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Abridged CV – Kurt April

(as at December 2020)


Prof. Kurt April, PhD is the Endowed Chair and Director of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership (Chair since 2017), specialising in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (South Africa, 1998-present), is Adjunct Faculty of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (United Kingdom, 2000-present), and an Orchestrator/Faculty Member for DukeCE, Duke University (United States of America, 2008-present).

Previously, he was a Research Fellow of Ashridge-Hult Business School (United Kingdom, 2004-2016), Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University (United Kingdom, 2014-2017), Visiting Professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands, 2001-2013), and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, University of Amsterdam UvA, (Netherlands, 2004-2007).

Outside of academia, Kurt is the Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa, 2001-present), Managing Director: Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Practice at Oxford Acuity (Singapore, 2019-present), Shareholder and Executive Director of Achievement Awards Group (South Africa, 2007-present), Shareholder of BountiXP (South Africa, 2019-present), as well as Ambassador of the global Unashamedly Ethical movement (2016-present). He plays a range of roles and consults to many companies and organisations around the globe, having worked in 24 countries.


· PhD (Economics & IT Strategy), University of Cape Town, SA, Jan 2000-Aug 2004 (part-time) (full-time 1998-1999, University of Oxford, UK)

· Certificate (Japanese Production), AOTS, Nagoya (Japan), Mar 2001-Apr 2001 (full-time)

· MBA, University of Cape Town, SA, Jan 1997-Dec 1997 (full-time)

· MSc(Eng) (Electronic Engineering), University of Cape Town, SA, Jan 1995-Jun 1996 (part-time)

· BSc(Eng) (Electrical Engineering), University of Cape Town, SA, Jan 1990-Dec 1994 (full-time)

· Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), University of Cape Town, SA, Jan 1988-Dec 1988 (full-time)

· National Trade Test Certificate (Electronic Mechanician), Olifantsfontein Trade Test Centre, June 1986

· National Diploma (Electronics), Wingfield College, Jan 1983-May 1986 (part-time)

· National Diploma (Logic Systems), Wingfield College, Jan 1983-Sep 1986 (part-time)



· Leadership, Personal Mastery & Resilience

· Diversity, Inclusion & Cross-Cultural Work

· Values & Purpose

· Narrative Enquiry, Storytelling & Identity

· Dialogue, Feedback & Communication

· Gender & Intersectionality




· Global and Local Board Experience (Executive, Non-Executive and Advisory)

· Globally-Experienced Consultant

· Entrepreneur & Business Owner

· Editorial Board Experience & Reviewer for Academic Journals & Publishers

· Lecturer, Researcher & Facilitator

· External Examiner for other Universities



· Director and Chaired Professor (Chair as of 2017) of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (South Africa), Feb 1998-present.

· Managing Director: Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Oxford Acuity (Singapore), Jun 2019-present.

· Shareholder-Executive Director, Achievement Awards Group, Westlake, Cape Town (South Africa), Mar 2017-present (previously Non-Executive Director Dec 2007-2017).

· Shareholder & Managing Partner, LICM Consulting, Constantia, Cape Town (South Africa), Feb 2001-present.

· International Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council Member (Chairman, as of 2010-2019), Novartis International AG, Basel (Switzerland), Apr 2006-Jul 2019.

· Non-Executive Director, International School of Cape Town (owned by Education Development Trust UK), Cape Town (South Africa), Jan 2013-Jun 2019.

· Non-Executive Director, Power Group, Blackheath, Cape Town (South Africa), Jan 2012-Jun 2018.

· Shareholder-Director, Helderview BMW, Somerset West, Cape Town (South Africa), Feb 2010-Jul 2016.

· Global Agenda Council Member (Talent & Diversity), World Economic Forum, Geneva (Switzerland), Aug 2009-Jun 2013.

· Non-Executive Director, Cornerstone Institute, Cape Town (South Africa), Aug 2010-Jun 2011.

· Head of International Advisory Faculty, Pacesetters Programme (Diversity & Inclusion), National Health Service (NHS), London (UK), Jan 2007-Dec 2009.

· Director, Performance Through Inclusion SA, Plumstead, Cape Town (South Africa), Oct 2006-Jan 2009.

· Executive Editor & Advisory Board Member, Axius Publishing (Journal for Convergence), Parkwood, Johannesburg (South Africa), Mar 2003-Dec 2008.

· Owner-Director, Complex Adaptive Systems, Observatory, Cape Town (South Africa), Dec 2003-Apr 2006.

· Research & Design Engineering Manager of Naval Electronic Systems, Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), Simonstown, Cape Town (South Africa), Feb 1996-Jan 1997.

· Process Computing Engineer in Nuclear Engineering, Eskom: Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, Duynefontein (South Africa), Oct 1995-Jan 1996.

· Engineering Manager, Transnet: Spoornet & Metro Rail, Kimberley & Cape Town (South Africa), Jan 1995-Sep 1995.

· Restaurant Manager, Golden Spur & Cincinnati Spur, Newlands & Pinelands, Cape Town (South Africa), Jul 1989-Feb 1990 & Dec 1988-Mar 1989.

· High-School Teacher, Fairmount High School, Grassy Park, Cape Town (South Africa), Apr 1989-Jul 1989.

· AudioVisual Technician, Katz International (KIC), Waterfront, Cape Town (South Africa), Oct 1987-Dec 1987.

· Electronic Technician, Radio Autosonic, Cape Town (South Africa), Oct 1986-Sep 1987.

