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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.

Adrian Ciesielski (2009)

Adrian Ciesielski is Twitter's Sales Manager for Greater Africa and one of the key speakers for #SMWNairobi 2018. Adrian started his career as a start-up enthusiast building and managing various digital portfolios. He studied sustainable business at Rhodes University where he obtained his MBA and proceeded to work for a digital consultancy specializing in online strategy. With a strong affinity for strategic thinking and hard work, his objectives are to advance Africa's role as a global digital leader.

Nomkhita Mona (2001)

Nomkhita Mona, the recently appointed head of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber (NMBBC), wants the organisation to play a key role in boosting investment and fast-tracking development in the region. The 51-year-old and a mother of three, who joined the chamber as CEO in December, is passionate about her home town’s economic prospects.

Natalie Stear (1984)

THERE is a saying that old teachers never die; they simply lose their class.” This is according to Natalie Stear, the guest speaker at Riebeek College Girls’ High School Founder’s Day which was held recently in Uitenhage. “Now that we’re living in an age of spreading social media via facebook, twitter, Instagram and so many apps coming into their own, we have wonderful opportunities of staying in touch with each other. So we teachers haven‘t lost our class after all!” said Stear.

Lukanyo Mnyanda (1993)

Lukanyo Mnyanda succeeded Tim Cohen as Editor of Business Day on 1 May. Mnyanda joined Business Day from Bloomberg in Edinburgh. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, and an MSc in international development from the University of Bath.

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