SASIE Fellows

SASIE Fellows South Africa

Fiona Mulira is currently pursuing a PhD in Business and Management at The University of Witwatersrand South Africa. She has a Masters of Philosophy from Cambridge University UK in Special Education Needs (SEN) and an MBA (Human Resource Management) and a BBA (Human Resource Management) from Makerere University Uganda.

Fiona has spent the last six years conducting research in the area of entrepreneurship among marginalized groups (youth, women and persons with disabilities) in resource constrained environments.  Her current PhD research is on entrepreneurship training and economic sustainability of micro enterprises operated by women with disabilities in Uganda.


Mrs Hajo Morallane (MBA, MSc, HDipTax) is a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria.

My name is Hajo. I enjoy finding solutions to challenging life issues. As an entrepreneur, I am not afraid to implement ideas and try out new things.

My strengths include diverse business, corporate and public sector experience in tax, strategy, human capital and operational management. I have studied, worked and travelled extensively, both locally and abroad.

I strongly believe that most of the solutions to modern day issues are hidden in the pages of books, hence my love for reading and writing. It keeps me relevant.

My goal is to help find solutions to Africa’s socio-economic problems. Statistics reveal that 80% of start-ups in South Africa fail within the first three years of operation, meaning that 20% of entrepreneurs in South Africa survive.  My study focuses on established entrepreneurs and how the relationship between their personality traits and cognitive adaptability can shed light on why they are surviving.

Reinhard Tolken is a PhD Fellow studying towards a PhD in Organisational Behaviour in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria. His background is in mainstream psychology and he has obtained a M.A. Research Psychology degree in 2011. He is very passionate about people and would like to know why they act and react in certain ways. Other fields of interest include leadership, organisational citizenship, corporate culture, social aspects in organisations, and technological innovation.

Reinhard is also a registered Research Psychologist of the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa). He has more than 7 years lecturing experience including Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Industrial Psychology, Psychology Theories, Cognitive Psychology, Neuro-Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology. He has also facilitated workshops for the Clinical and Counselling Psychology Masters students

Joshua Dele-Ijagbulu is from the Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria. He has a background in civil engineering and project management and is currently involved in education and research.

His research career began with his MBA dissertation which investigated financial constraints amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South-West Nigeria. He has participated in training courses and workshops on research methods and quantitative techniques at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand. He has also presented his research to the doctoral consortium at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. He recently published an article titled “Investigating the role of African-Immigrant-Owned Small Business in Employment Creation for South Africa”.  His doctoral study focuses on entrepreneurial orientation as a competitive strategy in employment growth of SMEs, a study which seeks to shed light on the job creation trend and potential of SMEs in South Africa. His research interests cut across strategy, entrepreneurship and small business growth. He has a passion for entrepreneurship education, small business development and poverty alleviation in Africa through new venture and job creation and theses themes will guide his research career.

Prilashnee Moodley (Michelle) is a South African PhD student at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. The focus of her PhD research is on Entrepreneurship in the Informal Sector. She was awarded a scholarship by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship to pursue her PhD in Informal Sector Entrepreneurship. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, inclusive business, BOP, informal economy, social and economic development.

Michelle completed an MBA with distinction at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, and holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of KwaZulu Natal and a B.Sc (Hons) in Information systems from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Michelle is passionate about transformation and social development and has initiated and participated in numerous upliftment programmes in her local community.

Refiloe Ntoi completed her undergraduate studies (Bachelor of Science degree University of Durban-Westville/Honors Degree Rhodes University) in 2001.  Refiloe is currently enrolled for her postgraduate doctoral studies at Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering University of Durban Westville and BPhil degree in Sustainable Development specialising in Renewable Energy (Stellenbosch University). She proceeded to work as an environmental scientist in-training in a water utility company.  Refiloe’s passion for community work led her to enroll for a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV and AIDS Management at the Stellenbosch University graduating in 2012.

She is also a professional board member and a community representative for the Professional Board of Environmental Health governed by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Other awards include Best Sustainable Development Project for South African Women in Engineering Conference 2009 and winner at the UMBONO Entrepreneurial Challenge-2010.

Mr Kgabo Ramoroka is currently enrolled for PhD in innovation studies at Wits Business School. He holds MSc in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) and a BSc in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) degrees both obtained from the University of Limpopo.