· Electronic Mechanician Artisan and Apprentice, SA Naval Dockyard, Simonstown (South Africa), Jan 1983-Oct 1986.


· RETAIL: Metro (Germany); Wooltru – Woolworths-Truworths (SA).

· FMCG: SABMiller (Global); Edrington (UK); Kelloggs (UK); Pioneer (SA); National Brands (SA); AVI (SA).

· MEDIA / TV: MNET Supersport (SA); Independent Newspapers (SA); Multichoice (Global).

· TECHNOLOGY: Bosch (Germany); MTC (Namibia); Etisalat (UAE); Nokia (Finland); Oracle (UK); MTN (SA); Microsoft (SA); Ixchange (SA); Emerald Technology (SA).

· RETAIL: Metro (Germany); Wooltru – Woolworths-Truworths (SA).

· TRANSPORT: Lufthansa (Germany); Dutch Railways (Netherlands); MAN / VW (Germany).

· ENERGY: Petronas (Malaysia); Shell (Netherlands/UK); RWE (Germany); BP (SA); Innogy (UK); Engen (SA).

· HEALTHCARE: NHS (UK); Novo Nordisk (Denmark); J&J (Global); Sandoz (Switzerland); Bayer (Germany); Novartis (Switzerland); Scottish Health Exec (UK); Discovery / AIA (Global); Beiersdorf (SA).

· FINANCIAL SERVICES: ANZ Bank (Australia); Zurich (UK); ABN AMRO (Netherlands); First Rand (SA); Absa (Africa); Standard Bank (Global); Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore / UK); Woolworths Financial Services (SA).

· MINING: Anglogold Ashanti (Africa); NamDeb (Namibia); Debswana (Botswana); De Beers (SA / Namibia); Impala Platinum (SA).

· HOSPITALITY: Marriott / Starwood Hotels (Global); Arabella-Sheraton Group (SA); Sun International (SA).

· CONSTRUCTION / BUILDING: LafargeHolcim (Switzerland); Fletcher Insulation (Australia); Granbuild (SA); Power Group (SA); NMC (SA).

· CONSULTING SERVICES: IBM (Global); Performance through Inclusion (UK); Neurozone (SA); Gaiasoft (UK); Aephoria (SA); ICap (SA); IQ Group (SA); IRG (SA).

· EDUCATION: DukeCE (Global); University of Oxford (UK); University of Toronto (Canada); Cranfield University (UK); HEC Paris (France); Morehouse College (USA); Kellogg Business School (USA); GIBS (SA); University of Stellenbosch (SA); University of Witwatersrand (SA); IMD-RSM (Switzerland-Netherlands); Maastricht University (Netherlands); London Metropolitan University (UK); Ashridge-Hult Business School (UK); Rhodes College (USA); University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA); Michigan State University (USA); De Baak (Netherlands).

· PUBLIC SECTOR: Dutch Police Service (Netherlands); Dubai Government (UAE); Prime Minister's Office (Namibia); CSIR (SA); INSETA (SA).


· Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK), 2009-present

· Member of the Academy of Management (USA), 1998-present

· Member of the Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) (USA), 2014-present

· Member of the International Leadership Association (ILA) (USA), 2019-present

· Member of the Black Management Forum (BMF) of South Africa (South Africa), 2002-present

· Member of the International Sainsbury Fellows Association (UK), 1998-present

· Senior Member of the Community of Science (USA), 2003-present



· Associate Editor of a Special Edition (Aug 2020-present) of Design Science (Cambridge University Press, UK).

· Business Intelligence Board Member (Oct 2020-present) of Chief Learning Officer (USA).

· Editorial Board Member (Jul 2018-present) and previously Associate Editor (Jan 2014-Jun 2018) of the European Management Review (UK).

· Editorial Board Member of Good Governance, Ethics & Leadership (UK), 2015-present.

· Founding Editorial Review Board Member of the Africa Journal of Management (USA), 2014-present.

· Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review (Taiwan), 2010-present.

· Editorial Board Member of the Annual Review of High-Performance Coaching & Consulting (UK), 2008-present.

· Previously and still currently, Reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal (USA), 2006-present.

· Previously Editorial Board Member and currently Reviewer for the South African Journal of Business Management (South Africa).

· International Reviewer for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – An International Journal (UK), 2016-present.

· Reviewer for the International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies (South Africa), 2019-present.

· International Reviewer for the Journal of Managerial Psychology (UK), 2014-present.

· Previously Editorial Board Member of the British Journal of Management (UK), 2011-2014.

· Previously Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Management Education (USA), 2007-2013.

· Previously Editorial Board Member of Equal Opportunities International (UK), 2009-2011 – currently published as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.

· Previously Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Information Systems & Social Change (USA), 2009-2013.

· Previously Chief Editor of the Journal for Convergence (South Africa), 2003-2008.

· Previously, paper- and book Reviewer for Management Learning (UK).

· Previously, book Reviewer for the US-based Emerald.

· Previously, book Reviewer for the UK-based Financial Times.


· Written and published 11 books.

· Published 214 peer-reviewed academic papers, book chapters, conference papers, case studies, reports, op-eds/contemporary media, and dissertations.

· Supervised 11 PhD students to successful graduation, and currently supervising 8 more.

· Supervised 147 Masters (MPhil, MComm, EMBA, MBA, MSc, MHR) students to successful graduation, and currently supervising 5 more.

· Supervised 3 Honours (BSc Hons) students to successful graduation.





E -mail: kurt.april@uct.ac.za

Phone: +27 82 780-4668



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