The Alumni Community

When you graduate from the UCT GSB, you become a lifelong member of the UCT GSB Alumni community. Being a member gives you access to a global network of alumni around the world and the opportunity to become a part of The GSB Foundation, to raise money for future students .

You also benefit from our Career Services and mentorship programme. We also offer Master Classes and regular networking events around the world.

Alumni Resources
Giving back: The GSB Foundation
Career Leadership Centre
Alumni Events

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Meet the Head of Alumni Relations

Morea Josias

Head of Alumni Relations and Career Services

Responsible for strategic planning, development, management and leadership of alumni relations and career services activities for the UCT GSB, Morea plans and implements projects that strategically engage alumni and industry in strengthening various UCT GSB activities that provide tangible benefits to alumni, current UCT GSB student job seekers and the school as a whole.

A key aspect of role, Morea believes, is the way relationships are managed, with the most rewarding aspect being when people with common interests and goals make a connection that is mutually beneficial.

Resources

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Resources

Alumni Resources are available to all UCT GSB Alumni from the very first day on campus and throughout your career. Connect with alumni from around the world, offer your time as a mentor, gain invaluable career guidance, and enjoy the many benefits available to you as an alumnus of UCT GSB.

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GSB Foundation

The GSB Foundation supports the UCT GSB in four key areas: scholarships, faculty, research, and facilities. It's mission is to provide the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances, an opportunity to benefit from a world-class education at the UCT GSB. Contributions to the GSB Foundation can be made via donations to the endowment, sponsorships, bequests and in-kind donations of time or talent.

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Chapters

UCT GSB Alumni Chapters  play a critical role in building and fostering ongoing relationships with alumni in different regions. Chapters coordinate and provide opportunities for alumni to connect, network and contribute to UCT GSB fundraising initiatives. Learn more about how to get involved and join or start a chapter in your city 

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Upcoming Alumni Events

 

UCT GSB International Women's Day Alumni Talk

 Thursday, 07 March 2024
 17:30 (GMT+2)

Please join us for International Women’s Day celebration with UCT GSB’s Alumnus Tsitsi Hatendi-Matika (MBA 2017) who is the Client Director at Ninety One (formerly known as Investec Asset Management). Tsitsi will lead a conversation on how leaders and companies should “Inspire Inclusion” to collectively forge a more inclusive world for women.

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UCT GSB Pre-Cape Town Cycle Tour Event

 Saturday, 09 March 2024
 06:30 (GMT+2)

The UCT GSB Athletics Club, in partnership with GSB Alumni and GSB Foundation, invites all cycling enthusiasts, as cyclists from all over the globe descend onto Cape Town for the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour, to attend the UCT GSB Pre-Cape Town Cycle Tour.

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THE BOARDVISORY BOARDROOM SIMULATION WORKSHOP

 Tuesday, 26 March 2024
 17:30 (GMT+2)

Board Simulations are practical, virtual and highly effective experiential learning sessions. Participants are expected to contribute to a live boardroom, decision-making process and thereafter receive in-depth feedback to assist with their growth and development as board directors. It is R3800. Register below to join.

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CPT Alumni Talk with Bruce Bassett: Navigating the AI Revolution: the Next 5 years

 Tuesday, 16 April 2024
 18:00 (GMT+2)

We are pleased to invite you to join us on Tuesday, 16 April 2024 as we host an exclusive evening talk with Professor Bruce Bassett, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town and the managing director of Grai Labs, a bespoke high-end AI and data science consulting company.

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Alumni Awards

The Director's Alumni Award was initiated in 2007. Since its inception the UCT GSB Director has given the Award to two alumni each year who have made a significant contribution either in the promotion of, and service to, the UCT GSB or through building alumni relationships. See recent awards from the past 5 years. A full list is available upon enquiry.

The Award for Long Term Contribution in the Promotion of the UCT GSB:

  • 2015 Linda Fasham (GSB 1987 - 2014)
  • 2016 Cedric Parker (MBA 1988)
  • 2017 Robin Kuriakose (MBA 2008)
  • 2018 Professor Trevor Williams
  • 2019 Peter Major (MBA 1984)

The Award for Contribution in the Building of Alumni Relations of the UCT GSB.

  • 2015  Simryn de Jager (MBA 2012/13)
  • 2016  Gys Kappers (EMBA 2010/2011)
  • 2017 Kim Thipe (EMBA 2005/2006)
  • 2018 Sandy Mattison (MBA 1997)
  • 2019 Jerry Igwilo (MBA 2006/2007

Contact Us

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Alumni Relations Team. If you need to update your contact details to stay in touch, please email us by clicking on the button. You are also welcome to:

Phone us: 0860 828 472 | +27 (0)21 650 7500

Your are also welcome to visit us on Campus.

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News, Articles & Alumni Profiles

 
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Annual Reviews

UCT GSB Highlights in 2023

This year has been an exceptional year for the UCT GSB. This article highlights some of the moments that were greatly celebrated.

