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MS Class of 2018


I am a 27-year-old South African, with 5 years of work experience between a technical engineering consulting role and as a management consultant. I am currently completing my Masters in Applied Urban Science and Informatics at the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University.

I am interested in pursuing part-time work and internships in any functional city-focused environments where I would be trusted to extract useful insights from large-scale data sets to guide decision-making in either a public or private space.

Most Recent Professional Experience


Africa Office, January 2016 to Present

PIP is a management consultancy specialising in behavioural change in organisations (Particularly operations) with strategy, hands-on-coaching and the setting up of systems and tools to drive business improvement.


  • Data gathering and syntheses to formulate strategy and prioritise focus areas to implement processes and systems that will sustain ongoing improvement
  • Implement and optimizing of data systems for operations (Minestar etc.)
  • Data gathering and syntheses to formulate strategy and prioritise focus areas
  • Deliver measurable improvement


  • Successfully improved throughput and reliability and availability of equipment at two Iron Ore mines in South Africa
  • Successfully drove 27 Million tonnes per annum improvement at Diamond Mine in Lesotho
  • Promoted from Business Analyst to Associate within 1 year

Johannesburg, South Africa, December 2012 to October 2015

PACE/LinSpace are consultancies specialising in architectural acoustics, noise control, broadcast and studio acoustics, and audio-visual system design.


  • Conducting analysis and building models;
  • Writing technical reports and documenting recommendations;
  • Client interactions;
  • Participating in site-meetings with clients, professional teams and contractors;
  • Conducting site inspections and providing on-site feedback;
  • Engaging with suppliers regarding product availability and specifications; and
  • Developing proposals for new work


  • Acoustic analysis and design of various offices, theatres, auditoriums and halls
  • Completion of 5 successful/pending Green Star Office V1 IEQ-12 Submissions

Notable Projects: American International School Johannesburg; Anglo-American 55 Marshall Street and 44 Main Street Refurbishments; Bowman Gilfillan Law Firm; Cape Town Film Studios; DSTV City; Ernst and Young (EY) – 102 Rivonia Road; the Houghton Apartments; Market Theatre Projects; Sedibeng College Auditorium; Standard Bank: Rosebank offices; University of Mpumalanga; USAID Pretoria

Undergraduate Education

BSc Engineering (Mechanical), University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • January 2008 to December 2011
  • Graduated in four years, achieving a 2nd class honours
  • Student Assistant in Software Development and Engineering Design 2
  • Final thesis entitled: “Vortices shed by large body accelerations”

Other Degrees & Certifications

Intensive Chinese Course – Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Level 3 Mandarin

  • Hutong School, Beijing, China, May to October 2012

Certificate in Continuous Improvement – Performance in Performance

  • Johannesburg, South Africa, January 2016
  • This course teaches participants the tools, systems and behaviours required to implement ideas that deliver bottom line results rapidly whilst building a culture of continuous improvement. The course contains 40 interactive modules which are designed for the entire business – frontline to the CEO. Training modules include: Wiring, Value Driver Trees, and Accountability

Current Interests

  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Research
  • Networking