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Theme: Elephants in the room!

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September 30, 2020
7:00am - 7:00am SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Pretoria, Gauteng
South Africa

At TEDxUniversityOfSouthAfrica , we search year-round for speakers who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. We curate emerging students, lectures, alumni, scientists and thinkers, from the leading ODL institute in Africa UNISA, introducing them to the TED community well before they hit the mainstream. TEDxUniversityOfSouthAfrica also seeks out presenters run the South Africa's most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media.

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Hetty Boachie-Yiadom

Hetty -UNISA Alumni- Co-founder of South Africa's largest African print retail brand, P&H boutique, situated across South Africa at award-winning malls as well as residential proterty portfolio, P&H Homes. Hetty was named a Top 200 Young South African by Mail & Guardian in 2019, Top 50 Thriving Female Founders, and ranked number 1 on Vusi Thembekwayo's Top 40 mentorship programme. A notable highlight in Hetty's journey was being featured on South Africa's prestigious lifestyle television show, Top Billing. Hetty now dedicates her time with guiding entrepreneurs to achieve their goals through results-based mentorship. She has set an ambitious goal to impact 100 African-led businesses in 2020 through her talks and mentorship.

Paballo Katleho Makupu

Paballo consulting actuary and manager, technical member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and an award-winning philanthropist. Her many accolades include the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans, Carrol Boyes Fabulous Girl Foundation’s Girl of the Year, CEO Global’s Pan Africa award for Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business, the Youth Service and Excellence award as well as Youth Philanthropist award from the Gauteng Premier and the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals’ Inkanyezi award. Paballo wants to use her experience to provide a platform for aspiring female professionals while mentoring and preparing them to take on leadership positions.

Prof Hossana Twinomurinzi

BSc Hons (Mathematics), Masters (IT), PhD (IT) is a C2 South Africa NRF Rated Researcher and Professor with the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the University of South Africa. He is currently the Director for Digital Skills Research at NEMISA, current Associate Editor for the African Journal of Information and Communication, past Associate Editor at the African Journal of Information Systems, the Immediate Past Chairperson for the ICT4D Flagship at Unisa, and immediate Past Secretary for SAICSIT. Join Professor Hossana Twinomurinzi as he delivers his first TEDx Talk at TEDxUniversityOfSouthAfrica 'The Elephant in the Room' Event. 30 September 2020

Rianette Leibowitz

Brand SA Play Your Part Ambassador, Author, TV & Radio Presenter, Accredited Public Relations Consultant, Digital Parenting Expert and Cyber Safety Change Agent
Cyber Safety Change Agent, Brand South Africa PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADOR, Founder of SaveTNet Cyber Safety and Author of a book on Digital Parenting. This Cyber Safety Change Agent has been sharing the cyber safety message on all platforms by creating awareness for responsible digital citizenship. Founded SaveTNet Cyber Safety after she heard of the shocking statistics of young people who commit suicide because of cyberbullying and has been the driving force behind SaveTNet, which offers help to cybercrime victims through a NETwork of relevant professionals. She is a thought leader in the cyber safety space and is a front runner also working on issues such as smart cities, eSports and Gaming. The Digital Parenting, released in March 2020, empowers parents to have cyber safety conversations and to ensure more responsible digital citizens. She is featured in the international documentary film titled “Public Figure”, and was featured at The Global Leadership Summit 2018.

Vusi Thembekwayo

Investor | Leader | Speaker
Vusi is a venture capitalist, best selling author, renowned entrepreneur and global business speaker. He was named one of the top 12 speakers in the world by MeetingsNet for his inspirational and transformational impact on businesses. Vusi is the go-to-guy for many CEO's and executives navigating disruption and change. He shares his failures and successes with candour and humility instantly building trust with his global audience and respect with his peers.

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Johannesburg, South Africa