Sir Jose Bright
Sir Jose Bright has just relocated back to the US, after living and working on the African continent for the last 20 years, where he served as Director of the Bright Group Management Services, a South African based management consulting firm established in 1999.
His areas of expertise include strategic management & change management , people-centered community development, thought leadership & personal branding, executive coaching, management development, entrepreneurial development, diversity & conflict management, human resource development & management, organizational development , and project management.
His consulting work has taken him to provide technical support to all levels of government in South Africa, regional organizations like the Southern African Development Community and the Media Institute of Southern Africa as well as continental organizations such as: the Pan African Parliament, the African Capacity Development Foundation, the NEPAD and the African Lawyers Without Borders. Sir Bright has also worked with the international donor community (e.g., ACBF, USAID, CIDA, SIDA, GTZ, DFID, DANIDA, UNDP and World Bank).
Sir Bright has authored high school business studies textbooks, endorsed by the Wits Business School for MacMillan Publishing. He has lectured part-time at the University of the Witswatersrand on principles of management, strategic management, entrepreneurship and project management. He was a frequent popular and guest lecturer at the Wits Business School on social entrepreneurship, corporate social investment and business incubation of cooperatives and SMMEs. He also lectured at the University of Johannesburg to final year community development and leadership degree candidates. He has supervised community development interns from the University of Johannesburg placed with community organizations. He has also tutored South African government officials participating in the University of London, Centre for Financial & Management Studies and Centre for Education in Economic and Finance.Africa masters program.
Due to his consulting work with national and provincial departments of education, in 2001 Sir Bright founded Teboho Trust – a highly successful and sought after people-centered supplemental educational platform for orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescents as well as a small business development / incubation component for the caregivers of the OVCs in Soweto, South Africa. The model is supported, owned and managed by the community and receives international acknowledgement and acclaim.
Sir Bright is a former board member of the University of Johannesburg Advisory Board on Community Engagement and founding member and board member of Amazing Grace African Church of God. He was a mentor for the Allen Gray Orbis Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Program and was a fellow in the Gordon Institute of Business Science ImagiNation program for senior leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
A prolific public speaker, he has delivered numerous keynote addresses and talks both locally and internationally in the areas of authentic and strategic leadership, thought leadership, social entrepreneurship, community development, global educatio,n and the democratization of Africa and its strategic participation in globalization. He has given a TEDx Talk in Grand Rapids and was interviewed by ABC Nightline for his humanitarian efforts in South Africa, and has been interviewed by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on his community development work.
Sir Bright is a Knight of Honor in the Orthodox Order of St. John Russian Grand Priory – the oldest Christian humanitarian order in the world dating back to 1046 AD, which is under the spiritual protection of the Russian Orthodox Churches and the imperial protection of the Royal House of Romanov. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish literature from Loyola Marymount University as well as a Juris Doctor in Law from Loyola Law School, both in Los Angeles, California. When he previously resided in the USA, he was licensed to practice law by both the Supreme Court of the State of California and the Court of Appeals in Washington, DC.
Prior to 1995, Sir Bright served in senior appointed positions in government (in both the legislative and executive branches), as well as in a government think tank, the private sector, and several public boards and commissions in Washington, DC.