Dr. Jackie ChimhanziJackie Chimhanzi PhD



Occupational Information

Job Title: CEO of the African Leadership Institute

Professional History

Jackie Chimhanzi is the CEO of the African Leadership Institute which works with Oxford University to develop a new generation of African leaders. She is a board member of the international organization, the ONE Campaign.  ONE is a global movement, campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030. She is a seasoned strategist with some 20 years’ experience in strategy – as both an academic and a practitioner. She was, previously, the Senior Strategist of the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) and played a key role in a major strategic review exercise that sought to enhance the Corporation’s impact by redefining how and where it invests. Before that, as a Strategy Lead at Deloitte Consulting, she led project teams on diverse client engagements, interrogating and informing the strategies of major entities in the power, oil and gas, steel, and brewery industries. Whilst at Deloitte, she was instrumental in setting up the Deloitte Africa Desk and advised clients on accessing opportunities on the African continent. Prior to Deloitte, she worked with branding agencies, Added Value, and HKLM.

She was recognized by Forbes Africa magazine as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa in 2012 – women under 45 shaping the narrative of Africa’s rising. She is a keen Africa-watcher and has authored several Africa-focused thought leadership pieces. She has spoken/chaired panel discussions at eminent Africa-focused fora convened by the African Development Bank, the World Economic Forum Africa, the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA, Brand Africa, and the New York Forum on Africa. She has also addressed the European Parliament on trade and economic development in Africa.

She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Africa Regional Strategy Group and is an independent non-executive board member of the JSE-listed ADvTECH Group – Africa’s largest private education provider – and sits on the Audit, Nomination, and Risk committees. She also serves as an independent non-executive board member of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, is a member of the Remuneration Committee, and is Chair of the Social & Ethics Committee. She is a member of ONE’s Africa Policy Advisory Board (https://www.one.org/us/about/leadership/) and serves on the International Board of Trustees of AFS, headquartered in New York.

She holds a BSc (Hons), MBA (with Distinction), and a Ph.D. (Strategic Marketing) - all from Cardiff Business School, UK. As an academic, she lectured Marketing as well as Strategy and authored and co-authored papers in peer-reviewed leading academic journals such as the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Management (UK), the Journal of Business Research (US) and presented her work at various international fora. Her Ph.D. research focused on enhancing companies’ capabilities in executing their marketing strategies.


BSc (Hons)
MBA (with Distinction)
Ph.D. (Strategic Marketing) - all from Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff.


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Development, Strategy, Non-Executive Board Member, Governance


About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.