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Dr Lisa Kinnear

 Director of Academics


Lisa is the  Director of Academics at TWIMS. She is responsible for overseeing the delivery of TWIMS’ formal manufacturing focussed academic programmes in partnership with GIBS. In addition to this, she supervises MBA students and lectures on the “Women in Manufacturing” GIBS Manufacturing Focus MBA elective and on TWIMS’ executive short courses.


Lisa’s specialisations include leadership coaching, team development and organisational change. She has extensive experience designing and implementing leadership development initiatives for numerous medium-sized businesses, corporations and non-governmental organisations spanning the sugar, forestry, packaging, manufacturing, health services, software development and education sectors. Most recently, Lisa has collaborated as a co-author on “Women Courageous”, a book that uses her PhD Power Tensions Model to tell the stories of courageous women from around the world.



In addition to her roles at TWIMS, Lisa is currently a Partner and Co-founder at Leadership Insight. She has lectured in management faculties and facilitated on executive programmes at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Wits Business School and the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She has previously held positions at De Beers, Investec Bank, and has over 22 years of experience as an independent consultant.

Contact Lisa


Phone: +27 (0)31 767 5202



PhD in Organisational Leadership (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Master of Management in Strategic Human Resources (University of the Witwatersrand)

BA in Speech and Drama, English and History (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Higher Diploma in Education (University of KwaZulu-Natal)