Circle of Excellence 2017

An Inspirational education for the future high-impact educators

Julian Hewitt PhotoJulian Hewitt:

Julian Hewitt is an Educational Consultant who previously headed up the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Programme. He also currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s flagship Lebone II College. Having travelled to almost 50 countries, Julian’s global engagement has been recognised as a recipient of the Clinton Democracy Fellowship, a Chinese Government Scholarship and Global Award for Individual Leadership through AIESEC. A social entrepreneur at heart, he is the founding member of four social enterprises, including Brightest Young Minds, and helped initiate the GIBS Network of Social Entrepreneurs.



Jeremy GibbonJeremy Gibbon:

Jeremy Gibbon hails from a family of teachers with education flowing strongly through his veins.  He has been a high school Science teacher for over twenty years, enjoying the privilege of teaching in South Africa and the United Kingdom.  Most recently Jeremy was Principal of Pinelands High School in Cape Town, a proud member of the Circle of Excellence.  As an Educational Consultant, he now works across of variety of areas including teacher professional development and digital online learning platforms.  He is also working as part of the team tasked with establishing the Allan Gray Education Fellowship.  Jeremy holds a BSc and HDE from the University of Cape Town as well as an M.Ed from Cambridge University.

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The Future of Learning and the Future of Work

kyle DoddsKyle Dodds

Managing Director of Cognition.Online and qualified Structural Engineer. A notable entrepreneur in the education and technology sectors, he is responsible for the creation of the first two-sided network of its kind in the education sector.

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Rapelang RapanaRapelang Rabana

Rapelang’s primary business focuses are Rekindle Learning, a highly innovative learning technology company, and Nisela Capital, a pioneering private equity and advisory firm. Rapelang’s journey began as the founding CEO of Yeigo, an innovative startup that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications in 2006. She obtained a BBusSci Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, solidifying her technical and business background. She is inspired by the belief that there have to be better, simpler and more effective ways of doing things, using the power of technology.


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Phumlani NkontwanaPhumlani Nkontwana

Phumlani holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg and a BCom degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Cape Town. Phumlani has done economic research for DNA Economics (Pty) Ltd and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) in Pretoria and Cape Town respectively. He is a Richard Branson Entrepreneur, Seed Institute Entrepreneur and MD of Phumlani Nkontwana Consultants (Pty) Ltd.






Preparing learners for an expotential future

Anthony SelleyAnthony Selley

Having completed his BBusSci degree at UCT, Ant taught for four years at Wynberg Boys’ High School. It was here that he came across Khan Academy with its self-paced learning methodology. This inspired further exploration and before long he became an evangelist for self-paced, self-directed and project-based learning. After spending some time with the Uncollege programme in San Francisco, Ant returned to run extra-mural schools’ programmes of his own – with a focus on self-directed projects and entrepreneurship.

He now consults with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation as the project manager for the Blue Helix game. Set to reach 27 000 students in 2017, the game develops entrepreneurial mindsets through a set of fun and action-oriented challenges. The students earn points for their challenge submissions and compete for top honours on the leaderboard.


Micheal FichardtMichael Fichardt

Michael Fichardt is an entrepreneur, technologist and investment professional. He has worked in the banking, private equity, energy and technology sectors, investing in and building projects and companies. He holds a BCom, an MBA, a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainability and is a recent graduate of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Programme. He is passionate about the potential of technology to positively change the world.




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Design Thinking: From problem identification to solution testing


Rael FutermanRael Futuerman

Rael Futerman’s work involves integrating societal, business and government needs into design thinking curricula, and developing and supervising contextually relevant design research.
His research interests are around the role of collaborative design and design thinking in developing citizen scholars as entrepreneurs and innovators able to navigate uncertainty and produce socially relevant product service systems.




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Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in schools through entrepreneurial framework


Professor Johannes Lindner is founder and head of the Initiative for Teaching Entrepreneurship Austria ( and of the “eesi” Centre for Entrepreneurship Education (, which is working on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education. He is an author of entrepreneurial, business and economic books and several journal articles. He is also the Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship Education and the Centre for Value-based Business Education at the University Teacher College Vienna/Krems and an Entrepreneurship and Business Educator at the Schumpeter Commercial College, Austria.

He is the founder and lead expert of the “YouthStart Entrepreneurial Challenges” Programme ( and is involved in large-scale field research in schools in Austria, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovenia. The “YouthStart Entrepreneurial Challenges are based on the reference framework for Entrepreneurship Competences and the TRIO Model for Entrepreneurship Education.

