Frikkie brings with him over 17 years of teaching experience at various levels including higher education. Along with this experience, he graduated from the University of the Free State with a Masters in Arts, focusing on Higher Education Studies. His interests vary from the first year experience to innovation in education.
Frikkie believes that student success is created through conducive teaching and learning environments as well as through structured interventions, like mentorships and targeted support, such as the use of peer collaborators and mentors. His passion for Education is the driver of this successful programme. Frikkie envisions that when change is inevitable, education enables positive growth.
Yashin is a professional engineer with a BSc Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria and a postgraduate Business Management diploma from the University of Warwick.
He has held various positions within industry in both engineering and education. He is the vice president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, where he chairs the international committee on Engineering Capacity Building. He has recently been nominated onto the Governing Board of the UNESCO world centre on Engineering Education.
In engineering he played key roles, managing teams in the areas of asset management, maintenance, plant investigations, and renewable energy. He is well known for his expertise in strategy development, business planning, young professional development, and capacity building (research and education). Yashin’s passion for the development of people has resulted in him being elected to lead several initiatives and committees both locally and internationally. These include the Tertiary Education Support Programme at Eskom, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Africa Engineering Week at continental level, amongst others. He has also served on the National Science and Technology Forum Adjudication panel for the National Science Awards, and was Chief Judge on Provincial Science Expos. His interests are in the research areas of Engineering Capacity Building, Systems Integration and Design, Renewable Energy, and Asset Management.
Dr Rika Swanzen is a recognised pioneer in the child and youth care sector and is a Ministerial appointee to the South African Council for Social Service Professions.
In this role she was also elected to chair the Education, Training and Development committee of Council which oversees matters of accreditation of service providers, on-boarding of professional boards, alignment with legislation and protocol development among other functions. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and practice model development. Her work on Intermediary services, service-learning and relational child and youth care work has been widely published. Rika’s networks include CYC-net, ISSL, NACCW and she is the Editor of the Relational Child and Youth Care journal.
Prior to her academic career, Dr Swanzen obtained her Master’s degree -cum laude – and completed her doctoral study by the age of 31. The outcome of her doctoral study was the ChildPIEC; a classification system for describing childhood social functioning problems. Since her studies she also served as the Project Manager on national and provincial level research projects. The focus of the studies was supporting orphaned and vulnerable children in communities and the effectiveness of diversion programmes for youth in conflict of the law respectively. Rika has nearly 20-years’ experience in the social development sector, including working in child and family welfare, adolescent mental health, community development, residential care, and foster care and leadership training.