tutu home pageArchbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, renown for his part in the struggle for freedom in apartheid, South Africa, for being a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and for chairing the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is the patron of AFLI. He is a remarkable leader, a global icon of moral and just leadership, and a pioneer for peace and non-violent resolution to conflict and non-racism. He is our role model and his values and philosophy lie at the heart of our organisation.  See more at Patron & Legacy.


A small team is responsible for creating, managing, coordinating and developing the African Leadership Institute’s programmes and alumni network, as well as conducting its daily business affairs. It is also responsible for appointing and directing Regional Representatives, the core faculty, and the strategic institutional partnerships.

Sean LanceSean Lance (Co-Founder & Chairman, AFLI United Kingdom)

Previously Chairman & CEO of Chiron Corporation (US biotechnology company), and before that COO of Glaxo-Wellcome (UK based international pharmaceutical company). Now retired but, until recently on the Boards of pharmaceutical companies Crucell (Netherlands) and Interpharma (Hong Kong).


 Ronnie NtuliRonnie Ntuli (Deputy Chairman & Chairman of SA Board)

He is the founder of Kerma Global Ltd, which is engaged in market-disrupting and cutting-edge industries with global market potential such artificial intelligence; Founder and Chairman of Thelo Group, a South African investment company with interests in the aviation, rail and financial services sectors and he serves on the Pan-African Private Sector Trade Policy Committee.  2006 Tutu Fellow.

wilsonPeter Wilson (Co-Founder & Director of Programmes)

Founder & Director of Programmes at the African Leadership Institute; ran his own Management Consulting company, PRB Consulting, advising global corporations and African governments on strategic development; Rhodes Scholar.



 Dr Jackie ChimhanziJackie Chimhanzi PhD  (CEO)

Jackie is passionate about Africa's development and was a development finance strategist with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.  Prior to that, she was a strategy consultant with Deloitte South Africa and also helped set up the Deloitte Africa Desk. She was featured on Forbes  2012 20 Youngest Power Women of Africa list. Previously, she was an academic in the UK where she lectured and published her research.  Her PhD focused on enhancing corporate strategy implementation effectiveness. She is a 2010 Tutu Fellow.

Jessica BredaJessica Breda (Programme Officer)

Jessica has a diploma in Information Technology from Ed-U in Port Elizabeth and a Bachelors of Administration from the University of Fort Hare. Her role will be to manage the administrative tasks of the Tutu Fellowship and any other programmes with which AFLI may become involved. She will be responsible for administering the Tutu Leadership Programme nomination process.

 Charles SidambeCharles Sidambe (Alumni Network Officer)

Charles is a recent graduate of Wits University, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Media, Psychology and International Relations.  His role is to keep alumni connected to each other and to AFLI; update the Fellowship of developments within the community; assist with fundraising, and monitor and maintain AFLI's social media accounts among other things. He will also support the Alumni and Ethics committees and provide support to Fellows in maintaining their contact details.

 NormanSmit113pxNorman Smit (Communications consultant)

South African-born Norman Smit is CEO of Integrated Media Strategies.  He helped start up South Africa's 1st independent prime-time TV news broadcast, eNews, and produced it for two years. Much of his work is in economic and workforce development communications, and clients range from small businesses to the Canadian government.


Directors and Trustees

The Institute’s activities are guided and monitored by a board of directors, eminent personalities in their own spheres of activity. In accordance with the rules of the UK Charity Commission, the Board includes a majority of UK Residents. In South Africa, where AFLI is registered as a not-for-profit organisation, a separate Board directs the Institute’s affairs.

United Kingdom

  • Mr. Sean Lance (Co Founder & Chairman, United Kingdom).
    Previously Chairman & CEO of Chiron Corporation (US biotechnology company), and before that COO of Glaxo-Wellcome (UK based international pharmaceutical company). Now retired, but until recently on the Boards of pharmaceutical companies Crucell (Netherlands) and Interpharma (Hong Kong)

  • Mr. John Greensmith (South African)
    Previously Chief Executive of Plan International’s global operations, and before that Chief Executive BP Africa. Retired and now active in the NGO sector

  • Lord David Hacking (British)
    International Arbitrator, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator, Barrister-at-Law and an Associate Member of Littleton Chambers, The Temple, London

  • Dr. John Ohiorhenuan (Nigeria)
    Previously UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa; and Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery at UNDP (New York). Now retired and part-time teaches Development Economics at Columbia & New Schools Universities in New York

  •  Mr. Michael Stone (British & Zimbabwe).
    Lawyer, until retirement was senior legal advisor for GlaxoSmithKline. Rhodes Scholar

South Africa

  • Mr. Ronnie Ntuli (Chairman, South Africa)
    Executive Chairman of Thelo Group; Chairman of the National Empowerment Fund; and Archbishop Tutu Fellow.  

  • Mr. Sean Lance (Vice Chairman, South-Africa)
    As above
  • Mr. Peter Wilson (South Africa)
    Co-Founder & Director of Programmes of the African Leadership Institute; ran his own Management Consulting company, PRB Consulting; Rhodes Scholar.

  • Dr. Olugbenga Adesida (Nigeria/Cape Verde)
    Economist and Strategy & Development Consultant. Currently advisor to several Ministers in the Cape Verde government, and has previously advised many of the Institutions active in Africa.

  • Dr. Jacqueline Chimhanzi (Zimbabwe)
    AFLI CEO, Archbishop Tutu Fellow

  • Mr. Aidan Eyakuze (Tanzania)
    Economist; Archbishop Tutu Fellow; Founding Director of Serengeti Advisers based in Tanzania; Programme Director, Executive Director, Twaweza East Africa

  • Ms Lorna Irungu (Kenya)
    Founder of Siwa Communications and Archbishop Tutu Fellow.
  • Ms. Swaady Martin (Non-Executive Director, South Africa)
    African Luxury brand YSWARA founder & CEO; also started and runs the YSWARA Foundation, and Archbishop Tutu Fellow.  

  • Dr. Terence G. Sibiya (Swaziland/South Africa)
    Executive Head, Relationship Management & Coverage, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Banking; Archbishop Tutu Fellow.
  • Mr. Lai Yahaya (Nigeria)
    Lawyer, economist and public policy adviser to the Nigerian government, and international donor agencies. Archbishop Tutu Fellow


Core Faculty

Aside from the people listed below, please also see other distinguished guest speakers who have assisted AFLI's leadership programmes.

Mont Fleur, South Africa

  • Caryn Solomon, PhD
  • Kurt A. April, PhD
  • Peter Wilson
  • Olugbenga Adesida, PhD
  • Sean P. Lance
  • Professor Brian O’Connell
  • Dr. Clem Sunter
  • Dr. Nkosana Moyo
  • Dr Allen Zimbler
  • Mpho Letlape
  • Molefi Mokutu


Oxford, England

  • Prof. Keith Grint
  • Tim Cullen, MBE
  • Oliver Fischer, PhD
  • Richard Olivier, Founder Olivier Mythodrama
  • Peter Hanke
  • Prof. John Lennox
  • Stewart Morgan
  • Prof. Jon Stokes
  • Marshall Young, D Phil
  • Prof. Eddie Obeng
  • Dr. John Ohiorhenuan