​How to apply?​

Applicants must complete the application by clicking HERE

CIO/IT Directors must endorse an application by completing the endorsement form by clicking


​Or you can Contact Us​ for more information.​

Attend the ASAUDIT Leadership Institute and become a leader who people want to follow

The South African ASAUDIT Leadership Institute (ALI) is an intensive week-long event that aims to enhance the leadership skills of managers in the information technology and information resources fields at higher education institutions.

The programme caters for those who aspire to be leaders and who have had several years of management experience within their department or for the entire institution.​​​​

​Assume a greater leadership role within your institution

As an IT leader today, you are no longer simply a service provider to campus, instead you are expected to contribute to the broader vision and strategy that drives higher education. The Leadership programme is designed to equip you with exceptional management and leadership skills that are necessary to face today's ever-changing higher education environment.

Additionally, it will help you to become a leader who leaves a lasting leadership impact on the higher education committee and who inspires others to continue doing their best.​

Who should attend?

If you are a new CIO, or an experienced senior-level leader in the information technology and information resources fields who aspires to be a leader, then you should attend the Leadership programme. ​​

How is it delivered?

The five-day residential programme gives you the opportunity to get away from ongoing work demands and

  • participate in a highly interactive learning environment

  • interact with colleagues from other universities

  • hear faculty share their experience and knowledge

  • have the opportunity to think outside your current work environment

  • participate in sessions on Leading and Managing Change, Interpersonal Communications, Speaking with Impact, Organisational Decision Making, Influencing with Stories, Effective Teams, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Managing for Performance and Managing your Career

  • prepare a case study in a team environment and present your recommendations on the last day, and

  • receive a Belbin assessment for team behaviour styles.

In addition to the structured sessions, social sessions and out-of-the-box sessions, you can also have one on one chats with the experienced faculty members who are based in South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong.

How will I benefit?

On completion of the programme, you will be able to

  • Model leadership behaviours in your institution

  • Review your own leadership style and identify strengths and weaknesses

  • Take ownership of your career/professional development and create a progression plan that will strengthen your leadership capabilities

  • ​Apply the tools and frameworks you were provided with in the following sessions:
    o   Leading and Managing Change
    o   Interpersonal Communications
    o   Speaking with Impact
    o   Organisational Decision Making
    o   Influencing with Stories
    o   Effective Teams
    o   Emotional Intelligence
    o   Leadership
    o   Managing for Performance
    o   Managing your Career


Le Franschhoek Hotel in Franschhoek, Cape Town

For more information about the venue please navigate to ​Le Franschhoek Hotel


04-08 September 2017


R 24 500 excluding VAT for ASAUDIT participating universities

R 27 500 excluding VAT for ASAUDIT non-members

The registration fee includes your accommodation from check-in on Monday, 04 September 2017 to checkout on Friday, 08 September 2017, activities, meals and materials for the duration of the Institute. It doesn't include incidentals such as the mini-bar and telephone calls. The venue may request a personal credit card upon check-in to cover any incidental costs that you may incur.

Number of delegates:

We can only accommodate 42 delegates​

Application status:

Applications are open until ​31 July 2017


Applicants interested in attending this year's event can complete the online registration form. Your institution's IT Director/CIO will need to endorse your application before it can be accepted.​​


Dr. Nick Tate​​

Dr Nick Tate is an Author, CEO, Company Director and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. He has 40 years’ experience in IT including 16 years at CIO level at two London banks and at the University of Queensland, as well as 17 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US companies. He is a former Chair of the Council of Australasian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT), which is the Australian equivalent of ASAUDIT, and a former President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). In 2010, he chaired the World Computer Congress and his recent roles have included being CEO of a software engineering company, BCI Technology, and directing the $50 million Australian Government funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project, which developed and deployed one of the largest data clouds in Australia, to store research data from universities and other research groups.

His career has also included 20 years with investment/commercial banks including 18 years in London and 2 years at Macquarie Bank in Sydney where he had responsibility for Global IT infrastructure. He has spent over 15 years working with universities and research organisations, 3 years working on anti-missile missile systems for Royal Navy Warships and 2 years on real-time air traffic control systems.​

For over a decade, he was the Director of the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), which provided Cybersecurity incident response services for Australian Universities, Government Agencies and Private Industry and was the National CERT for Australia. During this time, AusCERT trained the Chinese National CERT as well as CERTs in Central and South America.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Cybersecurity. He is also a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the ACS, An ACS Certified Professional (CP) and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). Nick has also been a pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, a City Councillor and Chairman of a London based economic think tank.

He is co-author of “A Director’s Guide to Governing Information Technology and Cybersecurity”, a book recently published by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has published over 30 columns on ICT in the Australian Newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald and elsewhere.

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Gerrit W. Bahlman

Director of Information Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

​Gerrit took up his position in August 2009 after serving as the Chief Information Officer at Massey University in New Zealand. He has been involved in the strategic planning, development, management and design of teaching and learning, research, communications and administrative support systems and structures in Universities since 1986.

