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Mont Fleur Module Agenda:

Topic Goal of Session Speaker/Lead faculty
Saturday 15 April Arrival of Participants during the day
19.30 Dinner with Participants at Mont Fleur Participants and Faculty to get to know each other
Introduction to the Programme

Host: Sean Lance – AfLI
Set Group Project for the First Half of this Workshop P. Wilson, Marshall Young, Kurt April
Maintaining a Journal & Learning Reflections
Sunday 16th April Robben Island
9.00 Catch Ferry to Robben Island
9.45 Tour of Robben Island
11.15 to 17.00 Leadership in the context of the Robben Island experience Utilise the experience and physical presence on
Robben Island as a catalyst to break the ice and promote discussion on leadership and their own stories on leadership and themselves. e.g. story telling, struggle leadership, self experience, contrast styles of leadership employed on RI, etc.
Kurt April
Marshall Young
Evening Dinner at Mont Fleur
Monday 17th April Framework for Thinking about Leadership
Full Day The Leader Perspective
-Awareness and Mental -Models
-Personal Story and IdentityThe Leadership
-Leadership as Mobilsation
-Concepts of Organisation
Introduce an overview of the main concepts of leadership Marshall Young
Kurt April
Syndicates and Private Study Syndicates will work on an assignment ' How do leaders design
winning strategies' for a final presentation on Thursday
Evening The Art of Conversation
Tuesday 18 Apri
Full Day until 4.30 pm African Leadership v Leadership in Africa
(including topics such as diversity and gender)
Case Study drawn from African context, Syndicates and Private Study
Explore the relevance of the concepts of first day to the challenges of being a leaders in Africa Marshall Young
Kurt April
Joined by Caryn Solomon in afternoon
4:30pm 2 speakers & panel discussion Mpho Letlape, HR Director, Eskom
Vincent Maphai, Chairman BHP SA
Wed, 19th April
Full Day until 5 pm Aspects of Self in Leadership
(seminar, individual and group work)
Fellows get a better understanding of themselves as
leaders, and how others see them as leaders
Understand the importance of values in leadership
Establish the framework for setting one's own
leadership goals
Caryn Solomon
With assistance from other faculty
Syndicates and Private Study
5.00 pm African leaders as speakers, with panel
African leaders share their experiences of leadership
& the challenges of leading in Africa
Brian O'Connell, Rector, UWC.
Sean Lance, ex-Chairman, Chiron Corporation
Thursday 20 April
Morning Reflections on personal Leadership agendas
Syndicate Presentations
Review of possible practical implications of previous day's
session on leadership and values
Caryn Solomon
Marshall Young, Kurt
April and Caryn Solomon
Afternoon Visit to a Community Project
Meet Archbishop Tutu at his Milnerton
9.30 pm Return to Mont Fleur
Friday 21st April
Morning Construction & Use of Scenarios in
Decision Making
Introduce the Group to Scenarios & how they are
used in strategic decision making
Clem Sunter
Leadership Issues in future African
Explore the major macro issues that will influence the
future of Africa
Olugbenga Adesida
Afternoon Introduction to the Group Project -
Construct Scenarios of the future of Africa
Introduction to the Group Project, and the tasks that
will be done in syndicate and between the workshops
Peter Wilson
Syndicate Work to develop the Scenario
Identify and develop the key issues and uncertainties
in the future development of the continent
Potential value and social changes as demonstrated by African market trends To unearth some of the key trends in values and
behaviours that may shape how Africa develops
Prof. John Simpson
Saturday 22 April
Morning Coaching/Mentoring Programme Introduction to the Coaching/Mentoring Programme
How it works, and the requirements of the Fellow and the Mentor
Peter Wilson
Scenario Project: Syndicate Work
and Guidance
Further guidance on how to develop the Scenarios
and syndicate work
Peter Wilson, Olugbenga Adesida
Afternoon Community Project Explanation of requirement for the Community Project
Guidance on how to go about it
Peter Wilson
Syndicate Work Complete first Draft Scenarios for Presentation
to the Group on Sunday
Dinner Final Dinner Reflections on the Issues in Africa
Sunday 23rd April
Morning Presentation of Scenarios Plenary Presentation and Discussion of the Scenarios
Get feedback from the group on logic, plausibility
and interest
Syndicates Peer Review & Goal Setting
Individual Tutorials & Goal Setting
(20 minutes per Fellow)
Individual Tutorials to provide feedback and guidance to Fellows - done when the group is working in syndicate Peter Wilson, Sean Lance
Norman Swanepoel, Olugbenga Adesida
The Way Forward, Networking and
Set the Programme for the intervening period up to the
next workshop in September
All Faculty
Lunch Lunch & Depart

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2006 Fellows

Abdu Mukhtar

Minister’s Office
FCDA Secretariat, Garki, Area 11
Abuja, Nigeria

As Adviser to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Mukhtar assists the President’s Economic Reform Team in implementing key policies including privatization, reform of the public service, public-private partnerships and service delivery improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining the Public Service, Abdu was a Consultant with Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath Consulting (PRTM), USA, where he coordinated the product development efforts for a $123 billion pharmaceutical company. He also consulted for the Harvard Center for International Development, the National Kidney Foundation Singapore, and the governments of Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Prior to that, Abdu worked as a Research Associate at the Boston Medical Center where he executed projects that culminated in the cloning of a human gene. He was profiled in the 2nd edition of the “2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century” and the “Who’s Who in America: Science and Engineering, Millennium edition” and was appointed member of several prestigious professional organizations and received several awards.