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Existential Conversations

Pedro TabenskyProf Predo Tabensky

Professor Pedro Tabensky is the founding director of the recently formed Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGLE), nested in the Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University (South Africa). A central, but by no means only, aim of the AGCLE is to help transform the South African secondary and tertiary education sectors. He is the author of Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose and of several articles and book chapters. Tabensky is also the editor of and contributor to Judging and Understanding: Essays on Free Will, Narrative, Meaning and the Ethical Limits of Condemnation; The Positive Function of Evil; and, coedited with Sally Matthews (his wife), Being at Home: Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions. He is currently completing a solo-authored book entitled Anti-Perfectionist Ethics, which he aims to complete in 2017. Until 2016, Tabensky ran a yearly roundtable series on critical issue in higher education—CHERTL Roundtable Series on Critical Issues in Higher Education—and is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He is also working with Paul Taylor, Samantha Vice and Uchenna Okeja on starting up a project that spans the entire South African philosophical community aimed at helping catalyse transformation across the sector.

 About the Session: 

The session that I preceded was aimed to give those present a sense of what the IiNtetho zoBomi  or zoBom programme (formerly called Existential Conversations) is all about. This programme has been designed and is implemented by the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics at Rhodes University. What the programme aims to do is to show participants (learners, university students, politicians, etc.) that ethics is not really about doing something that is detached from life, as if it were first and foremost a kind of toolkit for conduct or a list of rules, as the rules one has to learn to pass a drivers test. Rather, we are ethical beings insofar as we have to learn to manage the muddle inside us, a muddle which is very easily corrupted by internal and external pressures. To be ethical is ultimately to understand who we are and to act in accordance with this understanding. Indeed, we show participants the extent to which being responsible for our lives in a genuine way involves hard, directed, but worthwhile work. We aim to show participants how these pressures operate to distort our minds, how it is, for instance, that we can become racist or sexist without even noticing that that is what we have become, as evidenced by the Doll Test and by the Throwing Like a Girl advert. Ideally, we should aim to be effective ethical agents, that is, agents that understand how to live in a genuinely embodied way.

We currently teach 250 Rhodes students (if we didn’t cap registration at 250 students we would probably have more than 1000 students by now). Students love it even though it is an emotionally demanding course. We have also piloted the course with a small number of pupils form St Andrews in Grahamstown and with a significantly larger group from DSG, also in Grahamstown. They are also extremely enthusiastic about what we do. The general idea is that the programme will have a transformative effect in the lives of those taking it. Our country needs a new type of leader and zoBom offers participants the opportunity to grow as effective ethical agents, that is,  leaders, we think, in the deepest and most fundamental sense.

Circle of Excellence 2016

alison-bengtsonAlison Bengtson

Deputy Director General: Districts Operations Management in the Gauteng Department of Education

Alison is the Chief Director of Districts Operations Management in the Gauteng Department of Education. She is managing five Educational Districts’ offices comprising 860 schools within the Gauteng province. Her expertise includes motivating and influencing others to drive change. She is also passionate about the development of leaders in education. Her legal and human resources qualifications have assisted her in being able to navigate the complex system of education and create powerful teams for driving change.

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nic-spaullDr. Nic Spaull

Educational Researcher

Dr Nic Spaull is a well-known education researcher in South Africa. He has recently returned from Paris where he was a Thomas J. Alexander Fellow at the OECD. Before that he was a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in the United States. Nic has a PhD in economics and has published numerous journal articles on education focusing on assessment, accountability, literacy and education policy in South Africa.

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David du Toit and George Harris




David du Toit has been an educator since 1992. During time he has had the privilege of working in a variety of top quality schools, both Departmental and Independent. David is the Headmaster at Lebone ll College of the Royal Bafokeng, an Independent School in Phokeng, in the North West Province. Previous experiences at St Stithians Boys’ College and Grey High School have provided him with an extensive exposure to 21st Century schooling and best practice in schools. As an innovative educational thinker and leader David strives to reshape the landscape of the traditional school environment and harness the potential that schools have to transform society.





screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-2-31-18-pmGeorge Harris is a passionate South African who believes that education is the primary key to unlocking the potential of individuals, then communities, then the country and then the continent. He has had broad experience in different education settings in Soshanguve, Sandton and Phokeng. George believes that there is no ‘silver-bullet’ to solving the education challenges we face in South Africa but that education leaders must be bold in forging new constructs for our developing nation.





