Profile Of Speakers

Solange Rosa

Director, Berthe Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Solange is the Director of Bertha Centre, where she has been involved since 2016. She also serves as Associate Faculty and Adviser with the Allan Gray Centre for Values-based Leadership, and teaches on Executive Education and MBA programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business and the UCT School of Economics.

Holding a Doctorate in Constitutional Law from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Cape Town, Rosa’s areas of expertise and research interest include Public Policy, Policy Research and Analysis, Strategy Development, Public Law, Public Sector Innovation and Leadership, Socio-economic Development, Youth Development, Poverty Reduction, Social Justice, Human Rights, Social Innovation and Social Impact.

Prior to her current role, Rosa was working as an Independent Public Policy and Strategy Consultant for four years, with clients ranging from international organisations and national and provincial government departments to academic institutions, non-government organisations and philanthropic foundations. This included the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Department of Economic Development and International Labour Organisation, and the CiTi and Western Cape Department of Economic Development.

Prior to that, Rosa also worked for the Western Cape government for 10 years as the head of the Policy and Strategy Unit in the Department of the Premier. This well-published individual has appeared in a number of academic books, journals and working papers, as well as government publications. She has served as chairperson and director for a number of non-profit organisations and is on the Westerford High School Governing Body.