International Advisory Board

The Johannesburg Business School’s purpose is to develop and provide business education at various levels and to a range of markets.  In order to ensure the effective implementation of this mandate an International advisory board was appointed in 2018.  On 21 November 2018, the Johannesburg Business School’s International Advisory Board (JBS IAB) convened for its first meeting. Dr Sizwe Nxasana was appointed as the Chairperson of the JBS IAB. The JBS IAB is a functional advisory group that will assist JBS in executing its role and core values as a business school deeply immersed in the African landscape.

Members of the International Advisory Board

Gareth Ackerman

An executive at Pick n Pay for 15 years until 1999, Gareth headed up various divisions and served as Joint Group Managing Director and the Managing Director of Pick n Pay Group Enterprises. He was appointed to the Board in 1990 as an executive director, until becoming a non-executive director in 1999. From 2002 to 2010 Gareth was Chairman of Pick n Pay Holdings Limited, which at that time was the ultimate holding company of the Group. In 2010 he was appointed non-executive Chairman of Pick n Pay Stores Limited.

Among his other involvements, Gareth is co-chair of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, and is previous co-chair of the international Consumer Goods Forum. He is also a Trustee of the Masisizane Fund and was a Member of the International Board of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO). He chairs the Ackerman Family interests.

Lilian Barnard

Lillian Barnard was appointed as the CEO of Microsoft South Africa in March 2019. She joined Microsoft in May 2017 as Public Sector Director for South Africa, a role she held for almost two years.

Lillian has more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry. She is a seasoned professional with proven capabilities and a strong understanding of the market. She completed a 7-year international assignment living in France (Paris) and Switzerland (Zurich). Through the various executive positions that Lillian has held, both locally and abroad, she has gained extensive knowledge in sales, operations, business controls, strategy, business transformation and leadership. This experience, combined with her deep industry knowledge, positions her perfectly to strengthen Microsoft’s commitment to South Africa and its wishes to drive its digital transformation ambitions and empower governments, organisations and individuals to achieve more.

She has become renowned for building strong, high-performing teams that consistently deliver on their financial targets, while also bringing innovative digital solutions to her partners and customers. Having led large teams both locally and abroad, she is recognised for strength in developing people and creating an environment where everyone can do their best work.

Lillian is passionate about enabling a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. By drawing on her own experiences, she endeavours to create a culture that enables people to bring their authentic selves to the workplace and be embraced for that individuality. She has been pivotal in re-igniting the South African chapter of Women@Microsoft and spurring a culture that encourages gender equality in the workplace.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Lillian served as Chief Sales Officer for Vodacom’s Enterprise Business for two years. She also headed LillianB Consulting Services where she was an advisor and coach to business leaders. During Lillian’s 15-year career at IBM, she held several key leadership positions, including working for 7-years at the IBM European Headquarters in France and Switzerland.

She previously served on the boards of Vodacom South Africa, Mango Airlines and Dad-fund Non-Profit Organization. She currently sits on the Board on the American Chamber of Commerce and the Gauteng Provincial Government 4IR Commission. She also serves as Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Johannesburg.

Lillian holds a BCom Honours in Business Economics from the University of the Western Cape.

Mapula Bodibe

Mapula Bodibe is Chief Executive Officer at MTN Rwanda, having joined the organization at the beginning of September 2022. She’s a seasoned Telecomms specialist with 17 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector.

Formerly, she has served as the Chief Consumer Officer at MTN South Africa where she led the Consumer Business Unit for over 5 years. She has had an illustrious career with MTN serving in various leadership roles including the Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Uganda as well as the Executive and General Manager for the Consumer Business unit at MTN South Africa.

She’s inspired to work in an industry that has a tangible and lasting impact on society and is excited by the power of technology to change lives and contribute to sustainable socioeconomic development. She believes the purpose of business is to make people’s lives better and make a meaningful. Mapula is passionate about the development of Women in the ICT sector as well as mentoring and coaching young women to build successful careers.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration, all from the University of South Africa.

