Colette Symanowitz, MBA – 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader Awardee


Colette Symanowitz, MBA

Managing Director
Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg

Symanowitz comes from a project management and sales background spanning close to 10 years in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industries. She was always passionate about sharing knowledge and helping others gain access to positive opportunities, so during her MBA studies took on the role of class knowledge-manager. Towards the end of the degree, she was approached by her peers to start a community in order to keep the MBA network together after graduation. Based on market research, many MBAs expressed a need to retain the high-level interactions they had had during their studies, and wanted to leverage the MBA network in order to market their services and access MBA-level job opportunities. This was the seed that grew into MBAconnect, a social network exclusively for MBA alumni and students from all business schools worldwide. Symanowitz is also co-founder of, an exclusive South African angel network that connects angel investors with high-potential entrepreneurs.