You may recall that earlier this summer we announced that Nobel Laureate F.W. de Klerk has accepted our invitation to be our 2012 keynote speaker. Well, we’re thrilled to report that another amazing South African has accepted our invitation to speak: Sakumzi (“Saki”) Macozoma, business leader and former Member of the South African Parliament.
After spending five years in prison on Robben Island during South Africa’s apartheid era, Macozoma emerged as an influential African business and political leader. In the 1990s he served as a Member of the South African Parliament, after which he worked with a number of organizations, including the South African Council of Churches, the ANC, and South African Breweries.
He currently serves as Chairman of Liberty Holdings, Deputy Chairman of the Standard Bank Group, Non Executive Chairman of Safika Holdings, and Chairman of the Council of Wits University. He is also President of Business Leadership South Africa, Chairman of the Presidents Big Business Working Group.
Mr. Macozoma has worked with all three South African Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and with the ANC; Archbishop Tutu at the South African Council of Churches and currently at the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation; and Pres. F.W. de Klerk in the Economic Advisory Panel of the King of Swaziland.
We’re thrilled to welcome Mr. Macozoma to our list of distinguished 2012 Forum speakers! I can’t wait to tell you more about the line-up soon.