International Panel Judges

Prof. Peliwe Lolwana
Chair of South Africa’s Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

Peliwe Lolwana holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Univ. of Massachusetts, U.S.A. and is currently the Chair of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), one (1) of South Africa’s three (3) Quality Councils -charged with the independent oversight of the quality of the national education sector. Professor Lolwana also the chairs the National Planning Task Team for Community Education and Training Colleges –and is a visiting associate professor and former Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of Witwatersrand. 

Her particular forte is in translating conceptual ideas to implementable projects, and managing different role players in achieving a common goal. She established the school quality assurance body –Umalusi, serving as its first CEO for 8 years. Before this, she was a director at the Institute for the National Development of Learnerships, Employment Skills and Labour Assessments (INDLELA), an organisation she transformed from the Central organisation for Trades Testing (COTT). 

She has also worked as a Director of Policy Development at the Independent Examinations Board; at the University of Transkei (Walter Sisulu) as a researcher; and as a teacher in two high schools. In addition, she serves in a number education bodies on the continent and the Commonwealth; and consults for the World Bank, UNESCO; Nuffic, ILO; Education Commission; and the association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

Why did we select Professor Polwana to serve as Chief Judge of The CFO Junior Case Study Competition?

Professor Lolwana is a new addition to our international panel of judges -specifically head hunted to serve as chair of the international panel of The CFO Junior National Case Study Competition for South African high schools. The competition is as much about Re-imagining, Innovating and Changing Education as it is about creating a platform for identifying and grooming Africa’s next generation of business leaders. 

The Project Board needed an accomplished education leader, with a track record -steeped in the business of re-imagining, innovating and transforming education; someone with the continental and international credentials across all levels –primary, secondary and post-secondary education. The CFO Junior –in its first edition, needed a consummate professional with integrity and gravitas, capable of securing the much needed confidence of key stakeholders: South Africa’s education policy makers, private and public education bodies, high schools, teachers, labour, and big business. 

Professor Lolwana has led 2 of South Africa’s only 3 Quality Councils, delivering change and building a better education system –an ethos of this competition. It was inevitable that The CFO Project Board would stop at nothing to secure her unique qualities, to preside over the panel of judges -in the impartial and arduous adjudication process of deciding the eventual winners!

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