Kurt April

Allan Gray Chair | Professor
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
Leadership, Personal Mastery & Resilience; Diversity, Inclusion & Cross-Cultural Work; Authenticity & Self-Care; Values & Purpose; Narrative Inquiry, Storytelling & Identity; Gender & Intersectionality; Dialogue, Feedback & Communication

Prof. Kurt April is the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship, and Director of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership, specialising in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (South Africa, 1998-present), Adjunct Faculty at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK, 2001-present), and is an Orchestrator and Faculty member of Duke Corporate Education, Duke University (USA, 2008-present). 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK), Senior Member of the Academy of Management (USA), and Member of the Africa Academy of Management (USA).

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), Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University (UK, 2014-2017), was a Board Member of the Unit for Intercultural and Diversity Studies (iNCUDISA, University of Cape Town) where he helped foster societal transformation and collaborated with New York and Antioch Universities (USA) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and 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 financial services, defence, rail transport and energy sectors. 

Outside of academia, Kurt is the Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa), Managing Director: Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Practice at Oxford Acuity (Singapore), Shareholder and Executive Director of Achievement Awards Group (South Africa), Shareholder of bountiXP (South Africa), as well as Ambassador of the global Unashamedly Ethical movement. He plays a range of roles and consults to many companies and organisations around the globe, having worked in 24 countries.

Previously, he was the Chairperson of the International Advisory Council (DIAC) of Novartis International AG (Switzerland, 2006-2019), a Non-Executive Director of the International School of Cape Town (Education Development Trust, UK, 2013-2019), Owner-Director of Helderview BMW (South Africa, 2010-2016), Executive Director of Complex Adaptive Systems (South Africa, 2003-2006), Non-Executive Holdings Board Member of the Power Construction/Developments Group (South Africa, 2012-2018), a Global Agenda Council Member (Talent & Diversity) of the World Economic Forum (Switzerland, 2009-2013), and an Advisory Board Member to the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester (UK, 2015-2019) .

Kurt is also currently an 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 190 academic articles/book chapters/conference papers/op-eds, and written ten books.