Manji Cheto, Class of 2019
- Job Title: Africa – Primary Markets Business Development Manager
- Organization: London Stock Exchange
- Country of Residence: United Kingdom
Helen Arrey, Class of 2019
- Job Title: Business Economist
- Organization: Addax Petroleum Cameroon Company
- Country of Residence: Cameroon
Purity Kagwiria, Class of 2018
- Job Title: Executive Director
- Organization: Akili Dada
- Country of Residence: Kenya
Alois Mabutho, Class of 2019
- Job Title: Group SHEQ Manager
- Organization: The New Forests Company
- Country of Residence: Uganda
MODUPE TAYLOR PEARCE PHD
Visiting Lecturer | Dean of ALU School of Business
The first Dean of ALU School of Business Dr. Modupe Taylor-Pearce is a successful development, leadership, and management scholar and coach for global brands across three continents including World Bank Group, United Nations Population Fund, Sara Lee, PPG Industries, Save the Children, Fleming Foods, Remington, Kuehne & Nagel, and Potash Corporation. He is a skilled and sought after speaker, a turnaround and crisis management specialist leading hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue improvement with his clients. He is a former military leader with combat experience and a graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point), America’s most prestigious military and leadership institution. He is a member of the American Mensa Society, the founder and President of Leaders of Godly Character International an international non-profit, NGO dedicated to developing leaders of Godly character. He is a published author, co-authoring the ground-breaking leadership book for Sierra Leone: How I Made It: Striking Sustainable Success in Sierra Leone.
Catherine Duggan PhD
Professor | Vice Dean, ALU School of Business
Catherine Duggan serves as the Vice Dean for Strategy and Research and Professor of Political Economy at the ALU School of Business. Prior to joining ALUSB she was a professor at Harvard Business School for nearly a decade, where she taught the Business, Government and International Economy (BGIE) course in the MBA program, as well as several political economy and leadership courses in the MBA and executive education programs. At HBS she received multiple awards for teaching, including the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum, an award given by the graduating MBA class to the best teachers at HBS as chosen by the student body. Only the second woman in a decade to be given this award, she received the honor twice in a row. Professor Duggan's research examines financial sector regulation and institutional development in sub-Saharan Africa, and she is the author of several case studies examining firms and countries on the continent. She received a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences, and a BA in Political Science from Brown University.
Visiting Lecturer | Founder and Chairman of the Africa Leadership Group
Fred Swaniker is the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Leadership Group - an ecosystem of organisations that includes the African Leadership Academy, the African Leadership Network, the Africa Advisory Group, and of course, the African Leadership University. Swaniker is deeply passionate about Africa and has worked in and visited about 25 countries on the continent. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa. He has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school.
Visiting Lecturer | Former President of African Development Bank
Donald Kaberuka is a Rwandan economist and was the president of the African Development Bank from September 2005 until September 2015. Prior to that, Kaberuka served as Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in Rwanda for 8 years.
He studied at the University of Dar es Salaam as an undergraduate and obtained his MPhil in Development Studies from University of East Anglia in 1979. Kaberuka went on to receive his PhD in economics from the University of Glasgow. He is also Chair of the African Leadership University’s Global Advisory Council.
Visiting Lecturer | Founder, Aluko & Oyebode
Gbenga Oyebode founded Aluko & Oyebode, one of Nigeria’s top law firms, and is currently the Managing Partner. Oyebode was also one of the founding investors in MTN Nigeria and still serves on its board. Oyebode has developed significant experience in project finance, corporate law, energy and natural resources, telecommunications and aviation law. Oyebode served as Chairman of the board of Access Bank, and currently serves as the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm PLC and of The Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. He is also one of the most successful real estate investors in Nigeria. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of IFE and his masters in law from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA.
Visiting Lecturer | Executive Chairman, Mandela Institute for Development Studies
Nkosana is the the Executive Chairman of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. He was, until August 2011, the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Before joining the AfDB, Nkosana worked at Actis Capital LLP as Managing Partner for the Africa Business. He also served as Minister of Industry & International Trade of Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, University of London and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK, where he was an Eisenhower fellow.
