Prof Cally Ardington
Cally Ardington is a Professor in the School of Economics and the Deputy Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2009.Her research interests lie in development and labour economics with a focus on the ways in which public and private intergenerational support systems affect economic, demographic, education and health outcomes in South Africa. She has extensive experience in the design, management and micro-econometric analysis of social surveys and has published widely in the fields of labour market analysis, social assistance and human capital. She has several publications in highly regarded international journals including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Demography, Economic Development and Cultural Change and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. She is an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Assoc Prof Jess Auerbach
Associate Prof Auerbach is an NRF-rated anthropologist whose research explores narrative, digital connectivity, sensory experience, communication and education futures. She is passionate about how networks and personal experiences shape individual and collective impact, and she has worked around the world exploring personal and collective transformation. Jess has written two books, From Water to Wine: becoming middle class in Angola (also available open access in Portuguese) and Archive of Kindness: Stories of everyday heroism in the South African pandemic. She is currently working on a third book, provisionally entitled Capricious Connections and a Very Long Line: the politics of knowledge infrastructure in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean that explores undersea internet cables that plug Africa into global digital networks. Jess has published extensively in academic journals and the public domain on her work on Angola, Mauritius, migration, social stratification, and higher education futures, and won several awards. She is currently an Iso Lomso Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study. Jess did her undergraduate degree at UCT followed by an MSc in Forced Migration at Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a PhD in anthropology at Stanford University. She has lived and worked in Angola, Brazil, Mauritius, Mozambique, the UK and USA, and is now based mostly in Cape Town.
Prof Jeff Bagraim
Jeffrey Bagraim is Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Management Studies; he also served as the Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Commerce from 2009-2021. Jeffrey’s past research interests reflect varied influences in his life examined through the lens of organisational psychology. These include entrepreneurial intention, corporate culture and power, organisational commitments, work-family balance, and, most recently, religious diversity in the workplace, and generational issues (Gen-Z). Prior to joining the University, Jeffrey worked in human resource development, and as a consultant with a niche consulting firm. Jeffrey is a registered psychologist with the HPCSA and a NRF rated researcher. He has supervised over 70 masters and doctoral students, remains passionate about teaching and is an active research mentor. He has presented his research across the world and has produced over 70 research outputs.
Prof Haroon Bhorat
Prof Haroon Bhorat is at the School of Economics. He is also the Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) and more recently, the Deputy Dean for Research in the Faculty of Commerce. His research interests cover the areas of labour economics, poverty and income distribution.
He has co-authored two books on labour markets and poverty issues in South Africa, and has published widely in academic journals. He has done extensive work for numerous South African government departments, most notably the South African Department of Labour, the Presidency and the National Treasury. He has served on a number of government research advisory panels and consults regularly with international organisations. Haroon Bhorat is a board member of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and the Ministers appointee on the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC). He is a member of the Editorial Boards for the South African Journal of Economics, New Agenda and the populist journal Frontiers.
Most recently he has been appointed as a member of the technical working group (TWG) of the JIPSA an initiative of the Deputy President of South Africa. JIPSA (the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition) is a working project in support of ASGISA-SA (Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa). Dr Bhorat formally served on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel.
He has his PhD in Economics through Stellenbosch University.
Emer Prof Geoff Bick
Geoff Bick is Emeritus Professor of Marketing at the UCT Graduate School of Business, which he joined in 2012. Prior to that, he held the Coca-Cola Africa Chair in Marketing at Wits Business School in Johannesburg. He has published extensively locally and internationally in the field of Marketing, and specialises in Customer Management, Brand Management, and Marketing Metrics, the measurement of the effectiveness of marketing. He has also worked with students and the GSB Case Writing Centre in the development of Teaching Cases and Teaching Notes for business faculty, and many of these have won awards and been published in international journals such as Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies. He has also supervised a number of Masters and PhD students over his academic career, and held the posts of Academic Director at WBS and the GSB, as well as Acting Director of the GSB.
