Global Child Forum
on Southern Africa

About the Forum

On 8 September 2015, the Global Child Forum gathered the 300 most important and influential international decision makers from businesses, governments, civil society and academia for dialogue and thought leadership on the legal, moral and business case for investing in coming generations. The purpose was to work and collaborate for a better future for the world’s children.

It was a day filled with inspiration and action — spurred on by our keynote speakers Mrs Graça Machel, Mozambican politician, humanitarian and widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela, H.R.H. Princess Sofia of Sweden and Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, African Union Commission Chairwoman. It included plenary sessions, interactive ActionLabs and opportunities to create cross sector partnerships. The day concluded in a cultural event followed by a reception.

The theme was Children’s Rights within the Corporate Sustainability Agenda. A special focus was on the benefits and values of cross sector partnerships between businesses, governments, civil society and academia. The Forum, with more than 30 prominent speakers and under the patronage and active participation of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden, showcased practical examples and created action-oriented tools for cross sectorial partnerships.

Speakers

We are honored to have had the following speakers to Global Child Forum on Southern Africa

Cecilia Anicama

Programme Specialist at the Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Cecilia Anicama is a Programme Specialist at the Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children. In her current position she contributed to the development of the CRC General Comment 16 and of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. Previously, she worked at the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights and with Save the Children Sweden. In 2008, she prepared a Report on State responsibilities to regulate and adjudicate corporate ac- tivities under the Inter-American Human Rights System to inform the mandate of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights.

Aïcha Bah Diallo

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize Committee

Mdm. Aïcha Bah Diallo is a member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize Committee for excellence in African leadership. Madame is a champion of girls’ and women’s learning and has held several senior education roles at UNESCO, member of the UNESCO Liaison Committee and the former chair of UNESCO’s Advisory Committee for Education in Africa. She was President of the Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) in 1992 and Minister of Education of Guinea for six years, where she pioneered work on lowering barriers to education for girls. As part of the programme enrolment of girls in school rose from 113,000 to 233,000.

Thembalihle Baloyi

Founder and the Executive Director of Discovery Insure

Thembalihle ’Themba’ Baloyi is a Founder and the Executive Director of Discovery Insure. He has been honoured as a 2015 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Themba is a board member at YPO – WPO Africa Regional Board, Henley Business School Academic and Advisory Board; South African Insurance Association; South African Insurance Crime Bureau; and Institute of Insurance South Africa. In 2003 he co-founded Black Insurance Professionals of Southern Africa. A cost and manage- ment accountant by training, Themba holds an Executive MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

Carol Bews

Assistant Director at Jo’burg Child Welfare

Carol Bews is the Assistant Director at Jo’burg Child Welfare and has worked in the Child Protection Field for over 30 years. She currently has a wide range of responsibi- lities; from intake and preventive services through to statutory and after care services. Carol is involved in a SADC region network on trafficking of children. One of her passions is children’s right to play, which is so often ignored. She directs a project
on children’s play in a run-down part of Johannesburg and has made a tremendous impact to ensure that children enjoy all types of play activities.

Roger Branigin

Executive Director of the Global Corporate Community of Practice

Roger Branigin is the Executive Director of the Global Corporate Community of Practice, an UN-sponsored private-sector initiative to develop best practices in human rights risk management. He joined the CRES (Corporate Responsibility to Eliminate the Sale of Children) team in early 2015. An attorney and risk expert, Roger works with firms to design and implement the risk management systems and controls they need to manage their social and human rights impacts. For nearly 20 years, he has represented and advised global financial institutions and insurers on some of their largest opera- tional risks and exposures.

Patrick Burton

Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP)

Patrick Burton is the Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), an NGO working in the field of violence prevention nationally and regionally, with a particular focus on children and youth. Patrick holds a Master of Science degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has worked extensively in the field of violence against children, online safety and school violence prevention. He is one of three principal investigators on the Optimus Foundation Study, a national incidence and prevalence study on child abuse, violence and neglect in South Africa.

