Name: Dries Velthuizen
Role: general Managaer and Knowledge Manager
Country: South Africa
Confidential - Resume Doctor Andreas Gerhardus Velthuizen 105 Blyde Avenue Sinoville Pretoria 0182 Contact: +2712 5673279 (Home) +27834736478 (Cellular) firstname.lastname@example.org www.africanwisdom.info Independent Contractor: Knowledge Management Services Personal Information I was born in 1956 and I am married for twenty-five years. I have two adult children (a son and a daughter). For the last twenty-three years, we are living north of the Magalies Mountains in Pretoria, the Capital of South Africa, from where I inter-connected with the local and international community through my vocation as professional military officer, scholar, and member of Rotary International. I pursue an alternative vocation in knowledge management services as visionary leader, strategist, facilitator, manager, and expert in knowledge management for business and peace initiatives in Africa. Qualifications I completed a Doctors Degree in Politics from the University of South Africa (UNISA) obtained through the Centre for African Renaissance Studies. The title of my thesis was “The Management of Knowledge: A Model for the African Renaissance”, a trans-disciplinary study dealing with the management of knowledge in Africa according to a trans-dimensional knowledge management model and the activation of lasting peace, growth, competitiveness productivity in Africa. The study includes empirical studies done in Uganda, Kigali (Rwanda), Arusha (Tanzania) and the DRC. Furthermore, I hold a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the same university on “Military Intervention: the case of South Africa in South Western Africa: 1988-1992” an inter-disciplinary study dealing with the interaction between diplomacy and military intervention at the end of the cold war era, based on content analysis and personal participation. I also hold an Honors Degree in Strategic Studies (subjects Strategy, Foreign Policy, National Security Policy, and Internal War) and a BA Degree (subjects Political Science, International Politics, African Politics, Public Administration, History, and Special Portuguese). I completed all senior military courses including the Executive National Security Program, the most senior management course of the South African National Defence Force (2000) and the Senior Command and Management Course of the South African Air Force (1992). In 1974 I completed Std 10 at the General Hertzog High School in Witbank, Mpumalanga, South Africa with the subjects Science, Economics, English, Afrikaans and Latin. I completed several certificate courses including Business Communication, Business Management, Introduction to International Trade and Skills Development Facilitator, Internet and Web Design and Data Base Design. Other Achievements In 2006 I presented a lecture on “The Management of Knowledge in Africa for Defendable Decision-Making” at the University of Rhodos in Greece and subsequently published an article on the subject in the International Magazine for Change and Management, Common Ground, Australia. Currently I am the Past President of the Rotary Club of Pretoria Hatfield after holding the position of Director Community Services and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Mbabane Umbulozi in Swaziland. As Military Officer I was awarded the Military Merit Medal twice as well as the 30 year Good Service Medal. Present Position By the end of March 2009 I am voluntarily exiting the South African National Defence Force as Senior Staff Officer with the rank of Colonel after 34 years of active service. During 2008 I was specifically responsible for training of Defence Attachés and Project Coordinator for a security sector reform project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Current Responsibilities My present responsibilities cover all those needed for the practice of knowledge manager. Responsibilities include the daily leading of a group of diverse knowledge workers from all races and both genders, strategic and operational planning for knowledge gathering and sharing, coordination of activities and quality control over information products. Furthermore, I am actively involved in the creation of a learning culture in the Southern African region and within my organization through the facilitation of joint work groups to develop skills and good practices in knowledge management for conflict resolution. I succeed in interconnecting with other cultures and disciplines through a combination of personal interaction and the use of information- and communication technology. Other responsibilities include the training and preparation of Defence Attachés and Military Advisors for their tasks outside the country, facilitation of international work groups in security sector reform, liaison with Foreign Defence Attaches, facilitation of guest speakers on conflict in Africa, and participation in inter-departmental work groups, conferences and seminars. I am also a regular visiting lecturer at the Centre for African Renaissance Studies at UNISA, lecturing on peacekeeping issues, knowledge management for international relations and international conflict resolution. Previous Experience My military career of 34 years exposed me to intense experience on policy, strategic and operational levels of the public service and specifically the multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and international environment. Highlights of my career were • facilitator of Defence reform projects in the DRC (2007-2008); • official and study visits to 11 African countries the past five years; • attending a seminar on International Policy and Strategy in Washington DC; • deployment as Senior Liaison Officer of the Third Party Verification Mission in the DRC (2002/3); • managing information management specialists (1998-2002); • serving with the South African High Commission in Swaziland as Military Advisor (1996-1998); • participating in several knowledge exchange visits to European and African countries (1990-1994), • managing the Namibian desk during the final phase of the war in South Western Africa (1988-1992) • operational duties during the conflict in Namibia and Angola, including actively commanding parachutists and Bushmen as company and platoon commander, as well as training of specialists (1977-1988). Career Interest and Core Competence I have a passion for knowledge management, strategizing and planning and putting it into practice by activating people through knowledge-based leadership and adult-based training. I am competent and experienced in facilitating learning, research, information management, as well as knowledge production. I am working towards a new vocation in this field. The services that you require will offer me the opportunity to contribute to the achievement of your objectives as well as new experiences and learning.