Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School Leaders for tomorrow
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Advisory Panel

ALFRED DA COSTA



Alfred da Costa has a broad range of experience in the commercial arena, having owned and operated various businesses in South Africa. He has strong affiliations with community based and educational institutions. Alfred has served on a number of Parastatal Boards, Councils of Educational institutions such as UNISA and the Port Elizabeth Technicon.

He has also served on National Industry bodies such as NAACAM. Alfred has had intensive involvement in organised business as the CEO of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and subsequently been appointed President of the Chamber. He also served on a number of entities on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) such as Bidvest and served as Chairman of two AltX Listed Companies i.e. IQUAD and RGT Smart. Alfred currently serves as an Independent non-executive director on numerous boards and his passion is leadership development.


 

HENNING JENS



Henning Jens completed his studies at the University of Applied Science Kiel, Germany, in 1988 as a Certified Mechanical Engineer.  In 1990 he graduated with a degree as Certified Industrial Engineer after further studies in business administration at the University of Kiel. While completing these studies, he worked as self-employed Engineering Consultant, specialized in engine development.  He received his MBA at the Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA in 2002.

Henning began his corporate career in 1991 at Airbus Industries Headquarter in the Strategy Department in Hamburg, Germany. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked on various strategic projects in the Production and the Technical Development.  In 1995 he was appointed as Project Manager Target Costing in the Development of a new regional aircraft. Between 1996 and 2001 he took up the position as Head of Controlling for Research & Development and Aircraft Programs at Airbus Germany. In 2001 he also became Head of Corporate Risk Management of Airbus Germany.

Following this he was assigned to Toulouse, France, as Finance Project Leader of the Airbus A380 Program. He was responsible for setting up the transnational Project controlling organisation involving the Airbus partners in France, Germany, Spain and the UK.  During 2002 Mr Jens moved on to the automotive industry and joined the W. Karmann Group, Germany, as a Member of the Management Board in the position of Head of Finance and Controlling, being responsible for the German holding and the international subsidiaries.


In 2010 Henning joined the Volkswagen AG to found a new company, the Volkswagen Osnabrueck GmbH, as a member of the Executive Board, heading Finance, IT and Purchasing. In the following years the company ramped up the production of VW Golf Cabrio, VW Tiguan, VW XL1 as well as the Porsche Boxter, Cayman and Cayenne. In March 2016 Mr. Jens was assigned as Finance Director Volkswagen Group of South Africa and Region Sub-Saharan Africa. Beside his corporate career Mr. Jens set up a private management training seminar with the Controller Academy, Munich, in the field of Research and Development Controlling. He managed the seminar as a lecturer between 1997 and 2010.

 

 

ACHMAT MOHAMED



Achmat Nordien Mohamed was born in Uitenhage and qualified as a Secondary School teacher.  After two years of teaching he resigned and joined the private sector in a Human Resources capacity. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry, most of which are at executive management level covering disciplines including human resources, manufacturing, marketing and sales, project management and plant facilities.

Over a continuous 34 year period Achmat was a member of the executive committee of the old PE Technicon council, the merged council (UPE/Technicon and Vista University) as well as the Nelson Mandela University Council. He chaired at different stages the Human Resources, REMCOM and Finance committees of Council.

He currently serves as a non-executive director of two automotive Companies and an event management company and chairs the board of East Cape Training Centre as well as the board of trustees of two foundations.

 

 

NOMKHITA MONA



Nomkhita Mona is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.    Previously, she was Group CEO of South African Forestry Company Ltd (SAFCOL).    Other top positions she has held include CEO of The UDDI, Associate Consultant for an International Consulting company, CEO of Inkezo Land Company in Durban and CEO of the Eastern Cape Tourism Board.  Prior to this, she was the Registrar of the CCMA in Mpumalanga.  She was a Commissioner of the Eastern Cape Planning Commission (ECPC).

Nomkhita holds an MBA from Rhodes University.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Labour Relations & Human Resources from UPE.  She attained an Honours degree in Industrial Relations and a BA degree (Psychology & Sociology) from the University of Port Elizabeth.  

Nomkhita Mona was the first Black woman to be appointed to the board of Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Holdings SA.  

She currently serves on the boards of the Wilderness Foundation (SA), where she is also a trustee, is a Member of ICASA Remco, NCT (HR Governance Committee), NMU Business School Advisory Board and NMU eNtsa Board.

 

 

CUMESH MOODLIAR


 
Cumesh Moodliar has been with Investec Private Banking since 2012, spending the first four years as head of the Port Elizabeth Private Bank and the past two years as national head of Banking. He was recently appointed in the role as the head of Private Banking SA.
 
He holds a BA, LLB, LLM (Tax) and completed a Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School in 2015, and the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship in 2016.
 
He started his career at Goldberg & De Villiers, an established Eastern Cape-based law firm, where he headed up the commercial law department.

 

 

KAREN-LOUISE POSTHUMUS



Karen Posthumus obtained a B.Com and B.Com Honours in Industrial Psychology through UNISA as well as her MBA through NMU Business School.  She has held senior HR positions with the Edcon Group, Granor Passi (Pty) Ltd and is currently heading up the HR department for BKB Ltd.