Bennie Anderson

Ben enrolled for his undergraduate studies at the beginning of 1979, at the University of the Free
State. After completing his Bachelors degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Theology he continued
with post graduate studies in both Theology and Psychology, concluding a Masters degree in
Psychology during 1989. During this period he worked part time to sustain his academic
development journey.  He formally started his career as a registered Psychologist during 1990 and
became involved in student and academic development matters at the University of the Free State.
 
During the mid-ninety’s he became involved in community related activities in the Free State region,
involving the development of working adults in a post-apartheid system. These engagements with
both public and private sector organisations as well as labour unions resulted in him registering for a
PhD focusing on the learning development needs of working adults in South Africa. One of the
outcomes of his PhD was the development of a Bachelors degree in Managerial Leadership for
working adult learners. As a result of this development, the University of the Free State agreed to
establish a Business School which would offer, amongst other, a Bachelors degree in Managerial
Leadership (BML) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). Ben joined the Business
School as one of the founding members in 1999.  He was appointed as an Associate Professor at the
University of the Free State at beginning of 2000 and awarded his PhD soon thereafter.
 
He joined the FirstRand Group during 2000 as the Chief Learning Officer for FNB, tasked to establish
a for profit learning entity within the FirstRand group of companies, based on the work done at the
University of the Free State. For the next 5 years he had extensive exposure to business related
activities as experienced within a corporative context. Amongst other milestones, FNB Learning was
registered as an accredited education and training provider.     
 
During 2005 Ben joined forces with Prof Roy Marcus to establish the Da Vinci Institute, a registered
private higher education provider. He was accountable for the design, development and registration
of a Certificate in the Management of Technology and Innovation, a Diploma in the Management of
Technology and Innovation, a Bachelors of Commerce (Business Management),  a Masters in the
Management of Technology and Innovation and a PhD in the Management of Technology and
Innovation. Ben has delivered several conference papers on managerial leadership development, at
both international and national conferences. He has been involved as Chief Executive officer for the
Da Vinci Institute since its formal registration and accreditation in 2005.

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