Aaron P Kohn



2016 - Wallpaper Mag - “Jo’burg’s Maboneng hits its stride with the opening of a new hub

2013 - CNN - “Africa's 'first design museum' stirs continent's creative pulse

2013 - Metropolis Mag - “Africa’s First Design Museum Opens in South Africa

2013 - Mail & Guardian - “The god’s crazy gift to Jo’burg museums

2012 - CoolHunting - “African Lookbook


1:54 Forum London

Operae Design Fair Turin

ICI Workshop Moscow

Vitra Design Museum’s Making Africa

AKAA Paris’s Design Space

AAM Reimagining the Museum Buenos Aires

Design Indaba’s MBOISA

PPC Imaginarium Juror

Africa Design Days Casablanca

Link: LinkedIn

Between 2013 and 2017 I opened and ran the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the first design institution on the continent, MOAD hosted and created visiting exhibitions from across the continent and ran educational programs with partner institutions ranging from local primary schools to university programs. MOAD received support from governments and foundations in Africa and Europe and helped market the Maboneng Precinct as the premier cultural hub in Johannesburg.

Prior to MOAD, while studying at Columbia University, I co-ran an e-commerce and wholesale business called African Lookbook. We represented 30 African fashion and product designers in New York, distributing mainly to museum stores and chains like Urban Outfitters.

In 2016 I joined the inaugural class of the African Leadership University’s MBA program in Rwanda, and completed the degree in 2018.

MBA Graduation Speech in the inaugural class of the African Leadership University School of Business in Kigali, Rwanda:

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I believe in Africa's global importance and potential. That is why I have spent twelve years studying and working in different corners of the continent. My success in deriving growth opportunities through development, people innovation, design thinking, strategy and management consulting have fueled my deep desire to work with Africa's movers and shakers.

As Founding Director of the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg (2013), and co-Founder of the US-based fashion distributor African Lookbook (2012) I have had success as an entrepreneur. As Acting COO for the Constitution Hill Trust (2018) I am responsible for implementing strategic transformation within a complex network of State-Owned Enterprises and private philanthropists.

In July 2018 I received my MBA in the inaugural class of the African Leadership University School of Business in Kigali, Rwanda. "ALUSB" is the latest school in the African Leadership Group, which started with the African Leadership University in Johannesburg. Before opening the Museum of African Design, I completed a Liberal Arts Degree at Columbia University in New York City.


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