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Director-General: Department of Science and Technology

Phil Mjwara

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr Phil Mjwara has served as the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006. In this capacity he is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa, as well as the portfolio management and governance of South Africa’s systems of government laboratories. His responsibilities further include the management of South African science and technology official development assistance and the driving of the implementation of South Africa’s National Research and Development Strategy and the management of South Africa’s new DST 10 Year Innovation Plan. Prior to his appointment at DST, Dr Mjwara was the Group Executive: Research and Development; Strategic Human Capital Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Head of Global Initiatives: Malik International AG

Christiane Gebhardt

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” Peter Drucker

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Christiane Gebhardt has been a Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association since 1992. Christiane holds a doctoral degree in political sciences with a focus on comparative technology policy and polity. She is Vice President at Malik International in Switzerland, an international organization renowned for strategy and organization advisory for industry, university and government studies as well as for projects based on cybernetics and systems thinking. The focus of her research and work is strategy and organizational development of innovation clusters as well as governance systems and operational management for mastering complex projects such as climate policy implementation, digital transformation and smart (human centred) city development.

Project Manager: South East European Research Centre

Adrian Solomon

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“R&D with impact.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Experienced project manager with expertise in environmentally sustainable and resilient organizations and in managing R&D projects involving innovative solutions and technologies (Industry 4.0) for organizational competitiveness and compliance.

So far, I have successfully managed and finalized eleven (16) projects amounting to more than 12 million Euros. I managed the entire project lifecycle from its inception phase to the daily implementation operations (supplier selection, negotiation, contracting) and the final product/output delivery.

I contributed to my organization’s direct budget with 1.5 million Euros from successful contracts (coming from companies, governments and foundations) and with 12 million Euros for the entire project partnership that was required to implement the (16) international projects. The project partnerships spanned over 16 countries (from Europe, USA and Asia) and involved more than 300 staff, 22 suppliers, contractors and 80 000 final users for the project results/outputs. Based on this expertise, I was also elected as the Chairman of the External Grants Committee at the Triple Helix Association.

Professor of Management: Victoria University of Wellington

Sally Davenport

WORDS OF WISDOM:
Everything Looks Like a Failure in the Middle.” – R. Moss-Kanter

BIOGRAPHY:
Professor of Management at Victoria University of Wellington, Sally is Director of the NZ National Science Challenge “Science for Technological Innovation” which aims to increase the nation’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth. Sally’s has research interests covering the commercialisation of scientific research, entrepreneurship and the growth of high-tech firms, innovation strategy and policy. She has published widely in the strategy, innovation and technology management literatures.

Sally is also a Commissioner with the NZ Productivity Commission. In 2018, she was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to science.

Ambassador: Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Jong-Dae Park

BIOGRAPHY:
Jong-Dae Park is the South Korean Ambassador in South Africa with a special interest in African Development and Korea’s soft power. Park, a career diplomat, has been heavily engaged in development assistance for seven years when he was the Ambassador in Uganda.

In Korea, he held the position of Director of Policy Planning in the Foreign Ministry, and served in the Presidential Office for external relations, as well as in the National Security Council. He holds a BA from Yonsei University, Korea, an MA from UC Berkeley, USA, and a Ph.D. from Kyungnam University, Korea.

Director: International Triple Helix Institute

Chunyan Zhou

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Towards triple helix practice.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Prof. Zhou is Director and co-founder of the International Triple Helix Institute (ITHI). After a B.S in physics and M.S. in science education, she worked with Prof. Changshu Chen,, founder of the technological innovation in China, receiving a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy in 2000. Dr. Zhou’s contributions include the “triple helix field”, “government-pulled triple helix,” “triple helix circulation” concepts as well as “Triple Helix Twins for innovation and sustainability”. She is also co-editor Social Entrepreneurship (2014) and co-author Triple Helix: University-Industry -Government Interactions, 2018.