Yousuf Caires

Director of Programs at Dubai Cares

Yousuf Luiz Caires is the Director of Programs at Dubai Cares, a leading organiza- tion in increasing access to quality education in developing countries. Since joining in 2009, Yousuf has enabled the organization’s growth through numerous development programs, global partnerships and thematic competencies, resulting in over 14 million children benefitting from interventions in the past six years. He is also a founding member and Managing Trustee of the Milele Zanzibar Foundation. He received his B.A. from Northeastern University and M.S. from Michigan State University on inter- national trade and supply chains.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Founder of Princess of Africa Foundation and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the Founder of Princess of Africa Foundation and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. For the past 30 years, Yvonne has been a respected celebrity, humanitarian, and role model throughout Africa and has made malaria elimination a top priority. Today, Yvonne brings the voices of the world’s most vulnerable to various venues, including the UN, African Union Summits, the White House, and the World Economic Forum, where in 2012 she was the first African woman to receive the WEF Chrystal Award, which recognizes artists for using their skills to improve the status of the world.

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Head the African Union Commission (AUC)

H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is the first woman to head the African Union Commission (AUC). Hitherto, she held various high government positions in South Africa. As Minister of Health in the cabinet of former President Nelson Mandela, she has initiated a number of key decisions, namely access to free healthcare to pregnant women and children under six years. Some of her other previous positions were: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Home Affairs in the cabinet of former President Thabo Mbeki. As Chairperson of the AUC, she champions the conception of Africa’s continental vision, Agenda 2063, keeps on championing the cause of women and children across Africa, among many other critical issues of interest to Africa.

Berenice Francis

Group Commercial Executive at Imperial Holdings

Berenice Francis is the Group Commercial Executive at Imperial Holdings and responsible for Risk, Talent Management and Marketing. Imperial Holdings, employs 53 000 people and is a South African listed, diversified multinational Logistics and Motor Retail group. Prior to joining Imperial, she worked at State IT Agency, City of Johannes- burg and KPMG. In addition to membership of various committees within Imperial, she is active on committees of National Treasury, Motor Industry Bargaining Council, Institute of Internal Audit SA, Institute of Risk Management SA. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration.

Andrés Franco

UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Private Sector Engagement

Andrés Franco is UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Private Sector Engagement in the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division. At UNICEF, he also served as a Repre- sentative in Argentina and Peru and as a Regional Manager, Partnerships and Fund- raising in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main contributions have been in the promotion of the rights of indigenous children, sports and development, and corporate engagement for the most disadvantaged children of the region. Before joining UNICEF, Andrés was Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN. Andrés holds a Masters in Comparative Law and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami.

Anne Gituku-Shongwe

Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Afroes Edutainment

Anne Githuku-Shongwe is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Afroes Edutainment. She is a social entrepreneur, a digital innovator and a thought leader on the Future of Learning & Work for Africa’s youth. Prior to starting Afroes, Anne was an International Development Professional for 20 years, including 15 years with the UNDP on the African continent and Management Consulting firms in the US. Anne and Afroes have received multiple awards including the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award, the PeaceAPP award of the UN, MEFFYs Award, London UK and Netexplo Award, Paris.

Bobby Godsell

Chair of Business Leadership South Africa

Robert ‘Bobby’ Godsell is the current Chair of Business Leadership South Africa, an organisation representing some 80 of the largest businesses operating in South Africa. He serves on the Boards of the Industrial Development Corporation, and the London listed Russian Gold and Silver mining company, Polymetal International. He operates as co-chair of the Millenium Labour Council, a social dialogue body involving business and labour leaders.

Bjorn Grindberg

Head of Social Investments for Millicom

Bjorn Grindberg is Head of Social Investments for Millicom, a leading telecommuni- cations and media company uniquely dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Previously, he was Director of Strategy and Business Development at bet- terplace.org, the largest German online donation platform, and consulted the former Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Technology, Philipp Rösler, on the startup industry. Before moving into the ITC sector he worked as a strategy consultant – at DB Schenker and Arthur D. Little. Bjorn holds a degree in International Management from the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany.

Driekie Havenga

Group Ethics Officer at Nedbank Limited

Driekie Havenga is the Group Ethics Officer at Nedbank Limited. She is a member of the UNGC Advisory Committee for South Africa, the OECD Working Group on Human Rights and a non-executive director at Influence Africa. Driekie’ s focus is on the development and implementation of ethics and human rights in business strate- gies, frameworks, policies and programmes. She has substantially contributed to South Africa business regarding ethics programmes, human rights in business, and assessment of supply chains in terms of governance, ethics and human rights. She is a regular pre- senter on these topics in South Africa and abroad.

