Western Cape Alumni Business Dialogue and AGM

Western Cape Alumni Business Dialogue and AGM

 Thursday, 3 October USB Campus

Wine sponsored by Longridge Wine Estate, leading estates in organic and biodynamic winemaking in the heart of the Cape Winelands near Stellenbosch, South Africa”

Join us at this alumni event where a panel will discuss, Embedding Sustainability into Organistations. Speakers include Dr Jess Schulschenk, Andrew Smith, Wendy Engel and Grace Stead.

Date: Thursday, 3 October

Time: 18:30

Venue: Room 2059, USB Campus, Tygervalley Business District | Map

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More about the speakers

Dr Jess Schulschenk

Dr Jess Schulschenk, Director for the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch, focused her research and practice on corporate governance and sustainability, working to support corporate partners to embed sustainability into core strategy, leadership and culture. She heads up partnerships in Africa for the global research initiative, the Embedding Project; as well as lecturing with the School of Public Leadership and the Business School at Stellenbosch University.

Andrew Smith is responsible for managing various revenue streams for the V&A Waterfront and driving the concept of Placemaking as the property is further developed. He is also leading the V&A Waterfront’s drive towards reducing its single-use plastic footprint by developing consumer campaigns and activations to change behaviour as well as understanding our retail, F&B and hospitality tenants’ challenges and working with them to help their transition to better solutions.

Wendy Engel is an agriculture economist and part-time farmer working as a researcher on the WWF SA Nedbank Sustainable Agriculture Partnership with 15 years of experience in agriculture, finance and conservation. She has previously held positions as Economist at UCT’s Energy Research Centre and Barclays Africa Agribusiness after formative years working in non-profit sector focused on advocacy and project implementation in Small- Scale Farmer development, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change.

Grace Stead established Steadfast Greening to focus on practical sustainable living after 12 years working for local government. She has been a key role player in greening the events industry and is the co-founder of the Event Greening Forum, while working with business and government on project implementation to promote sustainable practices. She is a director at WrapZERO, a consultancy focusing on sustainability in the film industry, in addition to fulfilling the role of the managing director at Abalimi Bezekhaya, an NGO that teaches people in the townships to grow their own organic vegetables.

More about the moderator

Andy Muranda is captivated by wicked problems, particularly issues around injustice. He is passionate about shared wisdom in matters of sustainability, life and other mysteries. Through his production company, he has worked in the TV media space as an independent content producer since 2002, slowing down along the way to start and manage a collection centre for recyclable waste. Andy is currently completing his masters in sustainable development at the University of Stellenbosch. With both an MDP from 2007 and an SMDP completed in 2015 neatly tucked under his belt, he is a part of the USB alumni family. When he is not zooming in on the complexities of the world, Andy delights in life, family, people, culture, and the outdoors, in all their enchantment.

Tags  Alumni, Business Dialogue, Networking


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