bree-langemo-photo2Bree Langemo

President Bree Langemo provides overall strategic and operational direction for the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative with a focus on developing high impact partnerships with academic, government, profit and non-profit organizations to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset, a new framework for thinking and acting that can empower individuals, organizations and communities to flourish in the 21st Century. Bree spent more than a decade of experience in higher education, most recently as the Dean of Business, Public Service & Social Sciences where she helped coordinate the implementation of a large-scale rollout of ELI’s Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.

gary-schoenigerGary Schoeniger

Author, Educator, and Entrepreneur Gary Schoeniger is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education. His message has influenced a broad audience from academic institutions and economic development organizations to government, and non-profit clients worldwide including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, the Colombian Ministry of Education, and the US State Department.




ELI Presentations:

Download: Leading with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

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Download: Redefining Entrepreneurship

Download: Entrepreneurial Mindset for Student Success

frank-magwegweFrank Magwegwe

In 1993, through selling fruit & vegetables in downtown Johannesburg, Frank “beat the odds” and “escaped” homelessness. Over the last 23 years, Frank has travelled a fascinating journey “from the streets to finding purpose and passion.” It all started with hope on a fruit and vegetable stand at corner Plein & Wanderers Streets in Joburg CBD. Frank is passionate about reading, ideas, personal finance and South Africa.



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screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-3-39-49-pmProf Pedro Tabensky

Prof Tabensky is the director of the newly formed Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE), nested in the Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University. A central aim of the AGCLE is to help transform the South African tertiary education sector and the educational sector in general, in addition to making transformative interventions in businesses and government. He is the author of Happiness: Personhood, Community and Purpose as well as several articles and book chapters.

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-3-43-32-pmTrevor Manuel

Manuel gave resignation from the post of the Finance Minister of South Africa on 23 September 2008 along with many other senior cabinet members on the resigning of Thabo Mbeki. Manuel explained the resignation as a principled gesture. He was retained in his post in the cabinet of Mbeki’s successor, Kgalema Motlanthe, which was announced on 25 September. Trevor Manuel got hold of his matriculation degree in the year 1973 and further get educated in the field of Civil and Structural Engineering and then in law.

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-3-45-43-pmMbali Sikakana

President of the Association


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screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-3-05-41-pmToni Glass shares her Toni Glass Collection journey

Toni Glass is the Founder of The Toni Glass Collection, a gourmet full leaf tea company that is a remarkable infusion of tradition and new age tea drinking. Toni was recently selected as one of the 11 finalists in the FNB innovation awards and will represent Endeavor South Africa at an international panel in Bali later this month.


bev-missing-dialouge-sessionBev Missing shares her Rain journey

Bev is a default entrepreneur having only worked for a boss while waitressing during university and for the first two years of her working life. She has started, run and sold a number of businesses from antiques to a boutique hotel with 26 rooms and a restaurant. She is a published author of a book on natural soapmaking and is a cancer survivor. Bev started Rain in her garage with two employees and has grown it to a large manufacturing concern in rural Swellendam with 15 retail stores in South Africa, 2 in New York and 1 in California. She currently employs 140 people in South Africa.

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-3-00-29-pmJabu Stone shares his Jabu Stone Natural Hair journey

Jabu Stone is the founder of Jabu Stone Natural Hair, a company which promotes natural hair care and pride in natural looks and heritage to Africans worldwide. The company is dedicated to removing the stigma attached to dreads or African Locks and has successfully created an entire industry that promotes a natural approach to African hair. Jabu Stone is regarded in many circles as “Mr Dreads“.

mthunzi-mdwabaMthunzi Mdwaba shares hisTZORO IBC journey

Mthunzi Mdwaba is the founder & CEO TZORO IBC. He is also on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In June 2014 he was chosen to lead Africa as the Regional Vice-President at the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Switzerland. Mthunzi has experience in leading and transitioning companies to make them world leaders within their industries. He led the largest business delegation into the UK, together with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. He also led discussions at the BRIC/IBSA in Brazil during President Thabo Mbeki’s tenure, in the prelude to South Africa’s invitation to join the BRICS countries. He is a member of the B20 (Business 20), a business body within the G20 (Government 20).