Adam Ikdal

Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group

Adam Ikdal is a Senior Partner and also the Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group, BCG, South Africa and Sub Sahara. He has 20 years of consulting experi- ence, mainly in Europe (including being the Managing Partner of BCG Oslo for four years) but also served two years in New York. His work has included being an advisor for senior executives for many of the world’s leading companies and governments. Adam’s focus has been on leading major transformation programs on behalf of clients that need a significant change in their performance trajectory.

Paul Kapelus

Director of Synergy Global Consulting

Paul Kapelus is the Director of Synergy Global Consulting. He has worked with companies, communities and governments for the past 25 years, helping to improve relationships and secure positive developmental outcomes from business. Paul has worked in 23 African countries, with significant experience in natural resources. As a qualified mediator he provides support in conflict situations and helps facilitate partnerships. His firm specialises in strategy, capacity building, due diligence, social auditing and training. Paul has a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology, is an alumni of WEF Young Global Leaders and a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Ulf Karlberg

Chairman, Partner Advisory Board, Global Child Forum

Ulf Karlberg is the Chairman of the Global Child Forum. He is also Chairman of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in USA and Co-Chair of its international operations. Ulf was the founding Chair of Amnesty International Business Group, Sweden and co-authored “Human Rights – a corporate responsibility?”. He was Executive Vice President at Astra Zeneca, responsible for companies in Latin America, Canada, Japan, China, East and South East Asia. He also led the Astra-Zeneca Corporate Strategy Centre in London. Previously Ulf was the CEO for PA International Manage- ment Consulting Group, London, responsible for Western Europe.

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke

Chief Executive Officier of the Swedish Postcode Lottery

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke is the Chief Executive Officier of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, part of the Novamedia charity lotteries. Novamedia has donated over 6.1 billion Euros over the years to the charity sector and is today the third largest private donor in the world. Niclas is member of the Elders’ Advisory Board, honorary advi- sory board member of the Aung Sang Suu Kyi ́s World Freedom Fund and a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council. Previously Niclas has held senior management positions in various companies such as Manage- ment Consultant at Accenture and as CEO of the Swedish lottery company Spero.

Marie-Laure Lemineur

Head of the programme Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children Online, ECPAT International

Marie-Laure Lemineur is the Head of the programme Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children Online at the Bangkok-based ECPAT International and serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Public Interest Registry. She has two decades of experience in the field of human rights education, the protection of children from abuse and exploitation and has authored and co-authored several publications on online child pornography and human rights education. Marie-Laure has worked as a consultant and in management positions for the Council of Europe Youth Centre Budapest, UNICEF Costa Rica, the International Telecommunication Union and several NGOs.


Janet Love

National Director of the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa

Janet Love is the National Director of the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa. As an anti-apartheid activist, Janet was involved in the trade union movement and the ANC. She was involved in the negotiation and drafting of the final Constitution of South Africa, and was a member of the Constitutional Assembly. Janet worked in the South African Reserve Bank for five years as head of strategic analysis and support in the currency department. She serves as a Commissioner of the South Africa Human Rights Commission tasked with the portfolio on Environment, Natural Resources, and Rural Development.

Hervé Ludovic de Lys

UNICEF Resident-Representative to the Republic of South Africa

Hervé Ludovic de Lys is the UNICEF Resident-Representative to the Republic of South Africa. He started his career as an economist for the US Department of States Mission to Mali and has since worked for a wide range of international organizations gaining a robust experience on issues pertaining to socio-economic development in Africa. Prior to South Africa, Hervé was UNICEF Representative to Côte d’Ivoire and Head of Liaison Office to the African Union of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ethiopia. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Interna- tional Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Chitralekha Massey

Senior Human Rights Adviser at Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Chitralekha Massey is the Senior Human Rights Adviser at Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Tanzania. Chitralekha has wide experience within OHCHR and has worked both at HQ as well as duty stations such as Afghanistan, Nepal and Iraq. She has operated on a range of human rights issues, which include strengthening National Institutions ability to work with human rights and establishing national human rights commissions. She holds a PhD in International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and remains involved with youth at academic institutions and since 2013 with the CEO Forum of India.

