Dr Semona Pillay is a Lecturer and W&R Leadership Chair Gauteng

Semona Pillay, a recent PhD graduate in Marketing Management and a Lecturer in the Department of Marketing Management at UJ – renowned as one of the Most Impactful Researchers in Africa, her passion lies at the intersection of Marketing and Retailing. Throughout her academic career at UJ, spanning 9 years, she has made significant strides in helping to reshape and re-define the landscape of retail education. As a dedicated educator, Semona has transformed the Diploma in Retail Business Management programme, not only changing students’ perceptions of Retailing but also enhancing the program to improve graduate success and employability.

Semona’s expertise extends to the fields of Marketing communications, Digital Marketing, and Consumer Behaviour. Her commitment to inspiring the minds of future leaders is evident in her teaching and research. With a focus on bridging the gap between industry and academia, Semona is determined to position graduates as industry-ready professionals. Her leadership has been instrumental in not only imparting knowledge but also fostering an environment where students can thrive and excel.

Together, with Semona Pillay’s wealth of academic experience and dedication to student development, as W&R Seta Leadership Chair, Semona aims to navigate collaborative opportunities, anchor in knowledge creation, and chart a course towards a future where every student’s potential is not just realized but celebrated.


‘As the Leadership Chair of the W&R Seta, I am thrilled to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our journey of empowerment and excellence.’


Sandile Maseko

Mr Sandile Maseko
Administrative Assistant & Industry Liaison

Mr Norman Mafuratidze
Head of Research

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