Dr Jacques Grobbelaar is the Chief Executive Officer of Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) responsible for the management and commercialisation and promotion of the FNB Stadium, Rand Stadium, Dobsonville Stadium and Orlando Stadium. SMSA is privately owned and funded and responsible for the full financial risk management of the stadia and their precincts and receives no government funding. Under Dr Grobbelaar’s management SMSA won “Event of the Year” at the international 2011 Stadium Business Award. Dr Grobbelaar was also shortlisted in 2013 as a finalist in the Stadium Business Awards “The Executive of the Year Award” category. The Stadium Business Awards are the only awards to recognise the whole spectrum of achievements from across the global stadium industry. Not only the venue and event of the year are acknowledged but also individuals from behind the scenes and within the industry. His career in the event industry began over 22 years ago heading up event master planning for clients hosting major events at large stadiums and facilities such as Ellis Park, the Johannesburg Stadium, Soccer City (the old FNB Stadium) and Kings Park. He was heavily involved in the delivery of more than 380 large and major events such as the Rolling Stones in 1992, the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and the African Cup of Nations in 1996, before joining SMSA. With SMSA he has delivered another 500 large events attended by 7 million spectators. Dr Jacques Grobbelaar was amongst an illustrious list of people to be honored by the Commonwealth University during the convocation and graduation ceremony that was held on the April 6, 2018 in Dubai. Dr Jacques Grobbelaar was nominated by the Academic Council of the Commonwealth University and received the *Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Specializing in Leadership and Management (Honoris Causa)* in recognition of his service, selflessness and other outstanding contributions in his position as the Chief Executive Officer of Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA). This year’s bestowal ceremony was preceded by the Dubai Top Executive Leadership Summit organized by the Commonwealth University in collaboration with the London Graduate School. The Commonwealth University, a distance learning university, considers the sharing of knowledge extremely important as it leads to sharpening and updating skills and good practice. This Awards ceremony took place in Dubai from the 3rd to the 6th April 2018.
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