Discussion Forums


Participation in survey to review the literature on ESG metrics and reporting standards

The aim of this project is to identify the key conceptual frameworks in economics, accounting, and finance that call for further and better ESG measurements. We also seek to investigate the main indicators and measures of ESG factors and disclosure standards, and how they are conceptualized. Additionally, we will explore whether ESG metrics are aimed at risk management, or whether they influence corporate impact towards sustainable practices and development. We will also examine whether ESG metrics are helping to foster a more sustainable capitalism or whether they are merely symbolic. Lastly, we aim to investigate whether there is a tendency to standardize ESG metrics across different countries through similar regulations, or whether institutional idiosyncrasies call for different normative standards.

8th International Conference on Financial Services

Charting a path to the stability of the Financial Industry against the backdrop of weakening global economic output, escalating inflation and rising interest rates at the 8th International Conference on Financial Services.

  • Last date for submission of abstracts: 30 June 2023
  • Notification of receipt of abstracts: 21 July 2023
  • Registrations open: 3 July 2023
  • Early bird registration closes: 15 August 2023
  • Registration closes: 15 September 2023
  • Last date for payment of conference fees: 26 September 2023
  • Conference: 4 – 5 October 2023


Dr Lindie Grebe is Head of the Research Forum’s Programmes and Forums – get in touch with Lindie here.

Continuous Auditing for Public Sector Internal Auditing

This forum aims to promote value adding public sector internal audit functions. Value-adding requires early detection of risks for effective use of public resources. This forum promotes the use of new technological developments to strengthen assurance services and improve transparency. This is intended to improve accountability and promote a sustainable public sector.

Digitalization and Corporate Governance

Digitization creates a variety of benefits for organizations and has transformed business functions and processes but not enough is known about digitalization as a mechanism for good corporate governance.

This forum showcases digitalization as mechanism for corporate governance.

Integrated Organizations - thinking BIG

How do organizations integrate their activities and realize the benefits from operating and reporting as a “unified whole”?

Join these discussions to transform project, programme & strategy delivery with ISO 37000 and Business Integrated Governance.

governance and culture

Governance is inherently very difficult to measure (Darko et al, 2014). This programme explores quantifying more meaningful indices by exploring the interconnections between organisational culture, the quality and ethics of decision-making and the operational efficacy and performance within organisations. 

InformationAL Management

Informational Management (IaM) is the scientific management of information unavailable from any other source. All organisations dynamically evolve around the information they consume and/or generate. It has taken decades of research to make that analysis simple. IaM exploits the science of information and simplifies governance, management and delivery in any environment.

Steering Committee

The Good Governance Academy’s purpose is to promoted and share quality education (SDG 4) on governance and critical business issues, through collaboration (SDG 17) as a public good. The Good Governance Academy believes that research is the first step in developing more effective organizational practices and in improving positive global outcomes through organizations. The Good Governance Research Forum has been established to collaborate and share:

Prof Piet Naude

Dr Lindie Grebe

Prof Sezer Bozkus

Dr Jenika Gobind

The Good Governance Research Forum creates an intellectual environment that supports and promotes academic inquiry and facilitates global collaboration on governance and governance-related research. The Steering Committee is led by Prof Piet Naude with members, Prof Sezer Bozkus, Dr Lindie Grebe, and Dr Jenika Gobind.

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Professor Piet Naude

Non-executive Director, Good Governance Academy

Prof Piet Naude, previously Director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), is a well-known academic, public speaker and column writer. 

Before his appointment at the USB, he was deputy vice-chancellor responsible for teaching and learning at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. He has more than twenty years of management experience at a university. In his earlier career he was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.

He is a highly rated researcher and has published more than 100 articles in academic journals and has presented at almost 150 national and international conferences and academic occasions on topics related to public ethics and forms of social justice. 

He is a member of a number of academic societies and is currently the African representative on the executive committee of the International Society for Business Economics and Ethics (ISBEE). 

