About Common Purpose South Africa

Common Purpose is an independent non-profit company that aims to create better leaders at work and in society. It runs leadership development and Cultural Intelligence programmes in many parts of the world.

Common Purpose South Africa was established in 2000. It is one of a number of international Common Purpose entities that operates under a licence agreement with the Common Purpose Charitable Trust.

Common Purpose South Africa has a BBBEE classification of level TWO, with company registration number 2000/016751/08. Its NPO number is 021-615-NPO. Common Purpose delivers programmes in a number of cities in South Africa.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Common Purpose South Africa is governed by an independent Board of Directors. They are responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organization. Common Purpose Directors serve pro bono.

Africa Advisory Panel

Common Purpose South Africa enjoys the support of an Advisory Panel, who help us keep up to date with developments in their sector, encourage people from all backgrounds and sectors to apply to attend our leadership courses so that the open programme participant groups are extremely diverse, and ensure we maintain our independence. The Advisory Panel is voluntary and has no legal, financial, or managerial responsibility for Common Purpose.

South Africa Advisory Group

  • Arthur Manning
  • Charlene Deacon
  • Ian Utermohlen
  • Ish Mkhabela
  • Thabang Mabuza
  • Thabo Mopasi
  • Unati Mgandela

Contact us



Common Purpose South Africa
C/o The Johannesburg Development Agency
The Bus Factory
3 Helen Joseph Street
Newtown, Johannesburg 2113


Tel: +27 72 751 8540

Email: southafrica@commonpurpose.org

Work with us

Common Purpose is dynamic, ambitious and still growing. With a 30 year track record of helping leaders create change at both a local and global level, we are now established as one of the world’s largest leadership development organizations. 

Operating globally in a time of constant change, we know that what we need will be constantly changing too. However, who we need will stay the same. As a result, our philosophy is to hire the right person, not just fill a role. We are looking for people who share our vision and brand values; serious, passionate and real. People who are leaders. People who want to be part of making a difference.

To view current vacancies, please click here.