❀ CJS Distinguished Speaker Series 9 ❀ CJS is pleased to invite you to an exclusive talk by Dr. Nel Marais “A post-election South Africa: Political & Economic realities’’ When: Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 17:30 Registration 18:00 Start Where: Classroom 8, GIBS 26 Melville Road Illovo, Johannesburg Admission: Free Admission upon RSVP RSVP to: Robyn Lin ([email protected]) After working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the Institute for Strategic Studies, Nel joined the South African Defence Force where he served as a Military Intelligence officer. During the 1980s, he joined the South African National Intelligence Service, during which time he specialised in both political and economic intelligence issues. Nel was seconded to the Department of Constitutional Affairs where he served the negotiation process and structures with intelligence assessments on developments that could disrupt the peace process in South Africa. In 1994 he became a member of the newly-formed South African Secret Service (SASS). In his capacity as Research and Analysis Manager, he interacted with numerous foreign intelligence services, political leaders and members of the South African government. Nel resigned from government at the end of 2000 to join a private risk-assessment company. In 2007 Nel established his own consultancy company called Thabiti (the Swahili word for steadfastness). The company focuses on risk management, business intelligence, as well as business facilitation. He works closely with government officials and private business entities in Africa and other parts of the world. Thabiti’s clients include local and multinational companies in the telecommunication, mining, retail, construction and financial sectors. Educational Qualifications: PhD [International Relations - University of Pretoria (UP)]; MA [Politics and Economics - UP] Cum Laude; BA Hons [Politics and Economics - UP] Cum Laude; B Admin [UP] Cum Laude.
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