Jon Foster-Pedley, a senior lecturer in strategy at UCT's Graduate School of Business (GSB), has been appointed as an advisor to the Namibia Business Innovation Centre project, a new initiative combining business incubator, science and technology parks.
Funded by Finnish Aid and run through the Namibian government and the Namibia Polytechnic, the project aims to increase support for businesses in the country.
"The Namibian government has an interest in creativity and innovation and has assembled a multinational team to grapple with the issues and ensure it is well designed and executed," explained Foster-Pedley. He says projects such as these are critical to building enterprises that make a major contribution to the growth of the economy. Foster-Pedley will also be giving public talks in Namibia on innovation and creativity as part of his role.
Professor Frank Horwitz, GSB director, said of his appointment: "This reflects much credit on Foster-Pedley and his standing, and will no doubt benefit the school, raising its profile in the region."
Foster-Pedley was a director of the Southern Innovation Centre and Business Incubator in New Zealand and was the advisory board member for the New Zealand Innovation Centre.
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