2019 Festival Speakers


Zach Fenster

An executive at WaterGen, the pioneering Israeli firm that snatches water from air.

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Joshin Raghubar

Builds businesses in media and technology, is the founder of iKineo, and is actively engaged in turning Cape Town metro into Africa’s primary technology hub. He is a laureate of the McNulty Prize and serves on the board of Africa Leadership Initiative.

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Jennifer Cooke

Director of the Institute for African Studies at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also a Professor of Practice, teaching on U.S. Policy toward Africa and Transnational Threats in Africa.

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Miriam Altman

A strategist, social activist, and economist, for many years at the forefront of thinking about employment and is now exercised with how countries become ‘unstuck’ and get activated. She is a Commissioner in the SA Presidency’s National Planning Commission, where she leads work on the economy and on education. She is a Director at Altman Advisory and an Adjunct Professor […]

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Lance Greyling

Helped manage the extraordinary response to the Cape Town water crisis, has been a member of the South African parliament and is currently the director of enterprise and investment for the City of Cape Town.

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Futhi Mtoba

A former chairman of Deloitte South Africa, is co-founder of Teach South Africa.

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Reza Che Daniels

Reza is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. His work focuses on economies as complex evolutionary systems.

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Karim Alwadi

An entrepreneur based in Beijing since 2001 and is co-founder of the Belt and Road Saving Children Program. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the “Belt and Road initiative” thinktank coalition under the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Karim is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Howard French

Howard French is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a former foreign correspondent and senior writer for The New York Times. With a distinguished career as a bureau chief in China, Japan, West and Central Africa, and Central America and the Caribbean, Howard has a deep understanding of global affairs. His latest work of non-fiction, […]

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Frans K Smit

The cellar master at Spier Wine Farm, whose eponymous flagship red has thrust Spier wines into the upper reaches of the very best of the Cape Winelands.

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