Dr Kumi Naidoo, born 1965, is a South African human rights activist and the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group, Greenpeace. He is the first African to head the organisation.
After battling apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s through the Helping Hands Youth Organisation, Naidoo led global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights. Recently, he has led the Global Campaign for Climate Action, which brings together environmental, aid, religious and human rights groups, labor unions, scientists and others and has organized mass demonstrations around climate negotiations.
In June 2011, Kumi Naidoo spent four days in a Greenlandic prison after scaling an oil platform owned by Cairn Energy, as part of Greenpeace's "Go Beyond Oil" campaign. He was deported to Denmark where he spent a short time in Danish custody before being released in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Born in South Africa, Naidoo became involved in the country's liberation struggle at the age of 15. As a result of his anti-apartheid activities, he was expelled from high school. He was very involved in neighborhood organizing, youth work in his community, and mass mobilizations against the apartheid regime.
During the apartheid government, Naidoo was arrested several times and charged for violating provisions against mass mobilisation, civil disobedience and for violating the state of emergency. This led him to having to go underground before finally deciding to live in exile in England. During this time he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University and earned a doctorate (D.Phil.) in political sociology.
PROFILE ADAPTED FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumi_Naidoo
Dr Kevin Kelly is the Co-founder and the Director of the Centre for AIDS Development Research and Evaluation (CADRE). CADRE has been been behind the research of some of the leading communication programmes such as the highly popular 'Intersexions' and the 'Tsha Tsha' series.
According to its mission statement: "The Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) is a South African non-profit organisation working in the area of HIV/AIDS research, programme development and communication.CADRE is committed to fast-tracking appropriate and effective responses to HIV/AIDS through informing policy and developing coherent strategic models for interventions. CADRE works in sub-Saharan Africa with a primary focus on southern Africa." (see more at: http://www.cadre.org.za)
Some of Dr Kelly's proffessional expereince includes:
• PhD in psychology and internship in community development research
• Co-founder and Research Director of CADRE
• Full-time in HIV/AIDS field
• Research Associate of the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, School of Psychology
• Research consultant in monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programmes
• More than a decade of experience in community level HIV/AIDS activities and organisations
• Founder and Managing Editor of African Journal of AIDS Research and on the editorial board of two international journals
History of leadership roles in the Division of Research and Methodology of the Psychology Society of South Africa
• More than 30 academic conference papers and workshops relating to research methodology, evaluation and HIV/AIDS programme development
• Author or co-author of more than 40 journal articles, book chapters or commissioned research reports
• Experience of teaching, mentoring
Find out more about Dr Kevin Kelly and the amazing work he does on the CADRE website at: http://www.cadre.org.za
Rhodes University master's student Athambile Masola was eager, in her first year, to work with a student volunteer programme that was really only intended for more advanced students.
"We would go out into the surrounding community and help where we could … we would try to meet any needs that they had," she says.
Masola became involved with a small reading club three years ago and became a volunteer at the Nombulelo Reading Programme.
She was appointed as community engagement councillor of the Student Representative Council for 2008/9 and now coordinates training for the representative council of learners in Grahamstown schools.
"I suppose because Rhodes is such a small campus in the middle of the community, you can't help but notice the issues around you," says Masola, who was recently selected as a Mandela Rhodes scholar.
With a foundation in compassion and first-hand experience Masola is focusing her thesis on foundation-phase literacy in a mother-tongue Xhosa school.
"I am looking into the practice of teaching; what informs what is taught, and how it is executed," she says.
And through the Mandela Rhodes scholarship Masola has forged a relationship with Oxford University Press, because, she says, the resources for teaching reading and writing in mother-tongue African languages are problematic.
"The quality and access to them and how teachers use them is the issue," says Masola who is considering further developing such resources.
"If kids don't have a solid foundation in an African language, how are they ever going to switch over to a complex language like English?" -- Lisa Steyn
Profile taken from Mail and Guardian 2010 Top 200 Young South Africans supplement: http://mg.co.za/article/2010-06-11-200-young-south-africans-science-education
Mr. Thembinkosi Dike is a dynamic and passionate young man, who is in essence goal and vision orientated. He is a leader in his own right who mentors quite a number of young people, an inspiration to thousands of people and an author of “Discovering Your True Identity.”