Abdu obtained a medical degree (MB.BS) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; a Ph.D. in Pathology/Laboratory Medicine from the Boston University; and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. His personal interests include reading, traveling, international relations and non-profit community development.

Aderonke Onadeko-Osayande

drnl Consults Limited

Aderonke Onadeko-Osayande is a business development consultant, she obtained her first degree in Resource development (food science and technology) at the University of Rhode Island in the United States, She worked as a food technologist in the United States and Nigeria before moving into the oil and gas sector, she immediately undertook studies in crude oil and petroleum products trading and marketing at the Petroleum and energy studies college in Oxford, in the United Kingdom. She is a serial entrepreneur and has birthed many small and medium sized companies that are thriving. Some of which are beverage manufacturing, farming, telecommunications marketing to mention a few. She underwent the chief executives program at the Lagos Business School (Pan African University) in Nigeria; she is a teacher, mentor and facilitator of various training programs.

She speaks to audiences on starting their own ventures and empowerment of youths and women. She has won awards for community service, mentoring, business and educational achievements. She obtained her MBA in Entrepreneurship at the Durham Business School in 2003 as a Chevening Scholar. She is an ardent supporter of church planting and development in Africa. She writes a monthly column for Nigeria’s premier entrepreneurial magazine Success Digest.

Aidan Frederick Eyakuze

Aidan is Programme Director responsible for the East African Scenarios Project for the Society for International Development (SID). The Scenarios Project is exploring the long-term prospects for the renewed East African Community and its impact on the region and continent. Its primary objective is to generate, inform and sustain dialogue amongst key constituents on a set of possible alternative futures that the East African region might face in the coming years.

Aidan was an investment and corporate banker in Tanzania between 2000 and 2005, during which time he successfully managed several advisory mandates in the mobile telecoms and agribusiness sectors. Between 1995 and 2000, Aidan was an economist with a private consulting group in Nairobi, Kenya. He has studied the investment climate, policy and corporate constraints to private sector growth in East Africa, and assisted a number of public and private firms to develop and execute corporate strategies for improved performance.

Aidan has a Masters Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia) in Canada and has authored or collaborated in several articles and publications. Aidan is a keen amateur musician and recreational swimmer. His latest ambition is to establish Tanzania’s first internationally competitive kite-surfing team.

Felleng Lorraine Sekha

JTP Consulting
Johannesburg, South Africa

Felleng began her career in South African Mutual Assurance Society (Old Mutual) as a Legal Advisor – Corporate Law Division. She left Old Mutual to study Electronic Communications Law in Australia. Upon her return, she joined the Centre for the Development of Information and Telecommunications Policy (CDITP), where she was responsible for telecommunications policy research. After CDITP, she joined Telkom South Africa where she worked initially as a Corporate Accounts Manager and later as a Regulatory Executive.

Before relocating to Nigeria in early 2001, Felleng was General Manager, International Business Development, MTN. She led the team that successfully bid for the GSM licence in Nigeria. She was until December 2005, Executive Director Corporate Affairs, MTN Nigeria Communication Limited, overseeing the Company Secretariat, Legal Regulatory Affairs, Commercial Legal and Corporate Relations departments. Whilst in Nigeria she was elected Chairperson of GSM Nigeria and subsequently, GSM West Africa. She recently completed a six months project as part of the team setting up MTN Zambia.

Felleng is highly experienced in the media and telecommunications arena. Prior to joining MTN, she was Chairperson of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in South Africa (IBA). She was also Chairperson of the National Telecommunications Forum, where she was actively involved in the Telecommunications Policy process leading to the enactment of the South African Telecommunications Act of 1996. She holds Law Degrees from the Universities of Lesotho and Cape Town and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Media Communications and Information Technology Law from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Gatsha Mazithulela

Executive Director, Biosciences Operating Unit
CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)

CSIR Executive Director for Biosciences, Dr Gatsha Mazithulela, oversees the strategic and operational management of a unit of 270 people with a turnover of R100 million per year. Gatsha has a PhD in Genetic Engineering and Molecular Virology from the John Innes Centre (UK) and has professional experience in research and development within the biotechnology sectors of government and large multinational businesses. Gatsha also holds an MBA specialising in the valuation of new technologies using Real Options financial mathematics. He has served as Innovation Manager for CSIR’s Biochemtek Division, Deputy Director of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI) at the South African Medical Research Council and Managing Director of Secure Plan Investment Limited (United Kingdom). His other current appointments are; board member for Cape Biotechnology Trust, Anvir Biopharmaceticals Pty Limited and Chairman of Elevation Biotechnology Pty Limited. Listed among his achievements are the: Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Scholarship at John Hopkins University USA (2004), Rockefeller Foundation Pre-doctoral fellowship (1995-1998), postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham, Visiting Scientist at DuPont Inc and was awarded support from the UK/South Africa Science and Technology Research Fund in 1997. His interests also extend to current affairs and military strategy.