He is currently a Board Director of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN); a Governor of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Centre (TEIN*CC); a Board member and a Steering Committee member of the Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) in Hong Kong.  Previously, he was the Director of JUCC (July 2010 – June 2012) and the Convenor of the JUCC Information Security Task Force.  He is the inaugural Director of the JUCC Leadership Institute which is a residential course with faculty and members from Hong Kong, China, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.   Current initiatives at PolyU, the largest university in Hong Kong, are aimed at enabling digital learning; supporting digital research; developing a business solutions development architecture; building a knowledge based organisation and enabling the digital workspace in a mobile, cloud centric era.  

He is the Winner (Public Sector category) of the Hong Kong CIO Awards 2016 organized by the magazine "Computerworld Hong Kong" and the CIO peer network "CIO Connect".

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Kira Chernotsky

​Director of the Customer Services Division, ICTS: University of Cape Town​

Kira graduated with an Honours Commerce degree from Queens University in Canada. She then spent two years in brand management at Procter & Gamble in Toronto. Her career shifted from marketing to IT when she decided to follow her heart and move to Cape Town to marry the South African she'd met backpacking through Europe after graduation. Having been raised in a home full of computers (her father worked for IBM) and having run the Commerce faculty computer lab while studying at university, she had some experience to offer. She has enjoyed an exciting career at the University of Cape Town's IT department for 25 years, the last 17 of which have been at senior management level. As the Director of the Customer Services division, she leads a team of over 100 employees who deliver a wide range of services, including the IT helpdesk and workshop, training and communication, student computer labs, the university switchboard and classroom support services. She developed the university's first service level agreement and was hired by the Department of Education to train the other SA universities to do the same. She is currently leading a R100 million 5-year project to renew the university's 180 classrooms. She contributes more broadly to the university by serving as a management member on the Consultative Forum with the employee's union, and served as a trustee for the retirement fund for six years. She is a faculty member of ​the ASAUDIT Leadership Institute in South Africa and the Hong Kong Leadership Institute. Kira is also certified as an associate life coach.​

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Richard Northam

Board member of Australian Access Federation (AAF), the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) Project, and the Research Data Services (RDS) Project, University of Queensland

Richard Northam is a board member of the Australian Access Federation (AAF), the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) Project, and the Research Data Services (RDS) Project.  He has previously held a role as the Director, National Engagements for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) until recently when he took on a new role to help the ANDS, Nectar and RDS projects align and work together towards the establishment of the Australian Research Data Cloud under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).  Previously Richard was the Director of the RDS project, served as a Director on the board of EDUCAUSE, is the former CEO of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information technology (CAUDIT) and is a former IT Director at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy.  Richard lives and works in Canberra, Australia.

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Sakkie Janse van Rensburg

Executive Director, Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS): University of Cape Town

Sakkie Janse van Rensburg is the Executive Director of Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has a passion for providing service and solutions to the academic, administrative and research community and is familiar with developing ICT strategies and aligning them with those of the university.

He is the founder of eResearch and the African Research Cloud (ARC) at UCT. In 12 months, UCT researchers have more than tripled their use of central high performance computing (HPC) facilities for data intensive research. What this clearly demonstrates is that an effective eResearch strategy for any research-focused academic institution is simply non-negotiable. The ARC is also aimed at supporting researchers from all domains with access to a full suite of digitally enabled data and analytical resources on their desktop that is relevant to their domain of research. He believes that leading universities MUST have a strategy to ensure that their researchers are equipped with the latest techniques and tools to: 

  • Raise their research profile 
  • Improve collaboration 
  • Accelerate research discovery

In addition, he is the Chair of the South African Access Federation (SAFIRE), Director of the ASAUDIT Leadership Institute and was the former Chair of the Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology.​


Tracey Chambers

Manager, IT Support: IT Division, Rhodes University

Having worked in IT at Rhodes University for over 20 years, Tracey has experience in how IT is constantly changing and how these changes have impacted on how IT delivers and drives the business of higher education. Tracey graduated in 2010 with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Rhodes University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE) in 2016, also from Rhodes University. Tracey attended the CAUDIT Leadership Institute in Australia in 2011 with the aim of assisting ASAUDIT to develop our own ALI and has been facilitating annually since.​​


Creswell du Preez

Director, ICT Services and Operations: ICT, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Creswell started his IT career in 1991 after graduating from the Port Elizabeth Technikon. The first 5 years was spent in the manufacturing industry (Shatterprufe), where after he moved into the education sector in November 1995. He is passionate about information technology and in particular the skills development of IT staff.  He has used his education combined with extensive technical and business experience to influence various businesses and education institutions over the years. He is passionate about providing the most suitable enterprise solutions, while reducing costs and delivering excellent service. He is known for his determination, positive outlook and willingness to learn and values honesty, transparency and building positive relationships.

Creswell has a Master’s degree in Business Information Systems from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is currently pursuing his PhD in Information Technology.