Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
François is a medical doctor and former founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, established at the University of Cape Town in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. He served as Director for seven years and is now Adjunct Associate Professor.
The Bertha Centre has become a leading centre advancing the discourse and systemic impact of social innovation in Africa. François led teams that embedded social innovation in the core curriculum of the MBA; established a new Master’s in Inclusive Innovation; developed three innovation hubs, and introduced the first social impact bonds in Africa.
François’s career spans 20 years in clinical medicine, humanitarian programmes, public-private partnerships, and innovative social initiatives.
François attained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town with the Gold Medal as the top graduate; a Master’s in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and an MBA (with the Saïd Prize as the top overall graduate) from Saïd Business School. He has been recognised as a Rhodes Scholar; Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow and World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow.
François serves as Associate Fellow of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the School, and as Visiting Faculty at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. He is a Board member of the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education.
François has published his work in articles, reviews, cases and opinion pieces on social innovation and health.
He is currently working on a book on the systems work of social change, to be published by Oxford University Press.
François has taught extensively at graduate and executive levels at the University of Cape Town, the University of Oxford and the Geneva Graduate Institute.
He has previously taught:
- Innovations in Global Health: advancing access and equity
- A free online course on Coursera: Becoming a Changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation