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Leadership in Times of Crisis


Linda Hill, Ph.D.

Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration, Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative.  She is coauthor of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation; Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader (named by the WSJ in 2011 as one of the 5 business books you must read for your career) and “Breakthrough Leadership,” the winner of the 2013 Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology.  She is also the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership.  In 2013, Hill was named as one of the world’s top ten management thinkers.  In 2015, she received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award. Business Insider named Collective Genius one of “The 20 Best Business Books: in 2014,” and the book also won the Gold Medal for Leadership, Axiom Business Book Award.

Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Business Publishing and the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc. Hill serves on the Board of Trustee of the Art College of Design and is a Special Representative to the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College.  She is also on the Advisory Board of Eight, Inc.,.the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and the Advisory Board for the California Institute for Telecommunications and information Technology (Calit2). She is on the Board of Advisors of the American Repertory Theater.  She is a member of the HR People + Strategy Advisory Council. Hill is a former director of the Eaton Corporation and the State Street Corporation, former member of the Board of Trustees of The Rockefeller Foundation and The Bridgespan Group, and a former member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA board.  

Dr. Hill holds a PhD in behavioral sciences and an MA in educational psychology, both from the University of Chicago.  She received a BA summa cum laude in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.

Jay Ireland

Former CEO of GE Africa

Jay Ireland is a global, multi-industry executive with the unique expertise of growing successful businesses in emerging markets. A highly-adaptable leader, he spent nearly 40 years driving financial, operational, and cultural change at a wide variety of businesses within GE, culminating in his role as CEO of GE Africa. Jay expanded the company’s presence in Africa to 32 countries and grew revenue at a compounded annual rate of 20% for a total of $20+B, while the employee base more than tripled. Jay was committed to developing and relying on local talent, resulting in establishing an all-African leadership team. He worked with numerous government and business leaders on growing investment opportunities throughout the continent through his role as Chairman of the President’s Council on Doing Business in Africa and the U.S. Africa Business Center, as well as the Vice Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa. He was named “International Business Leader of the Year” in both 2012 and 2013 by Africa Investor Magazine.

Prior to his role in Africa, Jay led GE Asset Management, a global investment firm with $120B in assets under management. Prior to that role he was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations, where he improved business processes and drove growth, including the $2.7B-acquisition of Telemundo and its 16 Spanish-language channels. Currently he is a Senior Advisor for Covington and Burling’s Regulatory and Public Policy Practice Group, focusing on advising clients on Africa-related issues. He is a board member of the Mastercard Foundation with initiatives focused on increasing employment and skill building in Africa. He is also a board member of Gates Corporation and a trustee of his alma mater, Saint Lawrence University.

Fred Swaniker

Founder & CEO, African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network

Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyse a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.

In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.

Kuseni Dlamini

Chairman of JSE-listed Massmart Ltd

Foluso Phillips

Executive Chairman and Founder of Phillips Consulting Limited

Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Massmart Ltd, the second largest distributor of consumer goods in Africa, the leading retailers of general merchandise, liquor and home improvement equipment and supplies, and the leading wholesaler of basic foods.  The group operates nine wholesale and retail chains and one buying group, 443 stores in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

He is the Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries.

He is the Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and is a member of the board of the Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa, a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American in London and was the Director of Anglo Platinum.

He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum and, during the same month, MiningX selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity’.

In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis.

Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and the Advisory Board of GIBS Business School. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).