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Athol Williams

Partner, Johannesburg

About Athol

Athol Williams joined Bain in 2019 as a partner in Bain & Company’s Johannesburg office. He is a member of the firm’s global Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility practice.

Athol will lead the firm’s Corporate Responsibility practice locally and oversee the implementation of Bain’s remedy plan in South Africa. He will also serve on the Bain Africa Oversight Board.

He previously worked in Bain’s Boston, London and Johannesburg offices for varying periods between 1996 and 2010.

Athol is an experienced senior executive and expert in corporate responsibility and business strategy, as well as a regular public commentator on social justice and nation-building. He is a multiple-award-winning author of 11 books and a youth literacy activist through Read to Rise, the NGO he founded in 2013.

Athol will split his time between Bain & Company and UCT, where he currently works as a senior lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership in the Graduate School of Business. He is also a research fellow in the Centre for Applied Ethics, Stellenbosch University.

He holds master's degrees from Harvard, MIT, Oxford, LSE and London Business School, as well as undergraduate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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