PMD Open Evening

Enhance your career by improving your business knowledge and management skills.

The GIBS Programme for Management Development (PMD) is an innovative and stimulating learning experience. Both the content and design of this intensive programme have been based on a needs analysis conducted with South African business leaders.

You are invited to join us for an information session about the programme, where you will get the opportunity to meet the GIBS team and faculty.

See details below.

Date: 09 May 2019
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Venue: GIBS, Classroom 11

*Please note that the session is free of charge. 

Should you need more information on the session or the programme, please send an email to or call the PMD team on 0117714000.

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  • Abdullah Verachia

    Abdullah Hassen Verachia is an admitted attorney and holds qualifications from leading academic institutions. He holds a Bachelors in Law and a Masters in Management (cum laude). He has also completed executive programmes on strategy and shared value and also on Competitiveness, with Professor Michael Porter's Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School as well as on broadcast technology at Columbia Business School.

    Abdullah serves as the CEO of The Strategists where he plays an active role in assisting companies and organisations craft competitive future strategies. He has significant expertise in strategy, competitiveness and sector trends and facilitates a number of high level strategy sessions and breakaways for companies and governments and also speaks globally in this area. He led the team that crafted the 2017 – 2030 Gauteng Economic Development Strategy with the Premier and Executive Council. He also led the 2017 Mauritius Competitiveness foresight strategy,


    Having presented and consulted in over 60 cities globally Abdullah has been recognised as a leading speaker, disruptor, strategist and thought leader on competitiveness and the interplay between strategy and disruptive innovation.. His experience  make him a sought after global speaker in these areas. He has presented around the world to leading listed firms, international organisations and governments including in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Accra, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, London and New York. He has been asked to present at some of the world's leading institutions including the School of Public and International Affairs at Colombia University in New York, Tedx Euston, the OECD in Paris and Casa Asia in Madrid amongst others.

    He has provided business strategy solutions on behalf of listed and multinational clients in Asia, Africa and Europe. Abdullah has also initiated and advised on some of the largest Asian investments into Africa. He also advised numerous South African companies on their internationalisation strategies with various Emerging Market economies.

    Abdullah has headed up research, strategy and consulting assignments in an array of sectors including banking, mining, finance, asset management, construction, insurance, legal, audit, FMCG, telecoms, retail and automotive. He has also headed up consulting assignments on behalf of a number of South African Industrial Development Zones and Investment Promotion Agencies. He has also done work on behalf of leading donor organisations and specifically on the intra-emerging market flows between Asia and Africa.

    He has also advised and engaged with a number of Indian companies entering Africa. He has participated in numerous high profile Asia-Africa initiatives, private meetings, conferences and delegations and served on a number of initiatives. Abdullah is also a regular media commentator for a number of publications including CNBC Africa, BBC, CCTV, CNN, SABC, Moneyweb, Business Day, SAFM, 702, Al Jazeera, New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters and the Sunday Times.

    Abdullah has co-authored a book on the commercial corridor between Africa and India as is currently co-authoring a book on Leading in a changing world – the future of disruption.

    Abdullah also serves on a few boards. Companies and organisations have found Abdullah's unique blend of legal, business, emerging market, academic and youth experience to add incredible value to their strategies.

  • Dorothy Ndletyana
    Dr. Dorothy Ndletyana, a Fulbright Scholar, is a Lecturer at GIBS. Her teaching interests are broadly in Organisational Development, Leadership, Coaching and Talent Management.

    Dorothy is the Director of Ndletyana Learning, an Integral Learning & Development company, that offers the following services: Integral Coaching; Design, Development, & Facilitation of deeply transformative interventions and Talent Management Advisory. Their clients include: Fraser Alexander, Tarsus Technology Group, Discovery Invest, Oxfam South Africa, City of Tswane, UNISA, UCT GSB. 

    Dorothy has 18 years’ local and international experience in the professional services, financial and not-for-profit sectors. She is an ICF accredited Associate Certified Coach and a New Ventures West Certified Integral Coach.

    Dorothy led Standard Chartered Bank’s Learning function across 15 African countries. Prior to this she was responsible for Learning & Talent Management at FirstRand’s Corporate Centre and Leadership Development for the FirstRand Group. She served Deloitte for nine years, both as Head of Learning in South Africa and Global Learning Manager at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in New York. While there, she worked across 16 European countries. She is excellent at creating interventions that enable people and organisations to thrive.

  • Professor John Ford

    John qualified as a CA (SA) with Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young) where he worked for some 12 years. His final position there was that of partner responsible for Computer Audit Education. In 1983 he joined the Wits Business School (WBS) where he attained the position of associate professor in Business Administration (in the areas of accounting, control and management information systems) which he held till his departure in December 2004. From 1995 to June 2004, John also held the position of executive education director at the WBS.

    John is the founder and convenor of the two- year H Dip Computer Auditing Course run by Wits University (previously the NACCA course).

    His consulting interests are in the following areas: product/customer costing and profitability; key ratio and performance measures; management accounting reporting as well as bridging the gap between users and the finance department.

  • Tony Christodoulou

    Tony is the CIO of Africa for American Tower Corporation. He is an IT executive and execution enablement specialist with broad experience, largely in the financial and telecommunications sector. Tony has managed many complex cross-border programmes and projects in all aspects from operations, compliance, and strategy to various aspects of IT, process efficiencies and integration within retail/corporate banking and telco infrastructure and operations.

    He managed work-streams within the Barclays-Absa merger and acquisition, and drove strategic alignment (from standardisation to decentralisation initiatives). He has worked and executed across 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East for American Towers, Barclays Bank, Absa Bank and Standard Bank which has provided him with the opportunity to effectively manage IT projects/programmes, infrastructure and business transitions that are strategic in nature from a group perspective.

  • Silas Matlala
    Silas professional career started within the Market Research space, before making a switch to classical Marketing career. His brings vast experience, spanning more than 15 years, across diverse industries and categories within both the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Service areas. 

    Upon completion of his MBA, Silas joined Gibs as part time faculty, and has been with Gibs since 2012.  

  • Professor Gavin Price

    Prof Price is an admitted attorney and has also worked as a corporate legal advisor in the property development industry before joining the banking and finance industry.

    In the banking industry, he was the legal manager and chief mediator for the industry’s ombudsman before joining Stannic (Standard Bank) as their head of legal, compliance and operational risk. He was also a member of their executive committee.

    In addition to his expertise in the banking and finance industry, Dr Price has considerable experience and knowledge through his work in the property development, retail and motor industries.

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