Allan Gray Chair in Values-Based Leadership
Kurt April is the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship, specialising in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion in the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the GSB (University of Cape Town, 1998-present) and Faculty Member of Duke Corporate Education (Duke University, USA, 2008-present). Previously, he was an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School (University of Oxford, UK, 2000-2018) – but still currently lectures the EMBAs at Saïd Business School, a Research Fellow of Ashridge-Hult (UK, 2004-2016), Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University (UK, 2014-2017), Visiting Professor at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, Netherlands, 2001-2013), and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics & Econometrics (University of Amsterdam UvA, Netherlands, 2004-2007). He was also previously a Board Member of the Unit for Intercultural and Diversity Studies (iNCUDISA, Sociology Department UCT) where he helped foster societal transformation and collaborated with New York and Antioch Universities (USA) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and was the Founding Academic Director of the USA-SA Centre for Leadership and Public Values (CLPV) in conjunction with the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University (USA).
Kurt is the Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa), Shareholder-Executive Director of Achievement Awards Group (South Africa), Shareholder of bountiXP (South Africa), Chairperson of the International Advisory Council (DIAC) of Novartis International AG (Switzerland), and Non-Executive Director of the International School of Cape Town (Education Development Trust, UK). Previously he was a Shareholder-Director of Helderview BMW Somerset West (South Africa), Executive Director of Complex Adaptive Systems (South Africa), Non-Executive Director of Power Group Holdings Board – Construction & Developments (South Africa), and a Global Agenda Council Member (Talent & Diversity) of the World Economic Forum (Switzerland). Additionally, Kurt currently serves as an Ambassador of the global Unashamedly Ethical Campaign.
Kurt has published 8 books, and over 170 academic articles, book chapters and conference papers on leadership, diversity and inclusion, as well as knowledge management. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester (UK), is an Editorial Board Member of the European Management Review (UK), Africa Journal of Management (USA), Good Governance, Ethics & Leadership (UK), and the Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review. Previously, he was an Editorial Board Member of the British Journal of Management (UK), Journal of Management Education (USA), Annual Review of High Performance Coaching & Consulting (UK), International Journal of Information Systems & Social Change (USA), Advisory Board Member of the Knowledge Management Professional Society (USA), and Chief Editor of the Journal for Convergance.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK), Senior Member of the Academy of Management (USA), a member of the British Academy of Management (UK), and a Member of the International Leadership Association (USA).
Kurt holds a doctoral degree in Economics & IT Strategy (PhD), Certificate in Japanese Production, Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), Masters degree in Electronic Engineering (MSc(ElecEng)), Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (BSc(ElecEng)), National Diploma in Electronic Engineering (NDip(EE)), and National Diploma in Logic Systems (NDip(LS)), completed at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Oxford (UK), Wingfield College (South Africa) and AOTS Nagoya (Japan).
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Dr Camaren Peter (PhD) is an Associate Professor with the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the Graduate School of Business. He holds a cum laude BSc (Hons) degree in theoretical physics, an MSc in astrophysics and a PhD in Business Administration. His research and practice leverages complexity theory to prepare leaders and decision-makers to tackle the grand challenges of the 21st Century. These range from political, technological and socio-cultural transitions and their implications, to powerful global change phenomena such as urbanization, resource scarcity, the degradation of life-supporting ecosystems and climate change. Camaren is particularly concerned with their implications for the developmental trajectories of the Global South. Rethinking and recasting the role of business in relation to the public sector and civil society is central to navigating these challenges.
Camaren has worked extensively across all sectors as well as a diverse array of disciplines using transdisciplinary modes of knowledge production, and is particularly focused on bridging between theory and praxis. Systems and complexity theory constitute the backbone of the transdisciplinary work that Camaren has engaged in since 2001. Over the past decade Camaren’s theoretical interest has grown, having developed a strong interest in assemblage theory and posthumanism as integrative and ethical frameworks that complement complexity theory.
