Sean Cleary is chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd, Managing Director of the Centre for Advanced Governance, Chairman of Atlantic Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Vice Chairman of Meridian Worldwide LLC, a member of the Advisory Board of Abraaj Capital Limited and a director of companies. He is a member of the faculty of the Parmenides Foundation and lectures on global corporate strategy at several renowned institutions. He also lectures on conflict resolution, the challenges of globalization and development economics at a number of US and European universities and institutes.
Additionally, Mr. Cleary is a lecturer on the National Security Management Course at the South African Defence Staff College, a research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs, a fellow of the World Economic Forum and strategic adviser to the chairman, a member of the WEF's African Task Force, a trustee of the South African Foundation for Conciliation, an EXCO member of the NEPAD (New Programme for Africa's Development) Business Steering Group and senior adviser to the Arab Business Council.
Mr. Cleary served in the South African Navy on the staff of the Commander Maritime Defence before commencing a diplomatic career in the Middle East, USA and Namibia, where he served as chief director in the mid-1980s, paving the way for independence. He is a recipient of academic and public service awards and has been published in South African, German, Portuguese and U.S. journals.
He studied social sciences and law at the University of South Africa, the University of Cape Town and Pahlavi University in Iran, and holds an MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University in the United Kingdom