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Vanessa Otto-Mentz Senior Associate

Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Senior Associate

I focus on strategising and organisational sustainability as a change practitioner, researcher, lecturer and coach.


I have a particular interest in the process and ordinary practice perspectives of organisational strategy-making as well as the integration of contextual ESG factors into organisational strategy.

I believe organisations exist within a nested system and must be aware, co-creative and responsive to contextual dynamics and stakeholder relationships. 

  • I divide my professional time between:
  • the strategy and sustainability function of the Santam Group in the office of the CE; 
  • my 3rd year PhD research (how strategic champions help organisations respond to newly emerging logics); and 
  • strategic management lectures and executive short courses at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.


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