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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.

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).

Thomas Koelble

Thomas Koelble is Full Professor of Business Administration in Political Science at the Graduate School of Business, UCT.  His research interest lies in political economy.  He has written extensively about the relationship between political parties and interest groups such as trade unions that shape economic policy making.  His earlier work dealt with European politics; his more recent work focuses on the political economy of South Africa.  His work has been published in many of the leading journals in political science such as Democratization, Politics and Society, Governance, Public Culture, New Political Economy, Comparative Politics to name a few.  His latest project dealt with local government in South Africa and the politics of service delivery in South Africa.  He is author of several books, the latest being The Failure of Decentralization in South African Local Government with Andrew Siddle (University of Cape Town Press, 2012).

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.

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.

Tom Moultrie

Tom Moultrie is Professor of Demography and Director of the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe). He holds a BBusSc degree in Actuarial Science from UCT, an MSc in Development Studies from the LSE, and a PhD in demography from the LSHTM.

Professor Moultrie’s research interests lie in the fields of demographic estimation from limited, deficient and defective data; the demography of sub-Saharan Africa; and causes and consequences of fertility change.An evolving area of work is in the field of big data for the social sciences. Since 2014, he has worked extensively with various UN agencies and other international organisations to assess and advise on the data requirements for measuring and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.He is an editor of Population Studies, and serves as the representative for Africa on the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP).He holds a B2 rating from the NRF.

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.

Mike Hart

Mike Hart is Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. He obtained an MSc in Operations Research and a PhD in Mathematical Statistics at UCT. After teaching Statistics at UCT, he worked for major South African companies, managing operations research, distribution and planning in retailing, end user computing in financial services and the CIO function in manufacturing.

His main research themes at UCT have involved adoption and strategic use of information technologies and systems; management and decision-support use of I.S. (data mining, knowledge management, CRM, OLAP, and business intelligence); key I.S. management issues; and ICT and the digital divide. Currently he is researching customer service delivery in contact centre′s ‚ with emphasis on effective use of customer information systems and integration of information across communication channels.

Mike Hart has over 40 peer-reviewed local and international publications, and has consulted to various institutions, professional bodies and commercial organizations. He is an Editor for The Journal of I.T. Education, on the International Review Board of the Journal of I.T. Case and Applications Research, and on the Editorial Board of the Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods.

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.

Enrico Uliana


* Highest Degree: PhD.

* Professional Qualification: C.A.(S.A.)

* Other Degrees: M.Com, B.Com (Hons), CTA


  • Rated by National Research Foundation.
  • Over 80 publications internationally in scholarly and professional journals and conference papers.
  • Editor of SA Journal of Accounting Research.
  • On Editorial Board of Meditari, SA Journal of Economic and Management Sciences and Journal of Accounting and Organisational Change.
  • Referee for local and international journals.
  • Co-authored three textbooks (eleven editions).
  • Research awards. Funding awards from various bodies. Ernst and Young Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research
  • On review panel for National Research Foundation.

Teaching and University Administration

  • Executive Director of Finance.
  • Formerly Head of Department of Accounting (about 40 academics).
  • Serve(d) on numerous university and faculty committees, e.g. University Strategy, University Finance, Risk Management, Chair of Faculty Research, Doctoral Degrees Board.
  • Taught and administered courses from second year through to post graduate level across a wide range within the broader accounting disciplines.
  • Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business UCT, the Department of Accounting Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the Department of Accounting Rhodes University, Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, Bologna University, Bicocca University.
  • External examiner mostly at postgraduate and professional level for University of Natal, University of Stellenbosch, Rhodes University, UNISA, University of Botswana, University of the Witwatersrand, Strathclyde University Glasgow.Graduated 4 PhD, many Masters, and countless MBA and Honours candidates.


  • Consulted to various organisations, in management accounting, finance and strategy, including listed companies and overseas. Including; advising on the cost of capital for the Swiss Air bid for South African Airways; and the valuation of a start-up business in Australia for an acquisition by a listed company.
  • Provide expert opinion in legal disputes. For example, a dispute between the State and a clothing retail chain on costing and duties.
  • On the board of several companies, including The Sports Science Institute of South Africa and The Cape Town Opera Company.


