Stellenbosch University Team

Alan Brent

SU Team Coordinator

Alan Brent holds bachelor degrees in engineering (chemical) and philosophy (sustainable development); master degrees in science (environmental engineering), engineering (technology management), and philosophy (sustainable development); and a PhD in engineering management. Since 1995 he has consulted to a variety of industry and public sectors in South Africa and other developing countries in the fields of environmental engineering and management. His research focus now revolves around sustainable technology management. Currently he is appointed at Stellenbosch University as a professor of engineering management and sustainable systems in the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE), and as the associate director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES).

John van Breda

John van Breda is currently the Project Manager of TsamaHub (Transdisciplinary, Sustainability, Analysis, Modelling and Assessment Hub) at Stellenbosch University (SU). TsamaHub is an innovative academic and research centre of SU, established in 2010 to facilitate and coordinate a transdisciplinary doctoral programme, research projects, and sustainable community building activities as well as policy work under the overarching notions of transdisciplinarity, complexity and sustainability.

Elaine Fouche

Elaine Fouche holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (University of Pretoria), and a Masters Degree in Technology Management (University of Pretoria). She has eleven years of work experience in the industrial sector, including mining companies Namakwa Sands and Exxaro, related to management decision-making, strategy and leadership. Elaine recently returned to academics, joining the University of Stellenbosch where she is a full-time PhD student at Industrial Engineering and part-time supervisor of Master students. Through the knowledge she has gained from industry, she aims to develop a structured participation process for local energy sustainability.

Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr

Jannie Hofmeyr is Professor of Biocomplexity and Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and the Centre for Studies in Complexity at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1986 at the same institution. He has made numerous fundamental contributions to the development of metabolic control analysis and computational cell biology. A recent interest is to seek a way of expressing formally the complex functional organisation of the cell in terms of a theory of molecular fabrication, which could form a theoretical foundation for both systems biology and nanotechnology. He has a National Research Foundation A-rating and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. He recently chaired BTK-ISSB (the International Study Group for Systems Biology). In 1999 he received the University of Stellenbosch Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding research. He won the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award for 2002 and the Beckman Gold Medal of the South African Biochemical Society in 2003.

Josephine K. Musango

Josephine K. Musango is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. She holds a Transdisciplinary Doctoral Degree in Sustainable Development and a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics, both from Stellenbosch University. Josephine’s expertise is in modelling for sustainable resource management and understanding complex socio-economic and environmental problems through application of economic analysis and system dynamics. For the last 8 years, she has utilised system dynamics modelling in various contexts including energy assessment, resource flows analysis, technology assessment and green economy. She also has expertise in other modelling approaches including material flow analysis, agent based modelling, Bayesian networks and econometrics.

Suzanne Smit

Suzanne holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management; a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration; and a Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s degree in Sustainable Development: Planning and Management, both from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is currently pursuing a PhD with a focus on connecting the green economy with the informal economy. Her research interests include: inclusive green economy, informal economy, stakeholder participation, and systems thinking.

Christoff Pauw

SU Administrative & Financial Coordinator

Christoff Pauw has been involved with international education at Stellenbosch University (SU) since 2005. He is currently Manager of International Academic Networks in the SU Postgraduate and International Office (PGIO). Christoff has extensive experience in working within SU’s African and south-south-north partnerships and networks, including managing research collaboration and inter-university mobility initiatives at postgraduate and staff level. He received a PhD in Theology from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in 2007 and an MA Philosophy from Stellenbosch in 2002.

Shamin Gaffoor

Shamin Gaffoor has been working in international education since 2009. She is currently responsible for Information Management within the Unit for International Academic Networks at SU’s Postgraduate & International Office. She holds a Master of Commerce degree from Stellenbosch University with specialisation in Public and Development Management.

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