Shahida Cassim is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She holds the post of Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at the University. She was invited to this post by the Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies to re invent the Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2010.
Shahida Cassim has conducted research, taught and consulted in the field of entrepreneurship during her academic career. Her particular interests are in entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship policy, business incubation, enterprise support, and entrepreneurial finance. Se has published in the field and has developed a range of practical interventions (including developing and running a Certificate programme in Entrepreneurship for fashion designers).
Professor Cassim adds a whole range of community work to her busy portfolio. She has served the Advisory Board of Al Baraka Bank and serves as member of the Board of Directors of Orient Islamic School. She has on several occasions served in various advisory capacities to a wide range of CBOs and NGOs in the country.
In this interview Professor Cassim throws light on how entrepreneurship is being developed in South Africa.