Randall Carolissen (PhD)

Upon completion of a B.Sc. degree at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 1981, Randall Carolissen started his career at the age of 20, as an industrial engineer at Firestone in Port Elizabeth, and rapidly rose through the ranks. Pursuing his ambition to further his academic studies in Physics, he returned to UWC in 1984 as a laboratory assistant and completed a BSc (Hons). In 1987, he was appointed as a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and in this period, he completed an MSc (cum laude) in 1989. He was then appointed as a lecturer at UWC and completed his PhD in 1995 in Nano-Physics. Whilst working towards his PhD, he assumed a research fellowship at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania and in this period worked in a team that performed ground-breaking research on Schottky barrier interfaces, and co-authored three publications that remain widely cited internationally. He then assumed a post-doctoral research post at the University of Ghent. He has published his work in internationally peer-reviewed journals.

In 2005, he completed an MBA (cum laude) at the University of Stellenbosch specialising in International Finance, receiving the Old Mutual Gold medal. This was followed by an M.Com in International Tax at the University of the Northwest 2009. Apart from his junior degree, all postgraduate qualifications were pursued on a part-time basis, whilst establishing his career and supporting his extended family.

He left the world of academia in 1999, and as the Managing Director of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) he was tasked with corporatizing the commercial arm of the organisation. The 2005 annual report of the SABS will show that he effected a major turnaround with the organisation moving from loss-making government agency to an internationally competitive, financially stable certification body, independent from government funding. In 2005, he assumed the position as COO of Damelin group of companies.

He joined SARS in 2007 as a General Manager responsible for Quality Management. His responsibilities included mapping processes, and drafting policies and procedures to operationalise the SARS modernisation program. A year later he was appointed as a Group Executive and tasked to establish a division responsible for revenue modelling and forecasting. The team he led developed statistical and data analytics models cited by the IMF as amongst the best globally. This application of statistics and the level of precision attained assisted in improving tax compliance and closing of tax gaps, allowing SARS to respond robustly to the 2008 global financial crisis, which in turn ensured South Africa’s (SA) sustainability of its fiscal framework. SARS maintained a tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio exceeding 26%, comparable with leading economies, with revenue breaching R1 trillion. This offered the SA government fiscal space for debt consolidation, and containment of national budget deficits.

He initiated, with the World Bank, a reform process of the reporting on trade statistics to reflect the modernisation of the SA economy post liberation. As a technical expert, he has represented South Africa at the BRICS, IMF, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the African Bank. He concluded his career at SARS as the head of the Tax, Customs and Excise Institute and was responsible for human capital development research in fiscal economy, tax and trade statistics. His team assisted African counterparts building statistical forecasting models and developing OECD compliant statistics reporting systems. The SA Tax statistics bulletin, published annually, is a highly regarded research resource and was used as a model to launch the African bulletin.

Throughout his adult life, he maintained a keen involvement in social activism. This was first kindled whilst at school by the 1976 uprising against Apartheid, and later sharpened with his exposure to the UWC intelligentsia. He assumed several leadership positions advancing the causes of the poor and marginalised. With his spouse Nadia, and friends, he established a formal settlement for 300 homeless families in Kalkfontein in Kuilsrivier in the early 1990’s. This led to the formation of the Kuilsrivier Residents Association (KRA) of which Dr. Carolissen was the founding chairperson. In addition to the many noteworthy community-building programmes, KRA raised funds internationally to build a childcare facility, which since 1992, prepared more than 100 underprivileged children each year for school whilst also providing food and shelter. Together with alumni from Ravensmead and Florida High Schools, they founded the RUCET bursary fund in 2014. This fund has disbursed close to twenty bursaries over the preceding three-year period. He has served an unprecedented three terms as the chairperson of the University of the Witwatersrand, an institution that has produced five Nobel laureates and is a world leader in producing CEOs of international companies.

He has accumulated many prestigious international awards and has established himself as a leading fiscal authority within South Africa, and a thought leader in the higher education sector.