Dr Nicola Branson
Nicola Branson is a Chief Research Officer at SALDRU. She is currently involved in quantitative research on education inequality and the consequence of teenage childbearing in South Africa using household survey data. Nicola holds a PhD (2011), Masters (2008) and Bachelor of Business Science (2005) in Economics from UCT. She has experience data cleaning longitudinal surveys and in the micro-econometric analysis of social surveys. She has published work on human capital inequality in South African and trends in employment status using national household survey data.
Prof Irwin Brown
Irwin Brown is a Professor in the Department of Information Systems (IS) at UCT, and Deputy Director of the Centre for IT and National Development in Africa (CITANDA). He graduated with a Masters in IS (Curtin University) in 1995 and PhD (UCT) in 2005. Irwin holds positions as SAICSIT Council member, Associate Editor of Information & Management, and Deputy Editor of the African Journal of IS. His research interests relate to theorising around IS phenomena in developing countries. He has published more than 30 journal articles in outlets such as the European Journal of IS, IT for Development, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Global Information Management, and the International Journal of Information Management. He has also published more than 50 peer-reviewed conference papers in outlets such as ECIS, AMCIS, ACIS, IFIP WG9.4, IFIP WG8.2 and SAICSIT. He is convener of the IS Doctoral programme at UCT, and has supervised to graduation 9 PhD students and 11 Masters students (as at 2015).
Assoc Prof Adheesh BudreeAdheesh Budree is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, with a research focus on ICT for Development, the socioeconomics of technology, eCommerce and data analytics. Adheesh has been in Higher Education since 2012, when he took up a lecturing post at the University of the Western Cape. Prior to this he has held various roles in different industries including IT Management Trainee for British American Tobacco South Africa, Marketing Insights Manager for British American Tobacco Gulf Region (Dubai), Forecasting Manager for Brandhouse South Africa, Business Intelligence Manager at AMEtHST Healthcare Systems, and has consulted at national and local government and in the banking sector.
Dr Ailie Charteris
Ailie Charteris is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance and Tax. She holds a PhD in Finance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research interests lie in the areas of investment finance and capital markets. Ailie has published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles, with her recent work focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on stock markets and the role of uncertainty in driving share prices. She has several publications in highly regarded international journals including the International Review of Financial Analysis, Energy Economics and Finance Research Letters. Ailie is an associate editor of the Investment Analysts Journal. Ailie teaches investment finance and supervises Masters’ and PhD students covering both investment and corporate finance topics.
Prof Wallace Chigona
Wallace Chigona is a Professor in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Magdeburg, Germany. His research focus is on the use of ICTs for human development and ICT policy. He has researched on the use and impact of ICTs amongst the disadvantaged communities in different African Countries. Wallace has studied different applications of technology in the developing context such as in water and sanitation, education, health, small enterprises, and household.
Wallace has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers; mainly in the area of ICT4D and he is currently on the editorial boards of Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) as well as on the African Journal of Information Systems. Wallace is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) – Rated researcher. He has supervised to completion five PhDs and 14 masters research students. Wallace has worked on research collaborative research projects with scholars from Tanzania, Malawi, United Kingdom, Switzerland and other South African universities. Wallace’s board memberships include a Trustee for the Reach Trust, Advisory member of the RLabs, Board member of Communication Policy Research South (CPRSouth), UNESCO/Netexplo Advisory Board.
Prof Beatrice Conradie
Beatrice Conradie is an applied microeconomist specialised in productivity analysis. Her work involves agriculture and rural development in the Western Cape, e.g. sustainable land use, human wildlife conflict, farm labour markets and total factor productivity. She is the director of the Sustainable Societies Unit in the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town. Rated C1 in 2016, Beatrice regularly publishes with international colleagues, colleagues at other South African universities, colleagues in other departments at the University of Cape Town, as well as with graduate and undergraduate students.
