Theme 2 (Localising Economic Development and Job Creation)
 
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Gona Govender completed his  BCom Law degree and a subsequent Honours Degree in Management from the then University of  Durban Westville. He currently holds a Masters of Business Administration  from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University in the United Kingdom. He joined MUT in 1994 as a lecturer in the Department of Marketing, and moved up the ranks as senior lecturer and HOD:  Marketing.  He currently holds the position of  Dean:  Faculty of Management Sciences at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) since September 1998. He chairs the Faculty Board meetings and the Calendar and Time-Table committee.  He also serves on several Senior Management Committees at MUT.  As a member of the Programme Qualifications Committee of the South African Technology Network (SATN), Mr Govender is also a  member of the South African Commerce Deans Association and a member of the IMM (Institute of Marketing Management). He works closely with the business community on educational matters and training particularly for the disadvantaged community. His research interests are in the area of Marketing Strategy and Higher Education Policy Development. He also consults extensively in the South African FMCG sector.
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Theme 3 (Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency)
 
Dr. Debra Roberts heads the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality. Her key responsibilities include overseeing the planning and protection of the city’s biodiversity and natural resource base and directing and developing the municipality’s Climate Protection Programme. Dr Roberts is currently a lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Areas) and a contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, due for release in 2014.  She is also a member of the South African climate negotiating team.  Dr. Roberts has written widely in the fields of urban open space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection.
 

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Theme 4 (Fostering Governance and Local Government Responsiveness)
 
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Malcolm Wallis has been in academic life for over 40 years. He has held appointments in the UK (Manchester and Birmingham), Zambia, Kenya, Lesotho, and latterly in Durban (the former University of Durban Westville and more recently the Durban University of Technology). His main research interest is in Public Administration in Africa with particular reference to Local Government. In 2011 the African Association of Public Administration and Management awarded him a Gold Medal for his contributions to the field.

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Theme 5 (Health)

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Prof Jamila K Adam is the Programme Head for the Clinical Technology Programme in the Department of Biomedical & Technology at DUT. She was the first person to graduate with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Technology in South Africa in 2005. She supervises postgraduate students in various programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences at DUT as well as other Higher Education Institutions.Her main area of research focuses on novel techniques and procedures in Clinical Technology and its contributory effects to Clinical Practice.

 

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