Gareth MorganGareth Morgan

South Africa


Occupational Information

Occupation: Politics, Environmental Affairs and Executive Coaching

Occupational Position: Consultant Executive Coach

Professional History

Gareth Morgan is the Director of Resilience in the City of Cape Town, running the City's involvement in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative.  Key to this work is leading the creation of the City's first Resilience Strategy. He was previously the Principal Trade and Investment Officer in the City, and played a leading role in establishing the Enterprise and Investment department.

Gareth was a Member of Parliament for South Africa's official opposition party for nine years, from 2004 to 2013. During his tenure in Parliament he served on the Portfolio Committees of Environment, Health, Mineral Resources and Water at different times. During his last four years in Parliament, he was the Shadow Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs. Other positions held during his tenure in Parliament included Parliamentary Counsellor to the Leader of the Opposition, and Whip of the National Assembly.  He resigned from Parliament in early 2013 to pursue other interests.

Prior to joining the City of Cape Town in 2015, Gareth consulted independently in a number of fields, including politics, the environment, education, training and coaching. Most of his work during this time was on improving climate change responses of local governments. In 2014 Gareth appeared on the inaugural list of South African climate change leaders produced by the Mail & Guardian.

His other achievements include: Rhodes Scholar (South Africa-at-large, 2000) Fellow of the Emerging Leaders' Programme run by the Southern Africa Centre for Leadership and Public Values. He featured on the list of '200 Young South Africans' list in both 2010 & 2011



BCom and an Honours degree (cum laude) in Political Science from University of Natal (PMB) MA Politics
Philsophy & Economics from Oxford University
MSc in Environmental Change from Oxford University


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.