He is also undergoing a trainee research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa. He is involved in rural innovation research projects at the HSRC funded by the Department of Science and Technology. Kgabo has presented papers at various national and international conferences and workshops. His publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of 1 concept paper, 3 articles in peer reviewed journals, 2 policy briefs, 5 research reports and short publications and briefing notes in policy-oriented magazines.

His areas of research interest include rural innovation covering actor networks, innovation learning and capability building and Sustainable agriculture and rural development.

James Danielson is from Cape Town and - after completing an undergraduate degree at Rhodes University - travelled in Europe and taught English in South Korea.  His PhD studies are based at the University of Rhodes

His research interests lie in the fields of systems thinking, climate change, renewable energy, deliberative democracy, computer-aided pedagogy, and distributed computing. His thesis argues that the internet and mobile computing allow for the deployment of an ICT-facilitated form of deliberative democracy; a capacity that can both empower global citizens and generate solutions to the interrelated crises of climate instability and energy resilience.


Divaries Cosmas Jaravaza was born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe on 8 May 1972. He trained as a high school business subjects’ teacher and attained a Diploma in Education. He also earned a Diploma in Marketing (IMM GSM), Diploma in Management (IAC), Higher Diploma in Accountancy (SAAA), Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing (IMM GSM), Master of Business Administration (ZOU) and Master of Commerce in Marketing Strategy (MSU).

He is currently studying towards a Doctorate with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School. His research interests are in Marketing, Transformative Consumer Research and Education.

He is currently a full time lecturer at Bindura University of Science Education in the Faculty of Commerce. He has formerly been a lecturer at Mutare Teachers’ College, an associate college of the University of Zimbabwe  between 2002 to 2010.He was a part time lecturer in business courses at Africa University in Zimbabwe from 2009.Has been a distinguished high school business subjects teacher, consultant and national examiner since 1994.

Xolisa Dhlamini, CDFA is a PhD candidate and a researcher for the Bertha Centre at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCTGSB).

He was previously the head of the African network for the UN-Supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Prior to PRI, Xolisa spent more than 8 years as an analyst and investment consultant to South African pension funds. He is a Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) with the Chartered Institute of Development Finance (CIDEF). He holds a BCom from Wits University, a BCom (Hons) from UNISA and a MPhil in Development Finance from the UCTGSB

 SASIE Fellows UK


Manavi Perera is a first year PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

Her current PhD research focuses on the role of ethnocentric voting in the democratization of non- established democracies and anocracies. While her main research interests lie in electoral engineering for promotion of sustainable democracy, she is also passionate about promoting grassroots development through social innovation.

 In the past she has worked in various capacities in Fiji, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Kenya to promote grassroots development through social entrepreneurship. She believes that social innovation paired with bottom- up growth is the key to sustainable development.


P. Linh Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in Survey Methodology at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. Her research interests include core topics in survey methodology in Sub-Saharan Africa like interviewer effects and mode effects induced by Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) with laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

In parallel to her Ph.D. studies, she works in a research project in Zambia at the Chair for Econometrics at the University of Mannheim. This impact evaluation project includes a randomized control trial (RTC) to investigate the effect of financial intermediation of village saving and loan associations in rural Zambia.

Linh holds a Master in Political Science from the University of Mannheim and worked as Monitoring and Evaluation consultant for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Johannesburg and Senegal before starting her Ph.D. studies.


Katariina Mustasilta is  first-year PhD student at the Department of Government at the University of Essex

My academic background is in Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, and Development Studies. I am highly interested in the broad social scientific questions of how political agents and groups, their identities, and interests interact and how this influences peace and development.

Over the past few years I have gained some experience in working with peacebuilding programmes in the public sphere and the non-governmental sector in Finland. Inspired by these experiences, my PhD focuses on the ways in which domestic agents and institutions, both formal and informal, interact and innovate at the local level in order to build stability that is necessary for development. The SASIE fellowship provides me a great opportunity to study this hybridity and its effects in different subnational contexts in South Africa.

Feyishola Ayenuyo is a first year PhD student at Essex Business School at the University of Essex.

As a B.Sc Economics graduate from a Nigerian university, I obtained a M.Sc degree at the University of Manchester and I am currently studying P.hD Management at the University of Essex Business School. My research is centered on how elites and the poor perceive poverty in their society using Nigeria and South Africa as case studies.

The aim of my research is to examine and evaluate the view of those who are subjected to poverty and how relevant or significant are their views for poverty reduction in their societies. In addition, my research aims to re-evaluate Nigerian and South African elites level of poverty awareness based on the socio consciousness theory.