Prof René Pellissier
‘If you try to predict the future, know that you will be wrong. The trick is to be as least wrong as possible and be ready.’
René Pellissier is an international consultant, strategic and research specialist.
She heads SARUA’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development programme including the development of the transdisciplinary curriculum for the master’s programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development for the SADC. She also heads the German Industrialisation Organisation’s Industrial Pharmacy Fellowship across the SADC. She has been involved in the design and deveoopment of several EU grants. In her other work, she heads the Cape Higher Education Leadership Academy, where she designs and facilitates leadership development programmes in Higher Education and presents the following workshops: Operational Excellence in Higher Education, Human-centric Leadership in Higher Education, Knowledge co-production and mode 3 thinking and Systems Thinking in Higher Education. Rene supervises doctoral students in Digital Transformation and Complexity and regularly offers research design and research methods workshops.
She works as strategist, researcher, and systems engineer in the international arena based on her extensive international experience across the globe at universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and across Africa and sees herself as an international traveller and transdisciplinary innovator. Her specialisations are technology and innovation and complex adaptive systems.
She is a futurist and consultant specializing in the world of future work based on the evolution of technology and the resultant societal changes and needs. She is Professor of Research and Innovation (SA) and Professor of Information Management (UK). René holds an MSc in Mathematical Statistics, an MBA and a PhD in Systems Engineering.