Data Science Leadership for Executives

Leading a Data Science Driven Organisation

Businesses have become increasingly reliant on data – its efficient collection and in-depth analysis - to assist with operations and informed decision making. The resulting advent of Data Science in the corporate sector has generated significant demand for data scientists – both technical workers and leaders. This 2-day course provides a broad overview of key data science leadership concepts, including:

  • How to develop, drive, and scale a data science strategy
  • The required building blocks: people, data, and technology
  • In depth review of use cases for your specific industry


After this course, learners will be able to confidently interrogate data science proposals and lead the implementation of data science solutions that are effectively aligned with their organisation’s overall strategy.

Meet The Course Convenor

Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran is the Director of the Executive MBA programme at UCT's Graduate School of Business. Before he joined the UCT GSB, he was the Head of UCT's Department of Information Systems.

Kosheek holds a doctorate in Project Organising (PhD) from UCT; a Master of Science in Systems Thinking (MSc) from UKZN; a Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer Science (CompSci) from UKZN; and a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and Operations Research (BSc) from UNISA.

Prior to entering academia, he spent a little over a decade working as a Systems Engineer designing and implementing enterprise information systems.

Faculty: Kosheek Data Science
Faculty: Kontos Data Science

Meet The Faculty

Kosta Kontos is the Founder and Managing Director of KDB, a South African technology company specialising in the design and development of enterprise database solutions.

Founded in 2006, KDB is responsible for powering the databases of many of South Africa’s leading businesses and organisations, spanning Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, and Manufacturing.

Kosta holds degrees in Computer Science and an MBA from UCT. He serves on the board of the nonprofit NAHYSOSA Bursary Fund, on the Advisory Board of UCT’s Graduate School of Business, and as a trustee of the GSB Foundation.

Meet The Faculty

Dino Bernicchi has 10 years experience driving data science strategy and developing productionized data solutions for large South African corporates such as TFG, Woolworths, Standard Bank and Chevron SA.

He is currently Head of Machine Learning at Homechoice - a home-shopping and financial services group - where in two years, a successful data science strategy has driven R50m in additional operating profit at 10x return on investment.

Dino also consults on the development of course content for Andrew Ng's DeepLearning.AI, and is a regular speaker at AI, data, and analytics conferences

Faculty: Dino Data Science


Yes. The exact same course is run in both Cape Town (at the UCT GSB Breakwater campus by the V&A Waterfront) as well as in Johannesburg (at the UCT GSB Sandton campus in Katherine Street). Please see the menu selection on the top right above to choose between the two cities and to see their respective dates.

Yes. Delegates of this course will be awarded with an official UCT GSB certificate in recognition of their having completed the "Data Science Leadership for Executives" programme.

The course is heavily weighted towards practical knowledge. Delegates will walk away with a tangible understanding of how to lead a Data Science driven business today. The course convenors do of course cover relevant research and theory, but the focus is on practical data science leadership education.

We apply the Harvard Case Study method in our teaching of this course. Once the limited number of seats are filled, we analyse the composition of delegates, and tailor the selection of case studies so as to teach data science leadership concepts in the context of our delegates' respective business sectors.

The UCT GSB is the only business school in Africa ranked in the top 100 business schools globally by the Financial Times business school rankings. Delegates on this course will not only get to network with each other, but they also join a family of extraordinary UCT GSB alumni around the world.



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