Register: UCT Virtual Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture with guest speaker Colin Coleman

Topic: “From a two-speed economy to one for all South Africans
Date:     Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Time:    18:00
Platform:    Microsoft Teams live event

About our speaker:

Colin Coleman is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where with effect January 2020 he is teaching a course “Africa: doing business in the last frontier of global growth”. He is presently also serving as a senior advisor to the Eurasia Group, and is a non-executive member of the Board of The Foschini Group (TFG).

Coleman retired at the end 2019 as chief executive officer of Sub-Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs. He had been head of the Johannesburg office of Goldman Sachs since he joined Goldman Sachs in 2000. Coleman was named by Goldman Sachs a managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010.

In his almost twenty year career at Goldman Sachs, Coleman was a member of the Investment Banking Services EMEA Captains Group and a member of the Growth Markets Franchise Group. In 2013, he authored Two Decades of Freedom, a Goldman Sachs report on South Africa’s progress since 1994.

In the 1980s, Coleman was involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and later in its constitutional transition. From 1989 to 1994, he was an executive director for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). He served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections.

In 1994, Coleman was appointed advisor to the Standard Bank chairman. He was then appointed director of public finance for Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. In1997, Coleman relocated to London, where he became a vice president of energy, power and oil for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Advisory Department.

In 1996, Coleman was nominated as one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He was also a recipient on behalf of the CBM of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” in 1994 and was named one of Euromoney's World Top Ten "Financing Leaders for the 21st Century."

Coleman is co-chairman of the Youth Employment Service ("YES"), and a member of the Steering Committee of the CEO Initiative in South Africa . He served as a member of the Board of Directors of both Business Leadership South Africa and the National Business Initiative.

Coleman earned a BA in Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988.