Visiting Lecturer | Former CEO of FirstRand Limited
Sizwe Nxasana is the former CEO of FirstRand Limited, one of the ‘big 4’ banking groups in South Africa. Prior to that he served as the CEO of Telkom, the South African fixed-line telecommunications company. He was also the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba, one of the largest audit firms in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Fort Hare, as well as a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. Nxasana is also a Chartered Accountant and is deeply passionate about education.
Visiting Lecturer | Author / Social Entrepreneur / Mentor / Economic Activist
Wendy has been a pioneering Social Entrepreneur and Economic Activist for the past 20 years. She is most known for her pioneering Social Enterprises. Firstly, in developing effective Human Resources interventions for companies to improve productivity and performance of new graduates. Secondly, for the Economic participation of women through a Portfolio Investment Company called Wiphold, and thirdly, a Venture Capital Equity Fund to invest in women owned or managed enterprises. She is currently focusing on Community empowerment initiatives through investments in Micro Bakeries and Agriculture.
Visiting Lecturer | Former CMO of MTN
Susan Botha, also known as Santie, was the Chief Marketing Officer of MTN, the African mobile phone giant, and is credited for having built its powerful brand across Africa. Prior to MTN, she served as CMO of ABSA Bank (now Barclays Africa). At 48, she became the chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth – the youngest chancellor in South Africa. She serves on the board of Tiger Brands Limited and Famous Brands. She is a South African marketing pioneer who played a role in the success of the 2010 World Cup as head of marketing at FIFA sponsor MTN. Botha holds a degree in economics from Stellenbosch University.
Visiting Lecturer | Director, Africa Opportunity Partners
Francis Daniels has over 15 years experience investing in Africa. He is a director of Africa Opportunity Partners and the investment manager of the Africa Opportunity Fund, a closed-end investment company traded on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. He holds an LL.B degree from the University of Ghana, an LL.M degree from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M (Corporations) degree from New York University Law School.
Visiting Lecturer | Founder & CEO, Pagatech Ltd.
Tayo Oviosu is the founder and CEO of Pagatech Ltd, a mobile financial services company based out of Nigeria. Prior to founding Pagatech, Oviosu was with Cisco, where he was responsible for Strategy, Acquisitions, and Private Equity Investment across multiple technology sectors.
Tayo earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Southern California. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford.
Visiting Lecturer | Founding COO and lead faculty for Data and Decisions at ALU
Khurram Masood is the founding Chief Operating Officer and lead faculty member for Data and Decisions at the African Leadership University. Prior to ALU, Masood was an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Co where he worked on various projects across Africa and co-led the firm’s operations practice in the Middle East. Masood has a degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and is an expert in building systems and cultures that enable organisations to grow to a large scale.
Visiting Lecturer | Senior Advisor, African Leadership Group
Steve Boehlke has over 25 years experience as a leadership development consultant and facilitator for senior executives at various Fortune 500 companies. He has spent the last 7 years working as a Senior Advisor to the African Leadership Group, where he has helped shape the group’s leadership development frameworks and assisted the group’s senior leadership to become more effective. Throughout his career, Steve has helped leaders, without regard to position, to become more influential and dynamic. He currently serves on ALU’s Global Advisory Council. Steve is a graduate of Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Visiting Lecturer | Managing Principal for Africa-oriented Private Equity Funds, Investec Asset Management
With over 20 years of experience in private equity, consulting, and investment banking, Peter W. Baird, MA Eco, CFA, MBA, was recently appointed Managing Principal for Investec Asset Management's Africa-oriented Private Equity funds. Prior to this appointment, Peter served as the Head of Private Equity for Africa for Standard Chartered. From 2011 to 2016 he was responsible for SCPE’s private-equity business across sub-Saharan Africa, growing the assets under management from $200m to just under $900m. He spent 11 years at McKinsey in South Africa and in the U.S., where he was a partner in the healthcare and private equity practices. He also served as an Economics lecturer of the University of Cape Town. Peter holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town. Peter is also a C.F.A. charter holder.