Assoc Prof Phillip de Jager
Phillip de Jager (PhD, CA(SA)) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Tax at the University of Cape Town. He teaches on corporate finance, investments, and research methodology. His research interests are in bank capital, corporate finance, and research about research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies (JAEE), Meditari Accountancy Research Journal (MEDAR) and the South African Journal of Accountancy Research (SAJAR). Phillip serves as chair of the UCT Retirement Fund and did recent work on excessive pricing conduct for the Competition Commission of South Africa.
Assoc Prof Co-Pierre Georg
Co-Pierre Georg is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and holds the South African Reserve Bank Chair in Financial Stability Studies. He is the Director of the Algorand-UCT Financial Innovation Hub. Co-Pierre is the convener for the MPhil in Financial Technology at UCT where he teaches courses on "Fintech and Cryptocurrencies". His research interests focus on the nexus of financial innovation and financial stability. He obtained his PhD from the University of Jena in 2011 and has published both in finance and interdisciplinary journals. Co-Pierre’s research has received awards from the Algorand Foundation, the Ripple University Blockchain Research Initiative, the European Central Bank and the Volkswagen Foundation. He has been a consultant at various central banks and held visiting positions at MIT, Oxford, Princeton, and Columbia University. Aside from being a Research Associate at the Oxford Martin School for the 21st Century, Co-Pierre is a Research Associate at the Imperial College Center for Global Finance and Technology, as well as a Research Affiliate at the Columbia University Center for Global Legal Transformation.
Assoc Prof Sean Gossel
Associate Professor Sean Gossel is the Research Director at the UCT GSB. His expertise lies in the areas of financial economics and financial globalisation. He lectures courses on public sector finance and economic development. His lectures seek to position finance and macroeconomics in a historical, emerging market, and financial globalization context. This focus carries over into his research and supervision. Sean’s research focuses on the effects of financial globalisation and democratisation on African economies. Sean is an editorial member of the Journal of African Business, and a peer reviewer for over 40 international journals. He is also a research collaborator at UCT’s Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy, and the UCT GSB’s Development Finance Centre.
Prof Ralph Hamann
Ralph Hamann is Professor at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and he holds a Research Chair at the African Climate and Development Initiative. He teaches on business sustainability, social innovation, and cross-sector collaboration. His recent articles focus on cross-sector collaboration in urban sustainability transitions (in Journal of Cleaner Production), drivers of environmental practices among wine companies, and multinational companies’ responses to black economic empowerment (both in Business & Society). He also co-edited The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation, published by Springer and UCT Press. He is an executive editor of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. Among his other roles, Ralph is Academic Director of the Network for Business Sustainability (South Africa), Chair of the Southern Africa Food Lab, and a Director at the Cape Town Partnership.
Assoc Prof Ameeta Jaga
Ameeta Jaga (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Management Studies and Deputy Dean of Transformation and Inclusion in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is a C2-rated scientist (established researcher) with the South African National Research Foundation and a non-resident Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research, Harvard University. Ameeta is a member of UCT’s next generation professoriate, and one of ten women academics identified in 2022 as UCT’s future research leaders. Her research focus deals with the geopolitics of knowledge production, and a gendered and social class analysis of work-family concerns. Her current projects are closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and include advancing support for breastfeeding at work among low-income women in South Africa and understanding COVID-19’s effects on work, family, and employment from the Global South to build adaptive capacity. Ameeta publishes in top-tier journals across disciplines including Gender, Work and Organisation, Work, Employment and Society, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. She is associate editor for the journal Community, Work and Family.
Dr Salah Kabanda
Dr Salah Kabanda received her Master’s degree in Computer science from the University of Zululand. She currently holds a doctorate degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town. Her research areas include Information technology for developing countries, E-Commerce, Mobile commerce, Ethics in the development and use of information systems and E-Commerce. She teaches undergraduate students in the areas of Database Management System, programming and Software Engineering. Salah Kabanda is also involved in the postgraduate teaching and supervision of Masters and PhD students. She has made contributions in the following journals: The African Journal of Information Systems, The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and The South African Journal of Information Management.
