Centre for Applied Eithics
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​​​​​Permanent Lecturers: 

Dr. Minka Woermann

Head of the Unit

Dr Minka Woermann (PhD, Stellenbosch University) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and the Head of the Unit for Business Ethics and Public Integrity in the Centre for Applied Ethics. Her research interests include ethics, business ethics, post-structural (French) philosophy, and critical complexity theory. She is the editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Business Ethics and the author of 'On the (Im)Possibility of Business Ethics: Critical Complexity, Deconstruction, and Implications for Understanding the Ethics of Business' (Springer, 2013). She is currently working on her second monograph, titled 'Philosophy, Complexity and the Ethics of Living: a Post-Structural Defense' (pre-contract with Springer; New York).

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Guest lecturers:

Prof. Deon Rossouw

Extraordinary professor and CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa

Prof. Deon Rossouw is CEO of the Ethics Institute of South Africa and Extraordinary Professor in Philosophy at Stellenbosch University. He was the Founding President of the Business Ethics Network Africa (BEN-Africa) and served as the President of the International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (ISBEE). He was a member of the Research Team of the Second King Report on Corporate Governance and a member of the Sustainable Committee of the Third King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa. He currently serves on the main committee for the Fourth King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa.​​

Dr. Schalk Engelbrecht

Research Associate: Centre for Applied Ethics and Head of Ethics Advisory:  KPMG Forensic

Dr. Schalk Engelbrecht is the head of Ethics Advisory within KPMG South Africa's Forensic Business Unit and a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Ethics, Stellenbosch University. Before joining KPMG, Schalk lectured Philosophy and Ethics at Stellenbosch University and North-West University. He completed his PhD in Philosophy at Stellenbosch with a dissertation on the possibility of reviving utopian thought in an anti-utopian age. His research interests include: Business Ethics, utopian thinking and Critical Social Theory.


Alan Malachowski

Research Fellow: Centre for Applied Ethics     

Alan Malachowski is a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Ethics, Stellenbosch University. His  main spheres of expertise are in Pragmatism, the philosophy of Richard Rorty, Wittgenstein, and Business Ethics (with a special emphasis on Financial Ethics). He has taught at the universities of Reading, East Anglia, and Stirling, as well as extensively with The Open University. His selected publications include: Reading Rorty, Blackwell; Richard Rorty, Acumen/Princeton University Press,; Richard Rorty 4 Vols, Sage Publications; Pragmatism 3 Vols, Sage Publications; Business Ethics: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management 4 Vols, Routledge; The New Pragmatism, Acumen/McGill-Queen University Press 2010; and, The Cambridge Companion To Pragmatism, Cambridge University Press, 2013.