Camaren has published widely in the policy domain and worked extensively with leaders, decision-makers, planners and stakeholders within South Africa and across the African continent, and has worked with a wide range of local and global institutions (e.g. UNEP, UNESCO, UN HABITAT, UNU, UNECA, GIZ, and others). He has also acted in an advisory and policy and decision-support capacity to numerous local, provincial and national government departments and agencies, as well as businesses and civil society organisations.
Camaren’s first book – “Lazarus in the Multiple: Awakening to the Era of Complexity” (Zero Books, UK) – was published in 2016, and constitutes a posthumanist exploration of the 21st Century human condition. It deals with themes ranging from memory to forgiveness, reconciliation, ethics, freedom, disruption and the need for a transition to a new politics and society. It is aimed at leaders and strategists in particular, who are grappling with the challenges of the 21st Century. More recently, Camaren was credited as a contributing author to “Shadow State: The Politics of State Capture”, which was released by Wits University Press in July 2018. The Shadow State is a key academic contribution towards understanding and framing the political changes that have unfolded in South Africa over the past decade.
Camaren currently sits on a reporting forum of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that assesses the socio-political conditions in communities across South Africa. He also recently established and is incubating the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC NPO), of which he is the Executive Head, and has brought together a diverse team hailing from different disciplinary backgrounds to tackle critical behavioural change challenges in the political and sustainability domains.
Dr. Christina Swart-Opperman started her academic journey at the University of Northwest (1976-1989), obtaining her BA, BA Honours, MA Industrial Psychology as well a D Phil. Her research focused on the typical challenges experienced by career women and their intra-psychological empowerment. Thereafter, Christina gained a wide range of experience as Namibian director in the People Consulting Practice of PwC, Owner of CO Holdings cc. (focusing on human resources consulting) and former business KnowledgeWorkx Namibia (specialising in intercultural intelligence). She has had a significant impact on the Namibian business landscape.
In 2003, Christina received the IPM Award for Personnel Practitioner of the Year, as well as a Most Distinguished Order of Namibia: Fourth Class: Business Person, conferment of National National Honours in 2014. Currently she serves as a Council Member for the University of Namibia, Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee for the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies in Namibia, and as Technical Advisor for the Capricorn Group Talent Board (all African operations). Other achievements over the past years include previously appointment on the Advisory Council for the Commercial Bank of Namibia (8 years); Namibia National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Executive Member: 6 years); Namibia College for Open Learning (Board Member: 7 years); National Housing Enterprise (Board Member: 6 years); Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (5 years member of HR Board Committee and received special recognition for her contribution) and Public Offices Bearers Commission (3 years).
Christina is an Industrial Psychologist by profession, an entrepreneur, and continuously on the lookout for new challenges. Highlights in her career include starting the first-ever Human Resources consulting practice in Namibia, being the first female Partner (non-audit) at PwC (2001) and being awarded the title of Namibian Economist Business Woman of the Year (2002). She founded the Christina Swart-Opperman Aids Orphan Foundation Trust on 26 February 2003 and continued this service for 10 years, contributing towards social reform in Namibia. She was awarded the Namibia HIV/AIDS Community Award (2005) and one of the recipients of Standard Bank's Women of Excellence Awards in 2016.
Dr. Swart-Opperman resumed her academic career at University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and obtained her second PhD in 2016. Previously she lectured industrial psychology (1990-1993) at the University of Namibia, but decided to follow the practitioner route. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Babar Dharani is a Senior Lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre (AGC) for Values-Based Leadership. His research identifies the organizational conditions that are associated with happiness at work (person-organization fit), measured through: employee job satisfaction, affective job commitment and engagement levels (including: dedication, vigour and absorption levels at work). Since happiness at work subsequently translates into performance, it provides a robust competitive strategy for businesses that is difficult for rival organizations to adopt. His work focuses on understanding how employees assess their own personality, their core self-evaluation traits, and the impact it has on influencing their judgments on their behaviour at work. He has recently investigated the core self-evaluation personality trait of 'locus of control' and how it relates to stages of the department on the organizational life cycle, from enterprise seeding until dis-economies of scales faced by large bureaucratic organizations. In conjunction with AGC academics, he is currently investigating the enablers and stumbling blocks related to self-mastery and leadership enhancement.