Assoc Prof Andrew Kerr
Biography is currently not available.
Emer Prof Harold Kincaid
Harold Kincaid is Emeritus Professor in the School of Economics and has been an A-rated researcher by the NRF for the last ten years. His graduate training was in philosophy of science and economics. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 17 books mostly the social and behavioural sciences as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. His current work is mostly on causal inference in economics and on incentivized economic experiments around risk attitudes, time discounting, subject belief elicitation, and trust.
Assoc Prof Kevin Kotze
Kevin Kotzé is an applied macroeconomists with research interests in econometric modelling and data science applications. He publishes regularly in international journals that consider the application of empirical and computational methods. He continues to provide consulting services to a number of Government departments, central banks, parastatels and multinational corporate enterprises, and has served on the board of a prominent data science company, as well as large fund management companies in South Africa & the Channel Isles.
Prof Michael Kyobe
Michael Kyobe holds a PhD in Computer Information Systems and an MBA. Prior to joining academia in 2000, Michael worked as a project manager and IT manager for several years and has consulted extensively with the public and SMEs sectors in various fields of Information Technology.
His research interests include Mobile Bullying, Computer security and Ethics, business-IT alignment, governance, knowledge management and SMEs. He is a principal researcher for a Project on mobile bullying funded by the NRF. He is a member of the Board of trustees of the Uganda Technology and Management University and serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Systems and Information Technology. He is a regular key note speaker at International conferences in Canada and Africa. He is also involved in building research capacity in the Commerce faculty (UCT) and at a US-Based ICT-University (Cameroon Campus).
He has published several peer-reviewed articles in local and international accredited journals (including the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, the African Journal of Information systems, Journal of Global Information Management, Journal of Global Information Technology Management, & South African Journal of Information Management). Michael supervises 9 PhD and 9 Master’s students and in the past 3 years has graduated 2 PhDs and 9 Master’s students.
Prof Murray Leibbrandt
Murray Leibbrandt is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Poverty and Inequality, at the University of Cape Town, a Professor in the School of Economics and the Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. His research analyses South African poverty, inequality and labour market dynamics using survey data and, in particular, panel data. He is one of the Principal Investigators on the National Income Dynamics Study. He holds the DST/NRF National Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research and Chairs the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the University of Cape Town and in 2015 he was elected a Member of ASSAF.
Prof John Luiz
John Luiz is a Professor specialising in International Business Strategy; Business, Society, and Government; and Emerging Markets. Previously, he was a Professor at the Wits Business School and served in various capacities including as their Director of International Programmes and as Academic Director. He was Executive Dean in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg.
He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999, 2006 and 2011, at the Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy in 2015, a Senior Global Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany in 2016, a Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago 2011-2013, and a Research Affiliate at Columbia University in 2006. Besides the Ph.D., John has completed various other programmes including the Cambridge Advanced Programme on Development Economics at Cambridge University, the Wharton Global Faculty Development Programme, and Strategic Management at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of various professional bodies and was President of the Economic Society of South Africa 2014-2016. He is on the South African Statistics Council (StatsSA), and on the Editorial Board of several journals.
Besides winning various teaching awards, John has published in excess of 100 publications including over 80 articles in leading journals. He is the co-author and/or editor of several books. He is an internationally acclaimed B2 rated NRF researcher.
John works as a consultant and has undertaken research for the African Development Bank, DBSA, IDC, DTI, USAID, etc. He is active in management training and executive education at several leading multinational and South African corporations and public entities. He has lectured at various universities internationally on four continents.
