USB Events

On the Horizon

  • CPT, 29 JAN
  • JHB, 7 FEB

The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), USB Executive Development (USB-ED) and the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) are pleased to invite you to an insightful business knowledge seminar.

Our aim is to explore developments in the economy, politics, personal finance, and education, and how they could influence South African organisations in 2019.
We hope the thought-provoking discussion and engaging Q&A will contribute to your decision making abilities in your role as a responsible leader.

Confirmed Speakers


JUDITH FEBRUARY is a lawyer, governance specialist and columnist, based at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and is also a Visiting Fellow at the WITS School of Governance. Prior to that she was executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and also head of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa’s (Idasa) South African Governance programme for nine years. She is a regular columnist for Media24, the Daily Maverick and other publications. Her new book, ‘Turning and turning: exploring the complexities of South Africa’s democracy’ was published by Pan MacMillan.
MARTIN BUTLER is the programme head of the MBA at the USB after holding the position of head of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management & Administration when it was introduced in 2015. Martin has been a long-time researcher for the Institute for Futures Research, regularly contributing to its publication Business Futures, and teaches on Executive Development programmes whenever his busy schedule allows. He is passionate about innovation in technology and exposing school learners and educators to the benefits of technology in education and learning.
PROF ANDRÉ ROUX is head of the Futures Studies programmes at USB. Before being appointed by the USB, he was director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996. In that capacity, he ran various workshops and other strategic intervention sessions with and for leaders and strategists in business and government. Prior to this he was an economist at Old Mutual, a lecturer and head of department in the South African National Defense Force and its predecessor, the South African Defense Force, as well as a junior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. Prof Roux’s areas of expertise are business economics and labour economics. His research focuses on globalisation and socio-economic development in Africa. He is very popular as a presenter and won the Best Lecturer Award in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in 2016.
DR LIZE BARCLAY joined the USB in December 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Futures Studies and Systems Thinking. Her current research explores policies and its future impact, gentrification, hipster culture, gaming, gender, the 4th Industrial Revolution and indigenous knowledge systems. She studied Town and Regional Planning at North West University and then worked as Town Planner in consulting and thereafter local government in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province. There she juggled the needs of the mines with traditional communities, as well as with conservation and tourism, to develop towards a mutually beneficial future.


COMMISSIONER NTHABISENG MOLEKO lectures in Managerial Economics and Statistics on the Development Finance and MBA programmes at the USB. She holds an MPhil in Development Finance from the USB and a BusSc Honours (Economics) from the University of Cape Town. She likes to encourage young underprivileged people to pursue education. She is also a writer and her latest book entitled Been Chasing Destiny, an anthology of poetry about the different phases one undergoes when journeying through life.
EBRAHIM FAKIR is currently the Director of Programmes at the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) and is part time lecturer in Governance at the WITS School of Governance. He was awarded the Ruth First Fellowship for 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand and was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (2005/2006) and Draper Hills Summer Fellow at the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, for 2011. He writes in the popular press as well as academic and policy journals on politics, development, and the state and is used as a commentator and facilitator by the domestic and international media, business and other organisations.
PROF EMMANUEL NNADOZIE is an educator, economist, professor of economics and author. His scholarly works are in the area of economics and development in Africa. This includes African Economic Development. He has also contributed to research journals such as the “Journal of African Finance and Economic Development”, Journal of College Student Development. He has been a research fellow at the University of Oxford and a visiting professor at the University of Carolina, Charlotte. He is currently Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). He was previously chief economist and director of the Economic Development and NEPAD Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Entrepreneur ANNETTE MULLER is the founder of Flexy, an online platform that helps companies to work with an on-demand workforce from all over the world. Muller previously founded DOTNXT, one of South Africa’s first innovation consultancies (recently sold to an international firm), and has been recognised by Forbes as one of the “top 10 female tech founders to watch in Africa”.
STAFFORD MASIE, Xoogler, and Gattaca co-founder has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years and has assumed numerous roles throughout his career. He joined a multinational enterprise software company called Novell and after nine months in South Africa he moved to the USA where he spent six and a half years working at their corporate head office in Utah. He played a significant role in the open source software arena in the USA and returned to South Africa in December 2003 to assume the role of country manager for Novell South Africa. Stafford was the CEO for Google Africa and Sub Sahara. Stafford’s presentation and workshops range from discussing the impact that technology is having in societies, cultures and history to disclosing present day and short term technological trends.

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