About Dr. Kurt April



Kurt April is currently the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship, specialising in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion in the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the GSB, University of Cape Town (South Africa, 1998-present), an Associate Fellow of Said Business School (University of Oxford, UK, 2000-present), and Faculty Member of Duke Corporate Education (Duke University, USA, 2008-present). Previously, he was a Research Fellow of Ashridge-Hult (UK, 2004-2016), Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University (UK, 2014-2017), Visiting Professor at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, Netherlands, 2001-2013), and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics & Econometrics (University of Amsterdam UvA, Netherlands, 2004-2007).

Outside of academia, Kurt is the Founder and Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa), Shareholder and Executive Director of the Achievement Awards Group (South Africa), Non-Executive Director of Power Group Holdings - Construction & Developments (South Africa), Chairman of the International Advisory Council (DIAC) to Novartis International AG (Switzerland), and 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), and Executive Director of Complex Adaptive Systems (South Africa).

Kurt is an Editorial Board Member of the European Management Review (UK), 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 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 150 academic articles/book chapters/conference papers, and written eight books.

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LICM Consulting is a management consulting firm, founded by Professor April and his wife Amanda April, operating globally and specializing in:







Over the years, since inception in 2000, LICM Consulting has carried out its work all over the globe, in countries like Denmark, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Estonia, Brazil, South Africa (SA), Namibia, Botswana, United States of America, Turkey, Egypt, Dubai (UAE), and Australia.

Some clients that we are currently working with, and have previously worked with are:



  • Discovery (Global)
  • Actuarial Society of South Africa (SA)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Global)
  • ANZ Bank (Australia)
  • Standard Bank (Global)
  • Old Mutual (SA)
  • Sanlam (SA)
  • First Rand - First National Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, WesBank, Ashburton (SA)
  • Momentum/Metropolitan (SA)
  • Liberty (SA)
  • Zurich Financial Services (Global)
  • ABN AMRO (Global)
  • African Banking Corporation (Botswana, Zimbabwe, SA)

  • Young Presidents Organisation (YPO, Africa)
  • African Leadership Institute (UK)
  • European Leadership Platform (Netherlands)
  • de Baak Institute (Netherlands)
  • Louisiana Fellows (USA)
  • Rotary Club (SA)
  • REAP (SA)
  • Planned Parenthood (SA)
  • Girls & Boys Town (SA)

  • Novo Nordisk (Denmark)
  • National Health Service (NHS) (UK)
  • Novartis (Global)
  • Sandoz (Global)
  • Discovery / AIA (Global)
  • Bayer (Germany)
  • Scottish Health Exec (UK)
  • Oliver Tambo Healthcare Programme (SA)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Global)

  • Petronas (Malaysia)
  • Shell International (Global)
  • Chevron (Africa & Middle East)
  • BP (SA)
  • SASOL (SA)
  • RWE (Germany)
  • Innogy (UK)
  • Thames Water (UK)

  • Lufthansa (Germany)
  • Dutch Railways (Netherlands)
  • MAN / VW (Global)

  • SABMiller & SAB (SA & Europe)
  • Edrington (Scotland)
  • Kelloggs (UK)
  • Pioneer Foods (SA)
  • National Brands (SA)

  • Bosch (Germany)
  • MTC (Namibia)
  • Etisalat (Abu Dhabi & Dubai)
  • Nokia (Finland)
  • Oracle (UK)
  • MTN (SA)
  • Microsoft (SA)
  • Complex Adaptive Systems (SA)
  • Emerald Technology Outsourcing (SA)
  • Ixchange (SA)

  • MNET Supersport (SA)
  • Independent Newspapers (SA)

  • Anglogold Ashanti (Global)
  • Impala Platinum (SA)
  • NamDeb (Namibia)
  • Debswana (Botswana)
  • De Beers (SA)
  • De Beers Marine (Namibia)

  • Achievement Awards Group (SA)
  • Neurozone (SA)
  • Performance Through Inclusion (UK)
  • IBM (Global)
  • Gaiasoft (UK)
  • Aephoria Partners (SA)
  • IRG (SA)
  • ICap (SA)
  • IQ Group (SA)

  • Duke Corporate Education (DukeCE, USA)
  • Said Business School, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Ashridge (UK)
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands)
  • International School of Cape Town (SA)
  • Morehouse College (USA)
  • National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services (UK)
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (USA)
  • HEC Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) (France)
  • Kellogg Business School (USA)
  • Cranfield University School of Management (UK)
  • Namibia Polytechnic (Namibia)
  • Geert Groote Instituut (Netherlands)
  • University of Amsterdam (UvA, Netherlands)
  • Cape Education Department (SA)
  • Maccauvlei Learning Academy (SA)
  • WITS Business School, University of Witwatersrand (SA)
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria (SA)
  • Kagiso Leadership School (SA)
  • University of Cape Town Department of Social Development (SA)
  • University of Cape Town Department of Student Affairs (SA)
  • Cornerstone Institute (SA)

  • Dutch Police Service (Netherlands)
  • Namibian Office of the Prime Minister (Namibia)
  • Dubai Government (United Arab Emirates)
  • Presidential Leadership Programme for SA Government DGs, DDGs and HoDs (SA)
  • Department of Labour (SA)
  • Department of Public Works (SA)
  • Northern Cape Government (SA)
  • Department of Education, Western Cape (SA)
  • CSIR (SA)
  • Correctional Services (SA)
  • Ports Authority (SA)
  • Members of Parliament (SA)

  • METRO (Germany)
  • WoolTru (Woolworths-Truworths) (SA)

  • Starwood Hotels (Qatar)
  • Arabella-Sheraton Group (SA)
  • Sun International (SA)

  • Power Group (Africa)
  • Holcim (Switzerland)
  • Fletcher Insulation (Australia)
  • Granbuild (SA)
  • NMC (SA)




E -mail: kapril@licmconsulting.co.za

Phone: +27 82 780-4668

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