Dr Lindie Grebe

Senior Lecturer, College of Accounting Sciences, University of South Africa

Dr Grebe is a chartered accountant and senior lecturer at the University of South Africa (Unisa). 


She teaches postgraduate accounting sciences through blended learning using technology in distance education, and through face-to-face study schools throughout South Africa. During her employment at Unisa, she also acted as Coordinator: Master’s and Doctoral Degrees for the College of Accounting Sciences (CAS), chairperson of the research ethics committee and chairperson of the Gauteng North Region of the Southern African Accounting Association (SAAA). 


Before joining Unisa as academic, she gained ten years’ experience in audit practice and in commerce.

Sezer Bozkus Kahyaoglu

Associate Professor of Finance CIA, CFE, CFSA, CRMA, CICP, CPA Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University, Management Department, Kyrgyzstan University of South Africa, Financial Governance Department, South Africa University of Johannesburg, Commercial Accounting, South Africa

Assoc. Prof. Sezer Bozkus Kahyaoglu graduated from Bosporus University and earned the degree B.Sc. in Management. Sezer had an MA degree in Money Banking and Finance from Sheffield University and Certification in Retail Banking from Manchester Business School, both with a joint scholarship from the British Council and the Turkish Bankers Association. 


After finishing her doctoral studies, Sezer earned Ph.D. degree in Econometrics from Dokuz Eylul University in 2015. Sezer worked in the finance sector in various positions of the head office. Sezer worked in KPMG Risk Consulting Services as Senior Manager. Afterward, Sezer joined to Grant Thornton as the founding partner of advisory services and worked there in Business Risk Services. Afterward, Dr. Sezer worked in SMM Technology and Risk Consulting as Partner responsible for ERP Risk Consulting. Sezer worked as Associate Professor at Izmir Bakircay University from October 2018-March 2022. 


Currently, Sezer is working at Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and an academic associate of the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Her research interests mainly include Applied Econometrics, Time Series Analysis, Financial Markets and Instruments, AI, Blockchain, Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Fraud Accounting, Auditing, Ethics, Coaching, Mentoring, and NLP. 


Sezer has various refereed articles, books, and research project experiences in her professional field. She was among the 15 leading women selected from the business world within the scope of the “Leading Women of Izmir Project” which was sponsored by the World Bank and organized in cooperation with the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry (EBSO), Izmir Governor’s Office, and Metropolitan Municipality. Sezer is the associate editor of two indexed journals and the AI book series editor at Springer. Sezer is Steering Committee Member at Good Governance Academy Research Forum.

Dr Jenika Gobind

Senior Lecturer: Human Resources, Wits Business School

Dr Gobind’s research interest lies in employment relations.  Her teaching and learning experience spans over 12 years at a number of institutions.

After obtaining her BProc (Law) from the University of Durban-Westville, she lectured at Durban University of Technology in various legal subjects between 2005 and 2009. She then shifted focus to employment relations, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and research methodology. She completed a Diploma in Employment Relations through UNISA, Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Relations Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV and AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University (US).  She obtained her PhD in Employment Relations at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2014.

Prior to joining WBS, Dr Gobind served as Head of Research at Milpark Business School and lectured in employment relations, collective bargaining and negotiation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) at UJ, as well as extensive research supervision at Master’s and Doctoral level.

Dr Gobind’s other research interests lie in gender discrimination and HIV/AIDS in the workplace. She holds an MPhil in HIV and AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University.  Widely published, her books include South African Employment Relations in Context (Knowledge Resources, 2015) and HIV/AIDS Fact File (South African Board of People Practices, 2012).

Dr Gobind has extensive experience in the private sector, chairing multiple disciplinary hearings and consulting in labour legislation, employment relations and HR issues.  At Transnet Freight she trained the HR managers on employment relations and HR management. She has also contributed extensively to the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and the University Research Company (URC) in research and the development of local and international publications on HIV/AIDS, TB, leadership and management.

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