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Chris Brink

Distinguished Old Rhodian Award: Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom for 10 years, and before that as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University for 5 years. He retired in 2016, and returned to South Africa.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Distinguished Old Rhodian Award: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela completed her Bachelor’s and Honours degrees at Fort University, her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Rhodes University, and her PhD in Psychology at the University of Cape Town.

Tony Granger

Distinguished Old Rhodian Award: South African born author and businessperson, Tony Granger has continued the Old Rhodian tradition as a trustee of the Rhodes University United Kingdom Trust.

Prof Godwell Nhamo

Distinguished Old Rhodian Award: Professor Godwell Nhamo, (a C3 Rated NRF researcher), has dedicated his life since his first enrolment at Rhodes in 2003 to opening up critical research areas in the fields of climate policy, green economy and sustainable development.

Michael Denenga (1995)

Webber Wentzel re-appoints Michael Denenga, one of South Africa’s leading experts in finance and investment funds. Denenga joins as equity partner in the firm’s funds practice from April 2018. Recognised by a number of international ratings agencies, including Chambers Global, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000, Denenga joins Webber Wentzel from Dentons where he served as chairman of their Africa banking group and head of their South Africa banking practice.

Rachel Sibande (2015)

Malawi’s Rachel Sibande’s “Light from Maize” won in the climate category for her idea of using maize cobs to generate electricity. Dr. Conrad Tankou won in the personalized health field for invention of a digital microscope that connects a smartphone to scan for cervical and breast cancer remotely, uploading the data on to the cloud for doctors kilometres away for analysis. Professor Abdoulaye Banire Diallo’s precision genome analysis project won in the deeptech category.

Mark Shanahan (1988)

AUB Group Limited (ASX:AUB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Shanahan as Chief Financial Officer, effective 12th April 2018. Commencing his career at KPMG, Mr Shanahan has over 25 years' experience in Chief Financial Officer and senior operational roles across Australia, Asia and Europe.

Welekazi Ndika (2001)

Welekazi Ndika, the recently appointed Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, joins Sanral's Southern Region with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Ndika has spent 28 years in the public service, the first 14 years of which she was a high school teacher in Mdantsane. In 2006 she joined the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape as the Assistant Director for Policy and Planning where she later specialised in Strategy Development and Planning for the entities in the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape

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