#Special Edition 2014



Believing that an investment in faculty is an investment in quality, the UCT GSB now has the largest complement of full-time faculty of any business school on the continent.

New faculty to have joined the UCT GSB in the past five years include:


Geoff Bick joined the GSB in 2012 as Professor of Marketing. He previously held the Coca-Cola Africa Chair of Marketing at Wits Business School (WBS), where he was also the director of academic programmes. He has many years of work experience, first as an engineer, then as a marketing consultant and practitioner for various organisations, prior to joining WBS. Professor Bick lectures various marketing modules on academic programmes to MBA and other students, as well as on executive programmes, including the Chartered Marketer workshop. He has won a number of teaching awards and supervised many students with their research reports.


Nicholas Biekpe is currently Professor of Development Finance and Econometrics and programme director of the MCom in Development Finance at the GSB. Widely regarded as a leading expert in emerging economies, Professor Biekpe is also president of the Africagrowth Institute, managing director of African Investment Climate Research, and visiting senior research fellow at the Queen’s University Belfast (UK). Professor Biekpe helped develop the MCom in Development Finance at the UCT GSB in 2010 and now runs this programme, which is the only one of its kind in the country.

François Bonnici joined the UCT GSB in November 2011 as the director of the newly established Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. From a strongly socially-minded family, he started his journey as a doctor in the South African healthcare system, seeking creative solutions for systemic problems and business approaches to improving management decisions. Dr Bonnici is a senior advisor and former head of Africa and the Middle East at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership, and a fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Verena Bitzer is a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCT GSB and feels strongly that for innovation to be successful, it needs to be realised that it is a collective activity, generally involving many different people and organisations. She has a PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands on cross-sector partnerships and global value chains and has done international research on co-innovation for quality in African food chains. It is this work that brought her to the UCT GSB, where she is researching innovation that has a social or environmental purpose.

Richard Chivaka joined the UCT GSB as an associate professor in April 2010 with a research focus on supply chain management and strategic cost management. Zimbabwean-born Associate Professor Chivaka obtained a BCom (Hons) in Accounting from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe and an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester, England. In 2003, he received his PhD in Accounting from UCT where his thesis focused on value creation through strategic cost management in the supply chain.  In 2009, he formed and became director of the Advancement of Business Competitiveness (ABC) Research Unit at UCT. In addition, he has consulted to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Infrastructure Supplier Benchmarking Programme for South Africa. At the GSB, Associate Professor Chivaka lectures on strategic cost management and supply chain management on Executive Education courses and the Executive MBA.

Preeya Daya, formerly HR Projects Manager at South African Breweries, joined the UCT GSB in April 2010 as a senior lecturer, just months away from graduating with a PhD that focused on diversity and inclusion. Daya lectures in HR and organisational behaviour, bringing her private sector expertise with SAB – consistently ranked as one of SA’s best companies to work for – to the classroom. She served as the chair of the GSB’s transformation portfolio as part of her responsibilities at the school.

Sean Gossel, who joined the GSB in 2011 as a senior lecturer in finance, is no stranger to the school, having completed his MBA at the GSB in 2004/2005.  Gossel’s diverse career began as an American and South African commercial pilot and instructor. Thereafter, he studied financial accounting through UNISA before completing his MBA. While at the GSB, he completed his PhD on a Macroeconometric Analysis of South Africa’s Capital Flow Components. Gossel is involved in both the MBA and the Master’s in Development Finance programmes. More specifically, his contribution includes lecturing MBA finance and MPhil financial risk management, as well as supervising quantitative research reports on both programmes.

Stephanie Giamporcaro is a senior lecturer at the GSB and was appointed research director at the school in 2014. She is also a research associate at the Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU), housed at the UCT School of Economics.  In 2006, she obtained her PhD in social sciences, studying the implementation of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) approaches in France.  Her interests have since expanded to researching SRI in Africa. Formerly, she was the head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment Research for Novethic, a professional research centre on sustainability in Paris and a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts, one of the biggest French public investment groups.

Ralph Hamann joined the GSB on a contractual basis in September 2009 and was made an associate professor in January 2010. In 2014, he was awarded a full professorship at the school after successfully building the school’s research agenda over four years as research director. Professor Hamann has an impressive academic track record and was awarded the Hiddingh-Currie award for his co-edited book, The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human rights, partnership and alternative business models, as well as first prize in a case study competition held by the Unit for Corporate Governance in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He co-convenes the research methods programme and runs an elective on sustainable enterprise for the MBA and teaches on a number of other programmes, including the Executive MBA. He completed his doctorate at the University of East Anglia in the UK in 2004. His research thesis focused on Corporate Social Responsibility in the South African mining sector.

Mundia Kabinga is an Old Mutual Emerging Markets lecturer at the GSB, having previously worked at the GSB’s Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR), and the School of Business at the Copperbelt University, Zambia. His main research interests are on capabilities and knowledge-based theory of the firm, and trying to use this to explain greenfield and cross-industry innovations at the base of the pyramid. He also works on the political economy of public services, looking at how policy and sector reform processes impact on capability structure and performance of public utilities in the electricity and water sectors.

Farai Kapfudzaruwa moved to Cape Town from Zimbabwe in 2006 to do his MPhil in Environmental Management, doing research in the Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department and the Environmental Evaluation Unit at UCT. At the UCT GSB, his focus is on sustainable enterprise and emergent change and he looks at corporate social responsibility and environmental management.  He is working on inclusive business and social development issues in the mining sector. His research looks at influencing policy and he studies companies that have integrated their corporate social responsibility into their operations.