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Posted on 20 December 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

REFLECTIONS ON ARW 2023: 20-22 October

“The highlight for me at the reunion was being back in a lecture theatre with some of my classmates. Nostalgia for 2010 - definitely - but also great to learn new things.” Kate Wardle (MBA 2010) reports back on the ARW.

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Posted on 31 October 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

The UCT GSB Case Writing Centre pioneers open-source, multimedia cases alongside its traditional collection

In its sixth year of creating excellent cases for the business school classroom, the Case Writing Centre has now spread its wings to add an innovative approach to cases. By Claire Barnado

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Posted on 31 October 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

2023 GSB THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE

On Sunday, 22 October, the traditional Three Peaks Challenge took place with long-time champion Alumni, Peter Major (MBA1984) taking part, each year, since his time as a student at the GSB.

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Posted on 31 October 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

Learning Agility in Knowledge Workers: Leveraging Adaptability to Reach Success

This article explores what agility means and the critical role it plays in driving the success of knowledge workers

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Posted on 21 September 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Management Fundamentals

Stemming the Talent Exodus and Securing SA's Future Pipeline

Excerpt from "Stemming the Talent Exodus and Securing SA's Future Pipeline" event and key take-aways from the UCT GSB Alumni Department.

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Posted on 21 September 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Leadership & Ethics

Future-Proofing Your Skills: Adapting for Tomorrow's Challenges Today

In honour of Women's Day, the UCT GSB hosted a panel discussion on campus the UCT GSB hosted a panel discussion, on campus, featuring alumni and guests to discuss how best to future-proof your skills.

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Posted on 21 September 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Emerging Market Business

Farayi Kambarani at the UCT GSB ARW2023

Farayi Kambarami is a Supply Chain Planning, Data and Analytics professional with over 25 years of experience in various roles within these fields.

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Posted on 20 September 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Remembering Raymond Ackerman: Doing Good is Good Business

Alumnus Bruce Ackerman shared his thoughts on the recent passing of his half-brother Raymond Ackerman on 6 September 2023, aged 92.

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Posted on 19 September 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

The Inuagural Africa Impact Summit 13-14 July 2023

The inuagural Africa Impact Summit, hosted by the GSB Bertha Centre, took place on 13-14 July 2023 in Cape Town. Speakers included GSB Dean Dr Catherine Duggan, Richard Perez of the d-school Afrika and Director of the Bertha Centre Solange Rosa.

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Posted on 26 July 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

The UCT GSB Alumni Chapter Lead for Zimbabwe - Simba Mswaka

Having grown up in Zimbabwe and Botswana, before studying my two degrees in South Africa, I know how important it is to work across cultures.

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Posted on 25 July 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

Lighting the way

I worked in senior project roles at Eskom for over a decade and during this time, I was nominated to represent Eskom in the Association of Municipal Electricity Utility – Women in Electricity and joined the AMEU executive council.

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Posted on 1 June 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Learning & Development

Systems thinking and design thinking for business leaders.

On 18 May, GSB Alumni Relations hosted a discussion with Richard Perez, UCT GSB EMBA Alum and founding director of the d-school Afrika, and Sean Lewis, Guest Lecturer on the Executive MBA program and EMBA Alum at the UCT GSB were in discussion about systems thinking and Design-led thinking approaches to tackle challenges leaders face today.

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Posted on 1 June 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Political Economy

Interview with Thapelo Tsheole – CEO, Botswana Stock Exchange

Thapelo Tsheole (Modular MBA 2013/14), the CEO of the Botswana Stock Exchange, recently took time out of his attendance at the African Mining Indaba to address our current Modular MBA class about Botswana's economy.

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Posted on 15 March 2023 by Alumni Relations Dept
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Working at the d-school Afrika

The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika recently opened its striking new building on the University of Cape Town’s middle campus after being at the GSB since 2016. The d.confestival, the first of its kind in Africa, was hosted in October 2022 and, as four of our alumni now work for d-school, we encourage you to read more about this innovative school.

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Posted on 10 November 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

GSB adjunct faculty win book award

The Systems Work of Social Change, by social innovation researcher, writer and lecturer Cynthia Rayner and #SchwabFound Director Dr. François Bonnici, both adjunct faculty at the GSB, has been recognised by the Terry McAdam Book Award #TMAaward for “Changing the Way we Think” at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management conference #ANMConference2022.

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Posted on 10 November 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Solution Space e-Track programme update

Founded in 2014, the Solution Space at the UCT GSB is an ecosystem for high-impact early-stage start-ups and a research and development platform for corporates. Join us tomorrow, Friday 11 November for the second phase of the e-Track programme where entrepreneurs pitch their ventures for investment, development and collaboration.

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Posted on 10 November 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

Helping African leaders stand out and stand tall

When Kurt De Bique went to university 20 years ago, he thought he wanted to be a lawyer. But a powerful interest in people and what drives them led to a career switch to HR, which has seen him make a major contribution in the boardroom – rather than courtroom.