Janah Ncube

Technical Adviser, Gender
SADC Secretariat

Janah Ncube is a gender expert and policy strategist. With 10 years experience in the development sector, Janah has experience in development issues, civil society and politics. Her dedication to issues of justice and freedoms has led her to champion the causes of the poor and the disadvantaged with a keen emphasis on women. She is a founding member of Women in Politics Support Unit, an entity working on enhancing the capacity of women’s participation in politics in Zimbabwe. Janah has held several leading positions in the Zimbabwean civil society as former chairperson of the women’s coalition (2002-2004), Vice chairperson of Crisis in Zimbabwe (2003 – 2004) and continues to be a board member of several NGOs. Janah is a strong, highly driven individual who is results oriented and sets high standards for herself and team members. She is an Alumni of several international networks such as Salzburg seminars, British Council Performance Leadership Club and African Women Leadership Institute. A Chevening UK scholar, Janah holds a Masters Degree with Merit in Gender and Women’s Studies. She is currently working as a Technical Advisor on Gender to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). She continues to speak and write on gender, politics and Africa.

Judy Malan

McKinsey & Company

Judy Malan’s passion is to help groups of people achieve social and economic transformation, by helping them forge a common language where values conflict and solve problems from a systems perspective. She sees this mutual understanding as a possible platform upon which to uplift the social system of Africa. Judy has always enjoyed this kind of conceptual and analytical thinking, honed by her legal studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and then at Oxford. She also complemented her law studies with additional courses in philosophy, one of her greatest loves. On finishing her studies in 1998, Judy however forsook the law to join management consultancy McKinsey & Company, out of curiosity to learn more about the business world. She has remained with McKinsey ever since, largely because of the unique opportunities it offers to explore complex systemic challenges and resolve them. Her work is particularly focused on making large-scale organisational transformations successful – integrating the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ elements of organisational performance in a way that sustainably shifts the underlying mindsets driving group behaviour. In 2004 Judy was elected a partner at McKinsey. Unleashing the potential of people – both as individuals and as groups – is what ultimately drives her.

Kunyalala K. Maphisa

National Portfolio Manager
Business Development
Ernst & Young

Maphisa is an attorney by training and is currently working as a National Portfolio Manager at Ernest & Young, South Africa in the firm’s Business Development Unit. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, she was an attorney at the Cape Town law firm, Jan S de Villiers, one of the leading corporate law firms in South Africa. Maphisa holds a Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Laws degrees, from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), in which she majored in Industrial Relations and Political Studies, also from UCT.

Maphisa serves on the Gauteng regional executive committee of the Business Women's Association (BWA), the largest advocacy association for the interest of women in business in South Africa. She also served on the Western Cape regional board of the Black Management Forum (BMF), the oldest advocacy group for the development of managerial leadership of black people and the transformation of organisations whose management demographics are still largely unrepresentative of the country’s population. She serves on the board of Young Voices, South Africa, a version of a UK choral music project for school children.

Maphisa comments on economic empowerment issues in South Africa and her writings appear regularly in business publications.

Lester M. Paye

Development Secretary/Deputy CEO
YMCA of Liberia

Lester is Deputy CEO of the YMCA of Liberia in charge of programme and training. During his Academic sojourn, he read General Agriculture, demography and Sociology. Lester is a Certified European Alliance of YMCAs (EAY) trainer and a proud recipient of the EAY’s Training of Trainers course, one of the highest training sessions runs by the Ys in Europe for social/development workers and young professionals around the world. As a veteran youth leader, he has to his credit, 12 consecutive years of intense interaction with youths from all backgrounds (ex-combatants and war affected). Lester is highly credited with the establishment of perhaps the largest youth group/network in the country, which provides advocacy and leadership development training for more than 500 youths annually. Under the banner of the National youth Council, the network has a membership of over 15, 000 youths across the country. Lester also runs training sessions for young and adult females on several thematic areas such as sexual based gender violence (SBGV), gender mainstreaming, advocacy and life skill development. In 2005 alone, over 850 young girls as well as female adults received training in SBGV. Lester provides consultancies and training for grassroot/community-based organizations (CBOs) in the development of strategic plan, proposal development, system design and management. He also conducts sessions on PRA, community/social transformation issues and community capacity building activities especially for rural and disenfranchised communities. In 2005, Lester was appointed by the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia as a member of the “Presidential Team” on Reconciliation. Lester’s philosophy is that “young people are agents of change, actors of today and leaders of tomorrow”.

Michael D. Cerfontyne, CA

Human Alchemy
Cape Town, South Africa

Michael D. Cerfontyne consults locally and internationally. He also lectures, writes and does professional speaking in the field of human dynamics. He co-teaches the leadership elective at the UCT Graduate School of Business on their MBA programme as well as on numerous of their external executive programmes. Michael has an absolute passion for people! This is not a job for him, it is a calling. He is deeply committed to making a difference in this world.

His experience is not merely academic. He has literally ‘walked the talk’ and has direct experience of, and appreciation for, the challenges and pressures of leading a R700m p.a. operation. He has had the profound, life-altering experience of seeing the theory in action, witnessing the awesome changes that occurred, as he led a team placed 43rd out of 44 at SABMiller, to one of the top operations in the country, thereby earning the highest award for outstanding performance in two years.

He views himself as a student of life and is inspired by the human condition, in particular, leadership, motivation and personal mastery. He is committed to living on purpose and to making a constructive difference in the lives of those with whom he comes into contact, by inviting them to live into their potential!

Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Mrs. Ndidi O. Nwuneli, Founder/C.E.O, LEAP Africa Ndidi is the Founder/C.E.O of LEAP Africa, a non profit organization, which is committed to inspiring, empowering and equipping a new cadre of African leaders. LEAP provides leadership training programmes for business owners, social entrepreneurs and for youth. LEAP also provides leadership awards to youth and invests in continuous research on leadership development in Africa.