Thembinkosi Dike is an entrepreneur, a sought – after speaker and the managing director of DIKET CONNECTION consultancy and developmental services. He helps individuals to turn their dreams into reality and organizations to make an impact in communities. He is popularly known as TD by the listeners of Link FM, a Christian community radio in East London, where he was the voice behind the “Woza Weekend Show”, “Community Focus” and “Link FM Talk”, as a presenter and Talk Show host from 2006 – 2010.
He was awarded the Most Promising Presenter at the Link FM Awards 2006. His experience in the area of youth development has enabled him to offer a wide range of services to youth and youth organizations, including being featured as a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in a youth program called Spiritual Warriors. His previous involvement in youth development includes serving as a Youth Leader in his local Church Elishama Christian Centre, serving in the church’s leadership, serving Youth For Christ Team in East London as a motivational speaker and has spent time with their peer educators addressing real life issues faced by young people.
He has also been constantly invited as a speaker at the Walter Sisulu University Candle Light Memorial in Chislehurst (2008-2009). He mentors, fathers and inspires the young and the old. Whatever platform Thembinkosi stands on, he leaves people with the desire to rise above their limitations.
African Youth Set to unpack some Africa’s grandest 21st Century challenges.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is set to take place at Rhodes University (July 22-23, 2011).
The theme for the 2011 CoLiA: “Creating a Proactive African Youth through Unity” recognises the important role and agency of young people in the development of the continent, but also recognises that there are many divisions still needing to be uprooted in the continent.
Focusing on pressing challenges such as HIV/AIDS, Environmental degradation, conflict, education and unequal distribution of wealth, 2011 delegates are set to engage with some of the leading and established leaders in these fields to propose solutions to some of these conundrums.
The Conference programme will be available for download on ‘under’ the documents section of the website Thursday the 21st of July (2011).
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Applications to attend the 2011 Conference on Leadership in Africa (CoLiA) are now open. Please download the application form and send it back to us in WORD or PDF (or both) before the 30th of May 2011.
Students and recent graduates, young community leaders, young entrepreneurs, young writers/scholars etc from ALL African countries are all invited to apply, including those in the Diaspora (but with a commitment to Africa). Please send completed application form to email@example.com
Please feel free to contact us should anything be unclear or for further information.
Download the Application Form here
2011 Organising Committee
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to introduce Buti Manamela as our Young African Leader for the week. He speaks openly about growing up in the township of Phagameng, in Modimolle, Limpopo, his first (real) kiss, his days as SRC President and a leader of COSAS, writing for a local newspaper (with a circulation of more than 100 000) when still in Std 8 or 9 (Gr 11 or 12), being the National Secretary General of the Young Communist League of South Africa, being a member of parliament for the ANC, ANCYL President Julius Malema, being the Volunteer in Chief for the Nelson Mandela Day, and much much more. We hope you will find the interview both inspiring and motivating as we. Please read the full interview by clicking on the ‘African Leaders” tab or by visiting the ‘notes’ section on our facebook page.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to announce the former and first female SRC President of the University of Fort Hare, Nomsa Mazwia as our Young African Leader of the week. She speaks to CoLiA’s Media-Head Nonceba Mhlauli about her the numerous leadership roles she’s fulfilled as far back as high-school. She speaks about having grown up in a rather famous and well established family, her journey of discovery at the University of Fort Hare and the numerous community upliftment project she’s been involved in, one of those being Habitat for Humanity where she got a chance to work alongside for Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. Nomsa also wrote a book while studying titled “Little girl” and she talks more about it in this candid exclusive interview with CoLiA. Please reas the interview by either visiting the African Leaders tab on our website or our facebook page. We hope you will enjoy the interview and that it will inspire you to be better leaders in your respective fields.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to announce the National Chairman of the Debating Council, Mhlanganisi Madlongolwane as our “Young African Leader” of the week. He speaks to CoLiA Media-Head Nonceba Mhlauli about growing up in Upington, being raised by his grandparents who were part of the infamous Upington 14, matriculating from a disadvantaged public school, and going on to win the Pan-African Universities debating championships in 2008 and much more. Apart from his academic excellence, Mhlanganisi is also sports man who enjoys playing Cricket and Basketball. Find out more about him by visiting our facebook page or website at http://www.conferenceonleadershipinafrica.webs.com
