Mr Faik Houlie

Project Manager


Faik Houlie has recently been appointed as Project Manager in the Engagement and Transformation Portfolio at Nelson Mandela University.

Outside of NMU, Faik is also currently employed at Rhodes University as a South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) administrator and coordinator in the Environmental Science department where the main goal is to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity. He previously also held two positions concurrently for two departments – Environmental Science and the Biotechnology Innovation Centre servicing the needs of these SARChI representatives.

Faik held other portfolios including Financial Administration, Training Facilitation, Project Management, Supervision and Steering Committee representation amongst others.

Faik holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science. He has also obtained the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sport Management Certificate.


Getting to know me


  1. How would you define your role within the Engagement and Transformation team?

To provide support in the planning, organising and coordinating of specific projects, as well as ensuring stakeholder satisfaction. Providing administrative duties as required.


  1. What does Engagement and Transformation in Higher Education look like to you?

A necessary and innovative Portfolio allowing the Higher Education Sector to be better equipped in playing a more pivotal role within our society. “Closing this gap” fosters a more meaningful and constructive social engagement.


  1. Describe your job in 3 words.

Educational, Exciting, Engaging.


  1. What is your favourite activity when you are not in the office?

Engaging in sport as well as some tinkering in the garage…some call it DIY projects.


  1. What is your favourite place on Earth?

Anywhere as long as I am joined with family and friends.


  1. What is your favourite quote?

Don’t look at the one who has been given more than you…Look at the one who has been given less - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).


  1. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

With so much pain, destruction and wrongdoing in our world, instilling kindness and compassion in man’s hearts could eliminate all that.


  1. What would you be able to give a 30-minute presentation about without any advanced preparation?

Going back to basics in using nature to maintain or improve health.


  1. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received?

“If you put your mind and heart into it, there is no challenge that you cannot overcome.”


  1. What motivates you?

Knowing that my mere existence has a purpose and therefore I have the potential to ensure that my purpose is of benefit to others.