Sharmla Chetty of Duke Corporate Education Promoted to President of Global Markets

Sharmla Chetty has been promoted to Duke Corporate Education’s President of Global Markets, effective immediately. She was previously the President for Africa and Global Managing Director for Europe. As part of her new role, Chetty will lead Duke CE’s global client business in customized executive education.

Chetty opened the South Africa office in 2007 and helped build Duke CE into Africa’s preeminent leadership development provider. Duke CE was ranked #1 in Africa according to The Financial Times 2019 rankings for custom executive education.

“Organizations must have agile leaders across all levels,” said Chetty. “Never before has it been more important for leaders to be lifelong learners and remain curious. Duke CE has been at the forefront in disrupting executive education for 20 years and moving forward I am most honored and humbled to lead the global strategy and market growth efforts around the world.”

CEO Michael Chavez said: “Sharmla’s success in building Duke CE in Africa and Europe over the years has been astounding. I am delighted that all of our global markets will be able to draw upon her energy and creativity so we can collectively prepare leaders to face new challenges and shape a better future for their organizations.”

Chetty is passionate about the development of female leaders and youth. She founded the Women Leading Africa Board Leadership initiative to increase the representation of women on boards and is one of the founding members of a mentoring circle designed to expose South African youth to business. As part of the Davos of Human Capital event, Chetty also launched the #MillionYoungMinds live stream to get young people ready for the technology changes impacting our society. The event featured Sophia the Robot and was focused on how artificial intelligence will impact the future.


Notable Thought Leadership by Sharmla Chetty 

People are at the heart of digitized HR 

Overcoming adversity as a female leader

How the MTN Group is grappling with uncertainty

Interview with Sharmla Chetty and Sophia the Robot by Carte Blanche TV