Senior Lecturer: University of Ghana

James Sefe Dzisah

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“African development renewal through knowledge production.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. James Dzisah is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana. He has lectured at the Departments of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan (2008-2010) and Nipissing University (2010-2013) Canada. He did his post-doctoral work with the Triple helix Group, Newcastle University, England. Dr. Dzisah’s research work revolves around the Triple Helix, Development and Entrepreneurial University. Dr. Dzisah is on the Editorial Board of Triple Helix Journal. He is author of several journal articles and the co-editor with Henry Etzkowitz of The Age of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Universities, Knowledge and Society (Brill, 2012).

Researcher: Waterford Institute of Technology

Mandy Lalrindiki

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

BIOGRAPHY:
Mandy Lalrindiki is a Researcher at the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE), Waterford Institute of Technology. Her current research focus is on the inter-regional institutional collaboration especially with regard to the barriers that occurs in such collaboration. Mandy has also been an active member of different European Commission funded projects.

PhD Student: University Hassan II

Rabii Outamha

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowledge sharing foster development, only hiding it foster hostility. Choose your side!!” – Rabii Outamha

BIOGRAPHY:
Rabii Outamha is a PhD student in management science with particular interests in university-industry relationships and knowledge environment. Prior to being in doctoral studies, he got a bachelor’s degree in economics and management and a master degree in Strategy and Innovation’s Management, at Faculty of Law Economics and Social Science of University Hassan II – Casablanca, Morocco.

Head of Central Office Business School: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart

Benjamin Schiller

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you stop getting better, you stop being good!” – Philip Rosenthal (German industrialist)

BIOGRAPHY:
Benjamin Schiller works as Head of the Central Office at the School of Business of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart. In his position he manages the Dean’s office and is responsible as a team leader for the employees working in the faculty of business. The areas of activity include finance, personnel, infrastructure, quality management and marketing. Benjamin Schiller graduated with a diploma degree in industrial engineering and management (2006) at the Stuttgart Media University and with a MBA degree at the Steinbeis University Berlin (2011).

Researcher / Doctoral Student: Munich University of Applied Sciences / Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship

Audrey Stolze

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

BIOGRAPHY:
Experienced practitioner. Currently doctoral student researching, developing and envisioning entrepreneurial pathways for higher education institutions. Previously she managed International Projects at SCE/Munich University of Applied Sciences. Audrey has over 15 years of work experience in Brazil and Europe as market researcher, international business developer and startup founder. Audrey holds a MA in International Business (Germany) and a BA in Business Administration (Brazil).

Director: Entrepovate

Abel Mukwevho

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Innovation and design thinking should have a bottom-up approach as opposed to top-down. Grassroots challenges should be solved from the ground up.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Abel is professional speaker & facilitator, specializing on subjects around, the world-of-work, design thinking and entrepreneurship. He is the co-developer and innovator of The Hamelin Rat Trap. Abel helps organizations and individuals develop and implement 4th industrial revolution concepts, through design thinking principles.

Professor of International Business Strategy & Innovation: St. Mary's University

Emanuela Todeva

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“The infinite capacity to learn…”

BIOGRAPHY:
Professor Emanuela Todeva is a leading academic at the School of Business and Society at St. Mary’s University, UK, and Director of the research centre for Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development (BCNED). Prof. Todeva is a Senior Consultant to the European Commission, in the field of evaluation of National Innovation Systems, Mapping of Global Value Chains, and Smart Specialisation. Her expertise lies in Triple Helix (TH) governance and intermediation; TH policy implementation through stakeholder practice; Business models for open innovation; Design and orchestration of innovation ecosystems; TH engagement, co-alignment and co-creation. Her book on ‘Business Networks: Strategy and Structure’ has received a wide popularity among academics and business practitioners.

Researcher: Waterford Institute of Technology

Sergio Botelho Junior

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowledge has a beginning but no end.” – Geeta Iyengar

BIOGRAPHY:
Sergio Botelho Junior is a PhD researcher at CEDRE on knowledge spillovers in the context of regional innovation systems and his research comprises different European regions. In Brazil, Sergio has previously lectured innovation and entrepreneurship as well as having worked as consultant and assistant researcher in different projects on innovation in SMEs and internationalisation. He has presented his research in international conferences and is actively involved in EU-funded projects.

