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Our purpose, captured in our mission statement, is “we build the people who build the businesses that build Africa”.  I am glad to say that both factual evidence and feedback from our students and clients indicate that we are really gaining traction towards our purpose.  This year we will graduate over 750 executives, managers, entrepreneurs and leaders – up from seventy, five years ago.  Our social entrepreneurship area, MBAid, has worked with nearly 300 NGO’s and provide numerous scholarship’s.  Feedback from our clients has deeply encouraged and supported us.

In the last few months Henley has again excelled in the international rankings and achieved the highest Executive Education rankings of any business school operating in South Africa in the 2017 UK Financial Times survey.  We really are committed to bringing the best executive education to Africa.  Please join us in this effort.

Of interest to students, we have secured a drop-off box for the ‘Night of 1000 Drawings’ art-for-charity initiative. This is an empowerment project that culminates in a one-night-only, huge inner-city art sale to raise funds for various causes. We encourage students to contribute by creating artwork in an A5 format. These can be sketches, paintings, photographs, etching or embroidery – as long as they are A5 in size.

Also in June we announced a partnership with CNBC Africa’s prestigious All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) as their official Southern Africa research partner. The award honours business excellence and leaders who have made a considerable impact on their industry and community. I will have the honour of being on the judging panel.

We also hosted the “Re-gendering in Business” panel discussion which was well attended and hosted by Ginny Gibson, deputy dean of Henley UK. It covered women leaders in business, their challenges and solutions.

Other events: On 29th June, Henley will participate in the Sustainability Summit at the JSE and our MBA preview open day will be held on 5th August where we invite all prospective students to attend. We are also proud of our Henley Business Radio (HBR) podcasts with interviews including Sameer Rawjee, Ivor Haarburger, John Vlismas, Dr John Demartini and Tracey Swanepoel, amongst others. Please go to http://www.henleysa.ac.za/henleybusinessradio/ to access them.

We would like to welcome Kugandrie Moodley as our new head of Sales and Marketing and we wish her every success at Henley Africa.

We really are committed to bringing the best of executive education to Africa.  Please join us in this effort.