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The authors of “BrandOvation™: How Germany won the World Cup of Nation Branding”, and the sequel “The Hero’s Journey: Building a Nation of World Champions”, Dr Nikolaus Eberl and Herman Schoonbee headed the Net Promoter Scorecard research project on South Africa’s Destination Branding Success Story during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, and are the originators of the Brand Ambassador Program ‘Welcome 2010′ and the inaugural FAN World Cup.
Prior to their World Cup engagement, Dr Nik & Herm co-authored “The Seven Secrets of IziCwe: Conquer Life!”, a uniquely South African Life Skills Program, and “a must for anyone who wants to overcome career and personal challenges!” (The Business Day).
The sequel, “The IziCwe Code: Internal Branding” was introduced to the international media at the Global Leaders Summit held in Johannesburg, sharing the platform with leadership gurus Tom Peters, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Porter, and has become recommended reading for government leaders at national, provincial and local level.
LinkedIncome CEO Dr Nikolaus Eberl holds a PhD from the University of Berlin and a Postgraduate Diploma from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Dr Eberl headed the Net Promoter Scorecard research project on South Africa’s Destination Branding Success Story during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, and he is the co-author of the World Cup Brand Ambassador Program ‘Welcome 2010′ and chairperson of the inaugural 2010 FAN World Cup™.
BrandOvation Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Herman Schoonbee holds a B-Econ degree in Economics & Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, International Financial Management and Executive management diplomas from Damelin Management College. As an entrepreneur that employed more than fifty employees, he has a keen interest in motivational theory and conducted more than ten years of research on the subject of Internal Branding™ in South Africa and the USA.
BrandOvation Non-Executive Director Makgotla Oupa Mokuena graduated from Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA with Masters in Public Administration in 2003 and is also a Mason Fellow in Public Administration, Development and Management. In 1989, he completed a Masters of Science Degree in Urban Planning at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York, USA. He obtained his bachelor of Arts Degree in 1986 from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He furthered his policy, business leadership and management studies at Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town in South Africa respectively. Recently he also acquired an Interaction Executive Development from the ASS Business School, London University 2007. Subsequently he is also on the Executive Development from Unisa School of Leadership, 2011. He has spent 16 years at the DBSA in various capacities as a manager, specialist and leadership roles.
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Their work has received acclaim from a number of eminent leaders:
- “We share a vision for the development of leaders and strongly believe in building the capacity of people and society at large.” (John Samuel, CEO Nelson Mandela Foundation)
- “A uniquely South African formula for mustering the will to succeed and conquer life!” (Herman Mashaba, Founder of Black Like Me)
- “The Seven ‘Miracles’, not even Secrets of IziCwe will unravel your life. A Must for all Organisations!” (Dr Snowy Khoza, Development Bank of Southern Africa)
- “The authors of The IziCwe Code have thrown down the gauntlet. It is up to us to take up the cudgels to unearth pearls of wisdom from other great Africa Leaders.” (Reuel Khoza, Chairman Nedbank, NEPAD Business Group, President: Institute of Directors).