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Alex Berdy

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Phone number: 555-555-5555


I am a self-motivated, innovative and goal-oriented development professional, seeking to obtain employment in research, and higher education sectors. I am hardworking, a fast learner and bring with me substantial experience of analytical research, project planning, research methodology and data management. I have the desire to pursue my career with a progressive institution that has a multidisciplinary focus.

Work experience

01/2020 - present, Convener - Online Modules, Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch
  • Working on part-time basis to teach curriculum materials through online video lessons.
  • Leading online discussions of the course materials via forums and web chat.
  • Responding to student comments and questions posted online.
  • Evaluating students papers, projects, tests and other assessments.
  • Maintaining records on students progress and grades.
07/2018 - 06/2019, Project Manager (Township Economies), Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Plan and design township economies project approaches in line with collaborative partnering methodology.
  • Prepared detailed project plans and quarterly deliverables in line with project requirements.
  • Managed budgets and funding, in line with project requirements.
  • Managed outsourced service providers and stakeholders as part of project implementation.
  • Facilitating communication, planning and decision-making across sectors in a collaborative leadership manner.
10/2015 - 05/2017, Project Officer (Domestic Waste Management Initiatives), Zemvelo Waste Management, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Working on the research division for the waste management projects and the establishment of domestic recycling up-cycling initiatives.
  • Responded effectively to changes in project requirements and recalculating deliverables as needed.
  • Adjusted project plans to account for dynamic targets, staffing changes and operational specifications.
  • Developed and deepened relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Performed detailed assessments of risks to determine constraints and develop mitigation strategies.
05/2014 - 08/2015, Researcher (Green Economy), Cape Higher Education Consortium, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Worked on joint research group and steering committee for green economic strategies at the CHEC institutions.
  • Data gathering from various universities in the Western Cape on the areas of expertise, research projects and research capacities on climate change, sustainability and green economy.
  • Co-authored the strategy report on: Trends in Climate Change, Sustainability and Green Economy at CHEC Institutions.
  • Devoted special emphasis to punctuality and worked to maintain outstanding attendance and deliverable record, consistently collaborating with team members.
03/2010 - 12/2012, Part-time Campus Ambassador (Gradute Expectation Survey), Magnet Communication Research and Media, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Hosted students group discussions to gather insights about the workplace expectation after graduation.
  • Circulated fliers displayed posters and offered promotional items on campus to introduce students on salary expectations after graduation survey.
  • Participated in student group discussions to gather information on students' employment environment expectations.
  • Gathered data, analysed it and compiled it into reports which were distributed to the appropriate personnel.
01/2009 - 11/2012, Part-time Students Assistant, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Performed administrative activities such as taking attendance, grading assignments and maintaining student records.
  • Organised classroom materials to help teachers prepare for daily instruction and activities.
  • Completed a range of simultaneous job tasks to support professor's academic, research and operational needs.
  • Gathered and organised files and research papers.
  • Searched at library and in scholarly databases to locate necessary information.


present, PhD (Urban and Regional Science), Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Research Focus: Contemporary place-based urban planning theories and practices.

2020, MDP (Development and International Cooperation), University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Thesis: Focused on Urbanisation and fast food consumption in South African Townships.

Selected Courses: Political Economies of Development; Philosophy of Social Sciences; Motivating Sustainable Consumption; Cultural Sustainability.

2017, MPhil (Sustainable Development Planning and Management), Stellenbosch University

Thesis: Focused on using transdisciplinary research methods to facilitate transit-oriented development for urban development integration.

Selected Courses: Sustainable cities; Research methodology; Integrated thesis and research development; Research dissemination; Advanced studies in sustainable development.

2014, PGDip (Sustainable Development), Stellenbosch University

Major Courses: Sustainable enterprise; Sustainable cities; Facilitation for sustainable transition; Governance and globalisation.

Selected Minors: Renewable energy system; Bio-energy; Complexity theory and systems thinking.

2012, BAHons (Geography and Environmental Studies), Stellenbosch University

Major Courses: Human geographic research application; Geography and environmental studies; Tourism analysis and systems; Urban analysis and synthesis.

Selected Minors: Environmental analysis and synthesis; Tourism analysis and systems; Geographic Information System.

2011, BA (Development and Environment), Stellenbosch University

Major Courses: Public and development management; Social anthropology; Geography and environmental studies; Economics.

Selected Minors: History, Sociology, Humanities, Information skills, Afrikaans language acquisition.


Data collection and organisation Microsoft Office Packages

Interviewing and communication QSR NVivo 9

Workshop facilitation IBM SPSS 10.0

Documents management ArcGIS 9.2

Contract review

Interpersonal Strengths

Critical thinking
Effectively managing multiple projects
Team oriented
Strategic planning
Social intelligence
Effectively managing multiple projects
Self Motivated
Ability to prioritize


01/2016 - present, General Volunteer, Rabiah's Helping Hands, Blackheath, South Africa
  • Assist staff with paperwork and administration as needed.
  • Cooking and packaging food parcels for giveaways. Ensuring that the highest quality standards were maintained.
  • Prepared and served food for the needy.
01/2015 - 06/2017, General Volunteer, Badisa Trio Kuils River, Kuils River, South Africa
  • Ad hoc duties in various departments.
  • Assisted participants in events.
  • Doing list and preparing materials for volunteer activities.
  • Helping community-based psychosocial activities.
01/2014 - 12/2015, Mentor, United Nations South Africa, Stellenbosch Chapter, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Tutored underprivileged primary and high school-age students in grammar, spelling, creative writing, essay writing, and a wide range of mathematics to help better comprehend school sessions and learning objectives.
  • Shared instant feedback with students and parents to positively motivate children to aspire to learn.


11/2018, Certificate of Achievement, University College London

Completed an online course in Development and Planning in African Cities: Exploring Theories, Policies and Practices from Sierra Leone.

10/2019, Certificate of Achievement, University of Leicester

Completed an online course in Discovering you PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal


Exploring distant lands
Getting lost in a good book
Feeling the music

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