From student and labour activist to the heart of government and helping there to get things complex things done. Rudi helped organize the South African Jobs Summit, he ushered the grant systems through the public administration in the Covid crisis, he brought the private sector partners together to strengthen broadband capacity. And much more. All of this happened at speed so how did Rudi do this? Negotiating skills, diplomacy, emotional intelligence and a sense of humour. A lesson for all of us.
Rudi Dicks is the Head of the Project Management Office (PMO) in the Private Office of the President. He is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Presidential Jobs Summit Framework agreement, the Presidents Youth Employment Initiative as well as unblocking regulatory challenges that impact on employment an economic growth.
In his previous role, he was a Deputy-Director General at the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, responsible for monitoring the performance of economic and infrastructure departments, supporting various economic interventions across government. In this role he established the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) and was responsible for its rollout across national government. He also formally served as the Executive Director of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), the research arm of COSATU from 2008 to 2013.
Before 2008, he worked at COSATU and one of its affiliates, in various capacities since 1994. Rudi studied at WITS Business School and completed the Management Advanced Programme and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economic Principles as well as a Master of Science (MSc) in Finance from the University of London.
Charles Landry works with cities around the world to help them make the most of their potential and facilitates complex urban change projects. His aim is to connect the triad culture, creativity and city making. He is co-founder of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival. He twice chaired the European Capital of Innovation Award as well as the EU Research & Innovation Commission project ‘The human-centred city: Opportunities for citizens through research and innovation’. He has published extensively – most recently ‘The Civic City in a Nomadic World’, ‘The Creative Bureaucracy’ (with Margie Caust), ‘An Advanced Introduction to the Creative City’, ‘Psychology & the City’ (with Chris Murray) and ‘The Digitized City’. You can download these books as PDF files via Charles’ website: https://charleslandry.com