It takes a multi-talented leader, innovative businessperson and expert in curriculum design to direct Henley Business School South Africa, part of the University of Reading. Gareth gets to find out all about what makes the Dean and Director, Jonathan Foster-Pedley tick! He’s the perfect person to continue setting the scene on how Henley is leading transformation. Brought to you by Henley Business School.

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Mteto Nyati says he’s always known that he’s wanted to fix and build things. And, “fix and build things” is exactly what he’s done in his career as one of South Africa’s top CEOs. He’s steered the likes of Microsoft SA and MTN SA, to his current position at the helm of Altron. What makes a man of this calibre? How does he keep going? What does he have his eyes set on already, for the future? The CEO and author of ‘Betting on a Darkie’ answers these questions himself.

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How far can the human body be pushed? David Grier has run 4,008kms across India and is the only human being to have traversed the Great Wall of China both ways, and both in world record time! David unpacks what drives the human spirit in the most challenging moments. From a ruptured kidney in India, to being arrested in Guantanamo Bay, he’s seen it all. Every gruelling adventure in this legendary man’s life is done with charity in mind… Miles for Smiles in particular. In his own words “It’s not about me, that’s why I don’t give up!”

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Barry van Zyl, drummer extraordinaire, is a Henley MBA graduate – he shares with us why he feels it has changed how he does business, even in his music dealings. He’s optimistic about the future of the music industry and can’t wait for the future. The MBA has taught him just enough to not have anyone sell him short in any industry. Barry also talks about his love for music returning. A living legend and yet so humble, he is one of South Africa’s greatest musical exports and his journey is not done yet!

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Business dynamo Melody Xaba broaches the ideas of the 4th Industrial Revolution and AI with eloquence and energy. As long as you are thinking, you are in the game. As long as you are thinking it means you can become adaptable to the great change we are seeing in business today. Innovation must also happen in how we think about job creation, it’s the only thing that will save us. In order to be employable, be adaptable!

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Stephen Koseff, one of the co-founders of Investec, may have retired in September 2018 after 40 years at the helm, but he’s “still here in a suit and tie”. Gareth finds out more about the growth story that has led to the powerhouse that is Investec today. From eight to over 8,000 employees, his journey of entrepreneurship has seen lots of growth, many ups and downs, and a front row seat to some of the biggest changes in the past few decades.

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Comedian John Vlismas is well known for his outspoken and observational humour. He was awarded the Henley’s Creative and Music Industries MBA scholarship from Henley Business School for his contribution to the arts and creative industries. Gareth Cliff speaks to him about how the MBA course has influenced the way he thinks about the nature of truth, the joys of lecturing and more.

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More often than not, the leadership in Africa has been defined by violent dictatorships. So much so that people wonder if the “Benevolent Dictator” exists and whether or not “The People” always know what’s best for themselves. The contrasting leadership styles of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and that of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni are examples of incumbent leaders who function in democracies – yet the outcome of their leadership is worlds apart. While there are African countries that have thrived under democracy, the question remains: Is democracy a system imposed on Africa? And is it the universal solution for African governance?

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In part two of The Power of Human Capital Series, Timothy Maurice Webster continues his insights and learning mission by interviewing more global Duke CE thought leaders, South African human capital thought leaders, partners in the Million Young Minds Project and the conference host – Sharmla Chetty, Duke CE’s President, Global MD, Europe and Africa.

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A two-part series exploring the future of human capital, pioneered by and in collaboration with CliffCentral.com and Duke CE. With Brain & Brand author, Timothy Maurice Webster as host, this series seeks to uncover through Duke CE’s leadership lens, what it will take for leaders to thrive in a complex era where artificial intelligence and humans occupy the same leadership space. You’ll hear from Duke CE thought leaders from around the world, as well as South Africa’s top HR talent – along with a number of surprises from talented executives about their plan to apply the human-centric leadership learning. The conversations were hosted at the 2nd Davos of Human Capital Conference.

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