Alumna flies flag for GSB and South Africa at MBA World Summit


GSB Alumna Heloise Janse van Rensburg one of 100 "most inspiring MBA students from business schools worldwide" to participate in the 4th annual meeting of the MBA World Summit in Berlin, Germany.

GSB alumna Heloise Janse van Rensburg won out against stiff global competition to attend the fourth annual meeting of the prestigious World MBA Summit in Berlin, Germany recently where she was part of a community of global leaders who gathered to debate the most pressing issues and future challenges of our times. The GSB also had the distinction of being the only business school in South Africa to be part of the Summit.

The World MBA Summit was established in 2014 as a platform where the collective voice and wisdom of the most innovative and passionately collaborative MBA students is heard. Of 3 000 applicants selected from the world's top business schools each year, only 100 survive the rigorous selection process to attend the three-day summit.

Summit delegates are invited to bring topics to the event and to co-create the agenda for the Summit which focuses on three pillars: nurturing a collaborative culture, facilitating high-impact exchange and championing interdisciplinary approaches to global business and societal problems.

From a marketing and management background in the cosmetics industry, Janse van Rensburg graduated cum laude from GSB with a thesis on "Servant leadership - how to implement it with tangible results", and she was also able to draw from this in her presentation at the Summit during the Summit laboratory sessions. Her topic "Is business in Africa rising?" aroused considerable debate and has undoubtedly fuelled greater interest in the African business scene.

 "I was pleasantly surprised to discover how informed people are in the African business landscape and felt very privileged to be able to share insights on business opportunities and the political scenario. There is no doubt that the Summit represents a powerful global network of upcoming leaders who can collaborate to find ground-breaking solutions for current issues," she comments.

Janse van Rensburg is also excited at the prospect of the World Summit coming to Cape Town in 2018. "It is the first time the Summit will convene in a developing market," she points out.  "It will give many an opportunity to see and experience how a third-world economy operates with so many first-world characteristics, and the first-hand exposure to what real poverty will have a profound impact on so many. It is a great opportunity for the delegates to learn about and understand the complexity of our diverse cultural backgrounds and gain insights on how we integrate and work together. We in South Africa have much to contribute to the development of effective leadership models."

She says the MBA World Summit has an important role to play in stimulating new approaches to leadership, adopting more entrepreneurial and participative concepts. From an entrepreneurial background herself, Janse van Rensburg strongly favours "getting your hands dirty", pointing out that it enables leaders to develop different management capabilities and skills and stimulate the desire to exploit hitherto untapped potential within themselves.

She encourages other MBA students to apply for next year's Summit. "It is a rigorous process, but the benefits cannot be underestimated. You develop a global network of contacts, most of whom are on the cutting edge of leadership. The collaboration and exchange are incredibly stimulating and there are countless opportunities to contribute and to develop."

Raymond Ledwaba, an entrepreneur and CEO of ITTHYNK, a software development and consulting company  as well as  Co-founder and CEO of DiskiNine9, an NGO that uses soccer to educate young South Africans, has been instrumental in bringing the Summit to Cape Town. He was a participant at the Summit in 2015 and is on the World Summit Organising Committee for 2018.

"Heloise has stated it succinctly. The inspiration, the opportunities, the exposure to pioneering thought leaders, to industry experts and investors are phenomenal. My participation in 2015 had a dramatic impact on my life and I feel privileged to be part of bringing it to Cape Town.  I believe that next year's summit could have far-reaching consequences for the country."

Issued by: Rothko PR on behalf the UCT Graduate School of Business

Contact details: Zola Maphila 021 448 9457, Rothko PR, 225 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town




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