Mark Turpin

About me and my work


Mark Turpin is an Executive Coach, Mediator, Organisational Development Consultant and Lecturer based in Johannesburg with over 30 years management experience around the world.  He works with a wide range of companies, NGOs and government departments, and acts as a confidential adviser to senior people in government and the private sector.


Mark lectures on programmes at the Wits Business School, focusing on leadership, knowledge management and organisational dynamics.  He brings an appreciative approach to create dynamic learning scenarios, and coaches executives and senior teams on transformational journeys.


Mark facilitates a number of communities of practice, in which groups of people come together on a regular basis to create dynamic learning communities.


Mark has an MBA (Wits Business School), an MSc (London University) and is a certified leadership coach. He is also an accredited mediator with Conflict Dynamics (Johannesburg) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (London).

Current passions

Fascinated by the changing 'world of work', Internet of Things, Collaborative Commons - and very stimulated in particular by Jeremy Rifkin's book 'The Zero Marginal Cost Society'.


Intrigued by the need to build ethics and integrity in the workplace, and a collaborator with Ethics Monitor (


Also, a student of South African politics and society.


Supporter of the International Campaign against Nuclear Weapons ( and of the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


I work with the MarketPhotoWorkshop to support a bursary & mentorship programme for young photographers in Johannesburg ( You can here us speaking about it here: 


Cry the Beloved Country

"But when the dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret."
Alan Paton


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