Tim London is one of the newest additions to the GSB faculty, having joined the Allan Gray Centre for Values- Based Leadership as a senior lecturer in June 2014. Previously the director of programmes at the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge in the UK, Dr London started out on the front lines as a school teacher, before moving into other aspects of education, including developing and leading a school, as well as work with a non-profit foundation and the American Federation of Teachers. His current work focuses on the importance of developing core values and how leaders, in all sectors, can use values to strengthen, develop and focus their organisations. He has several degrees and qualifications including a Doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Organisations (Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, US) and is currently studying an MBA through the University of Liverpool, UK.

John Luiz joined the faculty as a full professor in September 2011 and heads up the school’s International Affairs Office. He was previously international programmes director at the Wits Business School and brings with him an impressive academic track record. He started his 20-year academic career in the economics department of Wits University, before moving to the Wits Business School in 2003. Previously he was also executive dean in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg. Professor Luiz is widely published in journals, books and cases, and has been an NRF-rated researcher since 2003. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999, 2006 and 2011, and a research affiliate at Columbia University in 2006. He also sits on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences and the South African Journal of Business Management.

Warren Nillson joined the UCT GSB in August 2011 as a senior lecturer. Born and raised in the United States, Dr Nillson completed his PhD in organisational studies at McGill University in Montreal. He has worked in the community economic development sector for over a decade and his research involves exploring the ways in which organisations become agents of meaningful social change. Looking to explore his work in different contexts, he has travelled to India, where he became involved in social purpose organisations and projects. He and his wife also spent time in Zimbabwe, investigating an eco-village that was started locally and built on sustainable principles.

Eliada Nwosu joined the UCT GSB as a senior lecturer in October 2010. Dr Nwosu received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh at the end of 2009, where she specialised in international developments in economics and global political economics. Prior to this she completed her bachelor’s degree at prominent Ivy League university, Yale, before going on to study her Master’s in International Development at the University of Pittsburgh. The GSB post is her first academic appointment, but not her first introduction to South Africa – she completed an internship at the Africa Institute of South Africa in Pretoria in 2003, while completing her masters. At the UCT GSB, Dr Nwosu will be contributing research and teaching to the arenas of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.

Kutlwano Ramaboa is a senior lecturer in research methodology and quantitative methods at the UCT GSB. Dr Ramaboa completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCT and worked for a marketing research company before returning to UCT, where she completed her PhD studies. On her return to UCT, she worked for the Alternative Admissions Research Project (AARP), a unit responsible for developing university entrance aptitude tests. She later moved to the Department of Statistical Sciences, where she taught a variety of statistics courses, and was involved with the supervision of postgraduate students.

Steven Nabieu Rogers joined the Old Mutual Fellowship team at the GSB in 2013 as the good governance and infrastructural development researcher, focusing on how property market issues affect development in Africa. He was previously research associate at the School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Texas, Arlington, USA, where he conducted applied research studies for city planners and city managers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Before joining the GSB, Rogers also prepared and delivered customised strategic planning and management assistance to city planners and managers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Johannes Schüler joined the GSB as senior lecturer, facilitating the Innovation & Entrepreneurship core course as well as the Planning New Ventures elective on the MBA programme. Passionate about entrepreneurship and the African continent, in addition to his lecturing role at the GSB he has also led several teams of MBA students to successfully compete at the annual John Molsen International Case Competition.

Kosheek Sewchurran joined the GSB as associate professor in innovation management and information systems in July 2012. Associate Professor Sewchurran seeks to encourage a desirable tension between professions, regimes of best practices and research to usher in new models of business practice. In 2014, he accepted the position of programme director of the Executive MBA, where he continues to work towards developing systems for inclusive business models to benefit society.

Elanca Shelley joined the school as a permanent, part-time senior lecturer in November 2010, after five years’ contract lecturing at the school.  She brings to her position many years of wideranging experience and perspectives. Her career has spanned a vast range of activities, from a lieutenant-commander in the Defence Force to a teacher. Shelley has an Executive MBA from the UCT GSB and is primarily involved in teaching.

Beverley Shrand was appointed senior lecturer at the UCT GSB in November 2010. She has a business science degree from UCT, where she also went on to lecture part-time in marketing before joining the GSB in a temporary capacity.  She spent many years teaching, but also climbed the corporate ladder with positions including magazine circulation manager and Africa divisional manager, where she controlled the magazine’s interests in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Shrand has an MBA from the UCT GSB.  In 2009, she conducted qualitative research for the school, and then started marking, first as an external examiner and then as an internal examiner. She is currently responsible for the academic coordination of several programmes.

Nosakhere Griffen-EL has brought to the UCT GSB a passion for social innovation and entrepreneurial inspiration. He works primarily with the school’s social innovation and entrepreneurship students through the Solution Space. Dr Griffen-EL pursued graduate studies in educational leadership at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States and is a firm advocate for educational reform at all levels of schooling. He believes that education is one of the most important fundamental human rights.

Ncecu Nyathi joined the business school as a senior lecturer in the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership in 2013. With a background in management, organisational theory and intercultural leadership, the Zimbabweanborn, UK-educated Dr Nyathi believes the GSB is already well on its way to facilitating a new values-based leadership in South Africa. Prior to his appointment at the UCT GSB, he was a lecturer at the Open University Business School in England, where he taught leadership and management in intercultural contexts at MBA level. He also taught numerous MBA and BAlevel management courses at the University of Leicester. Dr Nyathi is a founding member of the Africa Academy of Management.
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