Visiting Lecturer | Former President, Coca Cola South Africa
William (Bill) Egbe is the Group Director, Sustainability, Strategy & Business Planning for the Coca-Cola Company's Eurasia & Africa Group (92 countries covering Africa, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia and the former Soviet Union States). He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bill was formerly the President of Coca-Cola South Africa and Head of Pan-African Initiatives for Coca-Cola. He held these roles for 5 years. Prior to this, Bill was briefly the Group Business Unit President for Coca-Cola Africa, a role where he had general management responsibility for Coca-Cola's business in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also previously spent 2 years as the President of Coca-Cola East and Central Africa--based in Nairobi, Kenya. Bill has more than 23 years of international experience in the fast-moving consumer goods and telecommunications industries; experience obtained on 4 continents in manufacturing, finance and marketing. More than 18 years of this experience has been in general management positions.
Visiting Lecturer | Executive Chairman, TA Holdings
Mr Mutasa co-founded Venture Finance, an investment vehicle that bought into TA Holdings with the objective of turning it into a continental investment group. He is also Chairman of FMI Holdings, a privately held investment company formed in 1990. The company is the major shareholder of Joina Development Company, an infrastructure and commercial real estate developer. Shingai Mutasa is also a Senior Advisor to Africa Platform Capital where he applies a wealth of acquisition and operational experience within the ever-evolving environment of Zimbabwe, together with the broader southern and eastern regions of Africa. Shingai is the CEO of Masawara PLC, a business he founded in the early years of Zimbabwe’s independence in the 1980’s. Today the company’s activities include Insurance, Hotels, Property development, Agro-chemicals and Telecommunications. Operations are based in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Uganda. The company successfully listed on the AIM market of London in 2011. Mr Mutasa graduated from the University College London with a B.Sc. (Econs) Hons degree in 1980. He returned to Zimbabwe after completing his studies and commenced upon a successful career in commodity trading and marketing through a family owned company.
Visiting Lecturer | COO & CLO, ALU School of Business
Ryan Findley brings over a decade of experience in the fields of entrepreneurship, leadership development, and applied leadership studies. Working with start-ups, corporates, and NGOs to develop emerging leaders, Ryan has built, directed and led teams to deliver leadership learning experiences across the world with participants from 50+ countries. Previously working with the MasterCard Foundation-funded Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) at African Leadership Academy--a globally recognized hub for leadership development--Ryan served as the Leadership Curriculum Lead for both CEL and the Academy's Lifelong Engagement Department; Ryan also served as Director of the Global Scholars Program. Ryan leveraged his expertise at ALA to lead CEL's external efforts to consult and capacity-build with schools and organizations seeking to hone their leadership development capacity from the classroom to the boardroom. Currently, in his role with ALUSB, Ryan serves as Chief Learning Officer and Chief Operating Officer, as well as the Leadership Architect for the MBA's Leadership Lab. Ryan completed business school at the University of Colorado with a concentration in Leadership Studies and was recognized as a President Leadership Class Scholar (Top 1%). He has completed further studies through Harvard Business School's HBX program.
Visiting Lecturer | Former CMO, Danone
Achieng is a passionate marketer, who has spent most of her career building brands and teams in Africa. She has a unique 20 year background that has taken her across the travel, telecommunications and food and beverage industries, working on global, regional and local brands on the continent. Most recently, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for Africa at global food giant Danone. Prior to that, she held senior Marketing roles at Coca-Cola and Airtel in East Africa. Achieng’s areas of specialization are in consumer marketing with a focus on strategic marketing and communications. She has had a particular focus on brands targeting the youth. Her years of experience highlight a unique blend of leadership, vision and passion, and have seen her lead teams of up to 60 marketing / brand / media managers across Francophone and Anglophone Africa, and manage budgets ranging from $1m to over $150m. Achieng attributes her chosen career path to her passion and belief in Africa’s potential, in Africa’s youth and in building strong meaningful brands.