Key Note Speaker
Dr Kumi Naidoo
Professor of Practice: Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University
Global ambassador, Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity
Visiting Fellow, Oxford University and Honorary Fellow, Magdalen College.
Dr Kumi Naidoo is the Global Ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity. He was International Executive Director of Greenpeace International from 2009-2015, and Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2018-2020. He has served as the Secretary-General of Civicus, an international alliance for citizen participation, from 1998 to 2008.
Kumi has also served the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the Global Call for Climate Action, which brings together environmental aid, religious and human rights groups, labour unions, scientists and others and has organised mass demonstrations around climate negotiations.
Kumi has been awarded honorary doctorates for his social justice activism, by the University of Johannesburg in 2019, the Durban University of Technology in 2017, and the Nelson Mandela University in 2012. He also received the James Lawson Award for peaceful activism in (2014). In 2013, Kumi was selected as one of the 21 ICONS South Africa: Honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela.