Getting Involved in the Knowledge Economy in a Practical Way

Getting Involved in the Knowledge Economy in a Practical Way 2016-11-07T10:43:01+00:00

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Chair: Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull, Barclays Africa Group Limited, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Square Kilometre Array South Africa, South Africa
Panellist: Ms S’nenhlanhla Dlamini, Ongoye High School, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Serge Tshibangu, Sol Plaatjie University, South Africa
Panellist: Mr Olerato Mosiane, Square Kilometre Array South Africa, South Africa
Panellist: Mr Rea Nkhumise, Square Kilometre Array South Africa, South Africa
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We are currently in the Information Age where information is widely believed to be the future source of economic prosperity. Governments looking to push their nations toward a knowledge economy often put technology development at the heart of their strategies. The World Bank defines a knowledge economy by the following four pillars:

  1. Institutes that provide incentives for entrepreneurship and use of knowledge;
  2. Skilled labour availability and good education systems;
  3. Information & communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure and access;
  4. A conducive innovation landscape that includes academic, private sectors and civil society.

This session aims to evoke a dialogue around the practical ways South Africa can significantly grow its involvement in the global knowledge economy. In order to do so the panel will speak to: the transitions required in education to break traditional teaching methods in order to instill innovation-and-entrepreneurial mindset; providing a supportive environment to grow a knowledge economy; the process of skills and knowledge transfer; and nurturing talent and career development.

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bullMs Wendy Lucas-Bull
Barclays Africa Group Limited, South Africa
Panellist

From 1998 through 2004, Wendy was with the FirstRand Group. She was CEO of the retail business of FirstRand. The FirstRand retail business included First National Bank, WesBank, eBucks, OUTsurance and FirstLink. Wits Business School researched and documented Wendy herself as a Transformational leader case study during this time. Prior to that, Wendy was Executive Director of Rand Merchant Bank for 5 years. Before that she was an international partner of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) for 14 years. During this period Wendy was responsible for the development of a South African Financial Services practice offering strategy development, profit improvement, re-engineering, change management and systems development services. She was also a member of the Firm’s executive committee for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Since 1994, Wendy has been involved in facilitating strong partnerships between business and government. She was founding chairman of Business Against Crime (“BAC”). She was founding Chairman of Partners for Housing, which was a Not-for-Profit Company set up at the request of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to facilitate partnership between the private sector and national and local government to accelerate the provision of housing for those in need and to advance the creation of sustainable human settlements. She was a representative of South Africa on the Global Trade and Poverty Forum (a project of the German Marshall Fund). As an extension of this she examined initiatives in India, South America and the rest of Africa where sustainable development has been achieved using natural agricultural resources and/or waste from large industry. She was a Member of the Board of CIDA City Campus. She was a trustee and treasurer of the Isigodlo Trust, which is the vehicle established to support the South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) initiative. SAWID has facilitated many national, provincial and local dialogues over the last 5 years all focused on women working together for development and the elimination of poverty. In addition SAWID has been involved in peace dialogues in the DRC, Burundi and Sudan, as well as review missions to Chile and Tunisia. She was a Member of the Minister of Housing Advisory Panel, and the Gauteng MEC for Safety and Security Advisory Panel. She was a Trustee of Alex Children’s Clinic Friends Trust. She was a member on the National Jobs Fund Investment Committee.
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fanaroffDr Bernie Fanaroff
Square Kilometre Array South Africa, South Africa
Chair

Dr Bernie Fanaroff is the former Director of SKA SA. He holds a BSc Hons in Physics from the University of the Witwatersrand and a PhD in Radio Astronomy from Cambridge University and honorary doctoral degrees from six South African universities. At Cambridge he was awarded an Isaac Newton Studentship by Trinity College. He is the first author of the Fanaroff-Riley (FR) classification of radio galaxies and quasars.
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dlaminiMs S’nenhlanhla Dlamini
Ongoye High School, South Africa
Panellist

S’nenhlanhla Dlamini is a grade 12 pupil at Ongoye High School in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal who won the 2016 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair. Dlamini invented a smart system which helps monitor energy usage in households. Her innovative energy saving device bagged her a top science scholarship to Germany sponsored by Siemens.
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tshibanguDr Serge Tshibangu
Sol Plaatjie University, South Africa
Panellist

Serge Tshibangu is a Lecturer in the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Sol Plaatje University. He is currently busy with his PhD in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and has a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical and Information engineering both from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a specialisation in International Trade Law from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has International Certifications in IBM Cloud Computing and in the Enterprise Architecture Framework (TOGAF 9). He is currently doing his research on “the cohabitation between Astronomy Advantage Areas and Oil Gas producing activities for sustainable development within 9 African partner countries that will ultimately host SKA telescope stations”. His fields of interest are activities, Big Data processing administration, Cloud High performance computing, as well Advanced mathematical modelling Cryptography.
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mosianeMr Olerato Mosiane
Square Kilometre Array South Africa, South Africa
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As a Junior Science Processing Developer, Olorato Mosiane cleans up data. His work at SKA involves detecting Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and then writing code for computer programmes that try to remove the RFI. Olorato recently visited NASA. He was picked as one of twelve participants in the NASA Frontier Development Lab. Olorato’s team had to develop new ways to protect planet Earth, should a large asteroid ever threaten to hit Earth.
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nkhumiseMr Rea Nkhumise
Square Kilometre Array South Africa, South Africa
Panellist

A Fulbright Scholar (2014/2015) with BSc Mechanical Engineering (Witwatersrand University), and MSc Robotics Engineering (Tennessee Tech University, United States). Holds a provisional patent: ‘Miniature Fan-based Refrigeration System for Confined Environments’ Patent No. 62/316,250, United States. Cofounder of Liquid-Profile (2013) and Planet-Eye (2016), with experience in Computational/Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Robotics. Other businesses including cofounding ‘Qubs & Pros’ (clothing-line) in 2007, and ‘Clearfear’ (NGO, philanthropic organization) in 2006. Worked as an engineering intern at Denel Dynamics (2013 – 2014), Anglo American Thermal Coal (2011, 2012 & 2013), and research engineer at University of Johannesburg (2014). Attended ‘Fulbright Entrepreneurial Summit 2015’, in Pittsburg, U.S, and ‘President Obama’s Town Hall with Young African Leaders 2013’, in University of Johannesburg. Studied about ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Lean Launchpad’, ‘Business Marketing Management’, ‘Business Plan & Start-Ups’ from Tennessee Tech University College of Business and Tennessee Small Business Division Council.
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