Research Fellow and Consultant: Lund University and IEC AB

Emily Wise

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Emily Wise has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic consulting and international economic development – spending the past 16 years working as a public policy analyst focused on cluster development programmes and international innovation collaboration. Currently, Emily is an independent consultant and affiliated researcher – providing research, analysis, advisory support to regional and national governmental organisations, the European Commission and other international organisations. Emily has a particular focus on strategy and governance of clusters and other collaborative ecosystems.

Emily has a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University (1991), an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (1997), and a PhD in Research Policy from Lund University (2014). In addition, Emily serves on the Board of Directors of TCI – the global practitioners network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation.

Dean: Design - The Da Vinci Institute

Mario Landman

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Speed is key, but accuracy is paramount. One must learn to hurry slowly.” – Wyatt Earp (American frontiersman)

BIOGRAPHY:
Mario is a seasoned Academic Management Professional with more than fifteen years’ experience in the Private Higher-, Further- and Secondary Education Sectors, focusing specifically on the promotion of best practices in Academic Quality Assurance and Student Support. Since the beginning of 2018, Mario has taken on the role of Dean: Design at The Da Vinci Institute. Mario is a regular contributor to conferences and publications on matters pertaining to Academic Quality Management Systems, Student Experience Management and Mode 2 knowledge production.

Associate Professor: University of Bologna, Italy

Riccardo Fini

BIOGRAPHY:
Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna and a Fellow at Imperial College London. He serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub and of the Master in Entrepreneurship and Global MBA (Innovation) at Bologna Business School. He is a two-time recipient of the EU Marie Curie fellowship (IEF2010; CIG2012). His work is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P), Journal of Management Studies (JMS) and Research Policy. He’s currently serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Technology Transfer and is on the Editorial Board of ET&P and JMS. His research was featured in Il Sole24Ore, Nature, Times Higher Education and The New York Times.

PhD Researcher: International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Sanghamitra Chakravarty

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Trifles make perfection and perfection is no trifle.” Michelangelo

BIOGRAPHY:
Sanghamitra Chakravarty is a PhD Researcher at the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa, hosted by International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD explores to what extent frugal innovation can bridge long term economic growth with inclusive development by enabling access to affordable products to low income consumers while enhancing technological capability in local firms in the process. A chemical engineer by training, Sanghamitra has a keen interest in the interfaces of technology, society and development shaped by her years of experience in managing government science, technology and innovation programmes in India and Oman.

Associate Professor: Fluminense Federal University

Marcelo Amaral

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Train while they sleep, study while they have fun, persist while they rest, and then live what they dream.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Marcelo Amaral holds a D.Sc. in industrial engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and he was visiting scholar at NC State. Marcelo is an entrepreneur and worked in several organizations in Brazil and Spain. Since 2006, he is a professor at Fluminense Federal University. He was Dean of the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (2011-2015; 2017-2019). As a researcher, Marcelo has 25 years engaged with R&D&I projects and published more than 70 academic works. He is a member of the executive board of Triple Helix Association and editor-in-chief of the Review of Administration, Society, and Innovation (RASI).

Phd Candidate: PAUGHSS

Victor Moinina

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you die and leave your generation the same way u met them, you are a minus to that generation.”

BIOGRAPHY:
The name is Victor Moinina, a 30 years old Sierra Leonean currently pursuing a PhD in Governance and Regional Integration and currently holds a Msc. In Governance and regional integration at the Pan African University Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé II, Soa, Yaoundé, Cameroon on scholarship from the African Union Commission. Before then, he started his academic journey in Freetown, Sierra Leone where he attended Becklyn Nursery and Preparatory school, the international school Limited-Secondary and St. Edwards Secondary school. At these schools, he attempted successfully the National primary school examination (NPSE) in 2001, London GCE O Levels (2006) and the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (2008) respectively. This was later on climaxed with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (History, Political Science) in 2013 at the oldest university in British West Africa, Fourah Bay College, earning a second division upper.

