Rotary District Conference

Amazing Speakers

Here is a list of the amazing guest speakers already confirmed for the Conference.

Professor Jonathan Jansen

An Inspiration!

Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science. 

He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University.

In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his book Knowledge in the Blood (published by Stanford University Press). 

More recent publications by Jansen include Leading for Change (Routledge, 2016), As by fire: the end of the South African university (Tafelberg, 2017), Interracial intimacies on campuses (Bookstorm, 2017) and Song for Sarah (Bookstorm, 2017). Products of his pen to appear in 2018 include Inequality in South African schools (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), Politics of Curriculum (as editor) and Now that I know, a book on South African families who were separated by the racial laws of the 1950s.

Prof. Jansen has also previously received the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for “tangible and significant assistance for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”

Andisiwe (Andy) Kawa

Andy is a business-is an entrepreneur, director of boards, coach and activist.

Andy has work both in US, UK and in South Africa for several companies at executive levels. She holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Business, an MA in counseling Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a BSc in Applied Math and Psychology from the Walter Sisulu University.

Apart from her business interests Andy is interested in advocacy against gender-based violence and is the Founder and Chairman of Kwanele-Enuf Foundation. She has won   several awards for her work in SA, UK and USA.

She is a fellow of the Aspen International Global Network, the African Leadership Initiative and an Honorary member of the Golden International Key Society. 

Karen Hollely – Head: Child Witness Institute of SA

An inspirational story

Karen co-founded the Child Witness Institute in 1998 and co-developed and presented the first child witness Master’s Degree in South Africa.  Karen has initiated capacity building projects in Zambia, Namibia and Swaziland (Eswatini) which have resulted in the specialisation of criminal justice stakeholders on child witness issues.  She has forged significant partnerships with international organisations (governmental and non-governmental) and donor agencies to increase awareness around child witness issues, primarily for developing countries.  

Karen’s developing area of expertise focuses on merging the disciplines of law and psychology where they apply to child witnesses. 

Karen has dedicated 23 years to institutional and individual child victim support including, prevention, response, protection and increasing the conviction rates in cases of child abuse and exploitation.  As the COO of the Child Witness Institute she has undertaken research, developed and participated in the development of national policies for sexual offences.  She is a training provider for government departments on matters relating to sexual violence against vulnerable groups, including women and children – having already trained over 7000 social workers, magistrates, prosecutors, police, court interpreters, intermediaries, educators and NGOS throughout Southern Africa.  Karen has contributed towards 5 publications on child witnesses and has published several peer-reviewed articles and chapter in books.  She has co-developed numerous training programmes for role-players working with child witnesses of sexual violence and has developed policies, guidelines, programmes and strategies for various countries on violence prevention and response, positive school discipline, sexual offences, human trafficking, child online exploitation and gender-based violence. 


Luvuyo Bangazi – Marketing Manager, Mandela Bay Development Agency and an Ironman!

“My Ironman Journey” – Be the Inspiration

My athletic journey is fairly new but full of amazing milestones already. Not so long ago in early 2012 I was weighing in at a measly 117kg.
I bought size 40+ pants and would have to have their legs get my drift!
A doctor's visit in December 2011 set off the alarm bells. Trust me no one wants to hear the words "obese" but that was the honest truth. It is a warning that set me on a new course in life. Since then everything changed, I even took time out of a business I've been part of for nearly 10 years, just so I could pursue my new set goals and path.
I started racing in January 2014 and to date have completed 10 half ironman races (70.3) including Regensburg Germany in Aug 2017 and have attended 2 Ironman world championships as an official representing Nelson Mandela Bay Bid team in 2017, Chattanooga USA and in 2018, Nelson Mandela Bay


Janine Hills – Founder & CEO: Vuma Reputation Management 

“South Africa – an Inspiration”

Janine Hills’ passion for integrity and trust in business relationships is the foundation upon which she launched Vuma Reputation Management in 2005. She believes trust is key to improving business relationships with all stakeholders, and that it must be supported and enhanced by integrity in business practices, including transparency, discipline, accountability and fairness. Janine believes in being consistent, sincere, responsible, reliable, committed, clear and steady — and maintaining effective communication with all stakeholders at all levels, in good times and bad.

Janine’s knowledge, skills and intricate understanding of reputation management across various sectors has brought her more than a dozen awards, nominations and honours over the past decade, particularly in the fields of entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment and leadership. She is currently a member of the board of trustees of Brand South Africa (Brand SA), a member of the board of directors of International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA), and a member of the advisory board for International Brand and Reputation Community (INBREC).


Professor Margaret Cullen

“Happiness, A Business Model” – Inspirational!

Professor Cullen lectures to MBA and DBA students at NMU Business School. She heads up the Strategic Focus area of Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking and Innovation.

She is a full professor at the Nelson Mandela University Business School, is a sought after speaker and business consultant.

Professor Cullen has co-authored and authored several research articles, book chapters and attended numerous academic conferences, both nationally and internationally. 

She also consults in the areas of happiness, experiential marketing, strategy, family business and entrepreneurship. She is passionate about making a difference through the correct delivery of entrepreneurial teaching and thinking.

Professor Cullen is currently focussing on research in Happiness.