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Erwin Schwella studied Law, Sociology and Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University.

He is Emeritus Professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University and Professor of Public Leadership at Tilburg Universities and a Professorial Fellow at Leiden University. Currently he is setting up a School for Social Innovation at the Hugenote University College in South Africa.

He held visiting academic positions at renowned universities, including the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Leiden University and Leuven University.

He is well published with more than 100 academic publications. He has completed many high level consultancies for governments globally.

He is globally involved in senior leadership education and training in governance.

Current research interests include socially innovative leadership in governance and is rated researcher in South Africa.


The professional world is changing at a rapid rate, Rob and his Associates at GLI have provided our organization the tools to develop our current leaders and prepare our future leaders to assume their roles in this rapidly changing environment. Whether you have been in a leadership for years or are new to a leadership position, GLI will prepare you to be a dynamic leader in todays’ workplace. Rob’s approach is welcoming and engaging making the learning experience very enjoyable.


Imagine being one of 12 presenters competing to make a positive impact on an audience and you only 9-minutes to do so. Now imagine being rated the best presenter. You’d be thrilled as Rob should be when he fully engaged our audience of HR professionals and leaders. His topic on visionary leadership in a turbulent world was on point, his depth of knowledge formidable, his delivery powerful, his style interactive, and he is approachable one-on-one. Truly a leader who walks his talk.

Vera Asanin, President & Editor-in-Chief, Your Workplace

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