Outside of academia, Babar is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), His career in diamond finance has allowed him to run an investor family office (Luxembourg), C.F.O. position for one of the largest and leading global diamond manufacturing business (The Netherlands). Previously, he worked in Finance for FedEx (U.A.E.) and in the audit and assurance, and corporate tax departments in the area of mergers and acquisitions, in the largest international accounting firms (UK, Mauritius, Kenya).
Dr. Dharani completed his PhD in Business Management (PhD) and his Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (South Africa). His Bachelors degree in Accounting (BA(Hons)) was completed at the University of Liverpool (UK). His publications include a book from this MBA thesis, and academic articles in the area of: locus of control, leadership success and happiness, and subjective well-being.
Athol Williams is a Senior Lecturer at the GSB, focusing on issues of ethics, governance, corporate strategy and responsible leadership and is an experienced Corporate Strategy Advisor, having served as a Partner at Bain & Company and Strategy Director for Old Mutual. His academic interests lie at the intersection of moral philosophy, business and public policy, and translates into research in the traditional areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics and social justice. He is also a published and well-known poet and social philosopher.
Athol is currently a Tutor in Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford in the UK. He has taught Strategy at the University of Cape Town and Wits Business School in South Africa. He holds five Masters degrees - from Harvard University (USA), University of Oxford (UK), London School of Economics – LSE (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT (USA) and London Business School (UK) in public policy, political philosophy, political theory, business (MBA) and corporate finance, respectively, and is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford (UK).
Prof. Özbilgin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Brunel Business School, London (UK). He also holds two additional international positions: Co-Chaire Management et Diversité at Université Paris Dauphine (France) and Visiting Professor of Management at Koç University in Istanbul (Turkey).
His research focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from comparative and relational perspectives. His research is supported by international, as well as national, grants from the ESRC, EU, CIPD, ACE, ACCA, British Academy, among others. His work has a focus on changing policy and practice in equality and diversity at work. He is an engaged scholar, driven by values of workplace democracy, equality for all, and humanisation of work. He has done research, consultancy and training at a large number of organisations including the House of Commons, Barclays Bank, The Bank West Australia, Halifax, the CIPD, the National Health Service, the NHS Employers, Tesco, the Probation Services, The UK Fire Service, the Economist Research Unit, the OECD, the WRVS, DTI, Rio Tinto, PwC, Linklaters and ACCA.
He is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the European Management Review (EMR), the official journal of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) since 2014. He has authored and edited 18 books and published over 200 papers in academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, Gender Work and Organization, and Social Science and Medicine, among others.
He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Management, the official journal of the British Academy of Management, for four years from 2010 to 2014. He currently holds the following editorial roles: Book Series Editor of Equality Diversity and Inclusion: International perspectives (Emerald Press); Associate Editor: Gender Work and Organization (Wiley-Blackwell); Member of the Editorial Board: Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE); and Member of the Editorial Board of Equality Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal (Emerald Press). He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal (Emerald Press) between 2006 and 2010. Prof. Özbilgin is also the founder of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Conference (EDI).
Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba is the Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, South Africa
Archbishop Makgoba has a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Education Science, a MEd in Educational Psychology and a BSc degree from Witwatersrand University. Formerly he was the Bishop of Suffragan (2002) and Bishop of Grahamstown Diocese (2004). Since 2008, He took up his current role as Anglican Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa: encompassing 28 dioceses across Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and the island of St. Helena.
He is the Chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, and Former Commissioner of the Press Freedom Commission. Since 2012, Archbishop Makgoba has been the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape.
He has been the recipient of many awards and honours over the years, including: Cross of St. Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury; Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, General Theological Seminary, Episcopal Church, NY (2009); Doctor of Divinity, jure dignitatis, Huron University College, Ontario (2013); Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship. Additionally, Archbishop Makgoba is a Procter Fellow, EDS, Cambridge, USA, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Graduate School of Business over many years.
Martin Hall is Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, where he teaches for the Master of Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation programme.
