Colleen Magner              

Colleen Magner
Colleen Magner

​Colleen is the managing Director of Reos in South Africa, a global organisation that addresses complex, high-stakes challenges around the world, working wi​th governments, corporations, and civil society organisations. ​ Colleen has worked around the world with clients in areas including food security, municipal climate adaptation, mining safety, and support for orphans and vulnerable children. She has lead multi-stakeholder scenario planning processes in healthcare (national), insurance (short-term insurance and risk in Southern Africa), municipal climate change adaptation strategies (Saldanha Bay, Western Cape), Education (Tanzania) and job creation/local economic development (Eastern Cape, South Africa). Colleen previously managed the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at GIBS, a platform that aims to build awareness, capacity and involvement in socio-economic issues amongst leaders in South Africa. Previous to GIBS, Colleen co-founded an international learning network of social entrepreneurs called Pioneers of Change and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers at their global headquarters in New York for two years.


Adjunct faculty member

Published Research

Thumbadoo, B., Wilson, G. L., & Magner, C. (Ed.). (2008). Dust to diamonds: Stories of South African social entrepreneurs. Pan MacMillan.

Bojer, M., Roehl, H., Knuth, M., & Magner, C. (2008). Mapping dialogue: Essential tools for social change. Taos Institute.

Journal articles

​Magner, C. (2008) Contextual leadership development: a South African perspective. European Business Review, 20(2), pp.128-141.

Consulting Involvement

Managing director, Reos South Africa

Significant Achievements
  • Set up and managed the oversight of Nexus, ImagiNation, Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme, and Spirit of Youth – which became the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at GIBS.
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Contact Details
  • BCom Law (NMMU)
  • MComm (Organizational change) cum laude (UKZN)
  • Teaching the Practice of Management (GIBS)
  • Making Markets Work (GIBS)
  • Effective Group Facilitation (Reos Institute)
  • Transformative Scenario Planning (Reos Institute)
  • Systems Thinking and Social Change (Reos Institute).
Fields of Interest
  • Scenario planning and emergent strategy
  • Futures studies
  • Setting up change labs
  • Systems thinking
  • Working on policy issues of national interest, facilitating dialogue across sectors and in conflict.

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