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Andrew Smith shares the Yuppie Chef journey along with how to deal with setbacks

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Andrew Smith is the Co-Founder and CEO of Yuppiechef. He heads up their strategy and technology. After starting from a lounge in 2006, Yuppiechef has grown to 75 people and the leader in their category. For the last 5 years they have been the overall winner in the South African e-Commerce Awards, beating established players like Pick n Pay and Takealot.


Brian Leroni speaks on what Massmart is doing to help small businesses supply to their retail brands.

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Brian Leroni is the Corporate Group Affairs Executive and member of the Social and Ethics Committee at Massmart. His work experience includes executive positions at Masstores Proprietary Limited, an associate partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Marketing Director at CNA.


Claire Janisch on how we can learn from ecosystems to produce conditions that are conducive to life.

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Claire Janisch is a Biomimicry Professional, founder biomimicrySA. She is a graduate of and a has been an instructor for the international 2-year biomimicry Professionals Program. She currently heads up biomimicrySA and was awarded Regional Network Leader of the Year award at the global Biomimicry Conference in June 2013. Claire works in the areas of strategy, technology & education and is the leading presenter, trainer and consultant for biomimicry in South Africa. As a biomimicry professional she spends her time exploring nature¹s technological genius in diverse ecosystems and shares this new way of viewing and valuing nature through expeditions and workshops ­ teaching & training professionals, students and scholars. She also dives deeper into research for companies and organisations- translating nature¹s innovation and sustainability principles for the design of new products, processes & systems. Claire has a MSc Chem-Engineering in the field of Clean Tech and has worked across Africa as a clean tech consultant. Claire was selected in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 young South Africans 2009-2011. She was a finalist in the Most Influential Women in Business & Government awards in 2012.


Dr. Andrew Venter on the indigenous tree project.

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Dr. Andrew Venter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wildlands Trust. Prior to joining Wildlands, Dr Venter worked with South African National Parks and the Natal Parks Board on projects in-and-around the Kruger National Park and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso World Heritage Area).


Justin Smith on what businesses need to look at from a sustainability side, focusing on water.

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Justin Smith is the Head of the Woolworths Holdings Good Business Journey Sustainability Programme. He is responsible for strategy, structure and integration across the business to deliver over 200 targets across transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change


Luke Jordan shares his story and speaks about how to start a tech business as a non-technical person.

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Luke Jordan is the Founder of GrassRoot. He has worked in China and India for eight years for McKinsey & Company and The World Bank group before returning home to Johannesburg in early 2014 to found GrassRoot, a non-profit, technology start-up.


Tammy Chetty on Youth unemployment and what Harambee does.

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Tammy Chetty is the Youth Employment Accelerator at Harambee. She recently joined Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, who partners with South African employers to source, place and successfully retain young, first-time work seekers. She worked in Banking for 18 years and spent two years in consulting.


Thembalihle Baloyi on the story of possibility.

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Thembalihle Baloyi is a Founder and Executive Director of Discovery Insure Ltd, a Motor Insurance Company launched in 2011. He joined Discovery in 2001 spearheading numerous initiatives culminating in his innovative and relentless drive to launch his 10-year vision of Discovery Insure.

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Anthony Farr reflects on the Foundations last 10 years.

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Anthony Farr is the COE at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Anthony’s belief in the power of education and his zeal for the upliftment of others inspires him in his CEO responsibilities to drive the mandate of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and deliver on its objectives. Anthony, a co-founder of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, has a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.


Daniel Hampton on Entrepreneurial Mindsets Development Practices & Blue Helix.

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Daniel Hampton is the Association Director at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. He has an entrepreneurial background, and has experience in business start-up and growth in industries as diverse as private security and frozen confectionary. Daniel is equally passionate about entrepreneurship, and the development of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking. He firmly believes the development of entrepreneurs is the most effective tool for lasting transformation that is available to us, and that the starting point is entrepreneurial mindset. Daniel holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town, and is currently studying toward an MBA at UCT’s Graduate School of Business.


Dr Frank Aswani on Leadership and Developing Entrepreneurial Mindsets.

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Dr Frank Aswani is the Vice President and Director of Strategic Relations, African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. He leads on ALA’s fundraising, corporate partnerships, Careers and Internship program, Marketing and communications, network development and Global partnerships. Frank is a Kenyan and graduated as a Veterinary Doctor from the University of Nairobi and also has an MBA from the GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Studies), University of Pretoria, South Africa.


Gabriella Geffen on Enabling Entrepreneurship in South African Schools.