Benyam Dawit Mezmur

Chairperson of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Benyam Dawit Mezmur, from Ethiopia, is an academician who specializes in children’s rights law. He is the current Chairperson of UN Committee on the Rights of
the Child, and 1st Vice-Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) of the African Union (Chairperson of the ACERWC from 2012–2014). Benyam is an Associate Professor at the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance, and Human Rights (formerly known as the Community Law Centre) of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he is the Acting Director, and Coordinator of the Children’s Rights Project

Sikelelwa Mgabadeli

Journalist and Moderator

Sikelelwa Mgabadeli is a financial journalist who is heard daily on SAfm’s ‘Market Update with Moneyweb’ and seen nightly on eNCA’s ‘Moneyline’. She anchors the highly-charged “The Big Debate” and anchors the GSM Association’s annual World Congress in Barcelona. This award-winning TV and radio personality has been the ‘Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year’, winner of the ‘Telkom ICT Journalist (TV) of the Year’ and was included in the Mail & Guardian’s ‘Book of South African Women’. In 2015 she was listed on YouTube as ‘One of the Top 10 African Journalists to watch’.

Nokukhanya Mncwabe

Researcher and Representative at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Anglophone Southern and Western African

Nokukhanya ‘Khanya’ Mncwabe is the Researcher and Representative at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Anglophone Southern and Western African. She has held various positions at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). Most notably in the capacity of senior researcher providing technical support to the African Union with involvement, among others, in the Department of Political Affairs’ development of an African Transitional Justice Policy Framework. Khanya has a BSocSci from the University of Cape Town and is studying to attain an LLB from the University of South Africa.

Lindiwe Mokate

Commissioner with the South African Human Rights Commission

Lindiwe Mokate is a Commissioner with the South African Human Rights Commission with a special focus on Child Rights. She was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the same national institution reporting to the national parliament for more than seven years. Former member of the International Board of the Global Reporting Initiative as well as member of the panel of judges in the ACCA Awards assessing sustainability reporting among companies in South Africa. Previously Head of Interna- tional Relations for the Parliament of South Africa and former Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, focusing on development and nurturing of small and medium business.

Marichen Mortimer

Non-executive Director on the Board of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa

Marichen Mortimer is a Non-executive Director on the Board of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA) and a lead facilitator for the Tshwane Leadership circle for Partners for Possibility, an initiative that contributes to the transformation of education in South Africa. She is also a Chairperson of the Social and Ethics com- mittee (IoDSA), Member of Remuneration committee (IoDSA), MD of Marichen Mortimer & Associates (MM&A) and she serves on the Nedbank panel of external coaches. As MD of MM&A, Marichen specialises in designing and delivering people development solutions, transformation programmes for organisations and individuals and the building of high performance teams.

Tjipo Mothobi

Senior Sustainability Specialist at Discovery Group

Tjipo Mothobi is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at Discovery Group. Prior to joining Discovery, she was the Regional Director of the Global Business Coalition on Health. Tjipo’s background includes experience on social and economic development in emerging markets-with corporations, civil society and governments. She has served in senior positions with Cadbury as Corporate Affairs Director for Middle East and Africa, NuMetro Entertainment Group and Go-Open Source Campaign, with the Shuttleworth Foundation. Biochemist by profession, Tjipo has worked in the corporate sector for the past 20 years. She serves as an advocate and expert speaker on global health issues, and health system strengthening.

Vernor Muñoz

Global Advisor on Education at PLAN International

Vernor Muñoz is the Global Advisor on Education at PLAN International. He has developed an interdisciplinary career incorporating education, research and writing, a career formally recognized through Costa Rica’s ’National Award’. Vernor has worked for over 30 years in Human Rights, combining his duties in the governmental sector and non-government organizations, with his career as university professor and grass- roots level facilitator. Vernor has higher studies in Literature, Law, Human Rights, Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Education and is widely published. He is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (2004–2010).