Since August 2018, He was appointed as the Administrator of the National Student Fund Aid scheme (NSFAS) with the full powers of the board and executive management. This drastic step by Government was in response to a complete collapse of governance that evinced itself in hundreds of thousands of students not receiving stipends for periods of up to eight months. In 2018, this caused considerable hardship to more than half a million beneficiaries, and brought the Higher Education system to the precipice of collapse. The successful turnaround of the administration and the improved delivery on its mandate drew widespread recognition from all stakeholders. This project was cited by President Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address as a major success story of the democratic government of South Africa. An independent review submitted to cabinet recognised the significant achievements of this intervention and the attendant stabilisation of the system, inclusive of the recommendations emanating from the administration. Testimony to this turn-around was the unqualified audit received by NSFAS from the Auditor-General in 2021.

On 1 March 2021, he assumed the position Dean of the Johannesburg Business School (JBS), part of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and in his short tenure there repositioned this institution as the leading digital business school on the African continent. He was recently honoured with his appointment as a visiting Distinguished Professor in Digital Leadership at the University of Woxsen in India.

Jorge Fernández-Vidal

Jorge Fernández Vidal is an Investment Director at the Liechtenstein Group, where he is responsible for the firm’s portfolio and investments in the agriculture & food and forestry sectors; and an adjunct professor of Strategy at IE Business School, where he teaches Strategy and Transformation courses at MBA and Executive MBA levels.

In the past, Jorge has served as a Senior Vice President at McKinsey & Company, led the business transformation efforts of Galp and Abanca, worked as an investment professional at the European Investment Bank and LeapFrog Investments, and as an entrepreneur in West Africa. He has worked across a wide range of sectors (e.g., agriculture, banking, energy, forestry, retail, etc) and geographies, in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

He holds a PhD from the University of Alicante (Spain), an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore), an MSc in Strategic Studies from University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), a first-class honors Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) degree from University College of Cork (Ireland) and first-class honours a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University (England).

Ajit Jaokar

Based in London, Ajit’s work spans research, entrepreneurship, and academia relating to artificial intelligence (AI) with Cyber-Physical systems. He is the course director of the course: Artificial Intelligence: Cloud and Edge Implementations at the University of Oxford. He is also a visiting fellow in Engineering Sciences at the University of Oxford. Besides this, he also conducts the University of Oxford courses: Digital Twins, Cybersecurity, and Agtech. Ajit works as a Data Scientist through his company, Feynlabs – focusing on building innovative early-stage AI prototypes for complex AI applications.

Besides the University of Oxford, Ajit has also conducted AI courses at the London School of Economics (LSE), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and as part of The Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is also working on a book to teach AI using mathematical foundations at the high school level. Ajit is the Chief AI Officer of Digitty.io, a venture-funded company based in Berlin. His work at Oxford and his company is based on the interdisciplinary aspects of Artificial Intelligence, including AI with Digital Twins, AI with Quantum, AI for Metaverse, and AI in Agtech and Life Sciences. His teaching is based on a methodology for AI and Cyber-Physical systems, which he is developing as part of his teaching and research, especially for Engineering Sciences.

His Ph.D. research is based on AI and Affective Computing (how AI interprets emotion). Ajit has contributed to the World Economic Forum and the European Parliament on technology and AI themes. Ajit is interested in social causes and mentors young people at Oxford and beyond, especially for the Autism Spectrum and neurodiverse skill sets for learning Artificial Intelligence based on mathematical foundations. Ajit lives in London and is a British citizen.

Professor Sehaam Khan

Professor Sehaam Khan completed a PhD degree in Microbiology (Molecular Virology) in 2002 at the University of the Western Cape, where one year of her research was completed at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She started her academic journey as a lecturer in 2002 at the then Cape Technikon, now Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), and moved through the ranks to Associate Professor by 2008. From February 2005 to February 2006, she joined the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore, as a post-doctoral fellow, working on genes in the coronavirus (SARS Co-V).

She served as Acting Head of Department for Biomedical Technology at CPUT from June 2014 – June 2015 before starting her tenure as the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in 2016. She held the position of Executive Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg from 2019 to 2022. Currently, she holds the position of DVC: Academic at UJ.