  • Sport in general. Active in Cycling. 17 Argus tours (105km), best 2h.51.
  • Listening to Italian 19th and early 20th century opera.
  • Art. Charcoal life drawing, and chalk pastel scenery.
  • Write humorous articles when asked to.
  • Messing about in the kitchen.

Kosheek Sewchurran

Biographical details

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.

Recent peer-reviewed journal and book publications are:

  • Sewchurran, K. and Petkov, D. (2007). A Systemic Framework for Business Process Modeling Combining Soft Systems Methodology and UML. Information Resources Management Journal, 20(3): 46-62.
  • Sewchurran, K. (2008). Toward an approach to create self organising and reflexive Information Systems project practitioners. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 1(3), 316-333. ISSN 1753-8378
  • Sewchurran, K., & Barron, M. (2008). An investigation into successfully managing and sustaining the project-sponsor project-manager relationship using soft systems methodology. Project Management Journal, 39(Supplement), S56-S68. ISSN 8756-9728.
  • Muganda, N.O., Sewchurran, K., Ndlovu, M. & Pillay, A. (2008). Application of the knowledge management success paradigm in South Africa. Communications of the International Business Information Management Association Journal, 1(3), 122-132.
  • Sewchurran, K., Smith, D., & Roode, D. (2010) Toward a regional ontology for Information Systems Projects. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 3(3), 316-333. ISSN 1753-8378

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 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).

Prof Walter Baets

Walter is Dean/Director of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town and the Allan Gray Chair in Values Based Leadership.  He graduated in econometrics and operations research at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. After a corporate career in financial modeling and strategic consulting, he obtained a PhD (at Warwick Business School) and a Senior Doctorate (HDR, Aix-Marseille). His key publications include Complexity, Organisations and Learning:  A Quantum Interpretation Of Business (Routledge, 2006), Rethinking Growth: Social intrapreneurship for sustainable performance (Palgrave, 2009 co-author Erna Oldenboom) and Values Based Leadership in Business Model Innovation (Bookboon, 2013, co-author Erna Oldenboom). He is the Past Chair of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).

Prof Jeff Bagraim

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Prof Geoff Bick

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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.

Dr Reza Daniels

Biography currently not available.

Prof Paul Dunne

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A/Prof Lukasz Grzybowski

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A/Prof Kevin Johnston

Kevin Johnston is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. He worked for 24 years for companies such as De Beers, Liberty Life, Legal & General and BoE. Kevin’s main areas of research are ICT strategy and management, IS educational issues, Open Source Software, Social and Networking Systems, Emerging technology, and Entrepreneurship. Kevin is an NRF rated researcher.

Dr Salah Kabanda

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 areas of research 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 


Prof Harold Kincaid

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Prof Michael Kyobe

Michael Kyobe is Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Commerce and Professor of Information System. He 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 Joha Louw-Potgieter

Joha Louw-Potgieter is a Professor in the School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She holds a Master’s (Psychology) from Stellenbosch University, a Doctorandus Pscyhologiae from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and a DPhil from Bristol University in England.

She initiated a Master’s Programme in Monitoring and Evaluation within UCT’s Section of Organisational Psychology in 2007.   This programme has grown substantially in terms of student numbers and is popular with South African students and students from elsewhere in Africa. Prof Louw-Potgieter is the course convener of this programme. She teaches monitoring and programme theory on it. She also teaches a course, Introduction to Programme Evaluation, on the MPhil Research Methodology programme at the University of Stellenbosch.

Since 2007, she has supervised 15 Masters’ students in Programme Evaluation and is currently supervising another 3.  She has supervised the first PhD student in Programme Evaluation in South Africa and is currently supervising 2 PhD students.  She also supervised Dr Sarah Chapman, a post-doctoral fellow in Programme Evaluation, for the period 2013-2015.  She has acted as external examiner for 3 doctoral theses in Programme Evaluation.  In 2012, as guest editor of the South African Journal of Human Resource Development, she led the publication of 9 peer-reviewed articles in human resource programme evaluation. She has published in journals such as The South African Journal of Science, The African Journal of Legal Studies, Social Work and The Small Business Monitor. She is an NRF-rated researcher in the discipline of programme evaluation. In 2007, in collaboration with Stewart Donaldson, she initiated a formal staff and student exchange programme with the Social Science, Policy and Evaluation School at Claremont Graduate University, USA.