Before re-joining the Graduate School of Business, Martin was Vice-Chancellor (President) of the University of Salford, Manchester (2009-2014), Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town (2002-2008), and Dean of Higher Education Development, also at the University of Cape Town (1999-2002).
Martin is a partner with Artefact Transformation and Facilitation Services, and works with a range of organizations in the fields of digital innovation, transformation and leadership. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Life Fellow of the University of Cape Town and past-President of the World Archaeological Congress.
Namhla Mniki-Mangoliso is a global development strategist leading African Monitor, an entity working to eradicate poverty, to create economic opportunities, and to empower African citizens to drive the achievement of sustainable development in Africa.
Ms. Mniki-Mangaliso specialises in citizen-centric approaches to development that promote accountable leadership and good governance. Her latest work focusses on increasing knowledge of, and building capacity for co-creation and collaboration across sectors to implement the SDGs. She has a strong belief that a new paradigm of development delivery can benefit the world, focusing on innovation, collaboration, multi-sectoralism, co-creation, and broad participation. She is a Patron for the Africa Youth SDGs Summit, a Global Peer Review Expert for the German Sustainability Strategy, and a member of the expert group for the Africa Progress Group,
Namhla is also a leadership strategist, supporting emerging leaders in Africa to leverage their personal power, values and skills to transform their work environments, their communities and Africa. Through her social enterprise KB Media & Communications, she runs value-based leadership coaching programmes, as well as high-impact development campaigns across Africa, including the BigSisAfrica programme.
Prof. Dion Forster is the Director of the Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology and the Head of Department, Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University. His research is in Philosophical Ethics primarily focused on issues of human dignity in relation to political ethics and economic ethics in South Africa.
Dion holds two PhD degrees - a PhD in Systematic Theology (SA, 2005) which focused on notions of intersubjective identity in relation to African social identity ethics and cognitive neuroscience. His second PhD (Radboud, 2017) focuses on the politics of forgiveness in South Africa. It investigated the relationship between social identity complexity and social and political hermeneutics.
He is the author or editor of 10 books and numerous scholarly articles. His most recent books are: 'Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church and State relationships' 2012, UNISA press (with Wessel Bentley), and 'The (im)possibility of forgiveness?' 2017, SUN press.
Dion serves as an Editor for numerous international scholarly journals, including the International Journal for Public Theology and the Methodist Review. He consults for numerous civil society organisations and companies on ethical issues. Among others, he serves on the board of Unashamedly Ethical and is a Member of the Expert Network for the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Zolfaghari lectures in the field of Strategy and International Business at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and researchers in the field of organizational behaviour, with a focus on multi-level trust development across cultures. She is particularly interested in conceptualising and measuring values and culture, particularly within cultural diversity & integration, and the strategic management of culturally-diverse workforces - reflective of her own diverse background.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering in Tehran, continued her postgraduate education in the field of Management, with a focus on Organizational Behaviour & Innovation and Technology Management at Durham University Business School, UK. Intrigued by the concept of 'trust', she then commenced on a PhD journey in order to examine a multidimensional conceptualisation of culture and its impact on interpersonal trust development.
Whilst at Durham University Business School, she held the position of a Teaching Fellow on the postgraduate level, in the field of Strategic Management & Organizational Behaviour. She then moved to Munich, Germany, where she continued her research activities in the form of conference presentations, workshops and publications with Jacobs University, Bremen.
Badri's academic Memberships include the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS); Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA); European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM); First International Network on Trust (FINT), and have been awarded with a teaching and learning certificate by the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.
Julia is a leadership, management and diversity professional with 28 years of facilitation and consulting experience. Julia's area of expertise is leadership maturity, in particular how to support the development and maturation of leaders. Julia has recently published a book with Professor Kurt April (University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business) and Dean Kai Peters from Ashridge Business School (UK) on this subject.
Julia has worked with governments, NGOs and corporations in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, China, India, Uganda, Ghana, Lesotho, UK, Netherlands and France, India and Brazil. This work has included leadership and management development programmes, consulting, strategy and diversity & inclusion.
