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Decolonization discourse and the transformation of the programme evaluation curriculum
06 September, 2018

Management Studies Postdoctoral Fellow participates in panel discussion on decolonisation of the African Evaluation curriculum

On the 17th of August 2018, Dr Nombeko Mbava, a postdoctoral fellow specializing in Africa-centric evaluation approaches within the School of Management Studies, contributed to a stimulating event at the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results, Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr Mbava joined a high level panel of experts convened to critically discuss the “decolonization of the African evaluation curriculum”, within the broader debate of the indigenisation of evaluation practice on the African continent.

Stakeholders interrogate pluralistic evaluation methods and knowledge that could potentially further our understanding of evaluating what (and how) social programmes and policies work in the African context.


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Food for Inclusion
31 August, 2018

In August, Nikki Cavernelis, an Administrative Officer in Actuarial Science, travelled to Canada to present her paper “Food for Inclusion” at the 11th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) conference at the University of Montreal.

Drawing on the School of Management Studies as a case study, she put forward the argument that food can create opportunities for building inclusive and sustainable relationships in the workplace.

In this way, food can serve as a “tool” for social transformation and minimize some of the discomfort, unease and inequality associated with diversity.


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Financial maths duo’s big win
25 July, 2018

Master’s in financial maths students Cole van Jaarsveld and Bandile Mbele helped their international team clinch a coveted trophy by solving an investment problem for a Zurich private markets firm at the annual Financial Mathematics Team Challenge (FMTC).

In its fifth year, the challenge was held in Cape Town recently. It required a combination of the talents of students and practitioners to find solutions to some of the finance industry’s most pressing problems.

Teams included master’s and PhD students from University College London, Oxford University and ETH Zurich. Each team had seven days to come up with solutions and two days of presentations before the winner was chosen.

The UCT duo’s team worked on a solution for optimal investment timing in illiquid private markets, a problem posed by Zurich firm StepStone.


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