Lincoln Mali (Distinguished Old Rhodian Award)


Lincoln Camagu Mali is an outstanding internationally accredited graduate of Rhodes.  He is innovative, analytical, articulate, balanced and adaptable and has a lifelong love of learning.

He obtained his BA (1990) and an LLB (1992) from Rhodes, completed an MBA (2006) at Henley Management College in the UK, and capped it all off with an Advanced Management Programme (2013) from Harvard Business School in the United States.

While at Rhodes, Lincoln was a prominent student activist - President of the Black Student Movement, Eastern Cape Chairperson of the South African National Student Congress (SANSCO) and became the founding National Vice President of the South African Student Congress (SASCO) which was launched at Rhodes after the merger of NUSAS and SANSCO.

Lincoln started his professional career in 1993 as a Candidate Attorney and in 1994 joined the new South African government as Ministerial Spokesperson and Advisor to the then Minister of Education, Prof SME Bengu.

In 1997 he became a General Manager at the Banking Council and in 2001 joined Standard Bank as a Senior Manager at their Corporate & Investment Banking Division (CIB). He has progressed through many positions at the bank and in 2013 he was appointed as the Regional Executive Head, Western Region, Personal and Business Banking Africa with responsibility for Angola, DRC, Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria.

Lincoln is passionate about Leadership issues and in particular mentoring and supporting young people within the Standard Bank Group throughout Africa. He has written extensively on African leadership under the banner “Conversations with Lincoln”, which is a platform aimed at leaders and aspirant leaders across the continent. This has now been launched as a Leadership Blog with a readership across the African continent.

He is a generous donor to the causes that he supports from soup kitchens, to sport sponsorship and is the co-founder and financial contributor to the Rhodes University Black Students Alumni Fund.

Lincoln Mali is highly deserving of a Distinguished Old Rhodian Award as he explicitly demonstrates how to be a true leader and living up to the slogan “Where leaders learn”.


Lincoln Mali's Acceptance Speech

Lincoln Camagu Mali
30 August 2014