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Prof Anita Bosch

Anita Bosch is a Professor at Stellenbosch Business School where holds the Research Chair dedicated to the study of women at work.

She is the editor of the annual WomensReport.africa which is in its 12th year of publication. Her work spans the field of women in paid work in the formal sector in South Africa with a special interest in the African continent. This provides a complex intersectional lens on women’s workplace topics such as identity, gender roles and traits, structural inequality, pay gap transparency, women on boards, sustainable governance, women in male-dominated environments, and workplace gender policy.  

Anita is the author of a number of public reports including Women on South African boards: Facts, fiction and forward thinking; the Gender pay gap guide for the already converted and, Winds of change: Trade as a catalyst for board gender diversity. Her publications also feature in international journals and academic books such as the recent Special Collection where she collaborated with Prof Lize Booysen on Women in Business in Africa in the SA Journal of Business Management. Anita is a seasoned public speaker and is regularly featured in the media. 

She has been twice invited to present her work to the South African parliament, is a non-executive director of the National Business Initiative, and a Research Fellow at Vlerick Business School, Belgium and is a faculty member of the United Nations Global Compact.  

Prior to joining Stellenbosch, Anita was the head of the Women in the Workplace research programme at the University of Johannesburg, where she also held a number of other leadership roles. She has also worked and held leadership positions in the private sector.  

Anita Bosch


Dr Nthabiseng Moleko

Nthabiseng Moleko is a Development Economist who is core faculty member at Stellenbosch Business School where she teaches Economics and Statistics as a Senior Lecturer since 2017. As a former CEO at a Development Agency, Project manager and Researcher at the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council, she has worked extensively in the economic development landscape. She also serves as a Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equality appointed by the President in 2017 and is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission.

The Minister of Trade & Industry appointed her as a Board of Trustee for the National Empowerment Fund, where she Chaired the Boards Investment Committee. In 2021 she was appointed the Chairperson of the National Empowerment Fund and continues to serve as a Trustee in the new Board. She also serves in the strategic advisory committee of the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s Infrastructure Fund.

Nthabiseng holds an Honours in Business Science (Economics) from University of Cape Town and an MPhil in Development Finance from Stellenbosch Business School. She completed her PhD in Development Finance at Stellenbosch Business School and is the first South African woman to be conferred a doctorate in this discipline.

Dr Nthabiseng Moleko

Dr Lize Barclay

Lize Barclay studied Town and Regional Planning at North West University and then worked as Town Planner in consulting and thereafter local government in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province. There she juggled the needs of the mines with traditional communities, as well as with conservation and tourism, to develop towards a mutually beneficial future. From 2002 she was a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Free State where she lectured 51 different modules in the taught programmes Honours Degree in Spatial Planning, Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Master’s Degree in Property Management, Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Bachelors in Land Administration. Under her guidance 34 students finished their Master’s dissertations. She ran several Community Service Learning projects and her research focused on the spatial context of gender, innovation, technology, futures, scenarios, gaming, tourism, transportation, local economic development and indigenous knowledge systems.  

Lize completed her PhD in Town and Regional Planning with the title “The applicability of gaming simulation in teaching and learning in urban and regional planning: a ten-year case study at the University of the Free State”. Lize decided to take a short sabbatical from academia and worked as Researcher at the Western Cape Government, in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, assisting with the establishment of the Intelligence Management and Research sub-directorate. Her projects focused on enabling planners in regional government to provide support to communities, business, start-ups and the gaming industry through innovation, placemaking and design to ensure a better future for the Western Cape.  

On the 1st of December 2017 Lize joined the Stellenbosch Business School as Senior Lecturer in Futures Studies and Systems Thinking. Her current research explores policies and its future impact, gentrification, hipster culture, gaming, gender, the 4th Industrial Revolution and indigenous knowledge systems.

Dr Lize Barclay

Dr Njeri Mwagiru

Njeri is a Senior Futurist at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at Stellenbosch Business School.

Her work focuses on strengthening capabilities of individuals, organisations and states in Africa, to navigate complexity and uncertainty, to realise long-term goals and visions. Her research interests include leadership, organisational performance, knowledge, gender and diversity, inclusivity and transformation.

Njeri has a Masters in International Relations and holds a PhD in Business Administration. She is also co-founder of a research and business development organisation that facilitates long-term institutional partnership building.

She has worked with a range of organisations in several capacities and contexts including research; higher education teaching and skills building; executive management training;  policy, strategy and programme development; short course design, planning and delivery; project management and coordination; evaluation of initiatives for valued business, public sector, and international partners.

Her vocation is to support knowledge sharing and exchange, to facilitate integrated strategic planning, and enhance evidence-based decision making and high performance to achieve desired futures.

Dr Njeri Mwagiru

Shimon Barit

Shimon Barit is a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch Business School where he collaborates with the Research Chair Professor Anita Bosch, who is dedicated to the study of women at work. Shimon has collaborated with Professor Bosch on public reports, including Women on South African boards: Facts, fiction and forward thinking; and Winds of change: Trade as a catalyst for board gender diversity, as well as on Gender pay transparency mechanisms: Future directions for South Africa, a journal article in the South African Journal of Science. 

Shimon graduated with a Bachelor of Surgery and Medicine (MBChB) and subsequently also attained a Master of Science (Medical Criminalistics), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws specialising in Corporate Law (LLM (Corporate Law)) all from the University of Pretoria. His research focuses on corporate governance with specific interest on the mechanisms available to stimulate gender inclusivity and social sustainability.  

Shimon completed his medical internship at the King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and is currently performing his community service in Durban. 

Shimon Barit