DComm, PIB (USA)


Johan Hough


Johan is an ex Professor of Business Strategy and Strategic Innovation at Stellenbosch University. He is a graduate from the Faculty Program in International Business, South Carolina in the USA. Johan holds a MSc and Doctorate in Strategy. He teaches Strategy and Corporate Venturing, at Stellenbosch University. He has lectured in Sweden, Finland, Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria and the USA.

Johan is also the Executive Director of the Centre for High Performance Business (CHIPER) and project leader of the Certificate Programme in Performance Management with the focus on improving performance in local governments and the private sector. He also founded the world’s first Centre for Strategic Innovation (CENSI) in 2012.

Areas of expertise include strategic management, international business research, and spearheading “Corporate Entrepreneurship” in South African companies, and he was the recipient of the Ernst Oppenheimer Special Overseas Study Grant in 2000.

Johan is the co-editor and main author of 6 books on “Crafting and Executing Strategy”, “Global Business” and “Entrepreneurship in Southern Africa”. He contributed to more than hundred research articles, local and international conference proceedings, and research reports.



James owns 100% of Kawaida Collaborative. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Business Management. James has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning, and performance management in the public sector using strategy management frameworks such as the Balanced Scorecard and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).


His experience also includes strategic planning facilitation, developing of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and social research. James has worked as an information technology consultant specialising in Oracle and Microsoft technologies, which included business analysis, and developing technology solutions for clients before starting his own consulting firm.


James has worked extensively with provincial administrations, governmental agencies, public entities, and municipalities.

George Harris

George is the Hospital Manager at Panorama Medi-Clinic, Cape Town and a BSC practitioner. Panorama Medi-Clinic is a 424-bed private hospital in the northern suburbs of Cape Town that employs approximately 900 staff and have an operational budget in excess of R400 million and capital budget of R12 million.


At the age of 30, George was the youngest hospital manager in the Medi-Clinic Corporation. George was responsible for the development of a new performance management program used in Medi-Clinic based on the Balanced Scorecard methodology.


They still use it effectively to drive performance, alignment, and implementation.


Roy is the CEO and founder of the Braxton group, a uniquely focused business that specialises in strategy, people management, culture and technological solutions which enable businesses to provide sustained performance to their shareholders.


The practice has been doing business in South and southern Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe and Roy has consulted to a range of companies over the years, from Blue Chip organisations such as Rand Merchant Bank, First National Bank, WesBank, SASOL, to smaller entrepreneurial organisations such as St Elmo’s and professional bodies – Investors in People.


He has two post-graduate qualifications in Industrial Psychology and Financial Management and lectures strategy at the University of Stellenbosch.


Viola Makin

Prof Viola Makin is one of the most experienced academic members of the Strategy division at Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL). The University of South Africa (Unisa) is one of the largest distant educators in the world, with about 200 000 students. She teaches on the Master of Business Leadership Program (MBL) a three-year program which has about 1500 participants. Her areas of expertise are Competitive and Dynamic Strategy, as well as Corporate Strategy, including Corporate Governance.


At present, she teaches the Corporate Strategy elective in the final year of the MBL. She is acknowledged as an expert in her field and has been invited to teach on MBA programs in the United States, a number of times. She has presented academic papers and case studies and has had a paper accepted at the American Strategic Management Society. Through her business consultancy, she has also obtained considerable practical experience.


Her SBL Director portfolios have included – Seminars and Short Courses, International Relations; Marketing and Communication as well as a member of the Board. At present, she is responsible for Executive Education. Her doctoral studies looked at information technology for strategic advantage.  She is a member of the Institute of Directors and the American Academy of Management and has had executive training at INSEAD (1993), Wharton (1997) and Harvard Business School (2001).


Lonnie attended the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in math and physics in 1965. Afterward he entered the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Master of Science in industrial management. He earned a Ph.D. in business administration from Georgia State University in 1969. He currently holds the title of Professor of Strategic Management in the Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama.


Dr. Strickland’s experience in consulting and executive development is in the strategic management area, with a concentration in industry and competitive analysis. He has developed strategic planning systems for such firms as the Southern Company, BellSouth, South Central Bell, American Telephone and Telegraph, Gulf States Paper, Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Delco Remy, Mark IV Industries, Amoco Oil Company, USA Group, General Motors, and Kimberly Clark Corporation (Medical Products).


He is a very popular speaker on the subject of implementing strategic change and serves on several corporate boards.

Robert Martin Payne

Rob holds a B.Sc. (Eng.) (Civil) degree, a M.B.L. (cum laude), a NCC Basic Certificate in Systems Analysis from the UK and graduate from Trinity College of Music (London) with a A.T.C.L. Teachers qualification in Piano. Clearly Rob is able to combine rigor with creativity and consulting.


Rob established his own consulting entity specialising in corporate and IT strategy, IT governance, and strategic IT management. Assignments during 2007 included an assessment of the compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements of the email archiving implementation at ABSA Bank, participation in an assessment of the IT expense budget at MTN SA with a view to identifying avenues for cost savings, and at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, an IT processes and controls maturity assessment using CobiT followed by the preparation of a strategic IT plan and associated recommendations for the implementation thereof.


Assignments in 2008 included identification and quantification of cost savings for MTN SA followed by the design of a partial CobiT implementation focusing on procurement of IT resources and the management of third party services designed to improve management controls (and thus yield reduction in expenditures), participation in the analysis of handset supply chain management at MTN towards identifying process improvements, an IT maturity assessment and review of the IT strategy at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and participation in an information management discovery process (pre-audit) at Rio Tinto’s Murowa Diamonds in Zimbabwe.