Mr. Isaac Shongwe has been appointed as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of ABIL.
Isaac is the co-founder and Chairman of the African Leadership Initiative, which is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and is focused on the development of effective, values-based, community-spirited leaders in Africa.
Furthermore he has recently founded the Young African Leadership Initiative to focus on leadership development of fellows between the ages of 25 and 35.
His own passion for leadership began early in his career when he was made a 21st Century Trust Fellow and was named as a World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow in 1996. He serves on the board of the Aspen Institute and is a Henry Crown Fellow.
Isaac Shongwe also serves as Chairman of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Wits Business School Advisory Board. He also serves on the selection committee of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. Isaac was until the end of May 2014 an Executive Director of Barloworld Limited, a leading global industrial company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange; he remains a non-executive Director of the Company.
Prior to that he was the CEO of Barloworld Logistics, a subsidiary of Barloworld with global operations. He joined Barloworld in 2005 as a result of a transaction involving the purchase of a stake in a subsidiary, Barloworld Logistics Africa Proprietary Limited.
Isaac Shongwe was educated at Wesleyan University, a liberal arts college in Connecticut USA, and Oxford University in the UK where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and obtained an M.Phil in Management Studies