as part of the UCT GSB’s exchange program. Kirby and his husband live in Johannesburg South Africa.

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Vusi Thembekwayo 

Management Consultant 

Vusi Thembekwayo doesn’t just talk business he lives it. For real, he walks, talks and breathes it! He has been the catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and sales. A staggering 21 global cities have experienced Vusi. At 25 he ran a R400mn division in a R17bn multi-national and today is widely regarded as one of the most disruptive forces in venture capital in Africa. 

He was amongst the youngest directors of a listed company in South Africa and now serves on several boards. Currently, he is the CEO of a boutique investment & advisory firm in Africa. Leading by example, his firm forces medium, large and listed businesses into much needed, often painful, always lucrative new directions. Having graced the covers of Entrepreneur Magazine, with features on Forbes and Inc500, his social media engagement often mirrors that of a Rockstar.

Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina

Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina

Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina is an international visiting faculty at leading institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe. Previously, he held various leadership and directorship positions, including Academic Directorship, the Directorship of the Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa – a joint initiative of Wits Business School and Harvard Business School (USA), and the Management Advancement Programmes at the Wits Business School (South Africa). Rija, as he is affectionately known, was also a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Hokkaido University (Japan) and an auditor-consultant at Delta Audit Deloitte & Touche (Madagascar) for many years.

He holds a DSSC and a DESCA from the National Institute of Accounting Science and Business Administration – INSCAE (Madagascar), an MBA from Otaru University of Commerce (Japan), and a DBA degree from Hokkaido University (Japan).

Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina has orchestrated and taught on various local and international programmes at leading institutions in South Africa, Japan, USA, France, UK, Madagascar and Mauritius. His research and teaching interests include customer-centricity, multicultural/diversity management, employee experience, talent management, leadership and change. His work has resulted in numerous publications in scholarly journals and international conference proceedings. Rija is an editorial board member of various international academic journals and a member of several international academic associations, with many of these based in Japan.

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Dr Grieve Chelwa

Senior Lecturer and MBA Programme Convenor at the UCT GSB 

Dr. Grieve Chelwa is a Senior Lecturer in economics at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Chelwa was an inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for African Studies at Harvard University. In 2017 he was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr. Chelwa has wide-ranging research interests including research on the economics of education in Zambia, the economics of tobacco control in African countries and a recent project that aims at challenging the epistemic foundations of the development economics literature on Africa. He is also interested in the evaluation of large-scale government interventions that aim at correcting market failures in southern Africa, particularly in his native Zambia. His research work has been supported by grants from the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics (LSE), the Volkswagen Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Before joining academia, Dr. Chelwa served as a Management Associate for Citibank based in Johannesburg, was a researcher for the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) in Cape Town and interned with the Central Bank of Zambia. Dr. Chelwa is a frequent blogger and commentator and some of his writings and opinions have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Quartz Africa and Africa Is A Country where he is a Contributing Editor.

Dr. Chelwa holds postgraduate degrees in economics from the University of Cape Town including a PhD. He holds a BA in economics with statistics from the University of Zambia.

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Jenny Morris

TV Host, Celebrity Chef, Radio Presenter, Author and Writer

Jenny Morris, also known as “The Giggling Gourmet”, is a celebrity chef and radio personality from South Africa. Having run a cooking school since 1997, and appearing on television and radio in South Africa, she has signed to appear on the Food Network, in mid-January 2020. 

Jenny also operates a cooking school and catering company. She has written three cookbooks, “Rude Food, Nude Food, Good Food” in 2004, “More Rude Food” in 2006 and “Cooking with Jenny Morris” in 2012, as well as contributing to magazines and writing a weekly column for an entertainment guide in South Africa.

She is also a presenter on radio stations, where she discusses food. She has appeared in a show for the Food Network entitled Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, having signed for the network in August 2011. It was the first occasion that a South African chef has appeared on their own show on the channel, and was filmed over the course of five months.

Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina

Prof. Mark Graham

Associate Professor at the UCT GSB 

Mark Graham is an Associate Professor at UCT’s Graduate School of Business. He is a former Head of the College of Accounting at the University of Cape Town where he still convenes the M.Com specialising in Financial Reporting, Analysis and Governance. He teaches on the MBA, EMBA and various Executive programmes at UCT’s Graduate School of Business. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1987, and between 1988 and 1993 held a number of senior financial positions with firms in the United Kingdom. He holds an M.Com in Financial Management.

He consults to the accounting profession and regularly presents courses on various aspects of accounting and integrated reporting, both public and in-house. He is the former chair of the Association of Heads of Accounting in South Africa. Mark has been involved with EY’s Excellence in Reporting awards since its inception in 1997 and is the current chair of the adjudication panel for the annual EY’s Excellence in Integrated Reporting awards. In his spare time he rides his mountain bike, bird-watches and spends time in the Southern African bush.