Piyushi Kotecha (CEO, SARUA)
Piyushi Kotecha is the Chief Executive Officer of the Southern African Regional Universities Association SARUA). She has spearheaded SARUA efforts to develop a higher education agenda of relevance, growth, development and integration in higher education in the SADC region. SARUA is part of a continental drive to revitalise the role and impact of universities with key partners such as the African Union (AU), NEPAD and SADC. Previously, she was the driving force in the transformation of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors Association (SAUVCA), and in the inception of Higher Education South Africa (HESA), which for the first time in South Africa incorporated universities and technikons into a single higher education umbrella body.
Professor Nick Binedell
Professor Binedell is the Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) which opened its doors in January 2000. GIBS has established itself as a significant business school in South Africa with a strong focus on partnering with leading South African corporates and providing a high level of local and international business education. GIBS offers an extensive MBA programme (both full time and part time) and a wide range of executive and customized corporate programmes. It has been ranked by the London Financial Times in the Top 50 providers of global executive education for the past 7 years. Professor Binedell’s academic qualifications include a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His area of expertise is in the field of business strategy and strategic leadership and his academic and consulting work, although predominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Professor Michael Cross
Professor Cross began his career as lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of the Witwatersrand in 1986. A respected author and researcher, he is well known for his expertise in higher education policy issues. He has been awarded teaching and research fellowships in several institutions including the Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Stockholm University and Jules-Vernes University in Amiens. He is author and co-author of several books, book chapters and numerous articles in leading scholarly journals. His book, Imagery of Identity in South African Education, 1880-1990 (Durham, Carolina Academic Press, 1999), contextualizes some of the issues being discussed in this workshop. He has served as an education specialist in several major national education policy initiatives in South Africa, such as the National Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Committee on Norms and Standards for Educators. He is currently teaching courses in curriculum and policy studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg.
Dr Madeleine F. Green
Dr Green is an expert in higher education leadership and management issues and international and global education policy and practice. She was the recipient of the 2010 Charles Klasek Award of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) for outstanding service to the field of international education.From 1974 until 2010, Dr Green held a variety of increasingly responsible positions at the American Council on Education (ACE), the major voluntary coordinating body for U.S. higher education, with a membership of 1,700 institutions and more than 200 associations. She served from 2006 to 2010 as Vice President for International Initiatives, leading ACE’s global initiatives and internationalization programs through its Center for International Initiatives (CII). From 1991 to 2006, she led ACE’s leadership development agenda as well as its international programs, serving as V.P. and Director of the Center for Institutional and International Initiatives. A consultant since July 2010, Dr Green’s assignments have included a five-year program on institutional change involving 26 U.S. institutions and a consortium of researchers. She has worked with many institutions to help them develop and refine their internationalization strategy. She has wide experience working internationally, leading a program of capacity building for South African universities (1992-2001), and a $6.7 million USAID-funded effort to strengthen South African further education and training colleges (2010). Recently, she led internationalization strategy reviews for the International Association of Universities in Lithuania and Kenya. Dr Green is widely published in the fields of leadership and management as well as international education.
Professor Zimani David Kadzamira
Professor Kadzamira was born on 1 July 1941. He completed primary and secondary schooling in Zimbabwe and Malawi respectively before graduating from Princeton University in 1966 with a BA degree in Politics. He attained his PhD in Government from the University of Manchester in 1975. His academic career has virtually been with UNIMA where he held various academic and managerial positions before being appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2005 until December 2009. He was Malawi’s first ambassador to Japan between 1992 and 1995. His research interests and publications have ranged from the impact of local politics on the management of development programmes in agriculture, to issues related to elections, political parties, governance and consolidation of democracy. He has had the honour to serve as a resource person and facilitator in various workshops and activities including: Leadership Dialogue Events for Vice Chancellors and Senior University Officials organized by the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), and the Public Sector Administration Programme at the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM). Between 2006 and 2007 he chaired the Special Law Commission on the Review of the Malawi Constitution.