Assoc Prof Brendan Maughan-Brown
Dr Brendan Maughan-Brown is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise on the uptake of HIV-prevention and treatment services; behavioural economics; the social and behavioural determinants of HIV risk; COVID-19 preventive behaviours and vaccine hesitancy; and survey design. Dr. Maughan-Brown serves as a Chief Research Officer at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town. He is a faculty member for Indlela – a behavioural nudge unit based at the University of Witwatersrand’s Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO). Brendan’s research interests include behavioural interventions to increase demand for health services and products, including COVID-19 vaccines; understanding high HIV incidence rates among young women in Africa; HIV testing; linkage to HIV care; and HIV stigma.
Prof Josephine Musango
Prof Josephine K Musango is a Professor at the Graduate Business School, University of Cape Town. She is a skilled resource economics and system dynamics professional and a transdisciplinary researcher. Josephine’s research interest entails using system dynamics in managing change and policy-related challenges in the energy transition, the green economy and urban African energy issues. She has worked with professionals in other academic disciplines, governments at multiple levels, industry and the community. She also teaches system dynamics and sustainable development.
Josephine is one of the founding members of the South Africa System Dynamics Chapter. She currently serves as Strategy Oversight and International Collaboration Advisor of the Chapter. Josephine has published over 70 articles in accredited journals, three books, nine chapters in a book and over 80 international and national conference proceedings.
Josephine holds a Transdisciplinary Doctoral in Public Management and Development from Stellenbosch University where she focused on technology assessment of renewable energy sustainability in South Africa.
Emer Prof Ojelanki Ngwenyama
Ngwenyama, Ojelanki: BSc. CS, MSc. IS, (1983) Roosevelt University; MBA, (1985) Syracuse University, PhD, CS (1988) Thomas J Watson School of Engineering, State University of New York-Binghamton; D.Phil., (HC, 2009) Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Pretoria; Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (2016); is Research Professor, Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town; Professor and Director of the Institute of Innovation and Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Information Systems and Analytics, Deakin University, Australia. Professor Ngwenyama is listed in the Top 100 AIS Scholars.
His is on the editorial boards of: European Journal of Information Systems; Information Systems; Journal of AIS, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems; and Information Technology for Development. Professor Ngwenyama has many international visiting professorships: Docent in Computer Science and Information Systems University of Jyväskylä, Finland, since 1994; Visiting Research Professor Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University Denmark, since 1997. In 2016 he was Visiting Research Professor at Institut d’ Economie et Management de Nantes, Université de Nantes, France; In 2015 Visiting Research Professor in Inter-Organizational Information Systems, University of Munster, Germany; In 2012 he was VELUX Visiting Professor of Information Technology Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; and in 2011 he was Andrew Mellon Foundation Mentorship Professor in Information Systems, UCT.
Prof. Ngwenyama has taught at the faculties of Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto; Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Aarhus Business School, University of Aarhus. Denmark. For his list publications see Google Citations.
Prof Eftychia Nikolaidou
Eftychia Nikolaidou is Professor of Macroeconomics at the School of Economics at UCT. She teaches macroeconomics and banking and finance related courses, and her research is focused on the economics of security, the determinants and economic effects of public debt, and banking crises. She supervises PhD and Masters’ students in these areas. Professor Nikolaidou serves as a member of the editorial board of Defence and Peace Economics and the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and has published widely. Her recent articles focus on the role of conflict and military expenditure on public debt in sub-Saharan African countries.
Dr Ntokozo Nzimande
Biography is currently not available.
Prof Hamieda Parker
Hamieda Parker is a Professor at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and she is currently the Chairperson of the GSB Transformation Forum. She was recently (2022) nominated to serve on the Judge Business School Cambridge University, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Global forum.
Hamieda holds a Chemical Engineering degree, a MBA and a PhD from UCT. Her Doctorate was completed on a Sainsbury Split Site Scholarship with the Said Business School, Oxford University. She has held adjunct/visiting positions at the Wharton Business School Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Pennsylvania and in the Supply Chain Management Department, Michigan State University.
She teaches in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Innovation. Her research on new product development focused interfirm collaboration received several accolades including a “Best Paper from Africa” award and was published in the Journal of Business Research. Hamieda has examined how certain capabilities enable firms to be innovative and resilient to disruptions. Her recent research explores how firms can facilitate learning and innovation by developing a culture of psychological safety. Her research has been published in a number of leading management journals.