Dumisile Nala

National Executive Officer at Childline South Africa

Dumisile Nala is the National Executive Officer at Childline South Africa. Based on her passion for making a difference in the lives of people in her community, Dumisile studied towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After graduating from the Univer- sity of KwaZulu-Natal, she worked for Childline KwaZulu-Natal as a Social Worker. In 2001 she left the organisation as its Assistant Director and relocated to the United Kingdom, where she lived and worked until 2008. During this period she gained extensive knowledge in child protection, child mental health, foster care, and adoption issues.

Gugulethu Ndebele

Chief Executiver Officer at Save the Children South Africa

Gugulethu ‘Gugu’ Ndebele is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children South Africa. She joined the organisation after a distinguished career with the Department of Basic Education where she was Deputy Director General, responsible for social mobilisation and support services. Prior to that she was the Chief Director at FET Colleges. Gugu has a MSc in Organisational Change and Development and a PgD in Adult Education. She brings with her a wealth of technical and leadership experience in a pivotal aspect of child development and a profound commitment to promoting the welfare of all children in South Africa.

Theophane Nikyema

Executive Director at The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

Theophane Nikyema is Executive Director at The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). Théophane has broad experience in child rights, international development and African affairs for over 20 years. Prior to joining ACPF he served within the United Nations as the UNICEF Representative to Mali, UNDP Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator to Uganda, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa and UNICEF Representative to Rwanda. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the Claremont Graduate University, USA and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal.

Manyanda Nyasulu

Executive Director at Timveni Child & Youth Media, Timveni Television and Timveni Radio

Manyanda Nyasulu is the Executive Director at Timveni Child & Youth Media, Timveni Television and Timveni Radio. He has vast experience in Marketing and Media Production & Management and was involved in setting up the first child and youth media organization in Malawi called “Timveni”, meaning ‘hear us out’. This platform engages children and youth to connect with stakeholders to discuss various issues related to their respective communities. Manyanda is dedicated and successfully advocating for the rights of the children and youth in Malawi. He holds an MBA from Maalstricht School of Management, Netherlands and ESAMI.

Chineyenwa Okoro Onu

Co-founder of Mosaicspiration Project

Chineyenwa Okoro Onu is the Team Leader at Enactus Radford. She co-founded mosaic inspiration project which inspires young people to be achievers, utilizing mosaic artworks that is made from recycled plastic materials also creating awareness for the need of recycling in Africa. She is a social entrepreneur who teaches youth the importance of being innovative and productive. She has been featured on How We Made it in Africa, CCTV Africa, and Al Jazeera. In 2014 she received the Anzisha Prize for youth entrepreneurs and has been quoted on CNN as one of 12 brilliant African entrepreneurs under 22.

Lillian Phahla

Chief Information Officer at Film and Publication Board

Lillian Phahla is Chief Information Officer at the Film and Publication Board. Lillian has extensive experience in strategy formulation, IT Governance, IT solutions implementation, and training. Since she joined Film and Publication board, she worked on the development of the Online Regulation Strategy and is in the process of implementing the strategy. She started her career as a Medical Physicist and then moved to Information Technology as the Technical specialist and grew to the executive level as a Chief Information Officer. Lillian holds a B.Sc Honors degree in Physics from the University of Cape Town.

Buhle Phiri

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Bhule Phiri is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at a leading child-rights organinsation. She has over 25 years of experience managing and overseeing development programs in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa. She has a proven ability to identify significant local, national and regional trends and to translate concepts and challenges in ways that enable organizations to understand and work proactively with them. Buhle has significant experience working in marginalised areas including mining communities. She sits on the board of Zenzele Itereleng, a vehicle for the delivery of Anglo Platinum’s Project Alchemy objectives in its key Labour Sending Areas.

Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Executive Mayor of Tshwane

H.E. Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa is the Executive Mayor of Tshwane and Chairperson of the African National Congress in the Tshwane Region. Kgosientso has extensive experience in corporate governance and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Trading Company. He holds a BSc Civil Engineering from University of Durban-Westville, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pretoria, a Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Stellenbosch. He is currently writing his PhD thesis on local government finance at the University of Pretoria.