Ndidi is also the founder of NIA, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering female university students in Southeastern Nigeria to achieve their highest potential in life. Prior to establishing LEAP and NIA, she was the pioneer executive director of FATE Foundation Nigeria. She also worked as a management consultant with the Bridgespan Group and with McKinsey & Company in the United States and South Africa. Ndidi has also worked as a consultant with Ford Foundation's West Africa Office and the Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy in Palestine and Israel.

Ndidi holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BSc from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2004, she received a National Honor, Member of the Federal Republic, from the President of Nigeria. In 2006, she was recognized as the Young Manager of the Year by THISDAY Newspapers.

Ndidi is married to Mr. Mezuo Nwuneli and they have a son, Udenna.

Nyaradzo Machingambi

Lawyers for Human Rights
Kutlwanong Democracy Centre
Pretoria, South Africa

Nyaradzo Machingambi is an International lawyer by specialisation having completed her LLM in International Law (International Human Rights and Refugee law) at the University of Cape Town, a Refugee Legal Counselor in practice and a human rights activist at heart. She is based at LHR, a leading human rights organisation and implementing partner of the UNHCR where she works on the Refugees and Migrants Rights Project. She was formerly the project coordinator of the Refugee Rights Project at the UCT Law Clinic. She was awarded a scholarship to participate in an International Summer Course on Refugee Issues at the Refugee Studies Centre at York University, Toronto in 2004. She was an expert participant at the Global Commission’s Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Hearing on International Migration as a member of the Network of Emerging Young African Researchers in Migration. She is a member of the EXCOM of the National Consortium for Refugee Affairs in South Africa. Nyaradzo’s main passion is to advocate for the recognition, respect, and protection of the human rights of refugees in Africa. She is currently pursuing a bridging course at the Witswatersrand University Forced Migration Studies Program in preparation for her PHD in Forced Migration.

Palesa Kadi

Head for Arts, Culture and Heritage
Recreation & Cultural Services

Palesa Kadi is a youth activist, heritage practitioner, historian and social researcher. She was inspired to study politics and history when her township grade school was burnt down by youths protesting for equal education in South Africa. After attending multiracial school under intense race conditions, Palesa furthered her studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where she obtained a BA (History), BA Honours (Political Studies) and currently completing a thesis for MA History at UWC, she assumed various leadership positions ranging from student Communications to public relations on behalf of the student population. During the 1990’s, the higher education sector was undergoing severe challenges and this allowed student leaders like Palesa to rightfully claim leadership positions to guide the size and character of the higher education institutions we see today. Palesa was introduced to national youth politics with a responsibility of addressing young women’s issues and sustainable livelihood projects. Palesa has spent much time organizing the youth movement in South Africa and has represented the country in political missions in the continent and overseas. She is serving in structures like the Commonwealth Youth Forum and is one of the first from her family to obtain a university education.

Ronnie S. Ntuli

Thelo Group (Pty) Ltd

Ronnie is Executive Chairman of Thelo Group an independent investment company founded by prominent South African investors in partnership with a global strategic investor. Ronnie is also Chairman of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), a multi billion Rand agency established by the government of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote and advance Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). Prior to his role at Thelo Group and in partnership with one of Africa’s biggest banks, Ronnie founded and was Chief Executive of Andisa Capital an independent and diversified financial services group with interests in private equity, stock-broking, capital markets, corporate finance and treasury solutions. Ronnie also sits on a number of boards and public sector committees.

Rosie Ndhlovu

Roche Products (Pty) Ltd

Rosy Ndhlovu is a medical practitioner by profession and a budding entrepreneur at heart. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Natal, Durban Medical School, now called the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine and received a Bachelor of medicine and Surgery in 2001. It is here where the glaring and unmet health needs of the developing world became clear. It was during serving various health communities during her internship and community service that the realization of economic growth as the driver to developing country’s dawned. The health solutions would be in the hands on future health industry entrepreneurs. She pursued an introductory business management course and entered the pharmaceutical industry in 2004. She is currently reading for her Masters in Business Administration. Rosie also has an interest in reading and camping.

Thulane Ngele

Corporate Industrial Relations Specialist
Eskom Holding Ltd

Thulane Ngele is a Corporate Industrial Specialist at Eskom Holdings Limited and holds a M. Phil Degree in Labour Law and Employment Relations from the University of Johannesburg. He also holds other qualifications from various institutions: Industrial Relations Diploma from Damelin, Employee Assistance Programme from the University of Pretoria, Honours Degree Labour Law and Employment relations from Rand Afrikaans University, Crisis Debriefing and Basic Trauma Counselling from UNISA, B. Proc Degree from the University of the North. He is currently studying for D. Phil in Employment Relations with University of Johannesburg. His doctoral thesis is about the Adequacy of a Social Plan in Managing Retrenchments.

Thulane has gain vast experience in the field of labour relations from 1995 to date. His experience includes litigation at the CCMA, consulting and strategic policy formulation in Employment Relations. Thulane commenced his career with the workers rights council (1995 to 1996), CTL consultancy (1996 to 1999), Nedcor Bank (1999 to 2002), and currently Eskom Holdings from 2002 to present.

Thulane currently holds an alternate executive committee membership with IRASA, together with an ordinary membership with the IPM and BMF.