Dr Jacques Ophoff
Jacques Ophoff is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Division of Cybersecurity at Abertay University in the UK, and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town.
His research focuses on cybersecurity, and the related area of information privacy, from individual to national level. This includes a broad range of topics ranging from technical implementations to management, and behavioural factors. Individuals are often considered to be the weakest link in security, and he has a particular research-interest in human factors in (also called behavioural) security. To date he has supervised 70+ postgraduate research projects to completion. His research has been funded by the NRF, South Africa-Sweden University Forum, and Scottish Government.
He is the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) Cyber Security research theme co-lead, and current Vice-Chair of IFIP Working Group 11.8, which focuses on Information Security Education. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Capital (Securing the Organization’s Knowledge and Information).
Prof Ulrike Rivett
Prof Rivett graduated with a Dipl.-Ing.univ in Land Surveying from the Technische Universität München, in Germany. After her studies, she received a scholarship for her PhD studies in the Department of Geomatics at the University of Cape Town. In 2000 she joined the academic staff of UCT, first in the Department of Geomatics and then in the Department of Civil Engineering.
In 2015 she moved to the Department of Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty. Her research over the last decade focused on applying and using ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) to support the delivery of basic amenities and services to under-resourced communities.
Her contribution has been to “connect the dots” between the theoretical knowledge of ICT and the creation of solutions that offer an innovative approach to existing problems. Her focus has been on the developmental agenda to provide under-resourced communities with essential services such as water and sanitation. By introducing ICTs in seemingly unrelated fields - such as the health sector, service delivery, and the water sector – she has developed technologies that cross the conventional boundaries of knowledge, decision-making, and stakeholder engagement.
Today she leads the iCOMMS research team, which focuses on understanding the use of ICT systems for the benefit of society by engaging proactively with government, municipalities and rural communities through implementing research findings and increasing impact beyond the academic boundary. Please visit the iCOMMS website for more detail on her and her teams work.
Emer Prof Linda Ronnie
Linda Ronnie holds a PhD in Education (UCT) and Masters’ degrees in Education (Sheffield) and Psychology (Liverpool). She is a Senior Research Scholar and Professor in Organisational Behaviour and People Management at the School of Management Studies. Ronnie has published on key topics such as diversity, the psychological contract, and intricacies of the employer-employee relationship and has had recent articles in the International Journal of Disability Management, Frontiers in Psychology, and Women's Studies International Forum. She is the proud recipient of the UCT Distinguished Teacher Award, winner of the inaugural Emerald Case Writing Competition, and runner-up of the 2021 Ceeman’s Case Writing Competition. Her current research is a collaborative project with colleagues from the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch on the experiences of women academics during the pandemic lockdown period. Ronnie recently completed a term as Dean of Commerce.
Dr Sumarie Roodt
Dr Sumarie Roodt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, where she has been teaching and conducting research since 2012. Sumarie is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher in the Young Emerging Researcher category. From 2008 until 2012 Sumarie taught at the University of Pretoria (UP) in the Department of Informatics in the Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology Faculty. Before joining academia she worked as a project manager and strategy consultant in industry for a number of years.
Sumarie has a BCom: Informatics (UP) degree, an MBA degree (UCT) and a PhD: Informatics degree (UP). She also furthered her studies at the Chicago Booth School at Business as well as attending Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Sumarie was awarded a National Research Foundation/Department of Science & Technology Doctoral Innovation bursary as well as a UP Doctoral bursary.
Sumarie has a passion for unlocking the potential of technology for teaching and learning whilst at the same time investigating the challenges associated with that. Her research focus is on the Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) domain and within this specialisation, she addresses the impact of technology on teaching and learning activities in developing countries. She also focusses on investigating the dynamic between TEL and students’ generational differences and individual learning styles, with a sub-specialisation in the over-lapping fields of Neuro-Informatics and Neuropsychology.Sumarie regularly presents research at local and international conferences and she also serves as a reviewer for a number of local and international journals in the field of TEL. From a non-profit perspective, Sumarie is a Director of the Silicon Cape Initiative which fosters Technology Entrepreneurship in the Western Cape in South Africa.
