Global Risk and Impact: The Changing Political Landscape across the EU and America

​​​A​dditional Forum Information 

Registration: 17h45 - 18h00

Forum Start Time: 18h00

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cocktails will be served after the event


On 23 June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). Since then, Theresa May has taken over from David Cameron as Prime Minister, created new Ministries, including to deliver on the referendum result. Meanwhile over the Atlantic the US faces one of the most divisive and fractious elections in recent history. Prime Minister May has been clear that "Brexit means Brexit" - and that the UK will make a success of it. How is the UK approaching this unprecedented situation? What happens next? And, in the longer term, what does Brexit mean for the UK's relationship with South Africa, and for the UK's place on the international stage?   We also explore what impact the outcome of the US elections will have on US foreign policy and how this could impact on South Africa.  ​


HE Dame Judith Macgregor, British High Commissioner to South Africa

Brooks Spector, had a thirty-year career as an American diplomat in assignments in Africa and East Asia (Indonesia, Japan, Swaziland, South Africa and shorter time periods in Nigeria and Namibia), as well as time with the VOA and in other positions in Washington. Spector has taught international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, served as a consultant for an international NGO, managed the internationally renowned Market Theatre for a year, he is a frequent commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media on international developments and American politics. In addition to these activities, he has been the associate editor of  The Daily Maverick since it began online publication in 2009.  



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  • Professor Nicola Kleyn (Dean)

    Nicola Kleyn is the dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science. In addition to her responsibilities at GIBS, she also lectures on various marketing-related academic and company-specific short courses she also consults to a number of organisations seeking to grow customer, brand and reputational equity.

    She worked previously at Investec Bank where she managed the learning and development function and at Edgars in a store control capacity. She also spent seven years lecturing marketing to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the faculty of commerce at Wits University.

    Nicola has been recognised as an established researcher by the National Research Foundation, achieving a C1 NRF rating. She has published articles in a number of academic journals including: California Management Review, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, Journal of Marketing Intelligence and Planning, South African Journal of Business Management, and Management Dynamics on the topics of marketing and ethics. She has also presented a number of conference papers at both local and international academic conferences and is a regular contributor to the popular press.


    In 2017, she was appointed as member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Product & Brand Management.

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