GSB news

07 August 2006

The Graduate School of Business (GSB) has seen a couple of appointments made over the past few weeks. Here they are:

- Professor Norman Faull, director of the Lean Institute Africa at the GSB, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) by Minister of Trade and Industries, Mandisi Mpahlwa. Appointed for a three-year period, Faull will join a Board making an important contribution to small business development. "I hope that we as SEDA can deliver value to small businesses of all kinds and sizes," said Faull, "and that we draw from the positive work that was done in the manufacturing sector by one of the SEDA predecessors, Namac, and in particular, CapeMac in the Western Cape."

- Dr Mills Soko, an expert on international trade, has been appointed a full-time senior lecturer at the GSB. "The GSB is an institution that has tremendous potential for development in South Africa and on the continent. The growing numbers of students from across the continent is one of the impressive features of the school, as is its professionalism and the high international status it is developing through very positive rankings. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to make the GSB even more successful." Soko returns to his UCT alma mater where he did his undergraduate degree and was involved as a student leader.

- Elspeth Donovan has been appointed to direct the GSB's prestigious Executive Leadership Programme (ELP). Donovan, who previously headed up the MBA programme at the school, is set to create a fresh agenda for ELP. "To help keep pace with the realities of the workplace, our programmes have to evolve all the time," says director of executive education, Elaine Rumboll. "We are confident that Donovan will bring just what the ELP needs at this point to keep it current and top of mind for leaders and executives in South Africa and beyond our border." What ELP needs, according to Donovan, it's a subtle shift towards the concept of executive wellness and a firmer orientation towards future business challenges. This means going beyond paying mere lip service to work/life balance, she says.

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