Prof Don Ross
Don Ross is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and Program Director for Methodology in the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His current areas of research are the experimental economics of risk and time preferences; applied game theory; gambling; addictive choice; strategic foundations of human sociality; estimating welfare in the face of structural heterogeneity of utility; and the ontological unification of the sciences. He obtained his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1990. He is the author or editor of 14 books and many journal articles. His most-cited publications are Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized, with James Ladyman (Oxford U.P. 2007), and Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation (MIT Press 2005). The latter has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. He has consulted extensively for government and industry. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of UCT.
Dr Hana Ross
Principal Research Officer, Professor Level, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, USAHana Ross earned her B.A. and M.A. at the Prague School of Economics. In 2000, she received her PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over seventeen years of experience in conducting research on the economics of tobacco control and in the management of research projects in low and middle-income countries, including projects funded by the World Bank, WHO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the European Commission, the Bloomberg Global Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr Ross published more than 60 articles and independent reports on issues related to tobacco taxation, cigarette prices, costs of smoking, youth access laws and other economic aspects of tobacco control. She also co-authored the 3rd and 4th editions of Tobacco Atlas. She is a recognized expert on the issues related to tobacco illicit trade including measuring the size of tax avoidance/evasion and the measures to control the size of the illegal cigarette market.
Her current research projects focus on the economic impact of tobacco control interventions in Africa, South East Asia, and the European Union. She is also interested in the economics of drug abuse and in the economic impact of risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases such as obesity, lack of physical activity, and alcohol consumption. Dr Ross currently supports several research capacity building projects primarily focusing on Africa and Asia and is developing a global course for economists to engage in the economics of tobacco control research.
Hon Assoc Prof Mare Sarr
Biography is currently not available.
Assoc Prof Kosheek Sewchurran
Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran is a South African male currently employed as in the department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. He serves the department as Adjunct Head of Department and has been at UCT since August 2005. He teaches a range of subjects related to Business Analysis, Enterprise Architecture, Information Systems Design, Development and Management in the technology space. He is known nationally and internationally as a professional and inter-disciplinary researcher in the areas of Information Systems Project Management and Systems Thinking. As a broad theme his research is engaged with theory development that is tied to as-lived reality
In terms of formal qualifications he has a BSc with majors in Software Engineering and Operations Research from UNISA. As postgraduate qualifications he has a BSc Honours in Computer Science; and MSc in Information Technology from University of Natal. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Cape Town in June 2009. The PhD thesis title was: "Toward a regional ontology for Information Systems project management". The thesis was a conceptual (a priori) piece of work. The primary theorists were Bourdieu (Theory of practice), Heidegger (Fundamental ontology) and Maturana and Varela (Theory of living systems).
Presently he serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (IJMPiB) published by emerald; and the International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA) published by IDEA.
The National Researcher Foundation has rated him as a category "Y" researcher in the area of Project Management. He has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from 2010-2012 to teach on a Masters in Strategic Project Management degree taught at Umea in Sweden, Hariott Watt in Scotland and Polytechnico Milan’s Business School in Italy.
Prior to Academia he worked in a range of professional roles with technical and leadership responsibilities on large-scale industrial expansion and automation projects for approximately 12 years. For most of the time on these projects he was part of a multi-disciplined team responsible for work related to Information Systems implementations.
