Barry van Zyl is a world-renowned musician with over 30 years experience in the creative sector, from performance and production to executive education, strategy and business development. Having toured the world for 21 years with South Africa’s most famous export, Johnny Clegg, and while working with artists like Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and Die Antwoord, Barry completed an MBA at Henley Business School and is now focused on the business of music, creativity and culture.

Since 2018 Barry has been growing new business for Henley Business School, starting in Nigeria and then in other areas of west and east Africa, with the aim of ‘building the people, that build the businesses that build Africa’. As the Chair of Henley’s pan-African Alumni community, Barry is leveraging Henley’s network of 80,000 alumni to build the brand in new territories, develop the offer in existing markets, and create innovative new revenue streams. Through his work with Henley Denmark, Barry is partnering with institutions like the Foundation for International Management Education (IME), and developing exciting projects focused on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, the future of leadership and Danish design,

In addition to his Henley work, Barry embraces his passion for the marriage of the creative sector and executive leadership by designing and delivering corporate leadership programmes in creativity and innovation, entrepreneurship, and the business of rhythm. His clients include major South African companies in financial and professional services, energy, travel and education.

Despite his immense success in the creative industry, Barry’s most important job is being a role model to his teenage daughter.