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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.