Structure and People




Allan Gray Chair in Values-Based Leadership

Kurt April is the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is also an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK), and a Programme Director and faculty member of Duke Corporate Education (USA). He has also taught on programmes for a wide range of international companies for Erasmus University (Netherlands), DukeCE (Singapore, Switzerland, Dubai and Malaysia) and the University of Amsterdam UvA (Netherlands).

Kurt is the Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa), a Shareholder and Executive Director of Achievement Awards Group (South Africa), the Chairperson of the D&I International Advisory Council of Novartis International AG (Switzerland), a Non-Executive Board Member of the Power Construction Group (South Africa), a Global Agenda Council Member (Talent & Diversity) of the World Economic Forum (Switzerland), and a Non-Executive Director of the International School of Cape Town (South Africa). Previously he was a Board Member of the Unit for Intercultural and Diversity Studies (iNCUDISA, UCT) where he helped foster societal transformation and collaborated with New York and Antioch Universities (USA) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). He was the Founding Academic Director of the USA-SA Centre for Leadership and Public Values (CLPV) in conjunction with the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University (USA). Prior to entering academia, Kurt worked in the defence, rail transport and energy sectors as well as in education and financial services. Additionally, Kurt serves as an Ambassador of the global Unashamedly Ethical Campaign.

Kurt has published 8 books, and 150 academic articles, book chapters and conference papers on leadership, diversity and inclusion, as well as knowledge management. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester (UK), and sits on the Editorial Boards of the European Management Review (UK), the Good Governance, Ethics & Leadership journal (UK) and the Africa Journal of Management (USA). He is a Senior Member of the Academy of Management (USA), a member of the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK).

Kurt holds a doctoral degree in Economics & IT Strategy (PhD), Certificate in Japanese Production, Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), Masters degree in Electronic Engineering (MSc(ElecEng)), Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (BSc(ElecEng)), National Diploma in Electronic Engineering (NDip(EE)), and National Diploma in Logic Systems (NDip(LS)), completed at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Oxford (UK), Wingfield College (South Africa) and AOTS Nagoya (Japan). 

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Office Telephone: +27 21 4061363
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Senior Lecturer

Dr Tim London is a Senior Lecturer at the GSB, focusing on issues of leadership. He started his career as a school teacher and then moved on to developing and leading a school as well as work with a non-profit foundation and the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to coming to the GSB, he has worked in higher education as an Assistant Professor (Kennesaw State University, USA), Director of Education and Teaching Fellow (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), and Director of Programmes (University of Cambridge, UK). His faculty responsibilities include designing and teaching courses ranging from non-accredited through doctoral level; his leadership roles have primarily involved organizational and programmatic design and redesign.

He has published articles, book chapters, and a book on leadership issues. His current work focuses on the importance of developing core values and how leaders, in all sectors, can use values to strengthen, develop, and focus their organizations.

His academic qualifications include a BA in Psychology (Colgate University, USA), a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (University of Illinois-Springfield, USA), a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET) and a Master of Laws in Corporate Governance & Public Policy (both from Queens University Belfast, UK), an MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship (University of Liverpool, UK), and a Doctorate in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, USA).

Dr London is a full faculty member and designs and teaches courses in many programs at the GSB including the MBA, MPhil in Inclusive Innovation, Post Graduate Diplomas, and Executive Education offerings.

Office Tel: +27 (0)21 406 1095
E-mail: Timothy.London@gsb.uct.ac.za


Senior Lecturer

Dr Nceku Nyathi is a senior lecturer in the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the GSB and a leadership and analytic network coach. He is a founding member of the Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) and was co-chair for the Africa academy of Management conference in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2016. Dr Nythi is an Associate Editor of the journal of Equality, diversity and Inclusion and also on the editorial board of the Africa journal of Management. Before coming to UCT Graduate School of Business, he  was a lecturer in Management Learning at The Open University Business School in the UK. 

Dr Nyathi has a BSc (Hons) in International Agribusiness Management, an MA in Organization Studies from University of Warwick and a PhD in Management from University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
He has published articles, and book chapters on critical issues on organization and leadership. His research interests seek to understand ways to make organizations purposeful through responsible and values based leadership. Dr Nyathi has also been part of the team researching Africapitalism in Africa, exploring how the private sector, public sector and government could create collaborative partnerships that could create social wealth, innovation and development for Africa. 

Office Telephone: 021 406 1280
Mobile / Cell: 082 597 3023
Blog/Personal Website: www.africa-aom.org
Email: nceku.nyathi@gsb.uct.ac.za



Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba is the Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, South Africa

Archbishop Makgoba has a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Education Science, a MEd in Educational Psychology and a BSc degree from Witwatersrand University. Formerly he was the Bishop of Suffragan (2002) and Bishop of Grahamstown Diocese (2004). Since 2008, He took up his current role as Anglican Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa: encompassing 28 dioceses across Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and the island of St. Helena.

He is the Chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, and Former Commissioner of the Press Freedom Commission. Since 2012, Archbishop Makgoba has been the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. 

He has been the recipient of many awards and honours over the years, including: Cross of St. Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury; Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, General Theological Seminary, Episcopal Church, NY (2009); Doctor of Divinity, jure dignitatis, Huron University College, Ontario (2013); Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship. Additionally, Archbishop Makgoba is a Procter Fellow, EDS, Cambridge, USA, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Graduate School of Business over many years.

