Female Business-school Deans in Africa Demonstrate Excellence

Although the majority of business-school deans are male (75%, according to an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business [AACSB] 2020 report), female business-school deans – including Enase Okonedo (Lagos Business School in Nigeria) and Nicola Kleyn (Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, through March 2020), along with Erika James, who recently began as Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States – are making their mark.

Enase Okonedo became Dean of the Lagos Business School in 2009, and has since established the Centre for Research in Leadership and Ethics and the Centre for Competitiveness and Strategy. The school received accreditation from the AACSB in December 2016, the first institution in West Africa to do so. In addition, during Okonedo’s tenure, Lagos Business School’s MBA programs became accredited by the International Accreditation Advisory Board of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in 2016. In 2020, Lagos Business School was the only business school in Africa to be featured in The Economist 2020 Executive MBA Ranking.

Nicola Kleyn was appointed dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in 2015, after which the school ranked as the top South African and African business school for executive education by the UK Financial Times in its Executive Education 2020 Ranking. GIBS is the only African school whose EMBA program was featured in the Financial Times ranking, and the school recently won an award in a European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) competition. Kleyn will begin her new position as Dean of Executive Education at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in September 2020.

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