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How to take your business online

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How to take your business online
Alumni Webinar presented by Steyn Strauss

Facilitated by the USB Alumni Mpumalanga Chapter

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  via Livestream   11 June 2021

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, taking your business online was already imperative. Today it’s critical. But where do you start? With so many options, from e-commerce to cryptocurrency, payment systems, web frameworks, cybersecurity and social media, finding the right approach can be challenging.

Join Steyn Strauss, an experienced marketer in this space, as he guides enterprises into the seemingly complex digital sphere, and explains how you can take your business online.

Date:               Friday, 11 June 2021
Time:              09:00 – 10:30 (CAT | GMT+2)
Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Steyn Strauss
Associate Director Strategy and Special Projects at Expo 2020 Dubai

Steyn is an experienced international business executive and marketing strategist with a keen interest in leadership and management. Driven by a passion for business strategy, design thinking and technology, he is passionate about the opportunities that exist at the intersection between analysis and creativity. A career spanning 15 years and multiple industries globally, he counts noteworthy successes, invaluable failures and critical experience as part of his quest as a lifelong learner with an ambition for achievement.

His love for learning and exploring the unknown started in the advertising industry. Graduating from AAA School of Advertising with a diploma in Integrated Marketing Communications he faced the then-uncharted waters of social media and digital advertising. He worked on multiple award winning campaigns for brands such as Unilever and Vodacom, and was part of a team that launched a mobile social network that achieved over 1 million users. Since then he completed his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School cum laude and has had demonstrable experience in mobile app and product development, eCommerce, management consulting and mega-event development, serving on various Executive Committees.

Today, he is Associate Director Strategy and Special Projects at Expo 2020 Dubai — the first mega event scheduled to take place since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic — responsible for the development and implementation of domestic and international sales strategy across multiple teams and ensuring integration across Marketing and Communications functions.

In his free time he likes to tinker with new technologies and ideas, a trait which has previously resulted in a nomination for Best Podcast at the South African Blog Awards. He also appreciates art and design and has played bass guitar and drums in bands, one of which has opened for a noteworthy South African ensemble.

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Tags  Online business, covid-19, digital marketing

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Insurance and pro-silience

Insurance and Pro-silience: Reinventing the New Normal

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Insurance and Pro-silience: Reinventing the New Normal
Insurance and pro-silience

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  via Livestream   20 April 2021

Ghana’s insurance industry suffered exposure to COVID -19, with insurance penetration sitting below 2% of the country’s GDP. In addition, climate change and increased disaster risk make inclusive insurance solutions a significant financial protection tool in building resilience.

How can the insurance sector increase their resilience to positively impact on operations, with industries around the world developing innovative ways to stay sustainably relevant? Join Dr Morne Mostert as he helps us forge our own path to success in this ever-changing world of working.

Date:               Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Time:              11:00 – 13:00 (CAT | GMT+2)
Enquiries:     Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected] and Dr Geraldine Abaidoo | [email protected]

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER 

Dr Morne Mostert
Director: Institute for Futures Research at Stellenbosch University

Dr Morne Mostert advises globally on Futures-based executive decision-making and cognitive development for senior leaders. He is the Chairman of media tech start-up Africa Business Radio, and is a regular keynote speaker and frequent guest on radio and television in the business media. He is the author of the influential book Systemic Leadership Learning – Leadership Development in the Era of Complexity, which has been the prescribed text for several international programmes on strategic leadership. He is a member of the ILO international panel of experts on the Future of Work.

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Executive Wellness Masterclass presented by Luc van der Hofstadt

How to Re-energise Executive Wellness through the LeaderShift

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How to Re-energise Executive Wellness through the LeaderShift
Executive Wellness Masterclass presented by Luc van der Hofstadt and Suresh Naidoo

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  via Livestream   27 May 2021

Over the last 20 years, Mentally Fit has developed a unique methodology to coach all types of performers from Olympic teams to CEOs, managers, employees and students all over the world.

The goal of this Executive wellness webinar is to re-energise individuals on the four axes of human performance through an online event in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and its global alumni network.

Join this powerful mini coaching session with Mentally Fit’s Luc Van der Hofstadt, Suresh Naidoo and Alban Jacquinot, who will each help you shift your mindset towards becoming a high-performing corporate athlete.

