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Athol Williams

Executive Director, READ to RISE


Born in Cape Town South Africa

Partner: Bain & Company, Adjunct Professor: University of the Witwatersrand

Contact details

atholwilliams@hotmail.com


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Professional details

Current Position(s)

Executive Director | READ to RISE
2013 - present

We distribute and read books to Grade 2 and 3 students in disadvantaged communities of South Africa. We rely on donations to pay for books and rely on volunteers to visit schools to read. More at www.readtorise.co.za


Chairman, Co-Founder | Inkunzi Capital (Pty) Ltd
2006 - present

Diversified investment company; portfolio has included engineering, property, media and retail.


Non-Executive Chairman (Founder) | Taurus Associates
2003 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Strategy Advisory to Corporates, Investment Firms, NPOs and Government


Previous Position(s)

Chairman, Founder | Taurus School Solutions
Cape Town, South Africa | 2011 - 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Taurus School Solutions helps improve performance of schools in disadvantaged areas of South Africa through whole school development


Director | Wits Enterprise (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2012

Academia, Education and Training


Chairman | The Family Life Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2013

Social Development and Community Services


Partner | Bain & Company South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2010

Consulting and Project Management


Adjunct Professor | School of Governance | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2012

Academia, Education and Training


Chairman | Shalamuka Capital
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2008 - 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Portfolio Executive | RMB Corvest
Illovo | 2008 - 2009

Director, Group Strategy | Old Mutual South Africa
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2008

Director | Old Mutual South Africa
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2008

Advisory Board Member | Centre for Entrepreneurship | Wits Business School
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2007 - 2010

Academia, Education and Training


Board Member | Exco of Convocation | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2007 - 2010

Academia, Education and Training


Managing Director | Taurus Associates
Johannesburg | 2003 - 2007

Managing Director | Taurus Associates
Johannesburg | 2003 - 2007

Group Strategy Executive | Old Mutual South Africa
Cape Town | 2002 - 2002

Business Evaluation Executive | Rio Tinto Plc
London | 1997 - 1999

Strategy Consultant | Bain & Company South Africa
Boston | 1996 - 1997

Strategy Consultant | Bain & Company
Boston, United States of America | 1996 - 2001

Consulting and Project Management


Graduate Engineer | Boart International | ANGLO AMERICAN PLC
Sandton | 1992 - 1994

Educational history

Tertiary

University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom | October 2015 - present

MPhil - Political Theory

London School of Economics and Political Science

London, United Kingdom | October 2013 - September 2014

MSc - Political Theory

Harvard Kennedy School

Boston, South Africa | June 2012 - June 2013

Masters in Public Administration - Public Policy, Social Development, Political Philosophy

London Business School

London, United Kingdom | September 1997 - June 1999

Master of Science - Corporate Finance

M.I.T. Sloan School of Management

Boston, South Africa | September 1994 - June 1996

Master of Business Administration - Strategy

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 1988 - December 1992

Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering

Achievements

Awards

Lucius N. Littauer Award | 2013

Harvard University

Wits Alumni Volunteer Award | 2009

University of the Witwatersrand

media exposure

Review | Business Day | 2006

Author

Activities

Memberships

NAFCOC-JCCI

Council Member, 2005 - 2007

Institute of Directors of South Africa

Member, 2005 - present

(Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals) ABSIP

Member, 2006 - present

Poetry Society of America

Member

Black Management Forum

Member, 2005 - present

Convocation of the University of the Witwatersrand

Elected Member, 2006 - present

Global Future Leaders panel

Member, 1998 - present

Foundation for the Development of Africa

Member, 2005 - present

Institute of Industrial Engineers, USA

Member, 1998 - present

community

Read to Rise

Executive Director, September 2013 - present

Promote youth literacy in under-resourced communities

Other Activities

Author

Oaky and the Sun (2013)
Oaky the Happy Tree (2015)

Poet

Heap of Stones (2009)
Talking to a Tree (2011)
Bumper Cars (2015)

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