Professorship of Higher Education: Center for Higher Education, TU Dortmund University

Liudvika Leišytė

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“We engage in excellent teaching and research through innovation, team work, openness and diversity.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Prof. Leisyte has published three books, a number of chapters in edited books and peer-reviewed articles in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Public Administration, Public Management, Science and Public Policy. In 2008 she received the Early Career Best Paper Award in the PRIME conference in Mexico City for the paper on professional autonomy of university research units. In 2008 she was awarded a postdoctoral fellow position in the Visiting Scholars Programme at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. During her stay at the Center she pursued research on university linkages with industry in high-tech research units, comparing the United States and Europe and carried out the study on the implementation of the Bologna reforms in Lithuania.

Major: Management and Technological Innovation Agency

Bruno Costa Marinho

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“In favor of Science and Technology in the Brazilian Army.”

BIOGRAPHY:
PhD student in Intellectual Property and Innovation by the National Institute of Industrial Property. Master in Environmental Law from the Amazonas State University (2016). Graduated in Law from UNESA (2006) and in Military Sciences from AMAN (1999). Innovation Management Specialist from Linköping University – Sweden (2015). Former Head of the Legal Counsel of the Amazon Military Command. He is currently the Head of the Intellectual Property Management Section of the Brazilian Army Management and Technological Innovation Agency.

Associate Professor: Téluq University of Québec

Saliha Ziam

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“..Research has the potential to improve policy and practice, yet, often it does not.” – Nutley et al. (2011)

BIOGRAPHY:
Saliha Ziam is an Associate Professor at TELUQ University of Quebec. His research interests focus knowledge transfer in health sector, health assessment tools for decision support and knowledge absorptive capacity strategies. His recent works on knowledge transfer have been published in Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology Journal and Evidence & Policy.

CEO: The Da Vinci Institute

Benjamin Anderson

BIOGRAPHY:
Bachelors in Philosophy and Psychology, Honours in Psychology, Bachelors of Theology, National Diploma in Theology, Masters in Psychology, PhD in Psychology, Registered Psychologist.

Ben has delivered lectures and workshops at National and International conferences regarding the following topics: learning development needs of working adults; the relevance of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS); the scholarship role of business leaders; change management; leadership development; continuous business improvement (CBI); the Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL); experiences of working adult learners, the changing roles for human resource professionals and women development in emerging economies.

Ben was also involved in benchmark visits to The Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Singapore, India, China, Malaysia and Australia since 2004, regarding amongst other, banking best practices, leadership development, workforce development, building relationships with labour movements and mergers between multi-national companies.

Lecturer/researcher: the Hague university of applied sciences

Xiao Peng

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

BIOGRAPHY:
Dr. Xiao Peng obtained her PhD from Erasmus university in the field of Managerial Economics. She is now working in the International Business bachelor program, the Hague university of applied sciences. She lectures and coordinates bachelor courses, such as Economics, Statistics. She is involved in the development of business integrated projects within the program and she researches in the topic of Triple Helix. Her interest is to find out how to creatively link well academics and practitioners.

Senior Lecturer/Coorindator: Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Tshwane University of Technology

Patrick Ebong Ebewo

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Be an unconventional thinker who challenges conventional wisdom and never accept yesterday’s assumptions but harness new paradigms for a new world.”

BIOGRAPHY:
During the past decade, Dr Ebewo have held varied leadership roles in academia (with University of Botswana, Tshwane University of Technology and recently, Botswana Accountancy College) in the development of innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of Bopangpeo Business Accelerator NPC, TUT Arts Incubator, TUT Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Botswana Accountancy College Centre for Entrepreneurship & Employability and UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development. Dr Ebewo currently has a dual responsibility at Tshwane University of Technology, primarily The Coordinator of TUT Centre for Entrepreneurship Development then as a Senior Lecturer within Department of Management & Entrepreneurship.