Tracy Fortune

Non-Profit Consortium

Tracy Fortune is the Executive Director of the Non-profit Consortium (“NPC”), which specialises in advocating for Non-profit law reform and the provision of legal and other support services to NPOs.

She has BA and LLB Degrees from the University of the Western Cape as well as a Masters degree in Commercial Law from the University of Cape Town.

She is a qualified Attorney and was a Director in the Law firm Papier Charles Incorporated from 2001 – 2003, before she joined the NPC. She played an instrumental role in obtaining a landmark judgment for Land Claimants to claim a solatium for trauma suffered as a result of forced removals. She also played a key role in the Macassar Disaster project, where approximately 6500 (largely indigent) claimants from the community of Macassar were assisted to claim for personal injuries suffered as a result of exposure to sulphur dioxide.

During her period at the NPC she has guided the organisation in establishing a law clinic and being accredited as a pro bono structure in order to provide a range of legal services to NPOs.

Ms Fortune is also a Director of Cape Mental Health Society, in the Western Cape, and is the Founder and Chairperson of Beyond Horizons Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, which was established to pursue investment and development opportunities for professional women from previously disadvantaged communities.

Vikesh R. Gadhia

Citibank Uganda Limited

Vikesh Gadhia is a Banker. Born in Kisumu town (on the shores of the famous Lake Victoria), Vikesh got interested in the profession due to a business oriented family background since the time of his grandfather (an entrepreneur who set up a business in Kenya in the early 20th Century). His academic qualifications include an MSc in Economics from Oxford University, UK (under the award of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship) and a BSc in Banking and Finance from University of Wales, Cardiff, UK (1st Class Honors and Best Student Overall for the course).

He commenced his career as a Management Trainee with Investments & Mortgages Bank Limited in 1999 in Kenya. He grew to become a Relationship Officer before moving to Citibank N.A., Kenya in early 2004 as an Assistant Relationship Manager. Within 3 years in Citigroup, he was appointed Resident Vice President, Citibank Uganda Limited.

Vikesh has led various community projects and sporting activities including charity walks/runs, community sports, cultural festivals, mountain climbing expeditions, participation in food for the hungry charities, and distribution of relief food.

In his spare time, he enjoys socializing, spending time with family (especially with his newborn boy – Vansh), watching movies and reading novels.


University of Cape Town
Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine

Wendy A. Burgers is a biomedical research scientist working at the University of Cape Town. After completing a Masters degree in Medical Virology at the University of Cape Town she obtained her PhD from Cambridge University, UK. She returned to South Africa and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council, getting involved in the development and testing of vaccines against HIV as part of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative. This work has taken her into the field of HIV immunology and she has embarked on a number of research projects examining immune responses in HIV-infected individuals in order to gain insight into mechanisms of immune control to apply to vaccine development. She trains postgraduate students and has been involved in capacity development and training in HIV vaccine immunology at a number of African workshops. Her professional involvement in the field of HIV/AIDS is complemented by her voluntary work with a not for profit organization, SHADE, in empowering and equipping African women to set up social projects related to supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS in their local communities.

Williams Rich

Program Director
SIFE Africa

William Rich is young and dynamic leader who has exhibited a lot of entrepreneurship drive since his college days at the University of Ghana Legon. A student of Economics and statistics, he became the first president of Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the University of Ghana. His passion for success led him to compete in the first SIFE world cup alone when he realized that his team members were all not granted visas into the United Kingdom, barely 48 hours before presentation commenced. He went on the following year to lead his team and country in placing second at the SIFE world Cup, in Amsterdam. Together with his team mates, they have influenced the lives of many disadvantage people in Ghana. A soap project was initiated in 2002, which was aimed at helping impoverished people who had believed that unless they had government intervention their lives were not going to be improved. William believes that the success of any nation depends on the paradigm of the people in that nation. Together with his SIFE team they conducted a research and found out the village had abundant Palm kennel enough raw materials which could be turned into soap. They began to teach the inhabitants how to make soap and sell it to their surrounding villages for an income. The implementation of this project brought financial gain to the people of “Kponkpo” in Ghana. Williams is currently the Program Director, for SIFE Africa and he has oversight for the programs in Egypt, Nigeria , Morocco, South Africa, Ghana , Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Kenya, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

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Mt Fleur Core Faculty

Marshall Young, D Phil

Fellow in Strategic Leadership, Said Business School
Vice Chairman, Templeton College
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Professor Marshall Young’s career has spanned teaching, operations research consultancy, strategy consultancy, and business development for large and small companies. After a D Phil in management at New College, Oxford, and commercial experience with Scicon (BP), CAV (Lucas Industries) and The Boston Consulting Group, he joined Templeton in 1976 as Fellow in Business Policy and Quantitative Methods. In 1979, he became a Director of the strategy consultants BKA. He joined Thorn EMI Home Electronics International, then the largest division in Thorn EMI, as Business Development Director in 1985 and subsequently led a management buyout in 1990 to establish a multimedia publishing company, of which he remains Chairman. He returned to Templeton in 1995 after two years advising a multinational bank on its strategy development programme in Asia.

At Templeton he has taught and examined the University MPhil and MBA graduate programmes, but his main focus has been on the senior executive programmes. He is a former Dean and Vice President of the College. He directs, and teaches on, The Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, a programme he has been continuously involved with since re-joining the College. He also directs and teaches on board level seminars and workshops for individual companies. He continues to consult widely with companies on leadership and strategy development.

