Gerhard Vorster has held senior leadership positions in Deloitte for the last 18 years, notably as Managing Partner for South Africa, East Asia, Australia and Asia Pacific.
Chair, Industry Advisory Board & Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte Australia
Gerhard’s current role is the Chief Strategy Officer for Deloitte in Australia and the Consulting Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte in Asia Pacific. He also leads the Deloitte innovation program in Australia – both internally and as a service offering.
A professional civil engineer by original training with a MBA (Cum Laude), Gerhard’s specific professional interests include turnarounds, repositioning and releasing value out of organisations. He is also a proven leader of senior teams.
Gerhard’s commitment to continuous learning is reflected in attending a number of executive development programs at Harvard, Kellogg and IMD over the last 10 years. He also applies these learnings through the creation of new intellectual property by working with Michael Raynor (co-author of The Innovators Solution and The Strategy Paradox) on the application of disruptive innovation in organisations and has both a theoretical and practical grasp of effective innovation. Gerhard recently co-authored a book with Mehrdad Baghai (author of The Alchemy of Growth and Granularity of Growth) on getting large groups of people to work productively together to achieve common objectives (As One).
He also holds a number of board positions:
- Advisory member of Deakin CEIC Advisory Board (current)
- eMue Holdings (current)
- Deloitte South Africa (1994-1999)
- Deloitte Centre for Collective Leadership
He has published widely on the topic of innovation and education and often delivers speeches and participates in forums.
Gerhard has executive responsibility for the Deloitte initiative in Higher Education in Australia and has overseen the development of both points of view as well as suggested responses, reflected in methodologies, on key anticipated and current challenges.
As a line manager he has led the implementation of many new management processes within Deloitte – true to the Deloitte belief that “it has to be good for ourselves to have a chance of mattering to our clients”.