Date:               Thursday, 27 May 2021
Time:              12:30 – 14:00 (CAT | GMT+2)
Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Country Director: Mentally FitLuc Van der Hofstadt
Executive Business Coach and Country Director: Mentally Fit

Luc Van der Hofstadt has been an Executive Business Coach at the Mentally Fit Institute since 2000. In that capacity, he regularly directs team and individual coaching sessions for Executive Committees and Managers for corporate and institutional clients in various countries around the world.

 

Suresh NaidooSuresh Naidoo
Executive Business Coach: Mentally Fit

Suresh Naidoo held many senior management and leadership roles throughout his career, he is passionate about people development and transformation. One of his key goals is to help with transformation by ensuring we build a better and brighter South Africa for all.

Alban JacquinotAlban Jacquinot
Business Developer – Physical Intervention: Mentally Fit

Alban Jacquinot is an experienced soccer player. He has played for various clubs in France where he won trophies and cups and was the physical coach of his college’s football team. Through this sports background, he has repeatedly experienced the importance of mental and physical energy management in the search for performance.

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Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers: Heroes, Villains or Victims?

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Whistleblowers: Heroes, Villains or Victims?
USB Alumni | Webinar in association with SU Alumni presented by Liezl Groenewald and Brett Hamilton

 

Facilitated by the USB Alumni Western Cape Chapter

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  via Livestream   31 March 2021

INVITATION TO ALUMNI, STUDENTS, CORPORATES, ORGANISATIONS

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Time: 08:00 – 09:30 (CAT | GMT+2)

Enquiries: Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

Is whistleblowing a virtuous act? Or is it an immoral defamation of character? Join Liezl Groenewald and Brett Hamilton in association with SU Alumni, as they draw informed conclusions on whistleblowers and the repercussions involved in what they do.

SPEAKERS

Liezl GroenewaldLiezl Groenewald
Senior Manager: Organisational Ethics at The Ethics Institute (TEI) in South Africa

 

 

 

Brett Hamilton
Director at First River Capital

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Tags  Negotiation, masterclass, descision-making

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Rock your linkedin profile

Rock your LinkedIn Profile – with Victor Smit

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Rock your LinkedIn Profile – with Victor Smit

A webinar presented by LinkedIn in association with USB Alumni and USB Career Leadership

Rock your linkedin profile

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  via Livestream   15 April 2021

Join our interactive webinar session, where LinkedIn Senior Manager and USB alumnus Victor Smit will guide business school students and graduates, like you, on tailoring your LinkedIn profile for career success.

Topics

  • LIVE edit & review of a LinkedIn profile (be sure to log in for a chance to be reviewed!)
  • Positioning your profile for career transitions
  • Building valuable relationships on LinkedIn
  • Using the power of content to boost your career profile

The USB Alumni Association and Career Leadership will also provide insight into:

  • USB’s LinkedIn platforms
  • Where to locate career resources at USB
  • The upcoming Global Virtual Career Fair hosted by EFMD

Book now for this opportunity to learn from a fellow USB graduate on preparing your LinkedIn profile for success along your unique career journey, and for career events such as the EFMD Global Virtual Career Fair.

Date:               Thursday, 15 April 2021

Time:              12:00 – 14:00 CAT (GMT +2)

Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Victor Smit linkedinVictor Smit
USB Alumnus and Senior Manager: Sales Strategy & Operations at LinkedIn (Ireland)

Victor Smit is an experienced leader, passionate about setting strategy and seeing it through to execution. A confident and capable presenter, Victor is able to influence at the most senior levels, aiming to unleash the full potential of each member on his team and supporting them on their career journey.

Victor has more than 10 years of experience holding management positions in technology, consulting and FMCG market sectors with significant international experience in Europe, USA, UK, Taiwan, Botswana and South Africa.

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Tags  Online networking, Linkedin, strategy

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negotiation as a decision making process

Negotiation as a Decision-making Process

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Negotiation as a Decision-making Process
USB Alumni Masterclass with Prof Barney Jordaan

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  via Livestream   03 March 2021

Nobody negotiates to lose. Yet ‘winning’ means different things to different people. For some, it’s just about doing better than the counterparty. For smart negotiators, it’s about creating sustainable deals that satisfy relationship, outcome and process concerns.

Yet, despite decades of research, there is still no unified theory of negotiation, nor, for that matter, a uniform definition of negotiation.