Geoff Rothschild

Patron of The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

Geoff Rothschild is a past Chairman of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and also chaired the Audit Committee. Overall starting in the mid 1960’s he had a relationship with the JSE, which ended when he retired in 2015. After spending 10 years in the Auditing profession he went into Stockbroking in 1974 where he fulfilled many roles including Finance Director, Marketing Director and Joint Managing Director. During his career he has been involved in many business and community organizations including The National Advisory Council on Innovation, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Brand South Africa and The Nepad Business Foundation.

Thulani Sibeko

Group Executive: Marketing, Communications & Corporate Affairs at Nedbank Limited

Thulani Sibeko leads the Nedbank Group’s Marketing, Communications, Transformation, CSI and Public Affairs areas. He started his marketing career at Gillette SA in 1993 and has held different marketing roles at Polaroid, Procter & Gamble, Vodacom Group Ltd and The Hollard Insurance Company Ltd. During his marketing career, he managed brands such as Gillette, Oral B, Braun, Polaroid, Olay, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Vicks, Vodacom and Hollard. In addition to working in SA, Thulani has held regional assignments in the USA, the UK and Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University.

Jackson Sikamo

President of Zambia Chamber of Mines

Jackson Sikamo is President of the Zambia Chamber of Mines and Country Manager for Metorex. He is responsible for facilitating communication between the Metorex, Jinchuan Zambian Mines and relevant Government departments as well as develop and oversee a Regional Country sustainable Mining Development Strategy. He is also the reputation guardian for the country. He has 32 years of mining, minerals processing and metallurgical engineering experience of which 19 at senior management level. He holds a BSc degree in Minerals Engineering and an MPhil in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University, England.

Ann Skelton

Director at Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria

Professor Ann Skelton is Director at Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria and has been a human rights lawyer in South Africa for 25 years, specialising in children’s rights. She was at the forefront of child law reform through the SA Law Reform Commission and holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa. She is an advocate who regularly appears in the courts arguing children’s rights issues, including education cases. She has published widely both locally and internationally. In 2012 she was awarded the Honorary Worlds Children’s Prize.

Wellington Takavarasha

Chief Executive Officer at The Zimbabwe Miners Federation

Wellington Takavarasha is the Chief Executive Officer of The Zimbabwe Miners Federation. Prior to the position, Wellington founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Zimbabwe Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Council. In 2012 he was elected in The Democratic Republic of Congo to be the founding President of the Comesa Council for Artisanal and Small Scale Miners, whose mandate involves lobbying to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA, member states. Wellington graduated at The University of Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Political and Administrative Studies.

Princess Thwala

Group Executive: Compliance & Stakeholder Relations at African Rainbow Minerals Limited

Princess Thwala is Group Executive: Compliance & Stakeholder Relations at African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Prior to the position Princess served as General Manager at the Assmang smelting operation, one of few women in the South African mineral smelting industry to be appointed into this position. She has also held the position at the South African Mint Company in Centurion and served as the Chief Engineer for Sasol Technology. Princess holds a BSc Chemistry Degree, University of Swaziland, a BSc Chemical Engineering Degree, Howard University in Washington DC and has completed the Executive Development Program at the University of South Africa.

Kgomotso Tshaka

Sustainable Futures Executive of Wesizwe Platinum Ltd.

Kgomotso Tshaka is the Sustainable Futures Executive of Wesizwe Platinum Ltd. She has 16 years’ work experience in management and executive roles, strategy development, communications and corporate social responsibility. Kgomotso has held management roles in various large organisations spanning from medical insurance to mining (diamonds and platinum). She serves on the board at Lonmin Development Trust, on the board of South African Women in Mining Association and on the Social, Ethics and Transformation Sub-Committee of the NBI Board. Previous positions include President of Lonmin Development Trust and Executive of Sustainability at Wesizwe Platinum Ltd.

Hervé Verhoosel

Representative in New York and Head of External Relations, Communications, and Advocacy at Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership

Hervé Verhoosel is Representative in New York and Head of External Relations, Communications, and Advocacy at Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. Founded by UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and the World Bank in 1998, RBM is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. In his position, Hervé oversees external relations initiatives, and leads international advocacy, communications, and resource mobilization activities, special projects, events and key relationships. Before joining RBM, he was a consultant for the International Crisis Group and George Soros’s OSI Foundation. Hervé also served as Spokesman for a member of the Belgian Government.

