Rabbi Gideon Pogrund founded and directs the GIBS Ethics and Governance Think Tank. Working with senior business, government and civil society leaders, the Think Tank's purpose is to influence and encourage South African business to follow a more ethical approach and thereby help secure a more successful, sustainable future for the business community and the country.
He established the Ethics Barometer for South African business, applying a Harvard Business School (HBS) research instrument and engaging with over 8.000 employees from 15 of SA’s leading companies.
He has spoken at international business schools such as HEC Paris, Baruch College in New York and Nottingham Business School and participated in international leadership forums including the World Economic Forum (WEF) Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI). He consults to corporations, helping them to improve their ethics management, and his clients include the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Sanlam, Liberty, Discovery, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Google.
He has contributed articles and been interviewed in various media outlets, including Business Day, the Financial Mail, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Finweek, Carte Blanche, CNBC Africa and Thomson Reuters. He is a member of the Council of Elders of the Institute of Stakeholder Relations Southern Africa (ISRSA).
He holds a MA from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a network of over 800 business schools from across the globe, has named the Think Tank as one of its Innovations that Inspire.