Brandon is currently Incubation Manager at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab. He is responsible for all that LaunchLab does in their work with startup companies and entrepreneurs and works with various corporate innovation departments and teams to source startups and engage with the startup community to find value-adding startups for their businesses. He oversees 10+ businesses, engages with investors and service providers to support the startups. Brandon also runs open innovation programs for various corporations, including short-term insurance, banking, manufacturing, property and agriculture. Brandon has spoken to several startup and innovation bodies, including the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) and the South African Innovation Summit (SAIS). Prior to the LaunchLab, Brandon was part of the startup team at Applogix from 2012 to 2015 where he was instrumental in taking the fledgling team of 12 from struggling to break-even to a team of more than 30 and an approximate R50m acquisition by the WPP group. Applogix specialized in marketing technology that served the advertising agencies. Brandon spear-headed the project management and business analyst functions at Applogix, and built digital products for Standard Bank, Hollard, Alexander Forbes, MTN, ABSA, Internet Solutions, Barrows and other various small businesses. Brandon’s undergraduate studies were in Business Science at UNC-Charlotte which was completed in December of 2003. He also holds an MBA from East Carolina (AACSB) which he obtained in 2013.
Ceri is the Director of the Department of Research, Engagement and Innovation at Swansea University. The department has a team of 100 working across the University’s two campuses. Ceri’s responsibilities include Research Development, Research Impact, Business Engagement, IP Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship Development, Project Management Services and European Funding Operations for the University. He has extensive experience in research and innovation and a strong understanding of the link between business and academia. Ceri has led the development and implementation of the University’s research and innovation strategy since 2001, and has since that time secured circa £20m in external investment to the University over that period. As the driving force behind a number of the University’s strategic projects, Ceri has successfully directed major regional programmes such as LEAD Wales, the ION Leadership Programme, the Dragon Innovation Partnership, Enterprise Europe Network, All Wales IP Partnership, Knowledge Exchange Wales, AGOR IP and a range of entrepreneurship related interventions. Ceri has extensive experience of student entrepreneurship and was the University’s first ever, Entrepreneurship Champion. Ceri was one of the keynote speakers when his department hosted the HEINNOVATE Thematic Forum on Developing Entrepreneurial Universities back in 2014.
Charleen Duncan is the Director for The Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Currently she serves as the chairperson of board of directors of Community Chest of the Western Cape. The CEI is active in developing short courses and entrepreneurship training programmes at UWC which has a footprint across all seven faculties. Its objective is addressing the student entrepreneurship agenda. Ms Duncan has developed a global network for Centre’s for Entrepreneurship on the African Continent, USA and Europe. She is the co-convenor of the Community of Practise: The Entrepreneurial University, for the national platform representing the 26 SA universities, Entrepreneurial Development in Higher Education reporting into Universities South Africa (USAF). Ms Duncan recently completed a Master’s degree (cum laude) in development studies with a focus on the informal economy.
