Euvin Naidoo


Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics, Summa Cum Laude – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Master of Business Administration (Business Administration and Management) – Harvard Business School

South African born Euvin Naidoo is a member of the Faculty of the Harvard Business School (HBS). As of 2019 he is currently the only South African on the full time Faculty of HBS. Euvin brings a wealth of global and international experience across sectors and regions having served as a business practitioner in senior leadership positions in banking, management consulting and venture capital, having lived and worked over the past 2 decades in Johannesburg, New York and San Francisco. His sector focus is on fintech, financial services, banking and insurance, telecommunications and services businesses. Euvin’s focus at HBS is on bringing in best practice management thinking and execution specifically in the areas of performance measurement and the driving of results in both high growth and legacy companies, agility and agile execution, customer centricity and strategic alignment.  He teaches Financial Reporting and Control (FRC) to two of the ten sections at HBS (20% of the MBA class) in the required (core) curriculum as part of the Accounting and Management unit as well supporting executive education sessions engaging leading executives across the globe in modules and custom programs focused on Risk and Risk Appetite as well as Agile Transformation.

An alumnus of the Harvard Business School (MBA Class of 2003), Euvin was previously part of the African leadership team at the Boston Consulting Group joining as the first South African Partner and Managing Director based out of the Johannesburg office, where he led the Financial Institutions (Banking) and Public Sector Practices. Euvin began his banking career at one of Africa’s leading pan-African banks, Standard Bank, within Corporate & Investment Banking, where he focused on Acquisition Finance (M&A), initially based in Johannesburg and then, from 2005, in the New York office. As a New York based investment banker focused on emerging market companies, Euvin worked through an invaluable global learning curve, witnessing the ripple effect of the US financial crisis in 2007 and the risk, credit, organizational and leadership lessons this has for both developed and emerging market companies and regulators. He returned to South Africa from the USA in 2009 to head up the Risk Appetite & Credit Portfolio Management team for Standard Bank, covering a 17 country pan-African footprint across all personal and business banking product lines. In 2013, Euvin was recruited to join Barclays Africa’s EXCO as the Head of Strategy, leading the strategy execution for the ‘Rest of Africa’ (Regional Management) across an 11 country pan-African portfolio.

Selected in 2009 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in 2012 he was recruited to the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, where he served 2 terms on the United States Council. In 2017 Euvin was the recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award from the Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School for his career and impact in business. Prior to HBS, while in industry, Euvin, committed a portion of his time over the past decade to teach at both Wits Business School in South Africa and at Oxford University’s Business School. His focus was on courses he developed and launched focused on Service Operations, Strategic Alignment as well as Private Equity and Venture Capital. Over this time, Euvin was twice honored with the “Best Lecturer of the Year Award” at the Wits Business School. He is a current member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. Forbes has previously listed Euvin as one of Africa’s Top Ten most powerful and influential men of his generation. Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs, in recognition of his work, and impact across Africa, has previously named Euvin as one of the ‘Five Faces of African Innovation and Entrepreneurship’.


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