Jonathan Foster-Pedley

Dean & Director
Henley Business School Africa

Jonathan is Dean and Director of Henley Business School Africa, part of the internationally triple accredited Henley Business School of the University of Reading, UK.

He has been a visiting professor in strategy, creativity and innovation. He was the faculty member for strategy at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB) for the MBA and other programmes and has held significant leadership positions there, including that of designer and launch director of the Executive MBA, head of executive education etc. He has lived in France, UK, New Zealand, South Africa and has over 35 years of international business experience in demanding environments, including 6 years as a sales manager with UK’s largest exporter on complex and high value international sales in the aerospace industry and for 5 years as a marketing director of a European collaboration with airbus, Aerospatiale and other partners. He has worked in many countries in Europe, Africa, Australasia and the Middle East. He has contributed in leadership positions on a number of government and business committees and ventures in Africa, Australia and the UK. Starting his career as a scholarship winner to military academy and an officer in the Royal Air Force.

He is also a dedicated family man with two young children, and is interested in wildlife, conservation, guitar and education.

His career has three key threads – one professional thread as a commercial pilot; one commercial and corporate thread as an international executive, business starter, change agent, and business winner; and one academic thread as a dean, academic, teacher, education designer and programme director. These three threads give him an interesting breadth of insights for the education industry.