Partners

Gideon Malherbe

Partner

Gideon is a founding partner of VCI and has successfully worked on a number of complex strategic development and change management projects in a range of industries spanning from natural resources, finance, publishing and the automotive sector.

His specialty is applying Scenario planning to leverage competencies, optimise asset utilisation and develop appropriate operable strategies.

Lionel Louw

Partner

Lionel is a founding partner of VCI and has international experience in visioning, strategic positioning and large-scale change processes.

Lionel has been involved in a variety of organisational and strategy projects for clients including Woodside Energy, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and BMA.

He has been directly involved in strategy and visioning workshops for large shared services business ventures, and large scale organisational change projects within the mining industry.

Graeme Stanway

Partner

Graeme is a founding Partner of VCI. He has extensive executive level experience in innovative concept development, strategy development and large scale transformation.

His consulting assignments have encompassed CEO level strategy in iron ore, gold, coking coal, uranium and oil & gas, as well as for major universities and industry bodies.

Graeme lead the positioning, design and implementation of a highly impactful transformational strategy process – which has been noted in the book “The First 11” as a benchmark case study in strategic management. He is the recipient of a medal from the ICE(UK) for innovation in Engineering.

Roby Stancel

Partner - VCI Munich

Roby Stancel is the Partner leading VCI Munich. He brings two decades of uniquely broad experience in technology innovation across a multitude of industries to the VCI team.

He has helped create a wide range of products and services, from aircraft and car interiors, chocolate bars and production equipment to medical products and logistics chains.

His clients have included AngloGold Ashanti, Apple, BHP Billiton, BMW, Lufthansa Technik, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Rio Tinto, Siemens.

Partners

Gideon Malherbe

Partner

Gideon is a founding partner of VCI and has successfully worked on a number of complex strategic development and change management projects in a range of industries spanning from natural resources, finance, publishing and the automotive sector.

His specialty is applying Scenario planning to leverage competencies, optimize asset utilization and develop appropriate operable strategies.

Lionel Louw

Partner

Lionel is a founding partner of VCI and has international experience in visioning, strategic positioning and large-scale change processes.

Lionel has been involved in a variety of organisational and strategy projects for clients including Woodside Energy, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and BMA.

He has been directly involved in strategy and visioning workshops for large shared services business ventures, and large scale organisational change projects within the mining industry.

Graeme Stanway

Partner

Graeme is a founding Partner of VCI. He has extensive executive level experience in innovative concept development, strategy development and large scale transformation.

His consulting assignments have encompassed CEO level strategy in iron ore, gold, coking coal, uranium and oil & gas, as well as for major universities and industry bodies.

Graeme lead the positioning, design and implementation of a highly impactful transformational strategy process – which has been noted in the book “The First 11” as a benchmark case study in strategic management. He is the recipient of a medal from the ICE(UK) for innovation in Engineering.

Roby Stancel

Partner – VCI Munich

Roby Stancel is the Partner leading VCI Munich. He brings two decades of uniquely broad experience in technology innovation across a multitude of industries to the VCI team.

He has helped create a wide range of products and services, from aircraft and car interiors, chocolate bars and production equipment to medical products and logistics chains.

His clients have included AngloGold Ashanti, Apple, BHP Billiton, BMW, Lufthansa Technik, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Rio Tinto, Siemens.

Paul Leonardi's Bio

Paul Leonardi is the Duca Family Professor of Technology Management at UC Santa Barbara. He holds appointments in the Technology Management Program (TMP) and the Department of Communication. He is also the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Founding Director of the Master of Technology Management Program.

Dr. Leonardi’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies to create and share knowledge more effectively. He is interested in how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services.

He has authored dozens of articles that have appeared in top journals across the fields of management, organization studies, communication studies, and information systems research. He is also the author of three books on innovation and organizational change. He has won major awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation.

Over the past decade, he has consulted with for-profit and non-profit organizations about how to improve communication between departments, how to use social technologies to improve internal knowledge sharing, how to structure global product development operations, and how to manage the human aspects of new technology implementation.

Before coming to UCSB, Dr. Leonardi worked at Northwestern University on the faculties of the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Stanford University.

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Willem Buhrmann's Bio

 

Willem Buhrmann is an experienced mining professional that has extensive African and international experience in project management, strategy implementation and corporate finance. Willem was previously Business Development Manager (Africa) for Rio Tinto Energy and more recently consulted to the wider mining industry including majors and a variety of juniors. He holds degrees in finance (Chartered Accountant) and the legal world (LL.B.)

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