Prof. Matthew Lester

Prof. Matthew Lester

Professor Matthew Lester

BComm CTA (Rhodes) CA (SA), HDip Tax Law (Wits).

Professor Matthew Lester is a chartered accountant (SA) who has worked at Deloitte, SARS (South African Revenue Services), BDO and Rhodes University.

Matthew currently lectures on the Rhodes Business School MBA programme in the fields of stewardship, governance, taxation and entrepreneurial law. In addition, he lectures throughout South Africa on taxation, national economics, stewardship and governance and related matters.

Currently Matthew is a lead presenter in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers annual tax update training programme for chartered accountants (SA).

In July 2013 Matthew was appointed by the minister of finance to the Davis Tax Committee investigating the structure of aspects of the RSA tax system. Specifically, he has chaired the sub committees investigating the SME sector and estate duty. Currently he is working on the evaluation of wealth taxation as a means to reduce the massive levels of inequality in South Africa.

At Rhodes University Matthew is currently conducting research into the relationship between students, universities, employers and the various incentives pursuant to making business schools more accessible to all South Africans.

Matthew writes regular articles for the Rhodes business school website (www., and has published various more extensive  journal articles on corporate governance in the “Corporate Report” edited by Professor Mervyn King.

In 2001 Matthew received the Rhodes University Vice Chancellors Award for distinguished teaching. In 2009 Matthew received the CA (SA) honours tie for his contribution to the continuing education of chartered accountants in South Africa.

Since 2009 Matthew has been developing e-learning and blended learning solutions to supplement lectures and class material. In 2018 it is anticipated that this material will be developed to a stage where the ‘Stewardship and Governance Module’ of the MBA Rhodes Business School programme will become more universally accessible and understandable to all South Africans.