Richard Calland

Based: Cape Town

Constitutional Lawyer and Political Analyst, Calland is based at the University of Cape Town where he is an associate professor in public law, is co-founding partner of political economy consultancy The Paternoster Group and author of Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa’s next three decades

Now based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, Richard Calland has for more than twenty years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Calland is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), serving as a member of faculty on a range of customised leadership and strategy programmes for amongst others the World Bank, PWC, the African Development Bank, Nedbank, Namdeb, Network Rail and Tata, and is now leading its Africa Initiative, which is focused on investment choices in sustainable infrastructure. Amongst other corporate clients, he is a long-time retained consultant to Massmart, Africa’s largest retailer that was acquired by Walmart in 2012, advising on issues of politics and governance, as well as providing regular briefings to the investor clients of UBS, Ernst & Young and Citi, and has recently established a new advisory organisation – The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight. Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law for seven years at the London Bar. A prominent political analyst and columnist for the Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa, his most recent book Make or Break: How the next three years will shape South Africa’s next three decades was published in September 2016 by Penguin Random House.

Talk titles:
From Trump to Malema: Joining the dots between the global and domestic politics
Make or Break: Six Big Questions that will set South Africa’s course for the next 30 years
Relishing Complexity: the core attribute of the modern day professional/lawyer
People, Planet and Profits: Why the Sustainable Development Goals have to succeed
Why Radical Economic Transformation is here to stay and what corporate leaders should be doing in response.
A career in the law: from activist to academic and everything in between.

 

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