Prof (P) Prakash Naidoo
Vice-Rector: Operations

Prof Prakash Naidoo

Prof Prakash Naidoo started at the university as Campus Principal of the Qwaqwa Campus. He is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). He has also been the Executive Dean: Faculty of Management Sciences at VUT. Prior to this, he was a lecturer in the Department of Accounting at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), and Vice-Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at DUT. He also taught Accounting and Mathematics at Stanger South Secondary and Tongaat Secondary schools in the 1980s. In addition, he worked as a higher-education consultant with Learning Strategies, PC Training, and as a consultant for the North Local Council, as it was known in the 1990s.

He holds a PhD in Management Accounting, MComm in Management Accounting, Honours in Accounting, Honours in Economics, BComm (Acc), and a University Diploma in Education.

He is a registered professional accountant with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), and an Internationally Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE). He was also an international associate of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Business Management (CIBM).

He served as member and chairperson on various boards and forums, including the Investment Committee of the National Tertiary Retirement Fund (NTRF); Audit Committee of the National Institute on Higher Education in Mpumalanga (NIHE); Audit Committee of the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium (PURCO), and other task teams in higher education. He also served as a former director of ACFE (SA Chapter), from whom he received a commendation for his work in fighting fraud and corruption in the country.

In addition to playing soccer, cricket, and volleyball at club and district level, he has been actively involved in community and sports development at local and provincial level, also serving as President of Tongaat Football Association, Coastal North Football Association, Tongaat Sports Council, and in various portfolios in the then Natal High Schools Sports Association.

Prof Naidoo has written and published numerous papers, supervised research, presented papers at conferences, and published one book.