Professor Stella M. Nkomo is Deputy Dean for Research and Post-graduate Studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She holds a Ph. D. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts (USA) and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. Her internationally acclaimed research on race and gender in organizations, leadership, human resource management and managing diversity appears in numerous journals. She is co-author (with Professor Ella Bell) of the critically acclaimed Harvard Business School Press book, Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity; and the recently published, Courageous Conversations: A Collection of Interviews and Reflections on Responsible Leadership by South African Captains of Industry. She is National Research Foundation B1-rated researcher and elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Professor Nkomo is former Chair of the Women-in-Management Division of the Academy of Management. She received the 2009 Sage Scholarly Contributions Award (Academy of Management) her contributions to gender and diversity research in organizations. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Woman Scholar in the Social Sciences Award from the Department of Science and Technology (South Africa). In 2014, she received the National Research Foundation Champion of Research Capacity Award. She currently is the President of the Africa Academy of Management.
Professor Nkomo is a sought after consultant for both profit and not-for-profit and has assisted organizations with issues of diversity management, leadership development, leading change, and managing human resources in South Africa, USA and Europe.