POSITION: Professor in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion
QUALIFICATIONS: University Senate Member | Sainsbury Fellow | PhD Cape Town & Oxon | Cert(JProd) Nagoya | MBA Cape Town | MSc(Eng) Cape Town | HDE Cape Town | BSc(Eng) Cape Town | Dip(LS) Wingfield | Dip(Elec) Wingfield
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Leadership, diversity and inclusion
Kurt April is a Sainsbury Fellow and Professor of Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (South Africa, 1998-present). He also is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK, 2001-present), and Programme Director and Faculty Member of DukeCE, Duke University (USA, 2008-present). Previously he was a regular Visiting Professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands, 2001-2013), Research Fellow of Ashridge-Hult Business School (UK, 2004-2016) and Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2004-2007).
Kurt is a Shareholder and 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/Developments 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. Kurt serves as an Ambassador of the global Unashamedly Ethical campaign.
A prolific writer, Kurt has published 8 books, with his most recent being: Steward Leadership: A Maturational Perspective and Personal Resilience: Ten Constructs for Growing More Resilient. He has also published 150 book chapters and articles on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and 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), member of the British Academy of Management, Member of the Africa Academy of Management (USA), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK).
Kurt was educated at the University of Cape Town, where he obtained a PhD in Economics & IT Strategy (in conjunction with Templeton College/Saïd Business School), Certificate in Japanese Production, Masters degree in Business Administration, Masters degree in Electronic Engineering, Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Higher Diploma in Education, National Diploma in Electronics, and a National Diploma in Logic Systems.