This masterclass looks at negotiation as essentially a decision-making process and explores the implications of this including preparation and planning, strategy choices, tactics, and negotiation success. The session will include the use of simulations and discussion points.

Date:               Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Time:              09:00 – 12:00 CAT (GMT +2)

Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

 

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Prof Barney Jordaan USBProf Barney Jordaan
Professor of Management Practice at Vlerick Business School (Belgium)

 Barney Jordaan holds a doctorate in law from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and teaches on the MBA, masters and executive education programmes at Vlerick Business School in Belgium. Prior to moving to Belgium in 2014, he held a number of academic appointments in South Africa, including 14 years as professor of law at Stellenbosch University and thereafter as professor of negotiation and conflict management at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (professor extraordinaire) and the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (visiting professor).

In conjunction with his academic involvement, Barney also practised as human rights lawyer in South Africa during the apartheid era before co-founding a consulting firm in 1998 which advised organisations on conflict management strategies, negotiation, mediation and related matters. He has been involved in the mediation field since 1987 as practising mediator, trainer, academic and author. He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute, Conflict Dynamics (SA), the ADR Group (UK) and CEDR (UK). Between 2011 and 2014 he also acted as external consultant to the World Bank Group’s Office of Mediation Services.

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USB Alumni Consulting in Africa

Consulting Industry in Africa | USB Consulting Club & USB Alumni event

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Consulting Industry in Africa
USB Consulting Club & USB Alumni event

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  via Livestream   03 December 2020

Join us as recognised consulting industry leaders and our alumni base in the consulting industry, provide key insights into the way forward for the consulting field. Learn through the thought-provoking panel discussion, and connect via short breakaway networking sessions between attendees and panelists.

Date:               Thursday, 3 December 2020

Time:              12:00 – 13:30

Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Omobolanle Adekoya USB Consulting ClubOmobolanle Adekoya
Partner, PwC Nigeria

Bolanle is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ consulting experience and has worked across 4 continents, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. She is a Partner in PwC Nigeria and is PwC’s West Africa Capital Markets Accounting Advisory Leader. She supports clients to navigate through the complexities of raising finance on local and global capital markets, and supports  their accounting and financial reporting needs. Bolanle serves as People and Transformation leader on the West Market leadership team.

Giles Waugh
Associate Director, Deloitte South Africa

Giles is an Associate Director at Deloitte South Africa, with over 30 years’ experience as an Actuarial Consultant specialising in life insurance. His experience spans across the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Africa. Giles has Statutory Actuary appointments in various countries around the continent namely South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria focusing on Profit and Solvency reporting, in particular promoting harmonisation around the continent.

Shayo ImologomeShayo Imologome
CEO and Founder, Shalatel Corporate Solutions

Shayo is a Business Growth Strategist and Management Consultant, with 30 years of experience in finance, auditing and compliance, consultancy and advisory. She has gained experience and expertise in most industries in Nigeria, including marketing communication and media, manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services, hospitality, and insurance. In her current role as CEO and founder of Shalatel Corporate Solutions, she assists businesses with support required to change at the right time. Her expertise includes strategy development and implementation, business performance and process diagnostics, growth strategy and re-positioning, new project development, internal controls review and business process improvement.

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Return on Relationship through Intentional Mentoring

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Return on Relationship through Intentional Mentoring

USB Alumni Mentorship Masterclass Webinar

Facilitated by Prof Salomé van Coller-Peter and Zandile Njilo

“Return on relationship” is the new currency, and what better way to invest than through mentoring others with a clearly defined framework of conversations that provides greater insight and reciprocal outcomes? These unprecedented times provide a unique opportunity to build greater self-awareness as leaders but also serves as an opportunity to equip team members with tools and skills to have deeper more meaningful conversations.

Join us for this Alumni Masterclass, where Prof Salomé van Coller-Peter and Zandile Njilo will go over the key conversations leaders and mentors should be having today: Purpose, Fitness, Strengths and Networking.

Date:               Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Time:              09:00 (GMT+2)

Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

  

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS

Prof Salomé van Coller-Peter
Senior Lecturer at USB

Salomé Van Coller-Peter is a Senior Lecturer teaching on the MPhil in Management Coaching and the MPhil in Futures Studies at USB, as well as on the advanced Project Management and the Coaching Essentials programmes at USB-ED. She has also designed and implemented the curriculula of both the MPhil in Management Coaching and Coaching Essentials programmes, and chairs the Plagiarism Committee at USB.