Veronica Yate

Director at Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

Veronica Yates is Director at Child Rights International Network (CRIN) has worked for CRIN for 13 years. She has a passionate commitment to children’s rights and achieving real change for children. She is highly ambitious for CRIN’s developing advocacy role and believes that small, focused organisations can make a disproportionate impact – but is well aware of the challenges. She is Co-chair of the International NGO Council on violence against children. She sits on the Board of Child Soldiers International, Approach Ltd. and is a member of to the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Child Rights Division.


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ActionLabs

Our ActionLabs offer dynamic discussions on how to meet the some of the most pressing challenges facing the region today.

Connecting our Children in a Digital World – Dangers and Possibilities

Africa is becoming increasingly connected and young people are increasingly accessing Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The digital world presents opportunities for children and young people, for example better possibilities to education. It also presents challenges as sexual exploitation, bullying and violence for children. This session explored how to overcome challenges, leverage on opportunities and present case studies from business, civil society and governments.

Protection of Children Against Violence

Focus is on how companies can prevent, protect and promote children’s rights against violence. Experiences will be shared from child rights experts and on how the business society has engaged in partnerships to protect children. The World Cup 2010 in South Africa, where an extensive program was executed to prevent trafficking, to ensure protection of children from violence and exploitation, will for example be highlighted. This session explored how to overcome challenges and leverage on opportunities to combat violence and present case studies.

Digging for a Sustainable Future – Children and the Mining Industry

The sharp increase in travel and tourism in ASEAN has led to expanded opportunities and venues available for child exploitation. This session highlighted tools and recommendations which could ensure that the region benefits from this sector while safeguarding children’s rights.

Africa Rising – Putting Children at the Center of Economic Growth and CSR Strategies

Within the context of economic growth and demographics in Africa it is important that children’s rights are at the core of business engagement with society and development. In Southern African countries however, a range of issues increase children ́s vulnerability and create insecure futures, including poverty, child headed households, sexual and substance abuse, violence, HIV/AIDS and access to basic social services. This session focused on how children’s rights can be included in business policies and programmes.

Empowering Children through Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship

Focus is on children’s access to qualitative education and on preparing children for future employment in the region. The importance of creative thinking and entrepreneurship will also be discussed. In order to make the region conflict-free and ensure a sustainable future – focusing on education, employment and entrepreneurship is crucial. This session explored how to overcome challenges and leverage opportunities and how business can be involved.

Connecting our Children in a Digital World – Dangers and Possibilities

Africa is becoming increasingly connected and young people are increasingly accessing Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The digital world presents opportunities for children and young people, for example better possibilities to education. It also presents challenges as sexual exploitation, bullying and violence for children. This session explored how to overcome challenges, leverage on opportunities and present case studies from business, civil society and governments.

Protection of Children Against Violence

Focus is on how companies can prevent, protect and promote children’s rights against violence. Experiences will be shared from child rights experts and on how the business society has engaged in partnerships to protect children. The World Cup 2010 in South Africa, where an extensive program was executed to prevent trafficking, to ensure protection of children from violence and exploitation, will for example be highlighted. This session explored how to overcome challenges and leverage on opportunities to combat violence and present case studies.

Digging for a Sustainable Future – Children and the Mining Industry

The sharp increase in travel and tourism in ASEAN has led to expanded opportunities and venues available for child exploitation. This session highlighted tools and recommendations which could ensure that the region benefits from this sector while safeguarding children’s rights.

Africa Rising – Putting Children at the Center of Economic Growth and CSR Strategies

Within the context of economic growth and demographics in Africa it is important that children’s rights are at the core of business engagement with society and development. In Southern African countries however, a range of issues increase children ́s vulnerability and create insecure futures, including poverty, child headed households, sexual and substance abuse, violence, HIV/AIDS and access to basic social services. This session focused on how children’s rights can be included in business policies and programmes.

Empowering Children through Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship

Focus is on children’s access to qualitative education and on preparing children for future employment in the region. The importance of creative thinking and entrepreneurship will also be discussed. In order to make the region conflict-free and ensure a sustainable future – focusing on education, employment and entrepreneurship is crucial. This session explored how to overcome challenges and leverage opportunities and how business can be involved.

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