Professor Young research interests encompass leadership development, strategy development, strategic negotiation, executive coaching, knowledge media management approaches to knowledge management, the practical implications of complexity theory for management, the benefits of electronic interactive media for senior executives, and the service sector, especially financial services and professional services. He holds a B Eng, MA and D Phil.

Kurt A. April, PhD

Professor of Leadership & Knowledge Management
Graduate School of Business
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Professor April lectures and undertakes research in the disciplines of Knowledge Management, Diversity and Leadership at the Graduate School of Business. He also teaches and supervises post-graduate research in both the Computer Science Department (Complex Adaptive Enterprises and Bayesian Knowledge Networking) and Sociology Department (Organisational Diversity for Bottom-Line Effects) at the University of Cape Town. He is an Associate Fellow of Said Business School (University of Oxford, UK), Research Fellow of Ashridge Business School (UK), and a regular Visiting Professor at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, The Netherlands). Professor April is a Board Member of iNCUDISA (South Africa), and subsequently collaborates with New York University (USA) and University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). He has previously been the Academic Director of the Center for Leadership & Public Values (CLPV), in conjunction with Duke University (USA) and ran a Leadership Workshop for Harvard Business School (USA), as part of their Making Markets Work programme. He has co-authored 7 books and published 67 academic articles.

Outside of academia, Kurt is Managing Director of LICM Consulting, and also serves as an Advisory Board Member to major organizations, including KMPro (USA), NHS (UK), and Axius Publishing (South Africa). Professor April is a Member of the Sainsbury Fellows Association (UK), the Black Management Forum (BMF, SA), the Editor's Forum (SA), the Mid-Western Organizational Learning Organization (USA), the Academy of Management (USA), the British Academy of Management (UK), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE, USA).

He has been educated at Oxford University (UK), UCT (SA), AOTS (Japan) and Wingfield College (SA). He holds a PhD, MBA, MSc(Eng), HDE, BSc(Eng), Cert(Japanese Production), NDip (Electronic Engineering), NDip (Logic Systems). Kurt is the Executive Editor of the Journal for Convergence, reviewer for the South African Journal of Business Management, international reviewer for the Academy of Management (USA), and is an article and book reviewer for the Journal of Management Education (USA). He is also a book reviewer for UK-based, Financial Times, and USA-based, Emerald.

Caryn Solomon, PhD

Head, Organisation Development
Investec Bank, London UK

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UKDr Caryn Solomon has worked and taught in the field of Organisation Development and Human Behaviour for over 20 years.

She has a BA degree in English and Philosophy, a Higher Education Diploma in English and History and a PhD in Psychology from Boston University, where she also lectured in Psychology for 6 years.

Before moving to London 10 years ago, Dr Solomon spent 15 years in South Africa co-running Allen Zimbler Associates, a Management and Organisation Development Consultancy. During that time, she consulted to a broad array of international and South African organisations, dealing with all aspects of Organisation development and change, and specialising in leadership development, team effectiveness and the design and facilitation of broad-ranging organisational change processes relating to the transformation taking place in the country as whole.

Working with some of the largest retail groups in the country during the 1980’s and 90’s, she introduced some the first processes to develop and integrate black South African managers, and developed a variety of unique team-building methodologies, using personal storytelling and psychodrama to confront and deal with the effects of apartheid. Some of those processes are still used in South African organisations today. For the last 10 years, Dr Solomon has been living London. She is Head of Organisation Development at Investec Bank, where she runs a team of internal consultants and continues to design and facilitate Leader development processes. She also lectures at the London School of Economics in Social Psychology and Organisation Development.

Peter Wilson

Executive Director
African Leadership Institute

Peter Wilson is the Executive Director of the African Leadership Institute (AfLI). A Rhodes Scholar from Zimbabwe, he has lived most of his life in Southern Africa. After 20 years with Shell, the last 4 in the renowned Shell International Group Planning strategic think tank, he established his own company, offering international strategy consultancy to both the public and private sector. He has built a reputation as an expert in the construction and application of scenarios for a variety of situations. For the last 12 years he has worked extensively in Africa, principally on UN sponsored national development strategy projects, as well on Executive Committee level corporate strategy consultations in Europe, USA and Asia for blue chip companies. Increasingly he has devoted his time to the design and development of AfLI and its programmes across Africa developing the leadership capabilities of young Africans. He is also on the Board of iThemba Pharmaceuticals, a start-up South African R&D company.

He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a first class honours degree in Engineering, and from Oxford University (St. Edmund Hall) with a postgraduate B.Phil in Management Studies. Peter was an international sportsman, representing South Africa at hockey, and was awarded a “double blue” at Oxford for cricket and hockey.

Olugbenga Adesida, PhD

Associate Director
African Leadership Institute

Olugbenga is a strategy consultant and the Associate Director of the African Leadership Institute. He was with the United Nations Development Programme from 1992 through 1998, where he was part of a regional team (African Futures) established to assist African countries to formulate long-term development strategies. He led the team’s work on the application of scenarios to national strategic thinking and planning exercises, and provided technical assistance to teams undertaking national exercises in countries such as Uganda, Malawi, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia.