Former Director: Careers Service, University of Cape Town
An experienced knowledge transfer practitioner with significant experience of commercializing intellectual property. He was the Head of the Commercial Services Office at the University of Glamorgan/University of South Wales for 13 years (and a manager there for 5 years prior to this) before leaving to found 20 Degrees Consulting Ltd with another director. The university role saw Alun overseeing and growing a significant training and consultancy business while also expanding the range of innovation and commercialisation activities of the university. He set up and led a number of multi-university, multi-stakeholder projects such as, but not restricted to, HELP Wales (Europen Regional Development Fund supported with 13 universities), the Strategic Insight Programme (10 university partners) and the China-Wales Higher Education Training Consortium (multiple stakeholders including 10 universities, Welsh Government and various Chinese entities). During his career, Alun has undertaken a wide variety of relevant training, from ‘Managing Intellectual Property’ and ‘How to License your Technology’ to the ILM level 7 Certificate in Management. He attended regular practitioner events of relevance from UNICO (University Companies association) to British Council’s Going Global. Alun has been a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a member of the Institute of Directors and remains a Member of the Association of Project Management, the Social Research Association and the Social Value UK. Since establishing 20 Degrees Consulting in 2013, Alun has undertaken a wide range of assignments. Examples of relevance to this framework proposal include: • Delivery of a training workshop to delegates from North China Institute of Science & Technology ‘Knowledge transfer between universities, government bodies, organisations and companies’ • Development of models to value three new technology service offerings developed by Jisc, the IT solutions organisation of UK universities and further education colleges • Strategic partnership development for Cardiff Metropolitan University • Development of a value proposition and route to market strategies for a department of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David • Study of international activity within Further Education Colleges in Wales on behalf of the British Council and Colegau Cymru • Evaluation of the ERDF supported Anaerobic Digestion Centre of Excellence at the University of South Wales • Development of a strategic partnership between Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and eight universities drawn from across the UK for their expertise in advanced manufacturing, creative
Geoff has over 20 years experience in Higher Education and is currently located at the School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in the position of Reader. Geoff has been responsible for curricular development in entrepreneurship and local economic development in all institutions in which he has worked. Geoff is currently research lead for the Department of Business and Management at GCU and has an extensive publication record in the field of entrepreneurship, specifically in finance of SMEs, ethnic minority businesses, rural entrepreneurship and social enterprises. Geoff was an elected member of the Board of the Regional Studies Association, a Director of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and is currently a Director of the Scottish Community Development Council.
Jaco Franken graduated with a PhD in molecular biology in 2009. He had the opportunity to cultivate his research skills during two subsequent postdoc terms, working in laboratories at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. During this period, he developed an interest in academic capacity building which guided him towards taking the position of Manager of the Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University in 2014. This provided a unique opportunity to gain experience in the challenges associated with research capacitation in South Africa. He has, since staring this position, finalised an additional Master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies, which expanded his research interests to include postgraduate education and research evaluation indicators. Currently, he is also enrolled as a part-time candidate in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme at Stellenbosch University’s Business School and expects to finish by the end of 2018.
Multi Award winning academic professional, acting as Convener for EDHE to develop academic entrepreneurship. Founder of SHAPE (Shifting Hope, Activating Potential Entrepreneurship) which was internationally awarded as Best Youth Development Organisation. Acting as International Director of Paddle for the Planet: Official flagship project of the International Olympics Committee. Member of ISPIM – the International Society for Professional Innovation Management. Academic home at University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.
I’ve worked as engineer, product manager, academic, and entrepreneur with over 7 years of experience as CEO. As part of various teams, we have started several companies (private school, consultancy, tech startups, TV production company, training and commercialisation company). In total I have raised over R500m in funding and impact projects during my career. My main focus has been on social entrepreneurship, specifically impacting the youth. I am currently contracted as startup CEO of an agritech business on behalf of a corporate. This business has received large funding based on an impact project. The main focus is empowering small farmers using technology and services. In 2019/2020 I consulted to UCT to map entrepreneurship across the university. As part of this stint, we identified the different systems of entrepreneurship prevalent at universities. My previous company was Resolution Circle (owned by UJ)- an intern training and tech commercialisation company. This was started with R200m capital, and went on to be recognised as a FastCompany Top 25 most innovative company. We commercialised startup products - 186 over a 4-year period and trained well over 2000 engineering interns. I have experience in Intellectual Property, tech/hardware commercialisation, fund raising, executing on large impact projects and consulting. I am fascinated and driven by finding African models of entrepreneurship.
