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Farayi Chipungu: Adaptive Leadership Masterclass

6 July 2023
9.00am – 11.00am AEST
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Farayi Chipungu

Hear from Harvard Professor Farayi Chipungu as she unveils this exciting 2-hour virtual masterclass on adaptive leadership. 

Families, communities, governments and organisations are under pressure to tackle a range of complex challenges. Increased political polarisation, rising geopolitical instability, the seen and unseen consequences of climate change – one of the greatest challenges of our generation – combined with rapid changes in technology means the world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To face these challenges we need better and bolder leadership at all levels of our society.

Adaptive Leadership offers a model, a framework, the tools and practical skills to help lead change and to navigate change in a time of uncertainty and challenges that have no easy answers. There is a big need to move beyond the status quo where things are no longer working.

This 120 minute Masterclass will teach you the key concepts and skills needed to kick-start your journey into the Adaptive Leadership space.

This Masterclass is developed from over 40 years studying these ideas at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in collaboration with UNSW's Academy of Adaptive Leadership.


Harvard Professor Farayi Chipungu is an Adjunct Lecturer at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government and teaches courses at Harvard Law School. She is the faculty chair for the Adaptive Leadership: Lawyers Driving Change program at Harvard Law School and for the Women and Power program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Farayi Chipungu

Farayi Chipungu

Adjunct Harvard Professor

Farayi is a distinguished faculty member at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, specializing in leadership, change management, and innovation. She serves as the chair for the Adaptive Leadership: Lawyers Driving Change program at Harvard Law School and the Women and Power program at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Farayi collaborates with colleagues across Harvard's faculty to design and implement tailored coaching and capacity-building initiatives for governments, law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and legal organizations. 

Prior to her tenure at Harvard, Farayi amassed over fifteen years of experience practicing law and working as a management consultant. She provided expert guidance on mergers and acquisitions and oversaw corporate restructurings at renowned international law firms such as King and Wood Mallesons and Slaughter and May. As a consultant at McKinsey & Company, she specialized in executing large-scale business transformations across various sectors, including conducting organizational health assessments, redesigning performance management systems, and providing strategic coaching to top teams and executive boards. Farayi's reputation as a trusted strategic advisor led her to maintain her role as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and its esteemed clients. 

Farayi graduated with first-class honors from Monash University Law School in Australia and holds an MPA from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is admitted to practice law in Australia, England, and Wales. With her comprehensive background in law, business, and consulting, coupled with her academic achievements, Farayi is dedicated to empowering individuals to drive impactful change and foster innovation.