Marnus van der Merwe

Strategy, Business Development, Operations

Cape Town, South Africa

Background

Age Group

25-35

About Marnus

I consider myself as a sustainability professional and serial entrepreneur based in the Cape Winelands. Currently working on waste management projects and looking to develop software as a service, for the industry. I am open to discuss ideas over a cup of coffee and to partner with a creative and trusted developer to develop a mobile app and web-based software.

I have an academic background and work experience in research and project management relating to projects in waste management, carbon footprint accounting, renewable energy, agriculture, construction, property development, and mining.

I am an MPhil Sustainable Development Planning & Management graduate from Stellenbosch University my thesis can be viewed at http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/96858. I’m currently doing a part time MBA degree at the University of Stellenbosch Business School due to be completed December 2018. 

I have a deep grounded passion for sustainable development in Africa and see myself as a current researcher and entrepreneur.

Quote

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Headline

Sustainability specialist and entrepreneur

Work Experience

Director

Richmond Impact Enterprises (Pty) Ltd

February 2017 - January 0

A for-profit social enterprise working on innovative startups.

SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT MANAGER

GCX Africa

July 2016 - January 2017

Project management of Sun International’s climate change sustainability strategy programme. Project management & consulting of Old Mutual’s Pinelands Mutual Park & Sandton Mutual Place head office’s integrated waste management programmes. Assist chemical engineers on waste to energy and waste recovery projects Assist GCX Africa’s Chief Operating Officer with programme management of all projects and divisions within the company.

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

GCX Africa

September 2015 - June 2016

Responsible for project managing Shoprite Holdings’ Carbon Disclosure Project Assist with project management of the Old Mutual Mutual Park’s waste facility revamp Assist chemical engineers on waste to energy and waste recovery projects

INTERN, OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, R&D

Richmond Mining & Exploration (Pty) Ltd

January 2013 - March 2015

Involved in planning, and managing projects ranging from mining exploration, social and community development initiatives to agriculture. Involved with the mapping and report writing work, physical assistance on a drilling rig and farm management. Responsible for setting up and managing an aquaculture research facility in collaboration with Stellenbosch University. Assistant to the CEO

Education

University of Stellenbosch Business School

MBA Candidate

2017 - 2018

School of Public Leadership, Sustainability Institute - University of Stellenbosch

MPhil Sustainable Development Planning and Management

2014 - 2015

University of Stellenbosch

Certificate Course Aquaculture Production & Management NQF Level 6

2014 - 2014

University of Stellenbosch

PGDip Sustainable Development

2014 - 2014

University of Stellenbosch

BA Environment & Development Management

2008 - 2012

Certification

Project Management Foundations

University of Cape Town

Basics of Financial Management

University of Cape Town