About Rowan Belchers
Rowan, as a Founder and CEO himself, believes strongly that leadership is the most impactful and critical lever for business performance and has spent the last two decades honing his craft in this area.
Rowan is an African, first and foremost. He finds his purpose by building a tribe of remarkable CEOs across the African continent, all of whom create their own impact through their people, customers and communities.
Having spent his formative years growing up in Cape Town during South Africa’s transition away from Apartheid, Rowan’s family emigrated to the USA in 1989 where he attended Berkeley University, studying a Bachelor of Science at The Haas Undergraduate School of Business. Upon graduating Rowan entered the management consulting field in San Francisco working for three years in the heyday of process re-engineering.
In 1997 Rowan left the west coast to join General Electric in New York, a company he would remain with for the next 10 years, including a 4-year stint in San Francisco, where he worked across the full cycle of the internet boom and bust at the turn of the millennium.
In 2002 Rowan received his US citizenship and moved back to South Africa to contribute to the building of a young South African democracy. He started a Cape Town branch of a JHB-based management consultancy, The Win Win Group, which he successfully ran before founding Lockstep, a specialist leadership consultancy in 2007 where he has since honed his own CEO skills.
As Rowan deepened his skills as a global leadership practitioner and advisor to CEOs, he studied at Harvard Business School and has since practiced his leadership craft across Africa in Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique and Nigeria, as well as through consulting for large multinationals in China, Argentina, London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico and India.