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Board of Governors in SA

Board of Governors appointed by the University Council to manage the Wits Foundation

Mr Arnold I Basserabie

arnold basserabie 90x90BSc (Wits) ASA CFP, Strategic Business Consultant, Director of Companies, Chairman - Wits Foundation Investment and Finance Committee. Awards include MRF Insurance Man of the Year – 1988, Jewish Business Achiever of the Year – 1998, Institute of Marketing Man of the Year 1998.

Mr David C Brink

BSc(Eng) MSc(Eng) (Wits) CertBusAdmin (London School of Economics) GradDip Company Direction (GIMT). Awarded Honorary DCom (Port Elizabeth). Director of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited; National Business Initiative and Member of Millennium Labour Council. Vice-President of the South African Institute of Directors. Former Chairman of Absa Group Limited and Absa Bank Limited, Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited, and Denel Limited. Co-Chair of the Business Trust and former Director of the Industrial Development Corporation, BHP Billiton, SAPPI Limited and SANLAM Limited. Past President of SEIFSA, Business South Africa and the South Africa Foundation. Recipient of Engineer of the year Award 1994, the Wits Business School Management Excellence Award and Harvard University Business School’s ‘Statesman of the Year’ award. Acting Chairman of the Board of Governors. 

Mr Adrian Gore

Adrian Gore 90x90BSc (Hons), FFA, ASA, MAAA, FASSA Founded Discovery Health Pty. Ltd. in 1992. Mr Gore serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Holdings Ltd. - a subsidiary of FirstRand Ltd. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Discovery at RMB Holdings Ltd and FirstRand Ltd, both are subsidiaries of RMB Holdings Ltd.

Professor Adam Habib: Vice-Chancellor and Principal

A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. He 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.

Professor Habib served as the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at the University of Johannesburg. He was also an Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council and a Research Director on Governance and Democracy. Prior to that, he served as a Professor in the School of Development Studies at the University of Natal and as the Research Director of the Centre for Civil Society.

Mr Brian Joffe

Brian Joffe 90x90Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Member of Acquisitions Committee, Member of Nominations Committee, Member of Social & Ethics Committee and Member of Risk Committee, The Bidvest Group Limited.

Professor Jonathan Eugene Klaaren

Professor Jonathan Klaaren, BA (Harvard) MA (Cape Town) JD (Columbia) LLB (Witwatersrand), and PhD (Yale, Sociology). He has served as Acting Head of the School of Law since 2010. He was appointed officially as Wits Head of Law School in 2011. He is a former Director of the Mandela Institute of the Wits Law School (mid-2005 to end-2007) and has served as the co-Director of the School’s Winter Law School (2007- 2009). He has served on numerous university committees and is currently appointed by the Minister of Home Affairs to serve on the Immigration Advisory Board.

Dr Marthinus Theunis Lategan

Dr Marthinus Theunis LateganBAcc (Hons), MA and PhD in Commerce (Stellenbosch) and (Johannesburg), CA (SA) and Advanced Diploma in Banking.
Dr Marthinus Theunis Lategan is a member of Council of the University of Witwatersrand since 2007 and chairs its Finance Committee. He is a non-executive member of the Board and Audit Committees of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited and JD Group Limited. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Barclays Africa Corporate.

Mr Sulliman Mahomed

Mr Sulliman Mahomed 90x90Serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Solly's Group of Companies comprising of: Solly's Discount World Group, Solly Noor Properties Group and Computron Group as well as other companies in Solly's Group ranging from consumer and Hi-Tech electronics to Real Estate. Mr Mahomed brings to the Fund a wealth of experience in the real estate sector derived from over 35 years of involvement in the investment and development of commercial property. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Investec Property Fund Ltd 2012.

Mr Bonang Francis Mohale

Bonang is currently the Chairman of Shell Marketing South Africa (Pty) Limited, where he is Chairman of the board of: Shell South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Marketing (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Refinery (Pty) Ltd and South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF). He has country responsibilities for the Oil, Chemical, Aviation, Marine and Lubricants global businesses and is operationally accountable for the Retail; Fuels & Bitumen; Supply & Distribution classes of businesses as well as Finance; Legal; HR; Safety (HSSE) and Transformation classes of functions.

Ms Christine Ramon

Christine Ramon 90x90Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Anglogold Ashanti Limited. Was previously an Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Sasol Limited from 2006 until 2013. Member of the Standing Advisory Committee to the International Accounting Standards Board and currently a Non- Executive Director of Lafarge based in Paris, France and MTN Group Limited. Serves as Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Standards Council in South Africa and as a Member of the Financial Reporting Investigations Panel, an advisory committee of the JSE. She also served as a Non-Executive Director of Transnet Limited and Johnnic Communications Limited.

Mr Alan Romanis

alan romanis 90x90CA (UK). Former Managing Director and Vice-Chairman of the Liberty Life Group, Director of companies. Among previous directorships - Standard Bank Group, South African Breweries, Liberty International plc.

Mr Tokyo Sexwale

Tokyo Sexwale 90x90

Tokyo is the Non-Executive Chair of Mvelaphanda Holdings. A member of the World Cup 2010 Preparatory Committee and sat on the Board of Directors for 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sexwale is a member of Brookings Institution's International Advisory Council.

Professor Bruce LW Sparks

K StJ MBBCh(Wits) MFGP(SA) MRCGP (UK), FRCGP(Hon), FCFP (SA), FRCGP (AUS). Former Kenneth Birch Professor of Family Health, Head of Department of Family Medicine at the Wits Medical School and Chief Family Physician in the Gauteng Department of Health. He is also the former World President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors.

Advocate Anthony Stein

Anthony Stein 90x90BA(Hons) LLB(Wits) BCL(Oxon). Advocate of the High Court of South Africa ,Member of the Johannesburg Bar. Visiting Lecturer, King’s College, University of London: 2000-2001 (Law of contract, administrative law, philosophy of law). Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand: 1997-1998 (various subjects, including constitutional law, administrative law, jurisprudence, law of contract). Select Awards and Offices: Commonwealth Scholarship, Skye Trust Scholarship, Society of Advocates Moot Prize. Abridged Publications: Constitutional Law of South Africa (Juta), Co-editor and author, Interpreting European Convention Rights (Butterworths London, 2001), Co-author with Tomlinson and Shukla

Professor Ruksana Osman

Professor Ruksana Osman is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she was the Head of the Wits School of Education. She holds the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education for Diversity and Development. She has extensive teaching and research experience in the field of teacher education and higher education and is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAF).  Her particular expertise is higher education policy, pedagogy and students lived experiences of equity and access to higher education. She has published her work in a variety of journals and books. She is also co-editor of Research-led teacher education: Case studies of possibilities (2012); Large Class Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary perspectives for quality higher education (2013); Service Learning in South Africa (2013); Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Towards a Socially Just Pedagogy in a global context (2017); Teacher Education for Diversity: Conversations from the Global South (2018).  Currently, she is the Acting Deputy Vice - Chancellor Advancement, HR and Transformation at the University of the Witwatersrand.