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to introduce CEO of Lekgotla Multimedia Network; Elvis Mmphuthelo Sekhaolelo as our Young African Leader (YAL) for the week. He speaks bluntly and heart-feltedly with CoLiA's Chairperson for 2010, Gcobani Qambela. He speaks about growing up in the small village of Monotoane in Limpopo, his road to the University of Cape Town, challenges encountered and countering failure, his time at the Black Management Forum in Cape Town, the 'It's Your Time' Foundation, his personal branding company (Me, Myself and I (pty) Ltd), forming and heading Lekgotla Multimedia Network, being selected as one of South Africa‘s 100 Brightest Minds... and much more. Please see the full interview by either going to the "notes" section on our facebook page, or clicking on the Young African Leaders tab on our website.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa (CoLiA) is happy to announce that the Young African Leader's Series will return on Monday the 19th of July 2010.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the hibernation of the series. This was done so as to allow ample time for coverage of the 2010 World Cup South Africa events.
We have a number of profiles of young and dynamic leaders from all spheres and we have no doubt you will find them inspiring and motivating.
Please feel free to contact us should you wish to nominate yourself or someone you know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010 Organising Committee
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to introduce Mandela Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Scholar at the Ivy League Columbia University, Judy Sikuza as our "Young African Leader" for the week. She speaks candidly to CoLiA's Media-Officer External, Sarita Pillay, about overcoming hardships to attaining her goals, meeting former South African president Dr. Nelson Mandela, her various community engagement initiatives, the Fulbright Scholarship, life at Columbia University, future plans, and much more. Please read the full interview under the "African Leaders Series" tab on our website, OR by visiting our facebook page and clicking on the "notes" section. We hope you will find the conversation inpiring and thought provoking.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to introduce Pieter Koornhof as our Young African Leader for the week. He matriculated with an A-aggregate and full honorary colours in both academics and oratory. He was at in the 2% of his B accounting class in 2008, and he is currently Lecturing Financial Management at UCT. Pieter has been in leader in his own right since high school. He was chairperson of the debating team and went on to win the national debating championship while at varsity. He has since won the Rhodes scholarship and will be doing a combination of African Studies and Financial Economics at Oxford. As our Young Leader for the week, Pieter speaks to CoLiA’s Media Head, Nonceba Mhlauli about some of his achievements and future plans. Please click on the "African Leaders Series" tab, OR visit our facebook page and click on the "notes" section to read our conversation with the proud, bright and young South African.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa’s (CoLiA) is proud to announce 19 year-old Morrocan, Jihad Hajjouji as CoLiA's Young African Leader (YAL) for the week. She speaks to CoLiA Chairperson, Gcobani Qambela about growing up in Morocco, the AYUSA Youth Global Exchange programme, her internationally published poem about AIDS, life in Pennsylvania, the African Leadership Academy, the Rabat Entrepreneurial Challenge, and much more. Please visit the "African Leaders Series" tab on our website, or the "notes" section on our facebook page to read our conversation with this bright young leader.
The Conference on Leadership in Africa (CoLiA) is proud to introduce Chris McConnachie as our Young African Leader (YAL) for the week. He speaks to CoLiA’s Media-Head, Nonceba Mhlauli about matriculating with six distinctions from Graeme College, receiving the Gold Award in the President’s Award programme for Youth Empowerment, representing South Africa at a conference for Gold Award holders from around the world that was hosted in Hong Kong in 2005, his countless academic awards, working at the Constitutional Court, winning the National Debating Championships in 2009, his intended studies at Oxford University… and much more. To read this engaging conversation, please click on the “African Leaders Series” tab on our website, or visit our facebook page and click on the "notes" icon. We hope you will enjoy our conversation with him.
Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to introduce Clive Eley as our Young African Leader for the week. He speaks openly with CoLiA’s Media Officer-External, Sarita Pillay about growing up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, attending the esteemed St. Andrews College in Grahamstown, Graduating with the second-best undergraduate results at Rhodes University, various community engagement activities initiated, debating at the World Universities Debating Championships in both Thailand and Ireland, being on the World Universities Debating Council, winning the Pan African Universities Championships, winning the Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University and much more. Please click on the “African Leaders Series” tab to view the full interview, or alternatively visit ourfacebook page and click under the “notes” section to view the interview there. We hope you will enjoy, and find the interview extremely inspiring.
On Monday the 12th of March we posted a brief profile on Lionel Faull, today we have the full Q&A with this interesting and dynamic young African and future Media leader. He speaks openly to the Conference on Leadership in Africa’s Media Officer-External, Sarita Pillay about growing up in northern Kenya, Journalism and English literature, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, being the Co-Founder of The Oppidan Press at Rhodes University, being held by South African president, Jacob Zuma’s bodyguards, interning at the Mail and Guardian, the relationship between the presidency and journalists... and much more.
Conference on Leadership in Africa is proud to announce Kenyan Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Lionel Faull as our Young African Leader for the week. Please visit out facebook page and click on the notes tab or click on “African Leaders Series” tab on our website to read the profile of this brilliant young African leader.
Conference on Leadership in Africa (COLIA) is proud to announce Fulbright Scholar, Siphokazi (Kazi) Magadla as our “Young African Leader” for the week. She speaks openly about Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Ohio University African Student Union, the Bokamoso Leadership Forum, working with the legendary African author, Zakes Mda, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, research in Sudan and Rwanda, Women and Peace building in Africa, Xenophobia, women‘s civil liberties... and so very much more. Please see the full interview under the notes section of the CoLiA facebook page or visit our website at: http://www.conferenceonleadershipinafric
The Conference on Leadership in Africa (CoLiA) is putting the spotlight on Rhodes University’s Master's student and Mandela Rhodes Scholar - Athambile (Atha) Masola this week. Please visit our website at: http://www.conferenceonleadershipinafric
Conference on Leadership in Africa (CoLiA) is proud to introduce “Young African Leaders Series.”
CoLiA is proud to introduce to you “Young African Leaders Series” (YALS). The series will comprise of interviews/profiles of young dynamic African leaders from all tertiary institutions in Africa (or those studying abroad but have intentions of coming back to Africa) and have clearly demonstrated a strong commitment to development in the African continent.
Academic merit, whilst important is not the main criteria for receiving this prestigious honour of being named one of CoLiA’s “Young African Leaders.” We are targeting well-balanced young women and men at any of the tertiary institutions in Africa that have through their extra-curricular/community engagement activities contributed greatly to the well-being of the communities that they serve.
Profiles/interviews with the young women and men identified as ‘Young African Leaders’ will be published weekly from Monday the 15th of March on our website at http://email@example.com and on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grahamstown-South-Africa/Conference-on-Leadership-in-Africa/191245223222?ref=nf ).The profiles will later on in the year be added into the ”Young African Leaders Series” booklet which will be handed out to all the delegates in attendance at the 2010 CoLiA.
We hope that other young African leaders will find the interviews/profiles very motivating and inspiring. It is our aim to defuse the myth of Africa’s youth being shallow and passive by drawing attention to young African leaders that are doing great and noble works at very young ages.
If you believe you know someone who should receive such recognition or if you want to nominate yourself, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will enjoy the profiles.
Gcobani Qambela (2010 CoLiA Chairperson)
Spotlight on young African leaders
By Sarita Pillay
The Conference on Leadership in
Please see original article at: http://www.theoppidanpress.com
The primary vision of the Conference on Leadership in Africa is to bring together some of the brightest and greatest minds in leadership to share their wisdom with the young African leaders of tomorrow. The focus is on all areas of leadership and the conference has a wide delegate base with representatives coming from as wide a field as possible. Although the Conference is held in South Africa, it is committed to staying true to its name and strives to focus on Africa as a whole.