Former vice president of Minerals Council South Africa and former executive head for Anglo American South Africa, Andile Sangqu, has been appointed as the executive in residence (EIR) at GIBS for 2020.
The GIBS EIR programme allows experienced C-suite industry leaders to immerse themselves in the business school environment to interact with faculty and students, serve as a mentor and advisor, and enrich the learning experience. Last year’s EIR was former Microsoft SA managing director, Zoaib Hoosen, whose work centred on digital transformation, innovation as well as education and development of leadership skills in young people. The EIR programme aims to provide students with a window into the real world of business by learning through the successes of these chosen business leaders.
Sangqu brings a wealth of experience from a career spanning over 20 years in various management positions as well as serving on boards at JSE-listed companies. He will guest lecture various GIBS programmes, delving into business topics such as strategic decision-making, implementation and leadership. Sangqu hopes that during his tenure as EIR he will impart leadership lessons that he has developed over the years and be at the forefront of coaching future leaders at GIBS. He believes in values-based leadership and looking at ways to expand the role of business in today’s everchanging context.
“I am looking forward to this new journey as I look to reset and explore new vistas. Being in a space like GIBS is a perfect platform for me to not only share my leadership journey with students and faculty. It is my hope that we will be able to go beyond that and come up with tangible solutions to the challenges that the country is currently grappling with,” said Sangqu.
“My association with GIBS is long-standing, and what GIBS seeks to achieve is aligned to my values and principles. The energy is palpable and motivates individuals to soar to greater heights,” Sangqu added. “I am honoured to be part of this institution and hope for a fruitful and collaborative learning experience as I also seek to enhance my own leadership potential whilst pursuing my PhD.’’
Dean of GIBS, Prof. Nicola Kleyn, said: “We are privileged to have somebody of Andile’s stature in our mist. We hope the students and faculty alike will be able to tap into his experience and garner as much information as they can in order to amplify their learning experience.”