Jonathan Cook

CALA Leadership Team

Jonathan Cook

Chairman & Co-Founder, African Management Institute

Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in management education, facilitation, coaching and consulting. Prior to founding AMI, Jonathan spent almost 10 years at GIBS, one of Africa’s leading Business Schools, where he served at various times as a senior lecturer, the Director of Executive Education, Academic Director, Executive Director and finally Director of the Business School till December 2013. He developed a faculty development programme (‘Teaching the Practice of Management’) which was rolled out to top business schools across Africa and chaired the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), leading activities dealing with faculty member training and Dean/Director development.

Before that, he spent 14 years as a faculty member at Wits Business School, where he founded the Management Development Unit and later became Director of Academic Programmes.  A qualified counselling psychologist, Jonathan also spent 10 years with the National Institute for Personnel Research in Johannesburg, finally as Head of Assessment and Counselling.  Jonathan continues to teach part-time at GIBS in the areas of leadership and personal development and is chairman and chief consultant of Thornhill Associates, where he advises companies in developing and implementing leadership development processes using customised 360-degree questionnaires.

He is a past chairman of the Association of African Business Schools and of community organisations Tomorrow Trust and Bizschool.

The Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) is made possible with the friendly support of:

German Cooperation