Prof Llewellyn van Zyl honoured as NWU Young Alumnus 2016

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:02

Prof Llewellyn van Zyl honoured as NWU Young Alumnus 2016

On Friday, 7 October 2016, the North-West University (NWU) honoured its top alumni at an awards ceremony in Sandton. The recipient of the coveted NWU Young Alumnus Award, Prof Llewellyn van Zyl, hails from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University. Professor Van Zyl is a respected researcher and industrial psychologist with a passion for online positive psychological interventions.

Through his research endeavours he is taking industrial psychology to the electronic environment, and presenting it as an accessible, cost-effective and efficient service.

Prof Llewellyn van Zyl – Taking industrial psychology online

He is on top of his profession, working as a specialist and consultant, and recently completed a stint as the youngest ever president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). Van Zyl has a PhD in Industrial Psychology and a MCom degree (cum laude) from the NWU Vaal.

An academic achiever, he won the award for best master’s student in 2009 and received honorary colours for academic achievement for both his master’s and honours degrees. Van Zyl also received the campus rector’s award in 2007 as the best academic performer across all faculties.

He is currently the co-managing director and principal psychologist for Psychai Management Consulting, where he specialises in the development and implementation of online e-human potential development strategies and e-interventions. As a specialist in the field, he has a passion for online positive psychological interventions with an emphasis on strengths-based people development, coaching psychology, happiness at work and e-Health interventions and social media.

Van Zyl has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed journals and books, and has conducted presentations at both national and international conferences. He was section editor for the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology until 2012 when he became co-editor of the journal.

His work as president of SIOPSA puts him at the forefront of managing the implementation of the society’s operational plan and he is instrumental in implementing operational initiatives to enhance their service offerings. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Leadership and Organisational Studies.

Professor Van Zyl is currently an associate professor in industrial and organisational psychology at the Vaal Triangle Campus. Click here to watch his acceptance speech. 


NWU – Proud of its alumni

For many years now, NWU alumni have made their mark – not only in South Africa – but also internationally. This year marks the fourth year that NWU alumni are recognised with the prestigious awards.


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