Email: archpa@anglicanchurchsa.org.za


Dr. Christina Swart-Opperman started her academic journey at the University of Northwest (1976-1989), obtaining her BA, BA Honours, MA Industrial Psychology as well a D Phil. Her research focused on the typical challenges experienced by career women and their intra-psychological empowerment. Thereafter, Christina gained a wide range of experience as Namibian director in the People Consulting Practice of PwC, Owner of CO Holdings cc. (focusing on human resources consulting) and former business KnowledgeWorkx Namibia (specialising in intercultural intelligence). She has had a significant impact on the Namibian business landscape.

In 2003, Christina received the IPM Award for Personnel Practitioner of the Year, as well as a Most Distinguished Order of Namibia: Fourth Class: Business Person, conferment of National National Honours in 2014. Currently she serves as a Council Member for the University of Namibia, Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee for the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies in Namibia, and as Technical Advisor for the Capricorn Group Talent Board (all African operations). Other achievements over the past years include previously appointment on the Advisory Council for the Commercial Bank of Namibia (8 years); Namibia National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Executive Member: 6 years); Namibia College for Open Learning (Board Member: 7 years); National Housing Enterprise (Board Member: 6 years); Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (5 years member of HR Board Committee and received special recognition for her contribution) and Public Offices Bearers Commission (3 years).

Christina is an Industrial Psychologist by profession, an entrepreneur, and continuously on the lookout for new challenges. Highlights in her career include starting the first-ever Human Resources consulting practice in Namibia, being the first female Partner (non-audit) at PwC (2001) and being awarded the title of Namibian Economist Business Woman of the Year (2002). She founded the Christina Swart-Opperman Aids Orphan Foundation Trust on 26 February 2003 and continued this service for 10 years, contributing towards social reform in Namibia. She was awarded the Namibia HIV/AIDS Community Award (2005) and one of the recipients of Standard Bank’s Women of Excellence Awards in 2016.

Dr. Swart-Opperman resumed her academic career at University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and obtained her second PhD in 2016. Previously she lectured industrial psychology (1990-1993) at the University of Namibia, but decided to follow the practitioner route. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology Graduate School of Business.

Email: cso@mweb.com.na


Dr. Dion Forster is the Director of the Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology and the Head of Department, Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University. His research is in Philosophical Ethics primarily focused on issues of human dignity in relation to political ethics and economic ethics in South Africa. 

Dion holds two PhD degrees – a PhD in Systematic Theology (SA, 2005) which focused on notions of intersubjective identity in relation to African social identity ethics and cognitive neuroscience. His second PhD (Radboud, 2017) focuses on the politics of forgiveness in South Africa. It investigated the relationship between social identity complexity and social and political hermeneutics. 

He is the author or editor of 10 books and numerous scholarly articles. His most recent books are: 'Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church and State relationships' 2012, UNISA press (with Wessel Bentley), and 'The (im)possibility of forgiveness?' 2017, SUN press. 

Dion serves as an Editor for numerous international scholarly journals, including the International Journal for Public Theology and the Methodist Review. He consults for numerous civil society organisations and companies on ethical issues. Among others, he serves on the board of Unashamedly Ethical and is a Member of the Expert Network for the World Economic Forum.

Email: dionforster@sun.ac.za


Dr. Zolfaghari lectures in the field of Strategy and International Business at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and researchers in the field of organizational behaviour, with a focus on multi-level trust development across cultures. She is particularly interested in conceptualising and measuring values and culture, particularly within cultural diversity & integration, and the strategic management of culturally-diverse workforces – reflective of her own diverse background. 

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering in Tehran, continued her postgraduate education in the field of Management, with a focus on Organizational Behaviour & Innovation and Technology Management at Durham University Business School, UK. Intrigued by the concept of ‘trust’, she then commenced on a PhD journey in order to examine a multidimensional conceptualisation of culture and its impact on interpersonal trust development.

Whilst at Durham University Business School, she held the position of a Teaching Fellow on the postgraduate level, in the field of Strategic Management & Organizational Behaviour. She then moved to Munich, Germany, where she continued her research activities in the form of conference presentations, workshops and publications with Jacobs University, Bremen.
Badri’s academic Memberships include the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS); Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA); European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM); First International Network on Trust (FINT), and have been awarded with a teaching and learning certificate by the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.

Email: badri.zolfaghari@gsb.uct.ac.za


Prof. Mary Gentile is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development. Among numerous other awards, Mary was named as one of the 2015 "100 Most Influential in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere, one of the "Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners" by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World, January 2015 and just this year was named one of the "Top Minds 2017" in ethics leadership by ComplianceWeek.

Giving Voice to Values, a pioneering business curriculum for values-driven leadership, has been featured in publications such as, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly and piloted in over 995 business schools and organizations globally. The award-winning book is Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right, with translations in Chinese, Spanish and forthcoming in Korean. Mary has authored numerous books and articles and partnered with Nomadic.fm in 2014 to launch six online interactive social cohort-based modules around Giving Voice To Values.

While at Harvard Business School from 1985-1995, Mary held various positions as a faculty member, case writer and manager of case research and was one of the principal architects of HBS's Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility curriculum. Among numerous other books, cases and articles, Mary co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School and was Content Expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (HBS Publishing).

Mary earned her Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, and her MA and PhD from State University of New York-Buffalo.

Email: GentileM@dardenvirginia.edu


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