Ngao Motsei


Office Location: Johannesburg

Phone: +27 11 6856910

Ngao Motsei is a partner at Heidrick and Struggles’ Johannesburg office and a member of the global Leadership Consulting Practice. Ngao focuses mainly on leadership consulting and advisory work, servicing all industry sectors.

Ngao joined Heidrick and Struggles from a boutique leadership consultancy she founded. She is a member of faculty at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. Prior to founding her consulting firm, Ngao served in various executive and senior management positions in both the public and private sector in South Africa.

She has designed and implemented long-term organizational development, change and leadership programs for the public and private sector locally and internationally. International career highlights include being part of the organizational restructuring of Deloitte & Touche in Toronto, Canada, assisting in a business unit re-engineering for Phillips in Budapest, Hungary, and being part of a team development and effectiveness initiative at the University Hospital in Singapore. Ngao’s international experience was part of her organizational development training through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s international organizations and systems development program.


Ngao holds a PhD in organizational behavior from the University of Pretoria, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Cornell University, and a bachelor of social science (honors) degree in social planning and administration from the University of Cape Town. Ngao also holds organizational development and executive development certificates from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and INSEAD.

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