Michael H. Morris holds the George and Lisa Etheridge Professorship at the University of Florida, where he is the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Program. He previously was the N. Malone Mitchell Chair and founded the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, and before that launched the Department of Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. The entrepreneurship programs he has built at three different universities have been ranked in the top ten nationally and received global recognition for excellence. Dr. Morris is a pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning. His entrepreneurial outreach efforts have facilitated the development of hundreds of ventures, and he has started three ventures of his own. Professor Morris is the director of the Experiential Classroom, founded in 1999, which shares best practices in entrepreneurship education with faculty from around the globe. He annually coordinates the Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program, where faculty and students assist historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs build their companies. He has authored 11 books and published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He co-edits the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series, and is editor emeritus of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. Dr. Morris is a Past President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has chaired the American Marketing Association’s Entrepreneurship & Marketing Taskforce. He has been awarded the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Morris was selected as a top twenty entrepreneurship professor by Fortune Small Business, and received the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for impacting private enterprise education. USASBE recognized him as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year in 2012. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1983.
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With a background in strategic marketing communications, Letitia occupied various positions at one of the renowned South African Higher Education Institutions from 1989, and was promoted to Director: Public Liaison, Division: Marketing & Corporate Communication in 1995. She served the Rand Afrikaans University in this position for seven years until she was seconded to the position of Head: Strategic Communications of the then merged University of Johannesburg where she was tasked with Strategic Communications and Perception Management of its stakeholders during the Merger initiatives by the Ministry of Education in 2002. An entrepreneur by heart, she established her own Strategic Marketing Communications company in 2003, and landed her first contract with Carpe Diem Media where she launched Soul Magazine. With her passion to change the world and work with the youth, she joined Enactus (formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise – SIFE) in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer and Country Director. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement social entrepreneurship enterprises and educational outreach projects around the globe. Their experience in the program not only transforms lives, but help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to business leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. Under her leadership, Enactus South Africa was globally acknowledged since 2007 as global top performing country operation, and for two consecutive years (2011 and 2012) were acknowledged as the only country to achieve a full country index score. She was also the first to be recognized for exceptional leadership as inaugural recipient of the global “Jack Shewmaker Leadership Award” in 2011. Letitia’s vision contributed towards establishing Enactus as one of the best-in-class non-profit organizations globally. With Enactus’ growth and program impact that are driven by the organization’s overall strength and its national footprint, Letitia continues to lead student entrepreneurship development in higher education. The organization has great traction as a credible and sustainable non-profit. She continues to be inspired by the significant efforts of the Enactus students, faculty advisors (academics and student development practitioners) and business advisory board members who are instrumental in giving wings to its beneficiaries from marginalized communities and the unemployed with entrepreneurial potential. Since 2006 she has been an advocate for the introduction of compulsory modules to advance entrepreneurial skills development for all university students. She served as an inaugural member of the Steering Committee for Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education which led to the EDHE Lekgotla in 2017. Letitia’s mission is to utilize her expertise in the development of entrepreneurial mindsets and scalable programs while building lasting partnerships to co-create solutions for our Country’s huge unemployment and development challenges.
Margaretha van Schalkwyk started her career as a diplomat at the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1992 after completing a degree in Political Science. After marrying a fellow diplomat she left the service and entered the private sector working in a number of industries during postings in Brussels, The Hague and New York, but always with a strong focus on project management, training and development. After returning to South Africa in 2011, she joined the Research Institution for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) working as project manager on a number of projects, including rolling out open innovation platforms within South Africa as well as a joint cross-border project with Namibia and Zambia. Last year, Margaretha joint the SA Innovation Summit, a sister company of RIIS, as Operations Director and COO. Apart from running various projects throughout the year, Margaretha is responsible for the logistical and operational coordination and execution of the annual SA Innovation Summit hosted in September – a conference attended by more than a thousand delegates from 25 countries, 18 universities, 90+ industries offering a multi-levelled programme ranging from thought leadership sessions to entrepreneurial competitions, business matching platforms, hackathons and various other networking platforms.
