2023 Festival Speakers


John Carlin

Has written extensively about revolutions, wholesale social transformations, football and food, is the author of Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, which became the acclaimed movie, Invictus. He is co-producer of the documentary series, This Is Football, on Amazon Prime.

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Donald Kaberuka

Chairman and Managing Partner, SouthBridge Former Board Chair, The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (2019 – 2023) Emeritus President, African Development Bank (2005 – 2015) Special Envoy of the African Union on Financing, the Peace Fund and COVID19 response Former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda (1997 – 2005) A Rwandan economist and former Finance Minister, […]

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Dominique Botha

Dominique Botha is an award-winning novelist and poet. Her 2013 debut novel, False River, was the winner of the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize, the Eugène Marais Prize, and the Jan Rabie-Rapport Prize and in 2023, her collection of poetry, Bloodwood, won the coveted Ingrid Jonker prize. Dominique is a member of the Pirogue Collective and serves on the board of the Africa Centre […]

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Dr. John E. Deasy

Dr. John E. Deasy, who led improvements that propelled student achievement and high school graduation rates to historic levels in the nation’s second-largest school district, is the President of the Bezos Family Foundation. Previously, he was a partner with Cambiar Education and a partner and co-founder of Rethinc. He has also served as the Executive Vice-President for Education for The […]

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Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana

Ethiopian Episcopal Church General Secretary – South African Council of Churches Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, a retired bishop of the Ethiopian Episcopal  Church, is the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, spearheading its work to lead common Christian action that works for moral witness in South Africa, addressing issues of social and economic justice, national reconciliation, the integrity […]

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Mallam Nasir Ahmad Elrufai

Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai cannot be missed in a crowd. You can hardly meet a more self-assured man, a person who values the life of the mind, invests in its cultivation and repeatedly stands out for his application of intellect and logic.

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Richard Joseph

Richard Joseph, John Evans Emeritus Professor at Northwestern University and Honorary Fellow at Oxford’s New College, is a renowned expert in African politics, democratization, and governance. With an illustrious teaching career spanning global institutions, he has directed pivotal programs, authored significant works, and received prestigious accolades, including the Fulbright and Rhodes Scholarships.

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Arturo Condo

Dr. Arturo Condo is the President of EARTH University, an innovative global institution based in Costa Rica that prepares young leaders from across the world as change agents for advancing sustainable development and nature-positive food systems. During his tenure at EARTH, Dr. Condo led the creation of EARTH Futures, a global center which aims to transform rural areas and food […]

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Alan Storey

Alan Storey is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, presently ministering at the Central Methodist Mission (CMM) in Cape Town after spending 11 years at Calvary Methodist Church in Midrand. He serves on the boards of several civil society organisations and is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative South Africa as well as a member […]

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