Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa
The SIOPSA Presidency consists of the President, President-Elect and Past President.
The Role of the President is to take accountability for the strategic leadership of the society and to coordinate with the Executive Committee the implementation of the mandate given by our members at the Annual General Meeting. Furthermore, the president should actively engage with all stakeholders of the society to ensure continuous improvement and sustainability as well as the associated availability of resources.
The Role of the President-Elect is to ensure that all communication processes are conducted with the aim of understanding the society, its members and office administration in the context of the presidency. Furthermore, the role is to support the performance of each Executive Committee through planned feedback conversations.
The Role of Past President is to ensure continuity and completion of the important strategic focus areas either taken over or started during their presidency. The past president offers ongoing guidance and knowledge transfer to the incoming president and administration office as required or alternatively planned. The Past-President is also responsible for heading external affairs for the Society. They act as an ambassador for the profession of IOP by establishing SIOPSA as the leading professional body on people matters in the workplace, establish positive, mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders and create sustainable partnerships with industries & business communities to forge symbiotic relationships of mutual benefit
The Role of the Elders is to act as an advisory body and to share their insights of the profession, their institutional memory and the stories that will serve to the benefit of Exco and the SIOPSA members.
Dr Ruwayne Kock
Dr Ruwayne Kock is a registered Industrial and Organisational Psychologist who works as a practitioner and academic across industries, levels and geographies. He has an outstanding 25 year track record of delivering results across national, regional, and global multinational companies by generating innovative human capital solutions to business challenges.
He has extensive global experience in diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership development, executive coaching, organisation development, talent management, learning and development, and change management. He has experience leading culturally diverse teams across markets such as Europe, Middle East and Africa, and mobilising these teams around a common vision, aligned strategy, and practical plan to support business performance and growth.
Ruwayne also serves on the Management and Executive Committee of Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology as Transformation Portfolio and Black Industrial and Organisational Psychology (BIOP) Caucus Chairs. He is also a board member of Dream it Believe it Live it (DBL), an educational foundation.
Prof Nasima Carrim
Prof Dr. Nasima M.H. Carrim is an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria. Before she joined the University of Pretoria, she was an HR manager. She is the Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty. She is also the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Interest Group at the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology in South Africa (SIOPSA). Her research focuses on diversity and inclusion from an intersectionality and identity perspective. She has authored many articles in international journals such as in Gender, Work and Organization, The Journal of Men’s studies among others. She has also published several book chapters in international publications such as in the Handbook on Diversity and Inclusion Indices: A Research Compendium, Research handbook on new frontiers of Equality and Diversity at work and others, including encyclopaedia entries in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, and Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management. Prof Carrim together with Dr. Moolman has published the first prescribed book entitled Managing Diversity in the South African workplace for university students in 2014. The second edition of the book will be available in 2025. Prof. Carrim sits on the Editorial Review Board for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. She is a convenor for the Gender, Work and Organization conference to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2023. She is the Stream Convenor for the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference to be held in Cagliari, Italy in July 2023. In 2014, she also received the Certificate of merit for teaching excellence and innovation at the University of Pretoria for her undergraduate course in diversity management. In 2017, Prof Carrim received the 2016 Best Junior Researcher in Management Sciences in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty at the University of Pretoria. During 2017 she received the Best paper award for her article Attraction and retention of Information Technology graduates in IT organisations: a racial identity perspective at the Eighth Academic Research Conference on Global Business, Economics, Finance and Social Sciences in Greece. She is also a Visiting Professor at Chandigarh University in India.
Dr Sharon Munyaka
Dr. Sharon Munyaka is a registered HPCSA Industrial and Organisational Psychologist. A firm believer in focusing on what is right with people, Sharon works at an individual, team, and organisational level. Sharon is one of the pioneers of research in positive organisational scholarship at the Nelson Mandela University.
Sharon’s philosophy states: when I navigate my work with curiosity, compassion, and courage, it is the gift that keeps on giving. The doors of possibility will open if we allow ourselves to remain open and fully present to what we are creating together.
As a firm believer in focusing on what is right with people, Sharon works at an individual, team and organisational level to positively transform behaviour in the workplace. She is a strong facilitator and holds transformative conversations across all job levels and she utilises her broad skill base and diverse toolkit to unlock potential and to move the conversation to where it needs to get to.
SIOPSA Past Presidents
Prof Crystal Hoole (2022-2023)
Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus (2021-2022)
Dr Marissa Brouwers (2019-2021)
Alison Felix-Lodewyk (2018 – 2019)
Shirleen Titus (2017 – 2018)
Manoko Ratala (2016 – 2017)
Prof Llewellyn van Zyl (2015 – 2016)
Kim Dowdeswell (2014 – 2015)
Andre Westraat (2013 – 2014)
Prof Karel Stanz (2012 – 2013)
Dr Andrew Johnson (2011 – 2012)
Nadene Venter (2010 – 2011)
Prof Anton Schlechter (2009 – 2010)
Stephen Renecle (2008 – 2009)
Fred Guest (2006 – 2008)
Prof Aletta Odendaal (2005 -2006)
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