Prof. Brian Ganson

Prof. Brian Ganson is Adjuct Associate Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Mangement at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. He also holds appointments as Head of the Africa Center for Dispute Settlement and Extraordinary Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School; Senior Fellow, Council on Emerging Market Enterprises of the Fletcher School, Tufts University; and Research Associate with the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding of the Graduate Institute Geneva. He has trained business executives, diplomats, attorneys and civil society leaders in negotiation and conflict management through the Harvard Negotiation Project and other leading institutions for more than 25 years.


An expert on socio-political risk management, conflict prevention, collaboration and third party roles in post-conflict and other complex environments, he consults to companies, governments, international organisations and civil society. Examples of his advisory work include assessing with an international gold mining company conflict risks in a West African country; exploring with a development NGO strategies for mining affecting communities in the DRC; conducting a 360° stakeholder survey to identify the barriers to development of a comprehensive extractive industries policy in a Latin American country; and helping ameliorate social conflict with a development agency in Kosovo engaged in large-scale agricultural development projects. He has counseled UN agencies on their operations in the context of violent socio-political conflicts; advised UNDP on their extractives industries strategy for Africa; and was Chair of the Expert Panel for the evaluation of the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in post-crisis transition. His work helps multi-national corporations, development agencies, and inter-governmental organizations meet their full range of goals in emerging economies and post-conflict societies.


His forthcoming book (with Achim Wennmann) is entitled Business and Conflict in Fragile States. Among other publications, he is also editor and lead author of the book, Management in Complex Environments: Questions for Leaders.