Zandile Njilo
Occupationally Directed Education Training Development Practitioner

Zandile Njilo is an Occupationally Directed Education Training Development Practitioner (OD-ETDP) offering versatile skills across Learning &Development (L&D), Organisational Development (OD) and Human Resources (HR) practices. She has over 12-years’ expertise in Human Capital Consulting and facilitation, and provides training services in strategic planning, process improvement and workforce development. She is a seasoned practitioner with high level corporate experience which spans over many industries.

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Putting foresight into practice

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Putting foresight into practice

Alumni Webinar with Dr Njeri Mwagiru and Doris Viljoen

Facilitated by USB Alumni Eastern Cape Chapter

Why is foresight in the private sector so challenging? What is the role of visionary strategic leadership in the public sector? Join our special Alumni Webinar, as senior futurists Dr Njeri Mwagiru and Doris Viljoen, each from the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), share a bit of theory, accompanied by many stories and lessons learned from their recent projects.

Date:               Friday, 2 October 2020

Time:              12:45 CAT (GMT +2)

Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr Njeri Mwagiru
Senior Futurist: Institute For Futures Research (IFR)

Njeri is a Senior Futurist at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), University of Stellenbosch Business School, and leads the African Futures portfolio.

Her work focuses on strengthening capabilities of individuals, organisations and countries in Africa, to navigate complexity and uncertainty, to realise long-term goals and visions. Her research interests include leadership, organisational performance, knowledge, gender and diversity, inclusivity and transformation. Her vocation is to support knowledge sharing and exchange, to facilitate integrated strategic planning, and enhance evidence-based decision making and high performance to achieve desired futures.

Doris Viljoen USB AlumnusDoris Viljoen

Senior Futurist: Institute For Futures Research (IFR)

Doris Viljoen is a senior futurist at Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Futures Research (IFR) where she endeavours to interpret global as well as local trends and assess their relevance for South Africa and Africa. Doris lectures on the master’s degree programme in Futures Studies at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). She has specialised skills in environmental scanning, the application of foresight methodology, scenario planning as well as strategy development. Her research towards a PhD in Futures Studies looks at the future of work, specifically focusing on non-conventional employment engagements.

 

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trust based integrated thinking

How can trust-based Integrated Thinking ensure long-term value for companies?

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How can trust-based Integrated Thinking ensure long-term value for companies?

Alumni Webinar with Brett Hamilton, Barrie Jack and Jonathan Rens

Despite increased regulations and compliance with Integrated Reporting, recent corporate failures highlights the gap that still exists between the ideals of corporate governance and its outcomes. Merely ticking boxes on an annual basis is not sufficient. The goal should be to align corporate governance with the purpose, strategy and decision-making in the business.

Join Brett Hamilton, Barrie Jack and Jonathan Rens as they discuss how to move beyond the box-ticking connected with Integrated Reporting and how trust-based Integrated Thinking can provide a practical approach for corporate governance in any organisation.

Date:               Friday, 11 September 2020

Time:              10:00 CAT (GMT +2)

Enquiries:        Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Brett Hamilton
Director at First River Capital

Brett is a visiting faculty member at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), where he teaches Corporate Finance on the MBA programme. He has gained extensive experience in media, FMCG, agriculture and property development. He is a director of First River Capital, a boutique firm that specialises in strategy, corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, buy-outs and private equity.

Barrie Jack
Chartered Accountant and Co-founder at Katanoe

Barrie is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Chartered Director with a Higher Diploma in Taxation Law. He has extensive business experience in the South African corporate sector, having held positions as Financial Director to Independent Non-Executive Director at a number of companies in South Africa, as well as having been a Partner of KPMG. In recent years he has served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee Forum’s Working Groups of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, and also facilitates director development programmes for the Institute of Directors in South African. He has co-founded Katanoe with Jonathan Rens.

Jonathan Rens
Quantity Surveyor and Co-founder at Katanoe

Jonathan qualified as a professional Quantity Surveyor, and after time in the profession, moved into the property space. He was one of the founding executive directors of the Acucap Properties Limited, which listed on the JSE in March 2002, and then grew exponentially until it was bought by Growthpoint Properties Limited in 2015. He is currently connected to IT and solar start-ups and has co-founded Katanoe with Barrie Jack.

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