ICER Biographies

Below are the ICER Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Margi Boosey is a seasoned education professional with a remarkable career that has spanned diverse roles and responsibilities, culminating in her current position as Academic Manager for Varsity College and IIE MSA brands. With a passion for education and a proven track record of leadership and innovation, Margi's career has been marked by a commitment to excellence and a dedication to empowering students to achieve their full potential. In her current leadership role, she now oversees academic delivery across all 10 campuses while playing a crucial role in shaping the educational landscape and fostering an environment of academic excellence.


Willy Engelbrecht (PhD) is currently the Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies at The Independent Institute of Education (IIE). Willy has 11 years of experience in teaching, research and management at public and private higher education institutions. His research interest is diverse and thus he participates in various transdisciplinary research projects which include higher education management, educational leadership, tourism, marketing and supply chain. Willy also supervises and acts as an examiner for master's and doctoral studies for various higher educational institutions across South Africa. He is the Scientific Chair for the SAPHE Conference and also a member of various academic advisory boards for both public and private higher education institutions and acts as a reviewer for both local and international journals.

Keynote Speakers

Mini-Track Chairs

Dr AndrĂ© Abrahams is currently the Deputy Dean: Academic Development and Support at the Central Academic Team of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE). He completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Political Science, and a PhD in Development Studies with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development and transformative teaching practice and has over 10 years’ experience in the field of higher education. Dr Abrahams’s research interests include Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Transformative Learning and Problem-Based Learning. An advocate for student-centered learning which aims to place students as the focal point of each lecture, giving students the ability to gain critical thinking skills that will transcend the lecture halls into real-life situations; AndrĂ© has also worked with Amnesty International, various municipalities, and NGO’s to promote Education for Sustainable Development and the 21st century skills desperately needed in the Southern African context.  

Workshop Facilitators