Julia works extensively with the Enneagram Personality typology and the Leadership Maturity Framework. She is an Accredited Professional Practitioner with the International Enneagram Association in Cincinnati USA and a certified Leadership Maturity practitioner with the Center for Leadership Maturity in Boston USA. Julia is also a fully accredited coach and psychophonetics counselor.
For the past six years, Julia has run the Advanced Leadership elective on the UCT GSB MBA and indeed runs a number of leadership and management development programmes as faculty of the UCT GSB. Julia has a BA (Honours) degree, a MA and a MBA, all from the University of Cape Town. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy at the NSPC in London through Middlesex University.
Simon is a founding partner of Aephoria Partners and a one-to-one and group facilitator with a 21-year career in private, public and non-profit sector organisations working on Leadership Development, Strategy, Sustainable Development and Diversity & Inclusion. He has previously authored diagnostic survey tools in the UK deployed to over 50,000 people.
His main work is designing and delivering long term leadership development interventions for middle, senior and executive leaders in organisations. He develops deep relationships with clients, working with many individuals and teams repeatedly and over time.
Simon works extensively with the Enneagram Personality typology and the Leadership Maturity Framework. He is a certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming with the International NLP Trainers Association, an Accredited Professional Practitioner with the International Enneagram Association in Cincinnati USA and a certified Leadership Maturity practitioner with the Center for Leadership Maturity in Boston USA.
Simon is currently engaged in a Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London (in conjunction with Middlesex University). He has a MSc. in Sustainable Development with Distinction from London University, a MBA with Distinction from Warwick University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Leicester University and a BA Honours degree in Modern Languages and Music from Durham University. He is a member of UK Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and the UK Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and has lived and worked long-term in the UK, South Africa, France, Belgium and Brazil. Simon speaks English, French and Portuguese and loves to ride his bicycle around the Western Cape and play keyboards in an aspiring rock band.
Dr Dorota Bourne works as the Associate Professor of Coaching and Change Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading. She holds a PhD in Management, fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master qualifications. She is currently an Academic Programme Director for the Apprenticeship Programmes at Henley and was also a Director of the Henley Coaching Centre.
Dr Bourne's expertise lies in coaching and change management programmes with a focus on leadership development. She favours mixed methods and interdisciplinary approach to research but specialises in business applications of Personal Construct Psychology and the Repertory Grid Technique. In her past projects she worked with various clients ranging from multinational corporations, such as General Motors, to public sector institutions such as the Chinese aerospace industry. Most of her past work dealt with large-scale organisational change and knowledge transfer processes. After a decade of working on organisational issues she gradually moved toward individual oriented interventions and focused on leadership development work and executive education. These themes now dominate her pedagogical as well as research efforts. Her most recent writings explore personal change and the development of leaders beyond their active career stage and draw on the concepts of maturation and eldership in organisations. Her pedagogical and educational work is devoted to the new suite of apprenticeship programmes for adult students and executive education at Henley Business School. She played an instrumental role in the development and the launch of the Apprenticeship Academy at Henley and continues to expand the programme in her capacity as an academic director.
Kathy Harvey is Associate Dean, MBA and Executive Degrees at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, responsible for the success of the School’s graduate management programmes. She is also Director of the Oxford Executive MBA , where she teaches entrepreneurship and stakeholder management, and a Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. At Said Business School she is responsible for the development of international and women’s engagement strategy.
Kathy has also directed the School’s Open Enrolment Programme Portfolio and is a member of the Oxford Coaching Community and, as an Executive Coach, works with senior executives to help them achieve their professional goals. Her teaching interests include Entrepreneurship, crisis and stakeholder management, group dynamics and networks.
Before joining Oxford University Kathy worked as a journalist and consultant, coaching senior executives and leading the strategic development of executive programmes for managers across the private and public sectors. She began her career working for the BBC as both a producer and reporter for thirteen years. As a Political Correspondent, she has interviewed many leading political figures including Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown. She has also worked as a freelance producer for Channel 4 TV and has written for the Sunday Times, Financial Times and the Independent.
