Some information about our speakers.

Prof. Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011.
A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia.
Throughout his career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher and an academic administrator. He has authored hundreds of scientific and academic publications and supervised over 50 graduate students. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June, 2014.
President Hamdullahpur’s central motivation is ensuring that the impact of university education, research and scholarship on our broader society is maximized through constant reform and innovation in the higher education sector. He is a leading advocate for the value of basic research and its relevance to educational excellence and economic prosperity.
His current focus at the University of Waterloo is expanding its lead in innovation, building on Waterloo’s long-standing and emerging strengths in co-operative education, research, entrepreneurship, and equity. The University of Waterloo has dominated Canadian university innovation rankings for 25 consecutive years. Its goal is to be recognized as one of the top innovation universities in the world.

Mr Sanele Jerome Mlotshwa

Mr Mlotshwa’s working career in education began in 1989 when he took on an EDUCATOR position at ENZIMANE Combined School in Utrecht between 1989 and 1999. He was promoted in 2000 as the PRINCIPAL of ENZIMANE COMBINED SCHOOL.
The year 2009 brought change when Mr Mlotshwa was promoted to CHIEF CIRCUIT MANAGER OF NQUTHU AND ENDUMENI CIRCUITS. He served from 2009 to 2014.
Mr Mlotshwa yet again was promoted but this time within Department of Higher Education and Training as Majuba TVET College RECTOR (DIRECTOR OR CEO) in 2014. As the Head of the Institution, he’s demanding role to oversee 8 campuses in Newcastle and Dundee allowed Mr Mlotshwa an opportunity to utilise he’s many years of experience and acumen in the Education Dept in taking Majuba College to greater heights

Prof. Marcus Ramogale

Prof. Marcus Ramogale is currently the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT). His substantive appointment is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at MUT, since June 2015. Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the same institution, from September 2009 to May 2015, providing strategic leadership and management in teaching, learning, research, quality management, cooperative education and library services. Before his appointment at MUT, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs & Research) at the University of Venda, with responsibility for strategic leadership and management in teaching, learning, research, postgraduate studies, quality management and library services, including the management of student affairs and HIV/AIDS. With over 13 years of executive leadership experience, Prof. Ramogale is one of the long-serving Deputy Vice-Chancellors in post-apartheid South Africa. He has also previously served as the Deputy President of the Alumni and Convocation Association of the University of Limpopo.

Prof. Ramogale was born in Limpopo Province but grew up in Gauteng Province where he matriculated
at Tembisa High School, East Rand. He read for his first degree at the University of the North
(now the University of Limpopo), majoring in English and Education. This was followed by a BA Honours Degree in English and a University Education Diploma at the same institution. After a brief spell as a Junior Lecturer in the University of the North’s Department of English, he went to the United Kingdom to study for a Master’s Degree in English Studies at the University of Nottingham, followed by a PhD in English Studies at the same institution.

Prof. Ramogale’s other previous appointments include Deputy Dean: School of Human and Social Sciences, University of Venda; Head of the Department of English, University of Venda; and Senior Lecturer in English, University of the North.

Prof. Ramogale’s professional interests include political analysis, higher education issues and the development of entrepreneurship education, leadership, writing, literacy and public speaking skills. He writes short English fiction in his spare time.

Mr Joe Samuels

Joe Samuels has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for SAQA since 1 March 2012.

He holds a BSc (Hons) and an MPhil from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He is a specialist in Qualifications Frameworks, Educational Policy, Standards Setting, Quality Assurance and Adult and Community Education.

He worked in a medical laboratory, as a teacher, a Physiology Lecturer (UWC) (4years) and as the Coordinator: Continuing Education Programmes at the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) at the UWC for 10 years prior to joining SAQA. He was the Director for Standards Setting and Development at SAQA before he was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Officer which he held for 7 years before his next promotion to the CEO position. He has been working at SAQA for the past 20 years.

Joe organised and participated in many national and international seminars and conference where he delivered various papers, covering topics like the role of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF), the generation of qualifications and standards, quality assurance within education and training, recognition of prior learning, the integration of education and training, human rights and the NQF and NQFs/RQFs in the SADC region, on the African continent and globally.

Joe serves on the councils of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), the Quality Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi), National Skills Authority (NSA) and the board of SAQA. He is the current chairperson of the Education Sector Committee of the UNESCO SA National Commission and chairperson of the SADC Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA). He serves on various committees and task teams including those for the recognition of prior learning, workers education, and others. He is also the deputy chairperson of the University of the Western Cape Alumni Association in Gauteng.


Ms Thulethu Nongauza-Njengele is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (functionalized as a Deputy Principal) at Ikhala TVET College in the Eastern Cape.
A highly motivated professional with a strong commercial mind-set, business acumen and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of Planning, Research and Institutional Development disciplines at executive levels.

She obtained a BSc(Education) from the then University of Transkei (which is now WSU); Bed (Honors) from the University of Fort-Hare; an Advanced Diploma in Project Management (NQF Level 6); Programme in Development and Implementation of a Total Quality Management System; MPhil (Management Coaching) from University of Stellenbosch; and a number of enrichment short courses. She is currently in a process of registering a PhD (Business Management and Administration) with the University of Stellenbosch.

She has acquired an extensive understanding of public sector systems; inter-governmental partnerships; and Public-Private-Partnerships in South Africa.

Her key competencies of Enhancing organizational efficiency; Coaching for organizational performance; Strategy Execution; Research and Report Writing skills; Ability to handle complex and diverse situations with diplomacy; and Extensive National and organization skills development experience; amongst others, contributed to her attainment of the 2017Award as a Finalist in the: Government Employed Official Sector of the CEO Global’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government 2017 Awards.