Natanya Meyer obtained her Bachelors and Honours degrees in Economics and Risk Management from the NWU. Thereafter she completed a Masters in Development and Management and her PhD in Entrepreneurship (Focus on Female Entrepreneurship) also from the same i stitution. She has more than 40 research publications (sole and co-authored) which were locally and internationally published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals. Her research focus is youth employment, entrepreneurship (youth and females) and local economic development. She is an executive member of the local business chamber and custodian of the youth business chamber and student society, YEBO. She serves on various scientific committees, editorial boards and is co editor of 2 journals. She managed and owned three businesses before joining NWU in 2012.
Prof Gideon Maas is the Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University. Gideon has broad international business and academic experiences in various countries. Within the academic environment Gideon has created various entrepreneurship centres at different universities over the past years, developed and implemented undergraduate and post-graduate modules and programmes focusing specifically on enterprise and entrepreneurship. Recently Gideon has created the African Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship and the South-East Asia Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship to assist African and South-East Asia achieving sustainable socio-economic growth through entrepreneurship strategies. Gideon’s research focus and experiences are in entrepreneurship, open innovation, growth strategies, entrepreneurial universities, entrepreneurial eco-systems and family businesses. His research activities are industry and academic related and has published various books and articles in the public domain. Leading up to his current employment, he was the Director of Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor in Entrepreneurship at Plymouth University in the UK; Director of the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship at Coventry University, UK; owner-manager of his own consulting company (South Africa); the first International Chair in Entrepreneurship in South Africa (South Africa and Ireland); Acting Dean and HOD at PE Technikon (South Africa); Head Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Stellenbosch University Business School (South Africa); and Economist at the First National Development Corporation (Namibia). He was also the principal researcher and author of the 2006 and 2007 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Reports for South Africa. Gideon is also currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, and Adjunct Scientific Fellow at the Münster University of Applied Sciences Germany.
Professor Sibusiso Moyo holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Natal, Durban and a Masters (with distinction) in Tertiary Education Management from the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne Australia. She has published widely in the Mathematical Sciences with a focus on differential equations and optimization problems in international peer reviewed journals. She has also successfully supervised postgraduate students and continues mentoring and supervising at Masters and Doctoral level. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management published by Taylor and Francis and has served as Guest Editor of the Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences Journal (published by John Wiley & Sons) and Journal of Engineering Mathematics (published by Springer). She is also board member for Agenda Feminist Media (which hosts the Agenda journal published by Taylor & Francis). She acquired a number of grants and awards – the most recent being the award to host the first Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow at DUT and a travel grant to present on "postgraduate experiences" at the University of Cambridge. Her current role as DVC for Research, Innovation and Engagement includes supporting the University staff and students to become independent and key role players in the innovation and entrepreneurial enterprise within the region and globally.
Thandwa Mthembu was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Durban University of Technology (DUT) on 1 October 2016, after serving almost 10 years in a similar position at Central University of Technology (CUT) in South Africa. A PhD in Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand by formal education, he has published Mathematics papers in international journals and is co-author of a monograph in Approximation Theory. His scholarship has diversified into other fields including innovation and entrepreneurship education, and higher education management. Nationally, he currently serves on the Boards of the South African Technology Network (since 2007 and as Chairman between 2010 and 2014); and Universities: South Africa (since 2007 and as the current Chairman). Internationally, he serves as the Regional Chairman: Southern Africa of the International Association of University President’s (IAUP).
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Tope Toogun is a development advisor and the CEO of Cognity Advisory. He is an adviser to governments at regional and national levels in Africa; on developing and implementing strategies for building market relevant skills in the economy, creating employment and promoting economic growth. He also advises corporations on aligning their business objectives to the SDGs and development agencies on programming focus to foster economic growth, improve educational outcomes and expand employment creation in Africa.
Chief Coffee Drinker. Swiss investor and entrepreneur in Africa since 2007. Passionate about democratizing access to markets for SMEs especially in emerging markets. Co-founder of http://www.SMEmovement.org. Our aim is to support 100 million SMEs by 2021.