Her scholarly prowess is demonstrated by her extensive contribution to academia in the areas of teaching and learning, the development of Faculty and institutional policies, guidelines, tools and government plans, and research through her publication of peer reviewed articles, book chapters, scientific papers, conference proceedings and conference outputs and successful supervision of numerous masters and doctoral students.

Further to this, Professor Khan serves as a member of various societies in the fields of microbiology and virology (the latter more specifically, as the external moderator for Virology, for the Biomedical Technology Board until 2022). She also served as a member of the Research and Innovation Committee for the development of Fifth National Development Plan for Namibia and is currently part of the Premier of Gauteng’s Advisory Committee for COVID-19.

Dr. Douglas Mboweni

Dr Douglas Mboweni is the CEO of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s leading provider of telecoms services and has over 20 years of executive management experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry. Under his stewardship, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has leveraged innovation in the face of difficult economic conditions to grow its subscriber base from two hundred thousand in 2002 to over twelve million today, commanding market share of above 65%.

Dr. Mboweni was instrumental in the promotion of local mobile financial services through EcoCash, up to the unbundling and listing of its parent company, Cassava Smartech on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. He was also part of the team that set up and launched Mascom (Botswana) and Econet Wireless Nigeria amongst various roles assumed in the Econet Wireless Global group. In recognition of his leadership and success, Dr. Mboweni has won several national and international accolades including the coveted Institute of Directors Zimbabwe, Director of the Year in 2005 and 2013 as well as the Zimbabwe Institute of Management, Manager of the Year in 2004.

Dr. Mboweni graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Business Leadership from the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) in 2019. In his doctorate thesis, he proposed the Leadership-Driven Resilience Model (LDRM), which theoretically proffered possibilities for business leaders to develop sustainable coping strategies in response to extreme business operating environments. He is also a holder of a Master’s in Business Leadership (UNISA), and a BSc Mathematics & Computer Science degree from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).

Besides his many career accomplishments, Dr Mboweni is a published author of A Dusty Road To Success: Principles of an extraordinary life, an inspirational piece intended to motivate people to discover their purpose and unleash their God-given greatness. He is a visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg since 2018 and has been a panelist at the African Executive Coaching Council as well as the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society (IEOM) conferences. In his spare time, Douglas facilitates a number of youth mentorship programmes in the community. Dr Mboweni is married to Sarudzayi and they are blessed with 3 children.

Bonang Mohale

Bonang Mohale is the President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Professor of Practice in the Johannesburg Business School (JBS), Chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, SBV Services and ArcelorMittal and a member of the Community of Chairpersons (CoC) of the World Economic Forum. He is a highly respected South African businessman, who is known as much for his patriotism and his active role in seeking to advance the country’s interests. He is the past president of the BMF and Author of the best selling books, ‘Lift As You Rise’ and ‘Behold The Turtle’, launched in November 2018 and November 2021 respectively – a compilation of some of his spoken and written words in which Mohale reveals the issues he is passionate about – among them ethical leadership, transformation, social justice, people development, constructive collaboration and integrity.

Bonang was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) until 30 June 2019 – a forum which brings together the leadership of South Africa’s most successful and influential big business and multinational investors to exchange ideas, facilitate effective dialogue with government and other stakeholders and advocate for pro-business, economically sustainable policies and programmes. Prior to joining BLSA, Bonang ended a distinguished term as Vice President, Upstream and Chairman of Shell Oil Products Africa (SOPAF) on the 30 June 2017.

Bonang, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African Airways (SAA), Sanlam Limited and Tsebo Outsourcing’s Drake & Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa Limited and Rand Merchant Bank Limited (RMB).

Bonang has an impressive track record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the companies he has been privileged to lead. He is a change agent, defender of democracy, social justice activist and has been a vocal, courageous and active proponent of transformation since the 1980s, and played a leadership role in the Black Management Forum (BMF) for over 33 years, where he was the president.

