Professor Alwyn Louw applies decades of academic experience to leading an innovative, dynamic curriculum that gives MSA students an authentic and highly relevant skill set.
His academic path began with a keen interest in social change and development when he obtained his BA (Hons) and Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of the Free State and earned his PhD in Sociology from Vista University. After working in the business and pharmaceutical sector, he began his academic career at the University of Namibia in 1985.
His knowledge of social development has allowed him to approach the academic curriculum with the view of creating skilled students able and prepared to add value to society. He served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Acting Vice-Chancellor of Vaal University of Technology and has also held senior leadership roles at Technikon SA, UNISA and at Vista University’s Welkom Campus. He joined MSA in 2008, and is driven to create a student-centred curriculum with strong learning outcomes, with a focus on empowering students for the information economy.
Frikkie brings over 15 years of teaching experience at various levels including higher education. Along with this experience, Frikkie graduated from the University of the Free State with a Master’s in Arts, with a focus on Higher Education Studies and the issues first year international students face when they enter a higher education institution in South Africa.
Frikkie believes that student success is created through conducive teaching and learning environments as well as through structured interventions like mentorships, and targeted support such as the use of peer collaborators and mentors. His passion for education is the driver of this successful programme. Frikkie envisions that when change is inevitable, education enables positive growth.
Yashin is a professional engineer with a BSc Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria and a postgraduate Business Management diploma from the University of Warwick.
He has held various positions within industry in both engineering and education. He is the vice president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, where he chairs the international committee on Engineering Capacity Building. He has recently been nominated onto the Governing Board of the UNESCO world centre on Engineering Education.
In engineering he played key roles, managing teams in the areas of asset management, maintenance, plant investigations, and renewable energy. He is well known for his expertise in strategy development, business planning, young professional development, and capacity building (research and education). Yashin’s passion for the development of people has resulted in him being elected to lead several initiatives and committees both locally and internationally. These include the Tertiary Education Support Programme at Eskom, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Africa Engineering Week at continental level, amongst others. He has also served on the National Science and Technology Forum Adjudication panel for the National Science Awards, and was Chief Judge on Provincial Science Expos. His interests are in the research areas of Engineering Capacity Building, Systems Integration and Design, Renewable Energy, and Asset Management.
Professor Anna-Mart van Wyk is a globally acknowledged academic in the field of nuclear history. Her academic career has seen her gaining deep knowledge on issues pertaining to arms control and disarmament.
She read a DPhil in History, which sparked her interest in foreign policy and arms control, ultimately leading her to her current specialisation in the history of South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme. Her work has been widely published and presented internationally, and she has been recognised twice with the Monash South Africa Distinguished Researcher Award in recent years.
Passionate about the non-proliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Anna-Mart has lectured courses on contemporary arms control, disarmament, diplomacy, and world history, in addition to postgraduate supervision in related fields. This passion has taken her to speak to global institutions such as Sciences Po, ETH Zurich, the LSE, Yale University, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, as well as the annual global Nuclear History ‘Bootcamp’. She is a partner of the Carnegie-funded Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, an adjunct Professor of History at Monash University in Australia, and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.