Our work with Kweku Adoboli

Kweku Abodoli speaking to Fellows on the 2017 Fellowship programme

Kweku Abodoli speaking to Fellows on the 2017 Fellowship programme


Kweku has contributed to the core Fellowship programme, through roundtable workshops with full cohorts of Fellows in 2017 and 2018.

As a result of the discussions generated by his sessions, the Forward Institute has been approached by a number of our partner organisations to engage Kweku in more sustained work with a wider number of their employees.

We have been working with Kweku on developing a series of workshops that will explore different aspects of culture, risk and responsibility to respond to this demand. 

Kweku also joined a 2-day Forum for alumni of our programme in June 2018, contributing to sessions on corporate dysfunction and the role of individuals in making responsible decisions. He has also contributed insights to team and faculty planning sessions.

The work we do with Kweku is not possible to do from Ghana. It requires sustained and personal interaction between Kweku and discussants. Working with Kweku has led to meaningful conversations and commitments to improve our partner organisations' cultures.

In our experience, little has more impact than someone talking about their mistakes. Kweku is making a genuine contribution to helping reform corporate culture in the UK's biggest institutions.

β€œIn our experience, little has more impact than someone talking candidly about their mistakes. Unfortunately, very few people are willing or able to do this. Kweku does it with rare generosity and insight. Nothing can replicate the impact of him helping others learn from his mistakes, in person and in detail.”
— Adam Grodecki - Founder, Forward Institute


We believe that responsible leadership is developed through a combination of our character, the company we keep, and the context we are in. Rarely do leadership programmes ask us to examine our character and what we stand for.

Kweku's story allows us to explore the complexity of the relationship between one's character, company and context; and how each play a significant role in facing leadership dilemmas - large or small. All leaders face dilemmas on a regular basis which are posited by context, character and company.

Kweku is in the rare position that he can speak openly and candidly about his experience and he provides a valuable and unique contribution. We see him as a crucial asset to the Fellowship programme in learning about responsible leadership, first hand. We believe that genuinely thoughtful, honest and open conversations about difficult issues are crucial to public life. Nothing can replicate the impact of Kweku helping others learn from his mistakes, in person, in detail. His personal testimony - raw and unfiltered - is unique.

Given the ongoing frequency of organisational scandals in recent years, Kweku's story offers a powerful and relevant living case study. When speaking on our programme, he has not denied or questioned his guilt, nor sought to evade personal responsibility. He does however, pose a powerful challenge to senior leaders and organisations to go beyond stereotypes of 'bad apples' and consider how context and environment shape one's decision making.