PROFESSOR DAN ARCHER

Dan Archer holds duel Australian/British citizenship and has had more than 40 years’ experience working in both developed and developing economies in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. He has now lived in South Africa for more than 20 years. While trained as a geologist and initially working in the exploration/mining industry, Dan’s experience has since been distributed equally among the education, business and government sectors. More senior positions have included:

Over the years, Dan often found himself initiating, coordinating, facilitating and managing new projects and programmes, bringing together stakeholders from different backgrounds and working at the interface between sectors, including the development of public private partnerships. These experiences have provided him with skills in:

These skills have been successfully applied to a diverse range of fields, including:

In the last 20 years, Professor Archer has worked at establishing more than 15 organisations distributed among the tertiary education sector, the public sector, the private sector and as public-private partnerships. This work has involved assessing and facilitating the establishment of appropriate organisational structures, developing the associated instruments of governance and management, establishing business plans and budgets, and building capacity to operate these institutions. In addition, he has been involved in numerous other projects: undertaking project and programme assessments, facilitating planning, and fulfilling the role of project manager.

Dan holds an MBA (Cape Town), and a BSc (Hons) and a PhD (Manchester), and has received additional training in negotiating, report writing, presentations and leadership.

In addition to his involvement with The Ulwazi Partnership, Dan is the Principal of Meeting of Minds cc (operating since 1997): a consultancy that specialises in institutional development, focusing on multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional and inter-sectoral initiatives. In addition, between 1996 and 2013, Dan maintained an adjunct relationship to the University of Natal/KwaZulu-Natal, where he assisted with the development of a variety of new initiatives. Dan has at various times participated in Rotary leadership activities, as vice-chair of a church board, in fundraising for scouts, as vice-chair of a community centre, and on a museum programme committee.