In 2007, Prof Louw-Potgieter established the Institute of Monitoring and Evaluation at UCT. The main activities of the institute are to present short courses and to undertake contract research and evaluations. She has presented numerous public short courses. She has led evaluations commissioned by the Office for Astronomy Development, Nal’ibali, UCT’s and TUT’s Teaching Development Grant, FunDza and UCT’s Transformation Office.Prof Louw-Potgieter currently serves as the advising evaluator for Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS), acted as a member of the technical reference group for the evaluation of five funding instruments of the NRF, and is an advisory board member of the Bertha Centre’s Impact Bond Innovation Fund. She was invited by CLEAR Anglophone Africa, to attend the regional colloquium on evaluation of public policy in Cotonou, Benin. 

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.

Dr Brendan Maughan-Brown

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Prof Edwin Muchapondwa

Edwin Muchapondwa has a PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU). He is also a Guest Professor at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.

His current research deals with biodiversity conservation; community-based natural resource management; transboundary natural resources; nature-based tourism; valuation of non-market environmental amenities; and energy & climate change. He has published in international journals such as Ecological Economics, Environmental & Resource Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Climate & Development.

He serves as a resource person for the Environmental Economics Capacity Building programme run by the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA). He is the country representative for South Africa at the European Association for Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). He has been a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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:

A/Prof Patrizio Piraino

Patrizio Piraino is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was previously a Research Economist at Statistics Canada. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Univeristy of California-Berkeley.

His main fields of interest are labour economics, education, and development. His research focuses broadly on the determinants of economic and social mobility, the effect of school resources on student outcomes, and the demand for redistribution.

He is currently leading cross-institutional collaborative work funded by the European Commission on ‘Education and Social Protection to alleviate Poverty’, which involves a consortium of 19 universities around the world (largely from emerging regions).His recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Labor Economics, Science, World Development, and Canadian Journal of Economics.

A/Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam

Kanshukan Rajaratnam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Tax, and the Deputy Dean for Transformation and Strategic Projects in the Faculty of Commerce. After matriculating from Umtata High School in the Eastern Cape, he studied BScEng(Chemical Eng.) at University of Natal, MSc(Industrial Eng. with specialisation in Operations Research) at the National University of Singapore, and ME(Systems Eng. with concentration in Mathematical Modelling) and PhD (Systems Eng.) at University of Virginia.

His industry experiences include working at Accenture (SA), Nedbank (SA), Capital One (USA and SA) and American Express (SA and Singapore). His research interests include decision models in consumer lending, and application of operations research in finance. He currently teaches on the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa offered in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and he is an external member of the Centre for Non-Profit (Financial Institutions) at Queen’s University, Belfast in the U.K. He was awarded Merit Awards by the Faculty of Commerce in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and was inaugurated to the South African Young Academy of Sciences in 2014.

A/Prof Vimal Ranchhod

Vimal Ranchhod is an economist whose work focusses on South African socio-economic issues, with an emphasis on labour markets, education and poverty and inequality. He studied first at Wits University and then completed his MA and PhD at the University of Michigan. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, Economics of Education Review, and World Bank Economic Review. His teaching experience includes classes on econometrics, labour economics, game theory and inequality.

A/Prof Mare Sarr

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Dr 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).

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.

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 since her research over the last decade had focused on the application and use of 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 basic 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 been able to develop 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 for more detail on her and her teams work.

Hana Ross

Principal Research Officer, Professor Level, University of Cape Town, South Africa, andAdjunct 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 Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over seventeen years’ experience in conducting research on the economics of tobacco control and in 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 the measuring the size of tax avoidance/evasion and the measures to control the size of illegal cigarette market.

Her current research projects focus on the economic impact of tobacco control interventions in Africa, South East Asia, and in the European Union. She is also interested in 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 economics of tobacco control research.


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.