Prof Lyal White

Prof. Lyal White is the founding Senior Director of the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. With a Pan-African focus on growing and scaling small business, the JBS is committed to innovative business education with a purpose, toward a sustained contextual impact.
He is an Associate Professor in International Business with a focus on comparative political economy and strategy in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Prof. White is widely published in news media, academic journals and books, and a regular commentator in popular media. He has worked in a range of sectors covering themes from investment rationale, strategy, competitiveness, management and leadership in new and complex markets to reform, growth and development in Africa and Latin America.
A key area of interest lies in understanding the complexity and opportunity around context, and how this relates to a global mindset. How firms and individuals improve their competitive performance and a balance with purpose in new markets is key. With an interest in new and alternative measures of country and firm-level performance, Prof. White has undertaken various studies around institutions and economic performance, notably the GIBS Dynamic Market Index (DMI), a bi-annual publication which measures and compares institutional progress and performance in markets across the globe. Much of this research and writing emphasises context-driven strategy, covered in the many academic and executive programmes he runs, and his advisory work around the world.
Prof. White has vast experience in ‘on-the-ground’ research and advisory on strategy, political economy, policy and business impact in new markets – especially in Africa and Latin America. To this end, he has championed a diversity of initiatives and publications, and worked with a wide range of clients in various countries seeking fresh opportunities, always deeply conscious of purpose and impact in the social, cultural and political domain.
Prof. White has lived and worked in South Africa, Rwanda, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and the US, and is associated with a number of institutions across the globe. He is a board member and faculty on the Global Leadership Programme with the Conscious Leadership Institute. He is also Chair of the Eye Gym advisory board. Prof. White was previously at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria, and has taught at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, Science Po – Bordeaux, France, and the Kelly School of Business – Indiana University. He lectures regularly at CEDEP in Fontainebleau, France, Strathmore Business School in Kenya, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at UC Berkeley in the US.
Prof. White is committed to purpose-driven business with a deep cultural understanding and impact. The right measures of performance are key. He is of the firm belief that strong institutions and connectedness will harness long-term prosperity for people and organisations across the globe.