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Gabriella Geffen works in Business Development at the Maharishi Institute – a non-profit institution providing access to holistic, values-based tertiary education to students who would otherwise be unable to afford university. She also works on the HRDC Enabling Entrepreneurship Task Team together with CEO of the Maharishi Institute, Dr Taddy Blecher. She co-authored the national blueprint (draft sector plan) for implementing Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Employability Training into the National SA School Curriculum from Grades R-12, and is now involved in the implementation of the initiative. Her roles include engaging in a national and international audit of best practice in entrepreneurial programmes and finding successful entrepreneurship networks to co-ordinate into a national strategy.


Jay Kloppenburg on Leadership

Jay Kloppenburg-200Jay Kloppenburg is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the African School for Excellence. While working in South Africa in 2010, Jay was moved by the tremendous accomplishments of many low-income South Africans and understanding the vast unrealised potential among township youth. In 2013 Jay found a bricks and mortar school in Tsakane, on the East Rand of Johannesburg, with co-founder Nonhlanhla Masina. It’s a proven success with all 170 scholars having exceeded national averages in maths and English, some cum laude, this academic year. In 2015 Kloppenberg will welcome 120 new scholars to the school’s Grade 7, while their peers progress into Grade 8 and 9. By 2018, African School for Excellence’s first scholars will matriculate.


Kieth Harrison about the implementation of SEED Day (Social, Environmental, Entrepreneurship Day) at Wynberg Boys high.

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Keith Harrison is the Principal at Wynberg Boys High School. He has worked in education over forty years as a Latin, History and English teacher. After graduating from UCT in 1974, he taught for a few years before spending a year at Exeter University in the UK reading for a Masters Degree in Education.


Michael Crawford on Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and developing entrepreneurial mindsets.

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Michael Crawford is the Chief Academic Officer of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. He drives the development, delivery, and curation of program curriculum and content for the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI). Building upon more than seven years of facilitation and scholarship in the fields of psychology, education, and human development, Michael combines theory and praxis from multiple disciplines to ground ELI’s work in sound practice and research. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas.


Nceku Nyathi and Prof Pedro Tabensky on what it means to be ethical.


Prof. Tabensky is the director of the newly formed Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE), nested in the Department of Philosophy,Rhodes University. A central aim of the AGCLE is to help transform the South African tertiary education sector and the educational sector in general, in addition to making transformative interventions in businesses and government. Prof. Tabensky is the author of Happiness: Personhood, Community and Purpose the editor of and contributor to Judging and Understanding: Essays on Free Will, Narrative, Meaning and the Ethical Limits of Condemnation and of The Positive Function of Evil. He is currently working on a solo authored book provisionally entitled Anti- Perfectionist Ethics, which he aims to complete in 2016.

Nceku Nyathi is a Senior Lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre for Values Based Leadership. The Allan Gray Centre for Values Based Leadership was established in 2011 at the UCT Graduate School of Business in association with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. The first of its kind in South Africa, the centre is dedicated to exploring new ways of doing business based on purpose, sustainability, and responsible practices that create dignity and belonging. Nceku previously I worked at The Open University Business School and The University of Leicester, School of Management. He is also a founding executive of the Africa Academy of Management. He has a Bsc (Hons) from Cirencester, an MA from Warwick and PhD from University of Leicester. From 2010-2012 he was part of Advancing Business Learning for Employability in Ghana a collaboration between The Open University Business School, and five top Ghana’s Business Schools to promote modern management education through active learning, experiential and reflective learning as well as employer engagement to produce high quality graduates.


Nonhlanhla Masina about her journey from schooling to where she is today.

Nonhlanhla Masina-200Nonhlanhla Masina is the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer at the African School for Excellence. She is the embodiment of the potential that exists in South African townships. Born and raised in Tsakane, Nonhlanhla walked eight kilometres each day to attend Buhlebemfundo High School, where she was named Best Female Learner as a matriculant in 2006. Nonhlanhla now holds a B.Sc. in Molecular and Cell Biology, a B.Sc. (honors) in biochemistry, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Pharmaceutics, all at Wits.


Zimkhitha Peter on Developing Entrepreneurial Mindsets and The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Programme.

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Zimkhitha Peter is the Head of Programmes at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Her passion is to nurture entrepreneurial potential in young people and seeks to make a contribution to the alleviation of poverty and the improvement of socio-economic factors in the country. Zimkhitha holds a Bcom Honours in Industrial Psychology (UNISA) and a Leadership Development qualification from Harvard Business School. Her desire is to see the Foundation as the centre of excellence in the development of entrepreneurial capabilities.

