HP-GSB Alumni & Friends Inspirational Talk and End-of-year Event

On the 21st of October 2016, The Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB) held its annual Alumni & Friends function featuring First Lady of Namibia Madame Monica Geingos and motivational speaker and executive coach Sam Shivute. The event, which took place at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) was held in partnership with Namibia Media Holdings, Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event was sponsored by Bidvest Namibia, Standard Bank, Roads Authority, The Pupkewitz Foundation, Development Bank of Namibia, Air Namibia, and ConSoAv.

Madame Geingos

Madame Geingos gave a wide-ranging speech that touched on inspiration, entrepreneurship, wealth creation, as well as programmes offered by the One Economy Foundation. These include the Collateral-free Fund, which provides mentorship and collateral-free lending to people who do not have access to enough start-up capital, and have been declined funding from other financial institutions. 

She urged the audience to think about their own personal wealth, and consider what a precarious financial situation they could possibly be in: “Many people don’t regard themselves as poor but they are. The only thing standing between them and poverty is their pension. A person who is wealthy is a person who knows, ‘If I lose everything I have now, my assets are more than my liabilities and I don’t need a monthly salary.’ That’s the true measure of your wealth: how long can you survive without having to work? The way to manage it is: in the absence of being at the top where capital is accumulated, you need to manage your debt.”

 Finally, she noted that: “You must not just decide you are going to be successful, you must plan for it. And you must live your life accordingly. In everything that you do, you need to think about future implications. Ask yourself, ‘’how will this look in ten years’ time?’ We need to start managing ourselves.”

Sam Shivute

Sam Shivute centred his talk on the importance of adopting strategies to boost personal and professional development. He also emphasised the crucial role of personal branding as a tool for expressing and enhancing one’s vision and purpose. According to Shivute, ‘success’ can be broken down the following way: “S=Sense of Purpose, U=Understanding, C=Confidence, C=Creativity, E= Excellence, S=Solution-focused instead of focusing on problems, S=Service (be of service and focus on creating value).” Quoting Sedona Method creator Lester Levenson, Shivute reminded the audience that “We are unlimited beings limited only by the concept of limitation that we place in our minds,” signing off with the trademark Shivute phrase: “Be unlimited!” Shivute also serves as the Director of Banking Services at the Bank of Namibia.


Madame Geingos arriving at the venue (NIPAM) with NUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Tjama Tjivikua.

Madame Geingos arriving at the venue (NIPAM) with NUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Tjama Tjivikua.


(From left) Nampa CEO Isack Hamata, Air Namibia Manager: Revenue Accounting Franchia Menjono, Development Bank of Namibia Senior Portfolio Manager Hellen Amupolo, NUST Vice Chancellor Prof. Tjama Tjivikua, First Lady of Namibia Madame Monica Geingos, HP-GSB Director Prof. Grafton Whyte, Pupkewitz Foundation CEO Meryl Barry, Namibia Media Holdings GM: Publications Arrie Hougaard, Roads Authority Senior Manager: Legal Services Evelyn Zimba-Naris, motivational speaker and executive coach Sam Shivute, Standard Bank Chief Information Officer Pieter Kruger.



HP-GSB Director Prof. Grafton Whyte shared the HP-GSB’s 2016 highlights. The HP-GSB graduated 32 students in its Master of Leadership and Change Management (MLCM), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of International Business (MIB) programmes.


HP-GSB MBA Director Prof. Samuel Mensah delivered the vote of thanks.

Evelyn Zimba-Naris

Student testimonial: HP-GSB alumna Evelyn Zimba-Naris shared her journey navigating the HP-GSB MBA.


Guests listening attentively to the presentations on the evening.

guests entering

Some guests arriving at the venue.

Arrie Hougaard

Namibia Media Holdings GM: Publications Arrie Hougaard spoke about the mutually-beneficial partnership between NMH and the HP-GSB. “Namibia still faces many social and economic inequalities and both NMH and HP-GSB understand the message to students that we all must take ownership to help Namibia close the gap of inequalities.  This is where the partnership between NMH and HP-GSB finds mutual ground. At NMH we feel strongly that the people, and indeed leaders of Namibia, need access to exceptional quality management education in order to understand and implement the Harambee initiative of President Hage Geingob.


: Standard Bank Chief Information Officer Pieter Kruger and National Housing Enterprise CEO Gisbertus Mukulu sharing a light moment.

Standard Bank Chief Information Officer Pieter Kruger and National Housing Enterprise CEO Gisbertus Mukulu sharing a light moment.


Songstresses Esme and Johne' captivated the audience with their sweet sounds.


Esme and Prof. Whyte conducting the lucky draw for two return business class tickets to Frankfurt, sponsored by Air Namibia.

Siggi Kamenjono

Siggi Kamenjono was one of two lucky guests to receive a return business class ticket to Frankfurt from Air Namibia.


Growing and empowering people is at the core of Bidvest Namibia’s philosophy. As a group of dynamic companies involved in a diverse range of industries, Bidvest Namibia has a longstanding commitment to promoting and furthering the education of all Namibians. Bidvest Namibia supports the ideals and various components of the Harambee strategy, and actively promotes education and training, entrepreneurship and enterprise development. Bidvest Namibia firmly believes that you are never too old to learn, and as such education, for us, is the foundation of empowering people.”- Theo Mberirua, Bidvest Namibia Director: Commercial and Business Development

The partnership between the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) and the HP-GSB offers an opportunity for the Namibian narrative to be spread far and wide and for every citizen to contribute to that narrative. The Namibian story, the story of our painful past, the story of optimism and the story of hope for a bright future must be heard and appreciated by all Namibians to inculcate a positive spirit that drives the citizenry to commit to the country’s national development goals.” –Isack Hamata, Nampa CEO

In order for the Roads Authority to ensure that our CSR initiatives and projects are effective and making an on-going contribution to the overall economic wellbeing of the country, we partner with strategic key stakeholders. The Roads Authority is therefore proud to have partnered with the HP-GSB for this praiseworthy initiative that aims to build capacity in the Namibian tertiary education sector and supports the national agenda to become a knowledge-based society.” –Hileni Fillemon, Manager: Corporate Communication, Roads Authority.