Prof Lisa Seymour
Lisa Seymour, Professor in the Department of Information Systems (IS) at the University of Cape Town, researches and teaches in the areas of business processes, enterprise systems and IS education; with particular emphasis on regional development in Southern Africa. Her area includes studying how organisations, particularly within the SME and public sector in Africa, can derive benefit from their business processes and enterprise systems. She is also interested in solving educational challenges in this space and in working collaboratively on these challenges. She is director of CITANDA (Centre for IT and National Development in Africa), on the executive of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT), principal reseacher for ESEFA (Enterprise Systems Education for Africa) and chair of the SAP African Academic Board.
Assoc Prof Maureen Tanner
Dr Maureen Tanner holds a PhD in Information systems and a Master’s of Commerce in Information systems from the University of Cape Town. She also holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mauritius. She teaches systems analysis and design at UCT. Her research interests lie in Agile software development related issues (for both collocated and distributed teams), UML, software engineering and social aspects of social engineering, global software development, virtual teams, team collaboration, Teaching and Learning, ICT4D, and Social Networks. Maureen is a Y- rated researcher and is also the President-Elect of the Southern African Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AISSAC).
Assoc Prof Djiby Thiam
Djiby Thiam is an associate professor at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research focuses on environmental and resources economics, agricultural economics, and development economics. His work has been published in several international journals in the field. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the academic journals Water Economics and Policy and Revue International de Developpement. He has provided scholarly inputs to several African, European, and International institutions on energy, water, development economics and policies. He heads and co-leads multiple national and international projects funded by institutions in South Africa (NRF, GCGC), Canada (IDRC), Germany (BMBF, VW) etc.
Prof Jean-Paul Van Belle
Jean-Paul Van Belle is a professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre for IT and National Development. His research areas are the adoption and use of emerging technologies in developing world contexts including mobile, cloud computing. His passions are ICT4D and adoption of ICTs by small organisations. He has over 170 peer-reviewed publications including 25 chapters in books and about 40 refereed journal articles. He has been invited to give a number of keynote presentations at international conferences and holds an honorary professorship at Amity University. He currently supervises almost 20 Masters and PhD students and has graduated many more.
Prof Paul Van Rensburg
Professor Paul van Rensburg MCom(cum laude) PhD, holds the Frank Robb Chair in Finance at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Paul has won numerous academic awards (including the Economics Society’s Best PhD Award in 1997 and the IAJ best article award on two occasions), has supervised five PhDs, 18 full thesis Master’s degrees and published more than forty peer-reviewed articles on asset pricing in local and international academic journals. He is the most referenced South African finance academic and was a full professor at age thirty.
Prof Corne van Walbeek
Corné van Walbeek, PhD, is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He was the Director of the School of Economics between 2009 and 2012. His research focus is in the economics of tobacco control, specifically on excise taxes and on the impact that this has on the retail price of cigarettes, government revenue, industry pricing, cigarette consumption, and smoking patterns among various demographic groups. He has published widely in economics and public health journals, including the SA Journal of Economics, the SA Medical Journal, Tobacco Control, Nicotine and Tobacco Research and the SA Journal of Economic History. He has supervised numerous postgraduate students (more than fifteen Masters and four PhDs) in the economics of tobacco control and other areas. He is the principal researcher for a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to increase the capacity and the research output of researchers doing work on the economics of tobacco control in Africa.
Prof Gizelle Willows
Gizelle is a Professor and PhD graduate in finance at the University of Cape Town. Under the mentorship of Professor Terrance Odean, she was a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business at the University of California (Berkeley) in 2014. Her research area is within behavioural finance, particularly as it relates to personal finance and retirement savings. While at UCT, she has published over 35 research journal articles and conference proceedings and been the recipient of multiple best paper awards. An active post-graduate supervisor and leader of the Behavioural Finance and Accounting (BFA) international research group.
She is currently the programme convenor for the Masters in Financial Reporting, Analysis and Governance (FRAG) programme and the PhD programme within the College of Accounting (CoA). Her behavioural and personal finance insights are in high demand as attested by invitations to give key note addresses, be an expert guest on international podcasts, and her widely-read blog, Nudging Financial Behaviour.
Prof Martin Wittenberg
Biography is currently not available.