Meet the Speakers at the 2016 Inyathelo Leadership Retreat

The 8th Inyathelo Leadership Retreat provides a platform for university Advancement practitioners and Vice-Chancellors to reflect on the leadership and management required to effectively navigate the complex changes affecting the Higher Education sector.

Inyathelo, in partnership with Universities South Africa (Universities SA) and the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), has invited Vice-Chancellors, Deputy-Vice Chancellors and Heads of Institutional Advancement and Communication as well as other key stakeholders to join this vital conversation in Cape Town on 4 and 5 April 2016.

Meet the Speakers at the 2016 Inyathelo Leadership Retreat

The current financial pressures on South African universities call for a sharper focus on Institutional Advancement as a key strategy for fundraising into the future; a more meaningful engagement with relevant stakeholders; and innovative thinking and approaches around how we can sustain and strengthen our universities. 

On 5 April, two panellists will be responding to the topic, "Building sustainable financial solutions: Exploring alternative funding models": Nico Cloete, Director: Centre for Higher Education Transformation and Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor: Witwatersrand University


Nico Cloete, Director, Centre for Higher Education Transformation

Nico Cloete has been the full-time director of CHET since 1997. He is also Extraordinary Professor of Higher Education, University of Western Cape; Visiting Professor, Masters Programme in Higher Education, University of Oslo and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Cape Town. He was actively involved in academic staff organisation and was President of the University of Witwatersrand Staff Association (1991-1992) and General Secretary of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations of South Africa (1993-1994). He was the research director for the Nelson Mandela appointed National Commission on Higher Education (1995-1996) and served on the South African Ministerial Advisory Council for Universities and Technikons. Dr Cloete initiated the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) in 2009 and is the co-ordinator of this network. In 2010 he gave the opening keynote at the congress of the European Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Oslo. He has published widely in psychology, sociology and higher education policy. His latest books are Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa (2011) and Shaping the Future of South Africa’s Youth: Rethinking Post School Education and Skills Training (2012). 


Prof Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand 

Professor Adam Habib is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist. 

A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. His experience spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas; their translation into actionable initiatives; and the building of institutions. 

Professor Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, a position that he assumed with effect from the 1st of June 2013. 

Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at the University of Johannesburg. He also served as the Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council and as a Research Director on Governance and Democracy. He has held several academic, research posts at the University of Natal, including serving as a Professor in the School of Development Studies and as Research Director of the Centre for Civil Society. 

He was instrumental in transforming the University of Johannesburg following the nationwide mergers of tertiary institutions in 2005 and played a key role in increasing research output at UJ. 

Professor Habib holds qualifications in Political Science from three universities including the University of Natal and Wits. He earned his masters and doctoral qualifications from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. 

Transformation, democracy and development are fundamental themes of Professor Habib’s research. He is well-published and renowned as a key leader in higher education and political studies in South Africa and around the world. 

Indeed, his latest book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, launched in August 2013, has already made huge waves both locally and internationally. The book focuses on our country’s transition into democracy and its prospects for inclusive development.