Kathy’s extensive experience of coaching and teaching senior executives, combined with her previous background in news journalism means she has a deep understanding of the challenges and aspirations of senior managers who return to education to learn from globally renowned researchers and reflect on the issues they face in their own organisations.
She is also Deputy Director of the Orwell Foundation, which promotes and celebrates writing on social justice and politics and works with young people to encourage them to write about issues which uncover uncomfortable truths.
Dr Solange Rosa is currently guest faculty on the MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business and Senior Policy Advisor on policy and strategy with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. She also works as an international consultant with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Rockefeller Foundation, Human Rights Watch and Palmer Development Group, and with local organisations and government.
She has a Masters degree in Law from the University of Cape Town, and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Stellenbosch. She worked for the Western Cape government
for 10 years as the Head of the Policy and Strategy Unit, responsible for policy research and analysis, and strategy development and planning. She has expertise in constitutional law, human rights, public policy, strategy development, social innovation and impact, and programme design.
Dr. Daya is an international consultant with extensive background and experience in inclusive systems, human resource management, and organizational behaviour. She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration, focused in Organisational Behaviour from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.
She is skilled in Leadership, High Performance Organizations and Teams, Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Culture Change, and Performance Management. She has worked with a range of organizations, in a number of countries, to improve race and gender equity, and to examine, design, and implement the policies and systems needed to support it, and brings a particular sensitivity to the relationship between organizational systems and people’s lived experiences. She is also an expert in designing and implementing strategic human resource management which drives high performance, employee engagement and job satisfaction, which collaboratively creates optimal human capital value for organizations.
Dr. Daya worked as a senior HR business partner in South Africa and Europe for 10 years before joining the University of Cape Town as a Senior Lecturer in 2010. She currently lives and works in Durban, where she runs academic programmes for several Universities, and consults to industry about how to create and sustain high performance.
Through her roles as Director at The Leadership Dialogue, and Vice Chair of the HR Chapter of the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Preeya pursues her passion for youth development, personal mastery, systems thinking and the future of work. The Leadership Dialogue comprises a team of professionals, bonded by a common vision to effect a positive change in the world through critical conversations, deep listening and relationship-building.
Anet Potgieter is the co-founder and Technical Director at Cognitive Systems, a South African software engineering company focussing on the integration of intelligent software agents into communities enabling collaboration between humans, processes and Things, continuously monitoring sensor feeds and issuing early warnings of situations that endangers the safety of citizens in urban environments, human settlements and farms.
She was a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town (UCT) during the period 2002 to 2010, where in 2004 she founded the Agents Laboratory at the Department of Computer Science. In 2008, she co-founded the Robotics and Agents Research Lab at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The main focus areas of her teaching and research included Agent-based Systems, Robotics, Distributed AI, and Computational Intelligence.
She is also an entrepreneur, having started a number of companies, with specific, high-end computing and scientific skill sets in the employee base, at the cutting edge of the technological frontier. With her team she has developed the Artificial Mind Engine (AME) a real-time deep mining AI engine ideally suited to the growing IOT environments. AME provides an agnostic analytics platform addressing the challenges of volume, velocity and variety, capturing “actionable insights” in any business or organisational environment.
Dr. Potgieter has published extensively in academic journals and scientific encyclopaedias around the world. Covering areas such as: application of Bayesian modelling in understanding climate change and biofuel production; how adaptive Bayesian agents enable distributed social networks; creating organizational self-awareness through artificial intelligence in order to create and sustain competitive advantage; automatic detection of anomalies in real-time data; understanding distributed knowledge networks; understanding social complexity using dynamic Bayesian agents; segmenting and tracking individuals and their behaviour through artificially intelligent video surveillance; understanding abalone harvesting prediction using artificial intelligence methods; establishing a rigorous scientific basis for knowledge management; usefulness of agent-based behavioural modelling in telecommunication networks; understanding software project profitability analysis using temporal probabilistic reasoning; the usefulness of Bayesian agencies on the internet; understanding complex adaptive enterprises; the use of actor object operations structures to understand project requirements complexities, and the engineering of emergence.
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