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Folu Okunade  - solution to Africa’s challenges
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Tractors may not be sexy but they offer a real solution to Africa’s challenges

As COO at Hello Tractor, a novel mobile platform that connects farmers to tractors as well as agricultural equipment, expertise and financial services, MBA alumnus Folu Okunade is working to connect under resourced farmers in emerging economies to the information age.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Mutemwa Ushewokunze - UCT GSB graduate
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

UCT GSB graduate is banking on his country’s future

MCom alumnus, Mutemwa Ushewokunze, has returned to Zimbabwe after 20 years abroad, to help take the country’s banking sector to the next tech level.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Mouna Akefli - Closing the digital divide and embr
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
Candida - media
Learning & Development

Some old rules still apply in the new world

MBA graduates may feel that they have had to put their careers on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also given them an opportunity to recalibrate and make themselves more relevant to a changing world.

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Posted on 29 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
EVAN - MEDIA
Learning & Development

Gearing oneself for a post-pandemic world

Do we ever stop needing to constantly reinvent ourselves? Evan Kagan, who completed his MBA at the UCT GSB in 2010, doesn't think so. But by trusting ourselves, working with our passions, learning and connecting with others, and following the latest industry trends, he believes we can all gear ourselves for the post-pandemic world.

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Posted on 8 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Impact Investing 2021
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

COVID-19: Impact investing’s inflection point

As South Africa marks the anniversary of its first lockdown we reflect on our journey toward a post-COVID economic recovery and how the systemic shift toward impact investing and other financial innovation may point the way to lasting change in the country.

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Posted on 1 April 2021 by Julia Woods Price
Zaheer Sommara Profile - media
Learning & Development

Successful women can have it all - but it doesn’t mean doing it all

MBA alumna Zaheera Soomar believes that women can have it all — a successful professional life and a happy family — but it takes plenty of organisational thinking, managerial expertise and making time to watch the odd reality cooking TV show, of course.

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Posted on 25 February 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Vester - media
Learning & Development

Championing a made-in-Africa approach

He is passionate about the continent that birthed him, and so Sylvester Taku, who heads up the South African operations of the only smartphone manufacturer in Africa is keen to do his bit to promote development on the continent.

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Posted on 25 February 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Alec Mutlane - media
Learning & Development

UCT GSB graduate follows up hard-knocks MBA with an actual one

With no previous university qualifications, Alec Mutlane felt out of place at business school when he first got there, but he discovered that his life experiences —including starting and losing a tech start up — made him an ideal MBA candidate.

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Posted on 11 December 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Kariema Price - media
Learning & Development

A decade of inspiration from business school

Dr Kariema Price first came to the UCT GSB as a seasoned entrepreneur keen only to hone her business savvy; but that first encounter sparked a multitude of new interests and a decade-long association with the school that saw her graduate with a PhD in 2019.

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Posted on 11 December 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Kirby - media
Management Fundamentals

Transparency and integrity go a long way, especially in a crisis

It is Kirby Gordon’s job to convince people it is OK to fly again, one many challenges he’s had to tackle in the past few months, which have seen him draw on the skills he gained during his MBA a decade ago.

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Posted on 26 October 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Cheryyl - MEDIA
Learning & Development

Gender diversity in SA has a long way to go

Award-winning chartered accountant and UCT GSB EMBA alumna, Cheryl-Jane Kujenga is vocal about transformation and gender diversity in the workplace - and why we need more women at the top.

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Posted on 27 August 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Media- Icon - Death of Mentorship
Learning & Development

The dearth of mentorship is a major fault line in SA education

UCT GSB PGDip alumnus, Bianca Rousseau, had a few more bumps in the road than most when trying to earn herself a professional qualification; but when she did, she came up with a formula for success that is founded on the principle of mentorship.

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Posted on 27 August 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Jerome - media
Leadership & Ethics

Embracing the unknown can make you a better leader - Jerome Thomas (EMBA)

COVID-19 is giving leaders everywhere a crash course in living with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). Fortunately, says Jerome Thomas, he got a head start with his EMBA at the UCT GSB.

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Posted on 8 June 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
fennix
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Helping students bridge the digital divide in the time of COVID-19

Three MBA graduates from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) are spearheading a campaign by Cape Town Education Technology fundraising start-up Feenix, to raise R6.6 million to get laptops, food vouchers and connectivity to final year and graduate students during COVID-19 — ultimately ensuring these students make it into the South African workforce.

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Posted on 8 June 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Knowing the difference between - Media
Learning & Development

Knowing the difference between managing and leading - Robin Kuriakose (MBA)

Knowing the difference between managing and leading

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Posted on 7 May 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
susan de wit - vet
Learning & Development

From vet to visionary financial thinker - Susan de Witt (MBA)

MBA alumna Dr Susan de Witt is making a name for herself in an innovative area of impact investing, which has the radical potential of raising much-needed finance while also driving social and environmental benefits in Africa.

