Edward Christian Kieswetter

NHD (Elec Eng), PG Dip (Mathematics & Engineering Education), B.Ed (Mathematics & Science) Ed, M.Ed (Cognitive Development), Executive MBA (Strategy & Transformation), M.Com (Tax) cum laude.

Ed’s deep love for education and human capacity development has kept him involved in various teaching, leadership and governance roles in formal and community education for over 35 years. He is a life-long scholar and reflective practitioner, who recently retired as Group Chief executive of a large financial services company, transitioning to a portfolio life in order to pursue a more active role in education and human development. Ed is currently involved in the Da Vinci Institute, a private university in South Africa where he serves as President, Member of Council and holds a part-time appointment as a Professor.  He chairs the board of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency.  In addition he holds various board positions including serving as a non-executive director of GEMS Africa.

He has extensive experience at leading diverse organisations at senior executive and governance levels within the academic, public and private sectors. He has an impressive track record for leading organisational turn around, most recently as Group Chief Executive: Alexander Forbes. Previous appointments include: Deputy Commissioner: South African Revenue Service; Senior Executive and Director – FirstRand Banking Group; Senior General Manager – Eskom (SA Electricity Utility); Faculty Head: Electrical Engineering Division– Athlone Technikon

Academic highlights include: Appointment as visiting Professor at 2 SA universities; 3 Masters degrees; Associate in Education - Harvard University; African American Scholarship; Apprentice of the Year

Professional Highlights include: Finalist: All Africa Business Leaders Awards; Leading Alexander Forbes IPO; Inspired & Co-created BetterWage (on-line business); ACQ Africa Dealmaker of the Year; Leadership Thinker Award BOTY; SA Boss of the Year

As a committed servant leader, he is actively involved in community projects, pastoral counseling and mentorship and leadership development.