Professor Kurt April

POSITION: Allan Gray Professor in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion

QUALIFICATIONS: University Senate Member | 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, self-care, resilience, purpose, identity & narrative, servant leadership/stewardship, responsible leadership



Kurt April is the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship, specialising in 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 Faculty Member of Duke Corporate Education, 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), Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam UvA (Netherlands, 2004-2007), and Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University (UK, 2014-2017). 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 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.

Outside of academia, Kurt is the Founder and Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa), Shareholder and Executive Director of Achievement Awards Group (South Africa), Chairperson of the International Advisory Council (DIAC) of Novartis International AG (Switzerland), and a Non-Executive Director of the International School of Cape Town (Education Development Trust, UK). Previously, he was an Owner-Director of Helderview BMW (South Africa), Executive Director of Complex Adaptive Systems (South Africa), Non-Executive Holdings Board Member of the Power Construction/Developments Group (South Africa), and a Global Agenda Council Member (Talent & Diversity) of the World Economic Forum (Switzerland).

Kurt is an Advisory Board Member to the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester (UK), Advisory Board Member of the Knowledge Management Professional Society (USA), Editorial Review Board Member of the Africa Journal of Management (USA), Editorial Board Member of Good Governance, Ethics & Leadership (UK), and Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review (Taiwan). Previously, he was an Editorial Board Member of the British Journal of Management (UK), an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Management Education (USA), an Editorial Board Member of the European Management Review (UK), an Editorial Board Member of Annual Review of High Performance Coaching & Consulting (UK), an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Information Systems & Social Change (USA), and previously the Chief Editor of the Journal for Convergence (SA).

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)), 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). He has published over 160 academic articles/book chapters/conference papers, and written eight books.




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