Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Sciences by the Central University of Technology at its annual Chancellor’s Doctorandi Dinner on Friday night.
In its citation at the official ceremony, the Bloemfontein, Free State, University said: “Shameel’s business acumen and astute business administration skills have not only positioned the Vodacom Group ahead of its competitors, but also allowed it to stay clear of economic challenges facing many established enterprises.” The University added that Shameel had been a critical figure in Vodacom’s transformation since 2012 and that he is “committed to driving change in the telecommunications industry and leveraging Vodacom’s capabilities to impact communities positively.”
In his acceptance speech, Shameel said he was accepting “this honorary doctorate not just on behalf of myself, but on behalf of the entire Vodacom family” and that his “journey to this point would not have been possible without the immense support of my family, loved ones, friends, colleagues and teams I have worked with over the last 34 years.” He also paid a special thank you “to those who saw potential in a young Shameel and for providing me with the opportunities to grow my career.”
“It is our purpose to connect for a better future which is our guiding star in what we do. It transcends mere profit, it’s about creating meaningful connections, enabling progress and enriching lives,” added Shameel.
According to the University, Shameel’s skills and knowledge will “benefit and enhance CUT’s potential to get closer to its 2030 vision of becoming a leading African university of technology, shaping the future through innovation.” Shameel also holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (honours) from Unisa, an MBA from Southern Queensland University and completed an Advanced Management Programme at Harvard University.