Duke CE has been a part of the African continent for more than a decade, having opened our Johannesburg office in 2008. We quickly came to realize that South Africa, and the broader continent, offered a wide range of opportunities – both to educate and to learn. Our presence in Africa is now two-fold. We work locally with South African clients, spanning industries including financial, government, automotive, and extraction, and we also deliver customised education across the continent to African and global clients. Our presence is headquartered in Johannesburg with about 30 staff members, and we have a strong network of partners across the continent, including in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

As both a global and local company, we are well-positioned to have continental reach, tapping into our ground-level expertise, while at the same time, leveraging our global scale and best practices of our business. We join local insights to cutting-edge global thinking to create truly customised programmes designed to local contexts. With experience in some 30 African countries, we deliver our education in-country, at an immersive level, rather than bringing participants into a brick-and-mortar classroom.

Africa is certainly an economic growth story with its resources, burgeoning business and growth rates, but we believe its biggest story is yet to be written by unlocking the talents of its people. Duke CE is well-placed and excited to join in that journey.



As of March 27, 2020, South Africans will stay at home for 21 days to minimize the spread of coronavirus. Over this time we want to connect with you to let you know that for us at Duke Corporate Education, lock down does not mean shut down. We would like to take this opportunity to reflect, learn and become better leaders, in our personal and professional lives.

Every day we will share one article, webinar or piece of inspiring learning content. We hope you will join us on this journey for #21DaysOfLearning.

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Save the Date for The Davos of Human Capital 2020
26 August 2020

Watch highlights and session recordings from The Davos of Human Capital 2019.

Programme Offerings 2020

Sharmla Chetty, President of Global Markets

Based in Johannesburg, Sharmla is the President of Global Markets for Duke Corporate Education and serves on the board for Duke Corporate Education Africa.  She leads client development, advisory work, and the building of client organizations’ strategic capacity and capabilities. She has experience working in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, and mining and in various regions, including Africa, China, Europe and India. Read an opinion piece on three key areas of HR ripe for digital transformation CHRO South Africa. 

phone: +27 11 575 6241

About Duke Corporate Education

Client Stories

African Bank: Gearing New Grads with Innovative Learning: To attract young talent and differentiate themselves in the marketplace, this firm focuses on gearing GEN Y and GEN Z talent through a new graduate solution. Read more.

Multi-National Steel Manufacturing: Calling Future Leaders to Action: This firm sees leaders as a lever to drive profit, growth and operational excellence. They are‘”future-proofing” their organization in a changing world to build resilience. Read more.

Infusing Creativity to Solve Thorny Problems: Design thinking opens the gateway to innovation that solves problems for internal and external stakeholders. Nedbank South Africa discovered this first hand during a Duke Corporate Education program. Read more.

Recent Media Coverage

Recap of the Davos of Human Capital Event – Interviews with Duke CE Leaders on the Cliff Central Podcast
August 2019

Sharmla Chetty becomes a Duchess – feature in Financial Mail
August 2, 2019

Davos event recap on M-Net Carte Blanche TV Series
July 29, 2019

Unpacking the fourth industrial revolution – Recap of Davos event in eNCA
July 13, 2019

Can Robot Sophia Speak Zulu? – Feature in the Daily Sun
July 12, 2019

 Sharmla Chetty Op Ed in The Star newspaper: The Future Just Arrived – But is South Africa Ready 
June 7, 2019

See more Duke CE press coverage from South Africa and around the world.  


Stuart Griesbach

Managing Director, Africa
phone: +27 11 575 6241

Julia Cook

Director, Network Development Africa
phone: +27 11 575 6241


Johannesburg, South Africa

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