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Stellenbosch Business School to host annual USB-Kgalema Motlanthe Leadership Lecture Series in October

USB-Kgalema Leadership Lecture Series 2019
Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa, and Prof Piet Naudé, Director of USB, pictured here at the inaugural event.
  • July 30
  • Tags USB-Kgalema Motlanthe Leadership Lecture Series, event


This year the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation will once again host the prestigious annual event called the USB-Kgalema Motlanthe Leadership Lecture Series. The by invitation only event will take place on Thursday, 31 October 2019.

This partnership event between Stellenbosch Business School and the Foundation is underpinned by the need to make responsible leadership part of the public debate in South Africa. For both Stellenbosch Business School and the Foundation, responsible leadership is a key value to uphold in all contexts.

“The mission of Stellenbosch Business School is to develop responsible leaders through well-grounded business education and research.  As an academic theme, it permeates the curriculum design and acts as pivotal point around which students are developed,” says Mr Owen Mbundu, head of Stellenbosch Business School’s Marketing Department.

“On an institutional level, Stellenbosch Business School has chosen to include this in its mission and values so that responsible leadership over time determines its culture.  The Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation shares in these values and philosophy. Our vision is to build on the success of this annual event which we hold close to our hearts and values,” he says.

The inaugural leadership lecture took place in Cape Town in October 2017 where Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of South Africa, was the keynote speaker. This year, Mr Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive of Standard Bank, will deliver the keynote address. Mr Tshabalala is a banker with over 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry and joined the Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (SCMB) in 2000.

At the event the Stellenbosch Business School Alumnus of the Year will also be announced. This prestigious award goes to an alumnus who has excelled as a responsible leader, whether in the private or public sector or in an entrepreneurial venture.

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