- Director, Synergy Global, South Africa
Paul Kapelus is Director of Synergy Global Consulting, a company that works with business, government and civil society on understanding and managing social innovation and risk to optimize the role of business in development. With offices in the UK, Qatar and South Africa, his company provides research, systems design, capacity building and conflict resolution services for investments in the natural resource sector and support for public-private partnerships. Kapelus was a founding Director of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Buyani Education Trust and is Chair of the Human Rights Working Group of the Global Compact in South Africa. He is also on the board of the Southern Agricultural Growth corridor of Tanzania. Kapelus holds an MA in Social Anthropology from Sussex University, United Kingdom, where he specialized in multinational mining companies and corporate social responsibility, and has an honours degree from the University of Witwatersrand, where he undertook anthropology research in a migrant workers' hostel during the political transition in South Africa.