Researcher: RWI-Leibniz-Instite for Economic Research

Michael Rothgang

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“The triple helix influences productivity growth in multiple ways that vary from industry to industry.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Michael Rothgang is researcher at the RWI Leibniz institute for economic research. He coordinated several research projects, among them large technology policy evaluations. He is also engaged in the assessment of research proposals for research technology programmes and has been Jury member of the research policy programme Research Studios Austria multiple times. His research fields are innovation processes and R&D collaborations, innovation systems and technology transfer, as well as R&D activities and research strategies of business firms. Recently, he did research on technology transfer from universities, cooperative research in automobile as well as determinants of productivity growth in different industries.

Executive Dean and Dean of Research: Da Vinci Institute of Technology

Krishna Govender

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Let education make a difference to society.”

BIOGRAPHY:
The study was conducted by a PhD student; however, the presentation will be made by Prof Krishna Govender who is the Dean: Research at Da Vinci Institute of Technology. Krishna has 40 years academic experience and supervised and examined many postgraduate research studies (M& D) and published over 100 papers in Scopus indexed journals. He has also presented numerous papers at international conferences, and was twice recognized for best paper and/or best paper representation.

Director of Regional Industrial Development: The Department of Trade & Industry

Bernd Oellermann

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“We should work together to help everyone contribute their unique value to the world.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Bernd is director in Regional Industrial Development at the dti. Recent work covers industrial parks and SEZ’s. Bernd’s diverse international experience covers sustainable development, renewable energy, water, health, agriculture, engineering, R&D, education and training, ICT, mining and financial sectors. His work spans strategy, planning, governance, administration and implementation involving government, industry, labour, communities, youth, academia, research and non-profit environments. He is passionate about people and sustainable development, driven by the belief in the restoration of Creation and every person to their original purpose and identity through a systemic, integrated and collaborative approach to find solutions to today’s multidimensional, complex challenges.

Head: Corporate Sustainability of Discovery

Ruth Lewin

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela

BIOGRAPHY:
Ruth Lewin has since January 2010 been Head of Corporate Sustainability for Discovery, with overall responsibility for sustainability and transformation within the Discovery group. From 2004 to 2007, she headed up Corporate Social Investment for Discovery, where she was responsible for the Discovery Fund, the Discovery Foundation and the Discovery Employee Volunteer Programme, and represented Discovery on the boards of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. From 2008 to 2009, she was the US Manager: Global South Africa Project for the International Marketing Council of South Africa in Washington, DC. In South Africa, Ruth has worked for various organisations in the non-government, government and corporate sectors for a period of 41 years. She has held senior positions at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), the Independent Electoral Commission, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the office of the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health and Social Services, and various community organisations in the Western Cape.

Professor and CEO: Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship

Klaus Sailer

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Imagine the future will be wonderful, and it’s because of you!

BIOGRAPHY:
Klaus Sailer is a professor for Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a co-founder and board member of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and spokesman for the think tank of German entrepreneurial universities “Denkfabrik” as well as an expert of the think tank HEInnovate.

Before becoming a professor, Klaus completed his Ph.D. in physics, held leading functions as a development and marketing manager in established companies and developed afterward into a serial entrepreneur. His main research topics are innovation processes, business modeling, co-creation, and societal innovations.

Early Stage Researcher: Universidade de Aveiro

Liliana Fonseca

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“History has taught us that when an era, or even a certain kind of knowledge or institution, starts to search and argue about its meaning, its reason to be, or its identity, this is a sign of that era’s decline and the advent of something new.” – Magalhães, 2001, p.35

BIOGRAPHY:
Liliana Fonseca joined the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in 2017 as PhD research fellow in the field of Public Policies and Early Career Researcher in the H2020-MSCA-ITN project RUNIN (Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development). Her research focuses on the role of universities in regional innovation policies and practices, with a focus on the smart specialisation framework. Interested in the fields of political science, sustainability and planning, she holds an MSc in Eco-Cities (2016) from Cardiff University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations (2013) from the New University of Lisbon.