Recognition Awards:-

  • Devoted Citizen Award- 2022.
  • Awarded the Free Market Foundation “Luminary Award for 2019” – In recognition of the outstanding courage and integrity he has displayed, through difficult times, in his contributions to the business community and for defending the rights of all South Africans.
  • Winner of the Forbes Woman Africa Male Gender Advocate Award for 2019.
  • BMF Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2019.
  • Awarded “The Momentum Friendship Blazer” as recognition for being the ‘first RSA Nation Building Champion’ in 2015.
  • Winner of both the Country (RSA) and Regional (SADC) “TITANS – BUILDING THE NATION” 2014 CEO Magazine Awards.
  • Bonang was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council since 1992.
  • 2012 IPM CEO of the Year.
  • SA Facilities Management Association 2007 ‘PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR’.
  • 1997 Black Management Forum’s (BMF) MANAGER OF THE YEAR.
  • Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his “Servanthood in South African Industry and the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” – 2001.

Mandlesilo Msimang

Mandla is a seasoned executive, an entrepreneur and an ICT regulation and policy expert. Her areas of specialisation in the ICT sector are broadband strategy, ICT accessibility and the financing of universal access and service. Mandla has extensive research and governance experience, both nationally and internationally, including the African continent, and strong leadership capability.

Mandla is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Nozala Women Investments, a woman owned private equity firm with a diversified portfolio in the minerals and energy sector and in industrial and consumer services. Prior to joining Nozala, Mandla established and ran Pygma Consulting, a pan-African Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and regulatory advisory firm whose clients include mobile operators, regulators and governments across Africa and the Middle East. Mandla gained experience in the telecommunications, media and technology space through working at sector roles in the sector regulator in South Africa and after that with a mobile operator.

She serves on the boards of Pygma Consulting, Nozala Women Investments and several of the companies in its portfolio. In addition, Mandla recently completed her term on the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Her academic qualifications include a MSc (Regulation) from the London School of Economics and a BA from Cornell University.

Dr. Sizwe Nxasana

Mr Sizwe Nxasana holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), Chartered Accountant (South Africa) qualifications and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education through the University of South Africa. Sizwe was conferred with honorary doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University. Sizwe is a PhD student at Aalborg University in Denmark.

Sizwe is a former Chief Executive Officer of Telkom South Africa Limited and was responsible for its listing on the Johannesburg and New York Stock exchanges. He was also the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group from 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Sizwe Nxasana serves as Chairman on various Foundations and Trusts. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT). He is the Founder and Chairman of Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) which funds and supports students who come from poor and “missing middle” backgrounds

Sizwe is now a social entrepreneur who founded Future Nation Schools. He also founded Sifiso Learning Group which is involved in EdTech, academic and non-academic publishing and real estate.

Dr. Raul Villamarin Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Villamarin Rodriguez is the Vice President, Woxsen University. Dr. Rodríguez is an Adjunct Professor at Universidad del Externado, Colombia and member of the International Advisory Board at IBS Ranepa, Russian Federation, and a member of the IAB, University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics. He is also a member of the Advisory Board at Johannesburg Business School, SA, and PUCPR, Brazil.

Dr. Raul has a scholarship named after him in ZIBS, China.

He is also part of the PRME i5 Expert Pedagogy Group – India representative.

He holds two honorary titles as Steven Pinker Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Classavo Chair Professorship in Integrative Research and Digital Learning.

Dr. Rodriguez’s specific areas of expertise and interest are Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Robotic Process Automation, Multi-agent Systems, Knowledge Engineering, and Quantum Artificial Intelligence.

He is a registered expert in Artificial intelligence, Intelligent Systems, and Multi-agent Systems at the European Commission, a nominee for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2020 list, and an awardee in the Europe India 40 under 40 Leaders. Alongside this, he is a member of the GRLI Deans and Directors cohort. He is a regular keynote speaker and panel moderator at various national and international conferences or summits such as ML Conference (Singapore). Additionally, he is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, the ETS Business School Advisory Council (BSAC) in India, and the Institute for Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence. He is engaged in responsible research throughout his career and especially through RRBM, GRLI, and PRME.

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