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Professor Servaas van der Berg on the impact of Grade R on Future Learning Outcomes.

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Professor Servaas van der Berg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. He holds the South African Research Chair in the Economics of Social Policy. The focus of his research is on poverty and inequality, and the social policies that influence that. He has thus done considerable research on the Economics of Education, both in South Africa and in Namibia.


Ann Morton & Rose-Anne Reynolds on preparing scholars for high school, learning from a Primary School Development Programme.

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Ann Morton has been the principal at Pinelands North Primary School for almost twenty years. This timespan has been characterised by great change in South Africa, and also in South African education. Under Ann’s direction, Pinelands North has weathered the changes well, making it one of the most sought after in the district. Besides a passion for education leadership, she delights in teaching the very bright child. In 2008 she introduced a programme which provides academic, social and emotional support for these children, and Ann has just been to Denmark to present the programme to the conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

Ann is recognised as an innovator in inclusive education by the WCED and nationally, so come and hear the story of how the school prepares their pupils for life by providing emotional and social support right the way through their schooling.


Professor Paul Hobden on preserving and developing selected scholars during high school.

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Professor Paul Hobden is a retired academic who now works as an education consultant. He is the founding partner in a consultancy with Dr Sally Hobden, Quality Projects in Education which focuses on commissioned research, evaluation and training in science and mathematics education. Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a Master’s in Education and a Ph.D. in Physics problem solving. Paul has worked in the field of science education for the last 35 years. His work experience started with appointments as a school science teacher and then a university lecturer in science education at University of Durban Westville.


Dr Celeste Nel & Dr Natasja Brow on Widening Participation: Access with Success.

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Dr Celeste Nel is the deputy director of the Centre for Student Recruitment and Career Guidance, and the Head of Admissions and Residence Placements at Stellenbosch University.

Dr Celeste Nel started her career in education as a high school teacher in the Northern Cape in 1995 and joined Stellenbosch University in 1997 as a student recruiter for the University’s division for Marketing and Communication. Her involvement in student recruitment activities led to a keen interest in the challenges that students experience in their transition from school to university – especially first generation learners form educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. She received her Doctorate in Higher Education in this field in 2008.

Dr Natasja Brown works at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences as the Coordinator: Academic and Student Affairs. In this role she is, amongst others, responsible for supporting new student transition, improving the academic experience of undergraduates, advising at risk student, mentor and tutor programmes for at risk students and general academic and wellness support to students within the Faculty.


Robert Prince on predicting future performance, the role of the National Benchmarking Tests in predicting future academic success.

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Robert Prince is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement, previously called the Alternative Admissions Research Project, in the Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town. Robert coordinates the development of psychometrically sound tests in academic literacy, quantitative literacy and mathematics. The results of these tests can be used to augment the results in the school-leaving examination and attempts particularly to identify educationally disadvantaged students who have the potential to succeed in higher education, given the appropriate academic support and curriculum structures to address the learning needs of those students thus identified. He aims to contribute to the development nationally of expertise in the area of testing for admission (selection and placement), teaching and learning and curriculum development.


Anne Haverman-Serfontein on the impact of psychometric assessments on career choices and future academic success.

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Anne Haverman-Serfontein completed her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology (Cum Laude) at Stellenbosch University in 2001 where after she registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the HPCSA. She worked as a psychologist in the Careers Office of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at Stellenbosch University for four years and joined a consulting company, Joint Prosperity in 2005. She also works as a consultant for the Stellenbosch University Centre for Career Advice, and has consulted for organisations such as the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and Media 24 Scholar Development Programme. Her experience includes career coaching and development for adolescents and adults, graduate recruitment and placement consultation, involvement in student leadership development initiatives, as well as psycho- metric and competency based assessments.


Mia Bunn on the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s success profile methodology.

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Mia Bunn is an expert in psychometric evaluation and has worked intensively with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation on their assessment processes. She joined Deloitte Consulting in 2008 after spending five years in London with the Granada Learning Group. Mia has more than 14 years’ professional experience and her areas of specialisation include Selection and Assessment Frameworks, Assessment Centres, Talent Management, Succession Planning, and Learning Solutions.

She has managed a multitude of projects related to the design, development and implementation of selection and assessment frameworks and processes; and has, through this exposure, gained an in-depth understand- ing of the complexities surrounding various areas of Human Capital competence.