Currently, Professor Edward Christian Kieswetter is President of the Da Vinci Institute, a Technology Management and Managerial Leadership School, which contributes towards socio-economic development and transformation. He is also active as a Director of several companies and an Investor in the local Innovation scene. He also participates in the activities of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, which was formed in 2008 to continue the legacy of anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, and his generation of visionaries. His colleagues describe Prof Kieswetter as a life-long leadership scholar and a voice of reason in the business world.
Prof Kieswetter has had a prolific and remarkable career. He served as group Chief Executive for the Alexander Forbes Group Holdings from 2010 to 2016. Under Edward’s leadership, the company restored its institutional integrity and financial performance, rebuilding a reputation and ethos of trustworthiness. He had been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Shoprite Holdings Ltd. since 2010 and also their Lead Independent Director since October 19, 2015. In his previous roles as the Deputy Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) from 2004 to 2009 and as Senior Executive at Eskom 1992 to 2000.
Edward led groundbreaking change management Programmes for which he was recognised as engendering positive growth in difficult times. Prior to that, Prof Kieswetter was a Lecturer & Divisional Head at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Athlone Technikon from 1984 to 1991 and an Electronics & Instrumentation Engineer at Caltex Refinery from1981 to 1983.
In 1991, he became an Academic Associate (Cognitive Development) at Harvard University. Prof Kieswetter then completed an M.S.Ed (Cognitive Development) at UWC in 1996, followed by an MBA from Henley UK in 2001, and M.Com (cum laude) from North West University (NWU) in 2007. Prof Kieswetter’s academic highlights include serving then as a Visiting Professor at the Da Vinci Institute in 2016. In 2015, he was reappointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Free State (UFS).