Nelson Mandela school appoints Vusi Pikoli and Dr Ian Goldman as adjunct professors

2019-03-27 21:31
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The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance has announced the appointment of advocate Vusi Pikoli and Dr Ian Goldman as adjunct professors.

Pikoli and Goldman will be joined by Dr Maria Phalime, Dr Shanil Haricharan and David Schmidt, who were appointed adjunct senior lecturers.

Pikoli was a special advisor to the Minister of State Security, the police ombudsman for the Western Cape from 2014 until 2018 and a commissioner on the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into police inefficiency.

"Pikoli teaches on the ethics module of the school's professional master's programme and is a lead facilitator on the school's executive short courses on ethical leadership and public accountability that are targeted at senior public servant leaders. His practitioner experience and stature as someone of indisputable integrity, who has been on the frontline of upholding constitutionalism and the rule of law, makes him an invaluable resource for the school.

"Goldman who has also been appointed as adjunct professor, teaches a module on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Change in the master's programme at the Mandela School. The module focuses on providing a broad framework and tools for managing change. Dr Goldman is the key convener of the Leadership II module since 2014 and is also one of the main supervisors for master's students," a statement from the institution read.

Goldman has 40 years of experience, working in 19 countries, in international organisations specialising in three international languages - English, Spanish and French.

Haricharan is a convener of the leadership learning sequence in the master's programme. The leadership course is one of the main pillars of the Masters in Development and Practice programme.

Haricharan is part of the School's Masters programme since its inception in 2014 and has developed a new Leadership I module for the programme in 2018.

Doctor, author and coach

Phalime is a former medical doctor, author, leadership development facilitator and coach.

For the past four years she has facilitated and developed programmes for the Mandela School, including: The Leading in Public Life, Emerging African Leader Programme; Understanding Poverty and Inequality in South Africa for senior South African public sector officials; Atlantic Fellows Programme (in collaboration with the London School of Economics); and Collaborative Leadership for Regional Economic Development.

Her book, Postmortem: The doctor who walked away, won the City Press Nonfiction Award in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award in 2015.

Over the past four years, Schmidt, has played a key role in developing the pedagogical approach and public leadership model that underpins the Mandela School’s building bridges programme.

Since 2015 he has co-facilitated and taught on the school's three flagship leadership courses.

"The school is confident that these appointments will not only benefit the University of Cape Town's community, but it will greatly benefit the continent.

The school has trained 1 400 students from across Africa in leadership and academic programmes since it was established in 2011.

"The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance would like to congratulate and welcome the new staff members," said the organisation.

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