Prof. King Costa

Prof. King Costa

Executive Dean - GCAR

King Costa is Executive Dean at the G-CAR- South Valley University campus in South Africa and Managing Director of Global Centre for Academic Research, also known as G-CAR. He is an Associate Research Professor at AMADI University College in Swaziland, where his role is focused teaching on a pedagogy he developed, the C.O.S.T.A. Research Coaching and Supervision Model. He is also supervising MBA Research at MANCOSA (Management College of Southern Africa)

He has also completed training at Harvard Macy Institute, where he was member of faculty while studying on the programme entitled
“Harvard Macy Institute 2021-2022 Programme for Educators in Health Profession.”
He is also Programme Coordinator for the GCAR-Harvard Business School Online programme on Leadership and Management
– a Partnership between Harvard Business School Online and the Global Centre for Academic Research

Dr Costa has a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Bedfordshire, England, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resources and Leadership awarded by Cambridge International Qualifications (CIQ). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Management from Logos University, Jacksonville, Florida

King Costa is a member of the Scientific Committee for the World Conference on Qualitative Research, a premier yearly international conference on qualitative and mixed methods research. The World Conference on Qualitative Research attracts scholars across the globe from different disciplines and industries(

Dr King Costa is a Management Scientist, registered with the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists. He is also a Full Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). Further more, King is a member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA)
He has delivered talks in conferences and continues to publish on educational pedagogies that focus on research coaching and mentoring. He has delivered sessions on Qualitative Evidence Synthesis at the University of Western Cape (SA) and the University of Manchester through the National Centre for Research Methods (UK). King is continually doing some post-doctoral CPD programmes via online platforms, and currently has a Certificate in Research Methods from Harvard Medical School; Certificate in Introduction to Systematic Reviews from John Hopkins University; Certificate in Improving Global Health : Focusing on Quality and Safety from Harvard X; Certificate in Research Ethics endorsed by the Global Health Network and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He also obtained a Certificate of Completion in Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioural Research from the Society of Behavioural Medicine. He also has a Certificate in Knowledge synthesis: Systematic Reviews and Clinical Decision Making provided via University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre. King Costa has further completed training on Essential Elements of Ethics from the Global Health Network in association with Multi-regional Clinical Trials, The MRCT Centre of BRIGHAM and WOMEN’s HOSPITAL and HAVARD. He is also a certified ETDP Practitioner (Assessor) and a Constituent Assessor for the Service SETA on Generic Management Qualification 59201. Dr Costa is also a Certified Peer Reviewer from the Publons Academy – a division of the Web of Science Group. 
He has practiced as a leadership and management consultant with over 20 years’
 experience in Human Capital consulting and Organizational Development. He has worked with many organizations within the public, private and non-governmental sector in both South Africa and different African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. He specializes in helping and enabling professionals within the HR, Healthcare and Enterprise Development fields to understand their area of maximum contribution and organizational returns. He is a change agent and employee engagement specialist  – helping organizations unlock value in people and teams while at the same time enhancing a productivity-centric culture. He is also learning and development specialist, a conference keynote speaker, a motivational speaker, facilitator and author.



Matric –  C.O.S.C “O” Level –  1986
University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate,
St Paul’s High School, Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
Executive Diploma in Management (ILM) – 2006
The Human Resource Development Group, England
Master of Business Administration (PCBA exit level) –  2010
University of Bedfordshire, England
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Leadership and Management-2015
Logos University, Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Post-Doctoral Certificates and CPD Programmes (Virtual/Online)

Research Methods 101 for the Provider: A Guide to Critical Research Consumption – 2021;
Harvard Medical School, United States of America
Mental Wellness for Health Professionals: COVID-19 Response and Strategies for the future – 2021;
Harvard Medical School, United States of America
Lifestyle Medicine: Nutrition and the Metabolic Syndrome – 2021;
Harvard Medical School, United States of America
Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety – 2021, HavardX,
Harvard University, United States of America
Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis-2021
John Hopkins University, United States of America
Introduction to critical appraisal & CASP-2021
Critical Skills Appraisal – UK
Peer Reviewer Mentor – Web of Science Academy (Clarivate Analytics Company)
Knowledge Synthesis: Systematic Reviews and Clinical Decision Making -2019;
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, United States of America
Good Clinical Practice Training for Social and Behavioural Research – 2019
Society of Behavioural Medicine, Milwaukee, United States of America
Essential Elements of Ethics – 2019