Euvin Naidoo

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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 currently serves as the Distinguished Prof. of Practice for Accounting, Risk and Agility at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Naidoo is a celebrated management Professor and business thinker with his work focusing on financial performance, board governance, innovation and digital transformation. In Jan 2024, he launched Thunderbird’s first AI program, “AI & the Future of Work” in Arizona. Splitting his time between the USA, Africa and the Middle East, Prof. Naidoo currently serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council (GFC) on the Future of Job Creation. GFC’s are viewed as among the world’s most prestigious think tanks, gathering global experts from across fields to tackle the globe’s most pressing challenges. Naidoo is an alum of the Harvard Business School (HBS) where he received the distinguished African alumni achievement award. A veteran global banker, risk expert and management consultant, he started his career in 1990s when he was among the first black South Africans to join McKinsey South Africa supporting many of continent’s leading companies expand locally and abroad. He moved from consulting to banking in the early 2000s to help support the vanguard of the economic transformation across the continent and also be a part of financial services sector which was a key enabler supporting the first wave of black economic empowerment transactions. He served as part of the senior leadership teams for both Standard Bank and the Barclays Africa Group where he was Head of Strategy across Barclays Africa covering an African footprint from East to West to Southern Africa. He has also successfully managed one of the largest banking risk and credit portfolios in emerging markets, successfully navigating multiple cross-border and country risk matters also serving as Head of Risk Appetite across 17 African countries. Naidoo moved from Barclays to become the first South African MD and Partner for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to co-lead the Banking, Insurance and Public Sector practices for Africa based out of Johannesburg. He moved in 2019 to the USA to become a full time Professor at his alma mater the Harvard Business School, where he successfully taught the core MBA program on financial reporting and controls and pioneered Harvard Business School’s first short intensive program “From Agile to OKRs” before joining Thunderbird as Distinguished Prof. of Global Accounting, Risk and Agility where he was also appointed Director of Thunderbird’s Case Series which recently received the accolade of being ranking Top Twenty globally for impact. Forbes has previously named Naidoo one of the African continent’s Top 10 most Powerful and Influential men (“Powermen”) of his generation and Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs has recognized Naidoo as one of the “Five faces of African Innovation”. Naidoo’s watershed opening talk at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania on investing in Africa, (attended by global leaders like Larry Page of Google, Bono, Jane Goodall and the Omidyars), remains one of the most watched keynotes on Africa, and the conference, has been viewed by many as playing a key role in helping shift the global dialogue at that time from one of aid to trade. In 2024 Prof. Naidoo was listed as the top 100 most reputable Africans by the Reputation Poll. We are fortunate to have Prof. Naidoo serving as an esteemed member of our board


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