The Ethics Institute is governed by a Board of Directors who serve on a pro bono basis and are compensated only for direct expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The board ensures that TEI delivers on its purpose, and that it creates sustainable value for its stakeholders. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that TEI complies with all laws and regulations applicable to non-profit organisations in South Africa.

Ms Fay Hoosain

Fay is a qualified lawyer and notary and holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town and an LLM from the University of South Africa. She is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Fluor Corporation, which is headquartered in the United States. Previously, she was the CEO of BigTicket Items Proprietary Limited, a niche governance and corporate reporting firm and a member of the Technical Working Group of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa. Prior to that Fay held several executive roles at Sasol Limited, including that of Senior Vice President: Office of the President and CEO, and Senior Vice President: Governance, Compliance and Ethics. Fay joined the Board of TEI in 2019.

Fay was elected as the Non-Executive Chairperson to the Board on 26 October 2022. Fay assumed the Chairperson position on 1 April 2023.

“When faced with an ethical dilemma, the easiest and most popular decision is not always the right one. Ethical leaders are often called upon to walk a lonely and difficult path.”

Mr Mohamed Adam

Mr Mohamed Adam

Mohamed is a qualified lawyer who attained his LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Essex in the UK. He holds the position of General Counsel and General Manager Regulatory Affairs at ArcelorMittal South Africa. Previously, he held various professional and management positions at Eskom. Mohamed is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and was appointed Deputy Chair of the Committee in 2022. He joined the Board of TEI in 2011, resigned in 2019 whilst on an extended sabbatical, and was reappointed to the Board in May 2020.

Mr Adam was elected as the first Lead Independent Director to the Board on 26 October 2022. Mr Adam assumed the Lead Independent Director position on 1 April 2023.

“Good governance and effective leadership starts with leading oneself. One must first ask what could I, or should I, have done.”

Dr. Liezl Groenewald

Liezl joined The Ethics Institute in 2008 after 19 years in the Public Service in various roles. She is the immediate past president of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa), chair of the Social and Ethics Committee Forum of the IoDSA, chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Council member of CPUT and member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance. She is a lecturer at Management Centre Innsbruck, a business school in Austria, and a faculty member of the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA). In addition, she serves on the Advisory Boards of BEN-Africa and Visslan (a Swedish whistleblowing hotline service provider) and is a co-founding director of The Whistleblower House. Dr Groenewald was appointed CEO Elect of The Ethics Institute on 15 January 2024, and assumed the Chief Executive Officer position on 1 April 2024.

“Ethics guides individuals, organisations, and societies in making decisions that prioritise fairness, justice, and well-being, thus fostering a harmonious and just environment conducive to the common good.”

Prof. Deon Rossouw

Deon was a Professor of Philosophy and has served as the Head of the Philosophy Departments at both Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Pretoria. He is currently Extraordinary Professor in Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch. He is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and has been recognized as a Chartered Director by the IoDSA. Deon joined TEI in 2010, was the Chief Executive Officer for TEI from 2011 to 2024 and a member of the Board since 2011.

“At The Ethics Institute we believe that ethics is the cornerstone of safe, just and prosperous societies.”

Prof Arnold Smit

Prof. Arnold Smit

Arnold holds a Master’s in Applied Ethics and a Doctorate in Theology from Stellenbosch University. He is an extraordinary associate professor at Stellenbosch Business School and the IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia) where he lectures on responsible leadership and corporate responsibility and sustainability. He is furthermore the owner and director of WisePraxis (Pty) Ltd, a trustee of SEED Educational Trust, a past president of the Business Ethics Network of Africa, and a former board member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. Arnold joined the Board of TEI in May 2019.

“We learn more from good questions than quick answers.”

Divya Singh

Prof. Divya Singh

Divya holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of South Africa and a second Masters in Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne. She is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a Certified Ethics Officer. Divya was Vice-Principal Advisory and Assurance Services at Unisa, and is currently the Chief Academic Officer at STADIO Holdings Ltd and was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at Walter Sisulu University in 2022. She serves on the board of Divya joined the Board of TEI in 2019.

“Organisations will not transform unless they have accountable transformational leaders.”

Fulvio Tonelli

Mr Fulvio Tonelli

Fulvio was accredited as a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) in January 1987 and was admitted as partner at PWC in July 1992. He served in the role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer of PwC for some 12 years until 30 June 2019 and as a partner of PwC until his formal retirement from the firm on 30 June 2020. Fulvio currently serves as Non-Executive Director on the boards of ABSA, Life Healthcare Group Holdings and Equities Property Fund and was appointed as the Chairperson of the IRBA board in June 2021. Fulvio joined the Board of TEI in May 2021.

“Without integrity there is no ethics.”

Ms Imogen Mkhize

Imogen holds a BSc in Information Systems (Rhodes) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the chairperson of Ata Capital – a cross-sectoral fund manager based in Johannesburg. She is also a director of Imbewu Capital Partners – a private equity and investment holding company. Her former executive roles include managing director of Lucent Technologies SA and CEO of the 18th World Petroleum Congress. Previously, she chaired the Richards Bay Coal Terminal and held numerous directorships in public and private companies including Sasol Limited, Mondi Group, Alan Gray, Murray & Roberts, MTN South Africa, KPMG South Africa, and others. Imogen is a long-standing member of the Rhodes University Board of Governors and an emeritus member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. The World Economic Forum recognised her as a ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’ in 2001. She was awarded Chartered Director status by the Institute of Directors (loDSA) in 2013 and received the ‘Distinguished Old Rhodian’ award from Rhodes University in August 2014. She joined the Board of TEl in 2013.

Ms Mkhize stepped down from the Chairperson position on 31 March 2023. She served in this capacity from 2019 to 2023.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Prof. Leon van Vuuren

Leon holds a doctoral degree in Industrial Psychology. He was a professor in the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg for 26 years where he taught Industrial Psychology and Professional Ethics. Leon is currently an Adjunct Professor in Organisational Psychology at the University of Cape Town. He joined TEI in 2014 and was appointed to the Board in 2016.

“The key to meaning is falling asleep at night, knowing that you made a difference to the ethics of the world around you.”

Malik Melamu

Mr Malik Melamu

Malik graduated from the University of Botswana with a Bachelor of Law and is a Certified Ethics Officer with The Ethics Institute. He is the Board Chairperson of Kgori Capital Pty Ltd, a Botswana-based asset management company, and also serves as an MTN Director for Econet Wireless Citizens Limited. Malik currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at Irancell. He joined the Board of TEI in January 2021.

“We are in a world where through much easier access to information driven by rapid digitisation, we are seeing to what extent our ethical fibre has deteriorated whether organisational, in leadership, society or communities.”

Reuel Khoza

Dr Reuel Khoza

Reuel holds a BA Hons in Psychology (University of the North), MA in Marketing (University of Lancaster, UK), EngD in Business Leadership (Warwick University UK), an LLD honoris causa (Rhodes University), a D Econ honoris causa (University of Free State), and LLD honoris causa (Warwick University). Reuel is the President of the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA) as well as a Chartered Director. He is Emeritus Professor Extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School Visiting Professor at Rhodes Business School, the University of Free State Business School,and Wits Business School, as well as Chancellor of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Reuel is the current Chairperson of Discovery Holdings and Assupol Group. He was awarded the All Africa Business Leadership Lifetime Award in 2022. Reuel joined the Board of TEI in 2019.

“A vision without attendant implementation is at best an illusion, at worst, hallucination.”