Annual Symposium Speakers and Papers

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Dr. Diana van Schalkwyk

Dr Van Schalkwyk is the owner and director at Food Chain Solutions Namibia. She is a Food Scientist, with widespread experience in the Agriculture and Meat Industries, specialising in food processing, manufacturing and quality management systems. She is currently the vicechairperson of the Namibia Manufacturers Association, serving on this board for almost 10 years. In support of the Meat Industry, she was also appointed on the Meat Board of Namibia and serves as a member since 2008. Dr Van Schalkwyk holds a PhD in Food Science from Stellenbosch University, a Masters Degree in Food Chemistry from the University of Namibia and has published extensively in scientific and other journals / books. In 2009, she was selected as a finalist for the Business Woman of the Year. She also contributed to national affairs by serving on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation board for five years. Her passion is job and wealth creation in the undertakings of the Manufacturing sector; her endeavours are driven by this passion.


Mr. Mannfred Goldbeck

Mr Goldbeck is a founding member and Managing Director of the Gondwana Collection Namibia since 1996. Mr Goldbeck has over 20 years of experience in the Tourism Industry and is a keen researcher in the Sector. Before Joining the Gondwana Collection, Mr Goldbeck was Managing Director of the then TransNamib Tours and took it through its commercialization and privatization process, after which it became TransNamibia Tours. TransNamibia Tours was later integrated into Sense of Africa, which today is one of the leading tour companies in the country. Mr Goldbeck is a teacher by profession and has been in the teaching profession for about 6 years.


Dr. Stephen Gelb

Dr. Stephen Gelb is a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, where he leads the work on private sector development. Dr Stephen is an economist by profession, with thirty years of research and policy experience in South Africa and several other developing countries. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He was an activist in the anti-apartheid movement in Canada and South Africa. He was an adviser to President Mbeki in South Africa and a consultant for several UN and other multilateral agencies. He has written extensively on South African economics and politics, on investment between Asia and Africa, on global value chains in manufacturing and agro-processing, and on the financial services sector. He has taught economics, political science and development studies at universities in South Africa, Canada, the US and Switzerland. He established and run the EDGE Institute, an independent research organisation in Johannesburg, and has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.




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