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Research and Faculty

Kurt April

BSc, MEng, MBA, PhD

Kurt is a Research Fellow at Ashridge, a Sainsbury Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Culture & Manufactures (RSA, UK), and a tenured Professor of Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School (University of Oxford, UK), Faculty Member of Duke Corporate Education (Duke University, USA) and a regular Visiting Professor at Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands).

Outside of academia, Kurt is Managing Partner of LICM Consulting (South Africa), Owner-Director of Helderview BMW (South Africa), Non-Executive Director of Achievement Awards Group (South Africa), Member of the International Advisory Council to Novartis International (Switzerland), Member of the Special Agenda Council on Talent & Diversity of the World Economic Forum (Switzerland), Board Member of Cornerstone Institute (South Africa), and Head of an International D&I Advisory Faculty of the National Health Service (NHS, UK).


Kurt is an Advisory Board Member of the Knowledge Management Professional Society (USA), Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review (China), Editorial Board Member of Annual Review of High Performance Coaching & Consulting (UK), Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Management Education (USA), Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Information Systems & Social Change (USA), and Editorial Board Member of the South African Journal of Business Management (South Africa).

He currently consults, and has consulted on various projects in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, and Leadership, to, and behalf of, a range of industries, including: Shell International, Dutch Police, Dutch Railways, European Leadership Platform, Novartis International, Zurich Assurance, European Space Agency, RWE, Lufthansa, Bayer, METRO, MAN, Chevron, IBM, AngloGold Ashanti, Impala Platinum, SABMiller, De Beers, Standard Bank, Old Mutual, Sanlam, South African Government, Young Presidents Organization, NHS, National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, Kelloggs, Thames Water, Innogy, Standard Chartered Bank amongst many others.


Kurt has authored & co-authored seven books with established international publishers, and over 90 academic articles (two of which were award-winning research papers in electronic engineering journals). In 2009, he was placed in both the 'Top 100 Educators in the Globe' list (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK) and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and was also placed in the 2009 and 2010 'Who's Who in the World' (Marquis, New York, USA).

Kurt's latest publications

2014
Daya, P., & April, K. (2014) The relationship between demographic groups and perception of inclusion in a South African organisation. The South African Journal of Business Management, 45(2), 25-34
2014
Download Understanding spirituality at work, organizations and in management
Makgoba, T., April, K., & Al Ariss, A. (2014) . Understanding spirituality at work, organizations and in management. Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, 10(2), 41-52
2014
Al Ariss, A., Őzbilgin, M., Tatli, A. & April, K. (2014) . Tackling whiteness in organizations and management. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29(4), 362-369.
2014
Phiri, S., & April, K. (2014) . Values: Self-reports of lived congruency. Effective Executive, 17(2), 20-39
2014
Tatli, A., Berry, D., Ipek, G., & April, K. (2014) . Self-initiated expatriation: Case study lessons from Africa and the United States. In M. Özbilgin, D. Groutsis, & W. Harvey (eds.), International human resource management (pp. 214-235). Victoria, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
2014
April, K, and Peters, B.K.G. (2014) A better way to lead. HR Magazine, February. pp 60-62

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