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In Conversation with Nolitha Fakude

Anglo American appointed Nolitha Fakude as chair of its management board with effect from September. She joined the group management committee of Anglo American as Group Director – South Africa. 

Nolitha has also just published a book, Boardroom Dancing, she chats to Professor Nicola Kleyn, dean of GIBS, about her new role, career and book.

Boardroom Dancing is Nolitha's memoir of her journey as a business leader and advocate of transformation in the South African working environment.

Nolitha grew up as a shopkeeper's daughter in the Eastern Cape, studied at the University of Fort Hare and then entered the workplace as a Graduate Trainee at Woolworths.

Subsequently, she has worked in very senior positions at some major blue-chip companies, including Woolworths, Nedbank and Sasol. She was also MD and then Chair of the Black Management Forum.

Nolitha is held in high regard within business circles and serves on numerous boards. Although Boardroom Dancing is her personal journey, it is also a lesson for South Africans committed to the transformation of boardrooms and the economy, and for women looking for role models as they climb corporate ladders and become thought-leaders in their own right.

Nolitha is a humble leader who is widely respected as a pioneer who was at the forefront of transformation strategy, both within the companies she worked for and as a leader at the Black Management Forum where she worked with business, government and unions to drive change in South Africa.

Additional Info:

Registration: 17:45

Starts: 18:00

Ends:19:30

A light supper will be served after the event.

Please note: GIBS forums are filmed for City Press, BDTV and further distribution. Want to attend but can't afford to? email nkawus@gibs.co.za for one of the limited free seats available. 



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  • Professor Nicola Kleyn is the Dean: Executive Education at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management and a full professor of Corporate Marketing.

    Until June 2020 Prof Kleyn was Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a position she held for five years. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, Prof Kleyn is a researcher and teacher in the areas of Corporate Branding and Reputation Management. She is also an active strategic facilitator and enjoys moderating public events.

    Prof Kleyn a former President of the Board of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), the African representative on the CEEMAN board and a member of the global EYQ Fellows Program and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Gordon Institute of Business Science and MIB Trieste School of Management.

    Qualifications

    • DBA (UP)
    • MBA (Wits)
    • B Com (Hons) (Wits)
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