THE UJ EXPERTS

Prof Marwala, who is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Internationalisation at UJ, succeeds Professor Ihron Rensburg.

Since its establishment in 2005, and under the bold and visionary leadership of Prof Ihron Rensburg, the University has had a remarkable journey that has seen it become the national standard bearer for transformation, equity, access, and Pan African and global excellence.

As a result, the University has become a leading African university with global stature that is now ranked 7th amongst Africa’s universities, and ranked within the top 2.3% of universities in the world as published in the QS World University Rankings for 2017/2018.

Prof Marwala will further advance UJ’s vision of excellence in teaching, research and innovation, internationalisation, public scholarship and community engagement to fulfil the strategic goal of the University to become Africa’s epicentre of critical intellectual enquiry.

Prof Marwala has a distinguished tenure at UJ as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Internationalisation since 2013, and was previously UJ’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Prof Marwala has received in excess of 45 honours and awards, including the Order of Mapungubwe and was the first African engineer to be awarded the National Research Foundation’s President’s award. Notable other honours and awards include being the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University (USA), a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering from Cambridge University. He completed a post-doctoral research associateship at the Imperial College (London) and a programme for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. Prof Marwala is a registered professional engineer, a fellow of TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences), the Academy of Science of South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences, the South African Academy of Engineering, a senior member of the IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a distinguished member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

Prof Marwala’s research interests are multi-disciplinary and include the theory and application of computational intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine. As a B-rated researcher, he has published nine books, over 300 papers in journals, proceedings, book chapters and magazines and holds three international patents. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (Taylor and Francis Publishers) and has been a reviewer for more than 40 ISI journals.

His global network is wide and includes being a visiting scholar at Harvard University, at the University of California at Berkeley, at the Wolfson College of University of Cambridge and at Nanjing Tech University. Prof Marwala is also a member of the programming council of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology (Poland).

As UJ continues to reimagine the future, the University welcomes the Vice-Chancellor Designate who will take office on 1 January 2018.

Ylva Rodny-Gumede (Facilitator) is the Senior Director: Division of Internationalisation and also Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg.

She is a Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications Policy Research at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University as well as an MA degree in Politics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MA in Journalism from Cardiff University in the U.K. Ylva is a former journalist and has also worked in marketing and PR. In addition, she has consulted for several government, private and academic institutions in Europe and Southern Africa on issues concerning media and democracy, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, and the SADC Parliamentary Forum. Ylva holds a C 3 rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and is the current President of the South African Communications and Media Association (SACOMM).

Executive Director: Library and Information Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg

Prof Maria Frahm-Arp obtained her PhD in the Sociology of Religion from Warwick University (UK) at the end of 2006.  She is the author of several book chapters and journal articles on Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in South Africa and the author of ‘Professional Women in Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in South Africa’ (Brill 2010) and ‘Into the Deep: Finding God in the Midst of Suffering’ (2015).  She is the winner of the UJ Humanities Teaching and Learning Award (2014) and the Vice-Chancellors Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award (2016).  In 2017 she worked as the Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and since March 2018 she has been working as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Centre at UJ.

He leads the Technopreneurship Centre of the School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems at University of Johannesburg and is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Information Systems at University of Johannesburg.

Dr Abejide Ade-Ibijola leads the Technopreneurship Centre of the School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems at the University of Johannesburg. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Information Systems at UJ and holds a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of the Witwatersrand.