When he was a kid, Armand Bam’s guidance teacher told him that he would never go to university. Having recently obtained his PhD in Business Studies from the University of Cape Town, it is safe to assume that the guidance teacher was wrong.
Born and raised in Grassy Park, Armand had originally started out managing the wellness programmes in the corporate private sector. He had graduating with a degree in Biokinetics at Stellenbosch University and completed Postgraduate Management Diploma at the University of Cape Town. He was however, always less interested in making money and more interested in helping others.
As a kid, Armand had spent a large part of his childhood going door to door, handing out fundraising pamphlets on behalf of League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB). This willingness to help others eventually led him to leave the private sector and join LOFOB as a volunteer wellness sport and recreational officer. After 3 years as a volunteer, he became a manager at LOFOB and during this time, he completed a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies at the University of Cape Town.
In 2013, Armand was promoted to executive director and under his leadership, LOFOB has received official status as a training institution. They will be rolling out a National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practices and they will also be offering a range of exciting short courses to enhance the training and development of blind and visually impaired people. His thesis titled, “Embodying virtue in employment: exploring the employment experiences of people with disabilities”, largely focuses on his passion for helping to ensure that people with disabilities receives an education.
In addition to leading LOFOB, Armand is also the President of Blind Cricket South Africa and the global development director of the World Blind Cricket Council. He is also trustee of the Cape Town Environmental Trust and he was previously a committee member of the International Blind Sports Federation.
People that knows him describes him as a difficult man who pushes people to pursue excellence and does not have time for mediocrity. He believes that instead of waiting for things to happen, you should be actively involved in making things happen and change for the better. For a man who was told he would never go to university, he certainly made things happen.