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Posted on 17 February 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Where some see problems he sees - Media
Learning & Development

Where some see problems, he sees solutions - Jitendra Mishra (MBA)

UCT GSB MBA alumnus, Jitendra Mishra, believes there is a bright future for mining in Africa. Despite challenges in the sector, he thinks more advanced technologies and processes will revitalise the industry.

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Posted on 13 December 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
MEDIA-unlocking creative potential in africans
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Unlocking the creative potential in Africans - Dr Puleng Makhoalibe (PhD)

Unlocking the creative potential in Africans

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Posted on 22 July 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
Media - Positioning women as catalysts
Learning & Development

Positioning women as catalysts for innovation in Africa - Gloria Muhoro (MPhil)

Positioning women as catalysts for innovation in Africa

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Posted on 28 June 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
Media - High-tech and old-school
Learning & Development

High-tech and old-school: a winning combination for success - Chad Bartlett (PGDip)

Chad Bartlett, Director of Partnerships at tech company, Grove, describes his time at the UCT GSB, where he completed a PGDip, as a life-changing experience.

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Posted on 20 June 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
kelly de cock - media
Management Fundamentals

Soft skills rule in the 'hard' world of finance - Kelly de Kock (MBA)

Kelly de Kock (MBA 2011) has forged a high-flying career in the financial services industry and her current role as Chief Operating Officer for Private Client Securities, Treasury, and Fiduciary Services at Old Mutual Wealth combines her love of solving technical challenges with a finely-tuned ability to manage people skilfully.

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Posted on 4 May 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
Media -Playing the long game
Learning & Development

Playing the long game - Stanley Vorsatz (MBA)

It was while doing his MBA that Stanley Vorsatz began to understand his strengths and weaknesses more clearly, a lesson worth the cost of admission itself. Now he’s putting that learning to good use in his own company.

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Posted on 25 March 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
african_businesswoman - Media
Learning & Development

An angel for African businesswomen - Lelemba Phiri (MCom)

She has been a television presenter, a university lecturer, a public sector and corporate key executive as well as an author and recipient of prestigious awards like the Zambian Woman of the Year Award in 2015, but it is with her gender-lens angel investment fund, that Lelemba Phiri believes she can make the biggest impact on the continent she loves.

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Posted on 21 February 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
Media - A boring job? Maybe to some...
Learning & Development

A boring job? Maybe to some - Nellis Beyers (MBA)

Dr Nellis Beyers, Medical Services Manager for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, is bringing business thinking to bear on healthcare systems, making sure that more lives are saved and more lifechanging operations can be performed on children in need.

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Posted on 18 February 2019 by UCT GSB Press Office
grant horsfield media
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Selling the Cape Town lifestyle in China - Grant Horsfield (MBA)

UCT GSB alumnus Grant Horsfield has built a rapidly expanding business in China that aims to provide a better lived environment - both at work and at play — and deliver a more balanced, sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle.

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Posted on 13 August 2018 by UCT GSB Press Office
Bradley fortune
Learning & Development

On being nimble and expanding your worldview: Q&A with Fortune Gamanya (EMBA)

Whether you’re an organisation facing down the Goliath of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a woman in the workplace or an MBA student embarking on a new trajectory, you need to be lean and agile and ready to engage, unapologetically, on your own terms, says the founder of Luminary Advisory & Consulting and EMBA alumna, Fortune Gamanya

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Posted on 1 August 2018 by UCT GSB Press Office
Phatizwe Malinga profile media
Learning & Development

Q&A with Phathizwe Malinga (EMBA) on the Internet of Things

A digital future has the potential to improve the quality of life for all South Africans but requires that companies transform their business models to take advantage of it, says UCT GSB EMBA alumnus Phathizwe Malinga.

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Posted on 2 July 2018 by UCT GSB Press Office
Saving us from plastic soup - Richard Hardiman med
Learning & Development

Saving us from plastic soup - Richard Hardiman (MBA)

Self-proclaimed “accidental environmentalist” and GSB alumnus Richard Hardiman has built a drone, based on a science fiction character, that can clean the ocean. His tech start-up, Ranmarine, produces the WasteShark - the only thing standing between us and the garbage that is turning our oceans into plastic soup.

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Posted on 3 April 2018 by UCT GSB Press Office
Deon James - Media
Learning & Development

When energy meets application: transforming the electricity market - Deon James (Modular MBA)

UCT GSB alumnus Deon James has been a force for change in the energy industry for more than twenty years. He describes his career trajectory since graduating from the part-time MBA programme in 1990.

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Posted on 22 February 2018 by UCT GSB Press Office