Professor/ Rector: University Federal Fluminense

Antonio Nóbrega

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” (Newton, Isaac)

BIOGRAPHY:
Graduated in Medicine by Fluminense Federal University (1989), received a Master Degree in Biophysics (1990) and a PhD degree in Physiology (1994) from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and a Research Fellowship from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1994) under the supervision of Dr. Jere H. Mitchell, studying the neural control of circulation during exercise involving humans and animal models. Has medical board certifications in Exercise and Sports Medicine and in Cardiology, has clinical experience in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and cardiovascular rehabilitation programs; has participated in medical teams in many national and international competitions, such as the Indianapolis (1987) and Rio de Janeiro (2007) Panamerican Games, Atlanta Olympic Games
(1996), and Nagano Winter Olympic Games (1998).

Founder: 4EPR Enterprise

Bantyehun Tezazu

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Engaging People for Brighter Future.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Bantyehun Tezazu, Founder of 4EPR Enterprise, develops solutions for Sustainable Development. He is a citizen of Canada and Ethiopia living in Toronto Canada. He got BASc and M. Eng. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada. He worked as a planner, investment advisor and risk manager in the electrical power system industry for over 30 years. He developed and taught Business Case Development, Strategic & Investment Management, Project Management and Evaluation courses to various professionals for ten years. Bantyehun is author of a book entitled Engineered Sustainable Development. His website is www.4epr.org.

Ph.D researcher student: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG

Karla Rocha Liboreiro

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

BIOGRAPHY:
I am a Ph.D. student researcher in Technological Innovation, I have a master in Business Administration and bachelors in Psychology. I have 10+ years of work experience with strategic people management, innovation, and training. I’m an invited professor in correlated fields: innovation, human resources and university-Industry interaction for innovation. I am doing my Ph.D research investigation focus on university research laboratories and the university-industry interaction at University of California Berkeley (U.S.) and at UFMG (Brazil). I am a THA member and I believe that translate university research results to real products and process can foster economic development.

Chief Advisor (Acting) - Quantitative Risk Analysis of African Power Generation Utility

Egandhrin Naidoo

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Reality: a mixed bag of uncertainties … managing uncertainties will manage reality.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Egan Naidoo is a risk management practitioner with about 15 years’ experience in implementing and enabling risk processes and systems. He has applied his knowledge in many industries including banking, construction, shipping, a national tax authority and is now with an African state-owned utility. He currently heads up the quantitative risk analysis strategy and capability development within the dynamic project environment. Egan completed his PhD at the Da Vinci Institute where he researched the relationship between project complexity, risk management maturity and competency within the project risk management environment. He has presented his research nationally and internationally to wide acceptance.

Professor: TELUQ University

Elena Laroche

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Working together for durable change.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Elena Laroche is a professor of occupational health and safety prevention and management at the TELUQ School of Administration. Her work aims to improve occupational health and safety and organizational health by applying preventive practices that promote risk prevention. She use knowledge transfer models to study the processes that guide the application of preventative practices that promote prevention and health promotion at work.

Post Doc/ Lecturer: The University of the Witwaterrand

Abigail Chivandi

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence,innovation and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”

BIOGRAPHY:
Abigail Chivandi is a Post – Doc Fellow, Lecturer and Doctor of Philosophy holder in Marketing Division, School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. A holder of Masters of Commerce in Marketing strategy , Bachelor of Commerce honors in Management, a Diploma in Hotel and Catering Supervision, Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) UK.She has served as member of various academic committees bringing excellence to academic discipline and an established Researcher and an expert in literature Review, Researh Methodology and Academic Research Writing Skills. Research specialization: Marketing, Tourism Marketing, Management, Business/Marketing Strategies, Information Technology, Service Innovation, Social Media Innovations, Green Innovation, Consumer behaviour, Service Quality and Brand Management, Retail and Entrepreneurs, Hospitality/Travel and Tourism Management.

Post-doc/ Research Specialist: Human Sciences Research Council

Yasser Buchana

WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.”— Al-Ghazali

BIOGRAPHY:
Yasser Buchana is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CESTII) within the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Yasser has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science a Master’s and a PhD in information system. He has more than 5 years’ professional experience in agile software development and testing and has participated in various systems implementation projects both in the public and private sectors.

Yasser’s main research interests include but not limited to Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (STIs) for development, as well as computational social sciences.