Olugbenga subsequently established himself as strategy consultant and has worked for several international organizations, including the African Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, World Health Organisation, United Nations Office for Project Services, Common Market for East and Southern Africa, Southern Africa Regional Institute for Policy Studies and the African Capacity Building Foundation. He advised the government of Sierra Leone on their Vision 2025 exercise and has served as an adviser to the Government of Cape Verde since 2001. His work in Cape Verde has included design and facilitation of national forums and Cabinet retreats on economic transformation strategy, and the design of strategic policy unit, and leading the preparation of their proposal for the US Millennium Challenge Account.

He co-edited the book African Voices, African Visions and served as guest editor for an issue of African Development Review on “Information, Knowledge and Africa’s Development” and co-edited a special issue of Futures on “Futures Studies and the Future of Africa.” He has refereed articles for several journals and served as a member of the international editorial board of the journal Futures from 1999 to 2001. He participated as an expert in several global projects, including those sponsored by the World Water Commission (World Water Scenarios), Foundation for the Future (Humanity 3000), and the Millennium Project (State of the Future Reports) where he was a member of the International Planning Committee from 1997 to 2005.

Olugbenga received his BA and MA in economics from the City College of New York and PhD from an interdisciplinary program, Media@LSE, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Seán P. Lance

Chairman of the African Leadership Institute

Seán P. Lance is the past Chairman of Chiron Corporation (market cap $10billion). He joined Chiron as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 1998 and became Chairman in May 1999. He retired from Chiron in 2004.

Mr. Lance joined Chiron from Glaxo Wellcome plc. where he spent more than 12 years in positions of national and global management responsibility. From 1997 through his departure, Mr. Lance oversaw global operations as Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive designate.

Mr. Lance began his pharmaceutical industry career at the Noristan Group of Companies Ltd. in 1967.

Mr. Lance has assumed leadership roles in a variety of national and international pharmaceutical associations. Mr. Lance is a past President of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA). He has served as an Executive Member of the International Committee of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a director of the British Pharma Group (BPG), and a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries’ Associations (EFPIA). He also served on the Steering Committee of the British Healthcare 2000 Initiative. Mr. Lance also holds the titles of past President of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of South Africa, past President of the Proprietary Association of South Africa and past Vice-President of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Mr. Lance is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Global Alliance TB Drug Development (GATB), as well as a member of the Supervisory Board for Crucell.

Mr. Lance, age 57, was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After completing Military Service in the Special Forces he qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary and Administrator. He has a postgraduate Qualification in Advanced Financial Management.

He has represented and captained Provincial teams in South Africa at Football and Field Hockey. He also played Premier League Cricket and holds a Second Dan grade in Kyukoshin Karate. Married to Patricia, Mr. Lance has four children from a previous marriage.

Thabane Vincent Maphai, PhD

Chairman of BHP Billiton, South Africa, and formerly Corporate Affairs Director of South African Breweries and non-executive chair of Castle Brewing Namibia. In an academic career spanning over two decades, he taught at the Universities of Transkei, Witwatersrand, Western Cape and Pretoria. Appointed Professor at University of Cape Town in 1995. For three years he was Research Executive Director of Social Dynamics at the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria. Abroad, he was Visiting Professor at the North Eastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, and a visiting scholar at various universities in the United States. He has held research fellowships at universities abroad, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Oxford. He is also an extraordinary professor in the University of South Africa and Chairperson of Council of the University of Kwazulu Natal.

While he was an academic, he consulted with a number of blue chip companies on a range of HR issues, including conflict resolution. He holds a number of degrees from South African and overseas universities, including an Advanced Management Program from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from the University of Natal. He has served on various companies as non-executive chair. In 2002 he became chairperson South African Responsible Gambling Trust. From 1997 to 1998 he was appointed by President Mandela to chair the Presidential Review Commission into the restructuring of the Public Sector. President Mbeki appointed him chair of the SABC from 2000 to 2003.

During August 2004 Dr Maphai was appointed honorary Professor in the department of philosophy at RAU now called the University of Johannesburg.

Mpho Letlape

Mpho Letlape joined ESKOM as the Executive Director, Human Resources in December 2000. She is now the Managing Director – HR Division. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at IBM South Africa. Prior to joining Human Resources she was the manager of Education and Training at IBM. She Joined IBM in December 1981 as a trainee Systems Engineer after obtaining a B.Sc. degree majoring in Computer Science and Psychology from Fort Hare University. She also studied at Wits Business School, did the Management Advancement Program Certificate in 1992 and in 1997/8 enrolled for the Masters in Management - Human Resources. She is a board member of Institute of People Management, and a member of the Enterprise Development Forum, the Black Management Forum, the Institute of Directors, and was also Non Executive Director at Air Traffic Navigational Services from 2000 till 2003. Mpho was given the HR Practitioner of the year 2000 award by IPM. She is active in her church, loves to cook and to read, loves life and people, and she adores children. She is a couch sports fanatic, and enjoys cars. She also loves to teach and has been invited by several universities as a guest lecturer on various occasions. Mpho is married to Dr Kgosi Letlape, has two daughters at university and a twelve year-old son.

Norman Barry Swanepoel

Norman is a Human Resources (HR) Consultant with over 30 years experience and a director of the African Leadership Institute, South Africa. His experience encompasses the full range of HR plus full business board responsibilities in listed and unlisted environments.