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Posted on 21 July 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

The UCT GSB put me on the career trajectory I’d been aspiring to

As Chief Research Officer for the Global Impact Investing Network, Dean Hand serves on the senior management team of a globally recognised and respected champion of impact investment, and is actively finding ways to steer more capital to life-changing projects around the globe.

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Posted on 21 July 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
George Koshy
Learning & Development

In search of purpose

With people quitting their jobs in greater numbers than ever, professional executive, team and board coach George Koshy shares from his own journey of ‘purpose finding’– and how he is empowering individuals, teams and organisations to find their purpose.

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Posted on 9 June 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

Lessons Learnt: Advice for starting your career

Not many people can say they had to choose between completing their MBA and coaching the national female volleyball team, but Sean Lewis' career journey has been anything but linear. From high school teacher to working at Africa's leading premier ICT solutions services provider, and completing his EMBA along the way, Lewis has plenty of advice to share with graduates and career changers.

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Posted on 9 June 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Sophia Campello
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

International alumnus remains hopeful for change in South Africa

Despite challenges, South Africa continues to be an innovation hub with the capacity to develop the next generation of change makers. The UCT GSB's MBA programme attracts students from all walks of life that want ‘in’ on this journey.

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Posted on 29 March 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

MTN CEO shares five secrets to a successful career

Failure, hard work, and belief in yourself and the people around you are the hallmarks of a successful leadership career, says Ralph Mupita, Group President and CEO at African telecommunications giant MTN.

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Posted on 17 November 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Leadership & Ethics

Servant leadership may be the key to talent retention post COVID

Nike strategy director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Aidan Kearney, believes servant leadership has so much to offer the corporate world, especially now as an increasing number of employees think of leaving their jobs in response to the stresses of the COVID-19 workplace.

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Posted on 17 November 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Emerging Market Business

For tech to change Africa’s fortunes, we have to understand our context

Buhle Goslar, an MBA graduate from the UCT GSB, shows how business can use technology to make headway in Africa and turn around the continent’s digital and human fortunes.

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Posted on 17 November 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The role of entrepreneurs engaged in alleviating period poverty

Nishana Bhogal is a PhD candidate at the UCT GSB who has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her research work on the role of entrepreneurs engaged in alleviating period poverty. We spoke to her about her research and what she plans to achieve while she is in the USA.

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Posted on 26 October 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Leadership & Ethics

Crisis ushers in new type of leadership – this time it must stick

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested leadership in ways that few crises have. How do we learn from it, adapt and evolve as leaders?

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Posted on 20 October 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Joy-Marie Lawrence
Leadership & Ethics

Activists in the Boardroom holistic governance in an age of corporate malfeasance

Given the recent spate of corporate misconduct (think Steinhoff, EOH, the Guptas and various State-Owned Entities), more Boardroom activism is required to ensure accountability and prevent future scandals. Board directors should start by cultivating higher levels of self-awareness.

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Posted on 20 October 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Samantha Coom
Learning & Development

How to build a thumb-stopping professional brand, without attending a single networking event, or cocktail party

LinkedIn, like many other social media platforms, experienced a boom over the pandemic. But it remains the ultimate platform for creating a professional brand that gets you noticed and hired, both locally and internationally.

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Posted on 20 October 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

Applied with lots of elbow grease, the MBA continues to open doors

Joy-Mare de Wet was a qualified geneticist working in sales at a pharma company when she started her MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business. There she found a new passion for the tech industry and has since landed her dream job at LinkedIn. De Wet shares her top five tips for what it takes, as an MBA graduate, to manage such a pivot.

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Posted on 20 October 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend to delve into how leaders are responding to global challenges with a multidisciplined approach

Join the UCT GSB 2021 Alumni Reunion Weekend in October to hear expert speakers discuss how to remain relevant while navigating uncertainty under the theme Knowledge Across Disciplines.

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Posted on 5 August 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
EMBA alumnus Christophe Viarnaud
Learning & Development

Powering the continent’s growth through collaboration with entrepreneurs across Africa

EMBA alumnus Christophe Viarnaud is a man on a mission. The French national has made South Africa not only his home, but a country in which his passion for entrepreneurship and education has launched the ventures of scores of bright start-ups across the continent.

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Posted on 30 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

MBA alumnus puts lockdown to good use

Steven van Rheede was part of the 2020 MBA class that, three months into the programme, quickly had to shift their studies online; it bore some unforeseen benefits, he says.

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Posted on 30 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Learning & Development

Combining passion with purpose to improve science education for all

Bathabile Mpofu is passionate about empowering young people to become scientists, and with her business, Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, she aims to demonstrate to high school learners the beauty of science in an exciting, hands-on way.

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Posted on 30 July 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
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Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Taking the road less travelled is a choice we make

MBA alumna Mouna Akefli is not one to conform. Passionate about building a more diverse, inclusive and connected continent, she is determined to shake things up and her role as marketing manager for Ericsson in West Africa and Morocco is giving her new opportunities to do so.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office