He started his career as a management trainee with Anglo-American in 1972. Since then he has held numerous senior level positions in a variety of Unilever brands, including HR Director for Blue Ponds (1984-1992), Group Management Development Manager (1992-1993), HR Director Unifoods (1994-1999), and HR Director West Africa (1977-2004). He retired from Unilever in 2004 and has since then been engaged as HR Consultant on a part-time basis and increasingly involved in charity organizations. He is a volunteer for with Hillcrest Aids Centre, a Director of the African Leadership Institute, South Africa and a Champion of Students in Free Enterprise. Norman holds a BA (Honours) First Class from the University of Cape Town and Post Graduate Diploma from Oxford University, UK. He is a Chartered HR Practitioner (SABPP) and a Rhodes Scholar.

Norman is Zimbabwean and resides in South Africa. He is married with two sons and an avid golf and hockey player. He likes reading, bird watching, travelling and participating in his church.

Clem Sunter

Clem Sunter was born in Suffolk, England and was educated at Winchester College. He went to Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics before joining Charter Consolidated as a management trainee in 1966. In 1971 he moved to Lusaka in Zambia to work for Anglo American Corporation Central Africa. From there he was transferred in 1973 to the Head Office of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in Johannesburg. He spent most of his subsequent career in the Gold and Uranium Division, serving as its Chairman and CEO from 1990 to 1996. At the time, it was the largest gold producer in the world. He is now Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund which in a recent survey was rated the premier corporate social responsibility fund in South Africa.

In the early 1980s, he established a scenario planning function in Anglo with teams in London and Johannesburg. Two members were Pierre Wack and Ted Newland who headed up scenario planning at Royal Dutch Shell and then acted as consultants to Anglo for over a decade (after their retirement from Shell). Using material from these teams, Mr Sunter put together a presentation entitled ‘The World and South Africa in the 1990s’ which became very popular in South Africa in the mid-1980s. In it, two scenarios were offered for South Africa: the ‘High Road’ of negotiation leading to a political settlement and the ‘Low Road’ of confrontation leading to a civil war and a wasteland. South Africa took the High Road. Two highlights were a presentation to FW De Klerk and the Cabinet in 1986 and a visit to Nelson Mandela in prison to discuss the future just before his release in 1990.

Since then he has authored and co-authored 12 books some of which have been bestsellers. One of his recent books ‘The Mind of a Fox’ was the No. 1 selling book in South Africa in 2002, No. 2 in 2003 and is still at the top of the charts. It deals with the methodology of scenario planning and was co-written with Chantell Ilbury. Published in June 2001, it specifically warned President Bush in an open letter that terrorist attacks on Western cities – particularly nuclear terrorism – were the greatest threat he faced during his presidency.

Clem Sunter’s other main interest is attempting to mobilise the private sector in South Africa in the war against HIV/AIDS. He married Margaret Rowland in 1969 and they have one daughter and two sons. His hobbies include music and golf. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town for work in the scenario planning field. Previous recipients of the award include Jan Smuts, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu. He was also voted the best speaker in South Africa in 2004 in a poll of CEOs.

Brian O’Connell

Rector and Vice Chancellor
University of Western Cape

Professor Brian O’Connell’s career in education as a teacher, lecturer and administrator has spanned 32 years.

He attended Holy Cross Primary School in Nile Street, District Six (where he was born and raised) and St Columba’s (Christian Brothers) High School in Athlone.

His first tertiary qualifications – a B.A. degree and a University Education Diploma from UNISA and UWC – were geared towards teaching, and in 1970 O’Connell started his teaching career at Florida High School in Ravensmead, just a few Kilometers from UWC.

In 1977 he left Florida High School to take up the post of vice-principal at Belhar Senior Secondary School. Three years later he was appointed principal of Kleinvlei Senior Secondary.

He then obtained a B.A. Honours Degree in History from UNISA (with distinction), and M.A. and M.Ed Degrees from Columbia University in New York.

In 1985, he was appointed to the position of senior lecturer at UWC. He held that position until 1988 when he was appointed Rector of the Athlone College of Education, in Paarl. In 1991, he was appointed Director of the School of Education at Peninsula Technikon and also became Director of the Institutions’s Academic Development Programme. In 1994, he became acting Vice-Rector, with responsibility for Student Affairs. Before being appointed Rector of UWC, Brian O’Connell was Head of the Western Cape Education Department, from 1995 to October 2001.

O’Connell’s contribution to education has been acknowledged and rewarded with a Fullbright Scholarship to the United States, two British Council grants and an Anglo-American Chairman’s Fund grant. In March 2002 he was appointed Professor of Leadership and Management in the Faculty of Education at UWC.

He has published essays and articles on a wide range of educational matters. Examples of these include his inaugural address at Peninsula Technikon – entitled “Education and the Legacy of Apartheid”. Another paper, “Education Transformation: a View from the Ground”, was published in Apartheid Education and Popular Struggles.

He has chaired many community organizations, and served on many boards, committees and task teams like NEPI, SAQA and NBFET. For years he served as Chairperson of the National Access Consortium Western Cape (NACWC). He has also served on a number of community organisations and played a number of sports at provincial level.

Brian is married to Judith, and has two children, Amanda-Leigh and Bryan.

John Simpson, PhD

Professor John Simpson holds a B Sc, MBA and PhD. He is currently Senior Deputy Dean, Faculty of Commerce, and Head of the School of Management Studies at University of Cape Town (UCT). He teaches and researches in Strategic Management and Marketing and is the Director of the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing. His research interests are largely in the area of developing strategic management theory and application in emerging economies. He was a former Dean of the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.

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