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I deliver keynote addresses, guest lectures and motivational talks to audiences ranging from a few dozen to a few thousand.


My audiences range from conferences and corporate events to universities and non-profit fundraisers.


Topics of my talks span current political and social affairs, ethics and corporate responsibility, and personal achievement.

My talks rely on my 20+ years in business, my expertise in ethics, my years of social advocacy including being an anti-corruption whistleblower and my personal experience as reflected in my autobiography Pushing Boulders


DPhil*    Political Philosophy, Ethics, Oxford University, UK

MPhil     Political Theory, Oxford University, UK

MSc       Political Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
MPA      Political Institutions, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, USA
              Fellow, Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management   
MSc      Corporate Finance, London Business School, UK
MBA     Strategy, M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, USA
BSc       Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


* due for completion in 2022

Please note: While there have been occasions when I've been addressed as 'Professor' or 'Doctor,' these are not titles I hold. 


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Harvard University, Mason Fellows Ceremony, Boston, 2013

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CFO Indaba, Sandton, 2019

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Cape Town Press Club, 2021

Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, 2019

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The Ethics Society Conference,

Johannesburg, 2019


Actuarial Society of South Africa, Sandton, 2017

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Milpark Business School, Graduation Speaker, 2021

AFDA Durban, Virtual Graduation Speaker, 2021


International Perspectives Conference, Principia College, St Louis, MO, 2021


  • ‘After the Scandal: An Ethics-based Approach to Corporate Reparations’ UCT, 2019

  • ‘Getting it Right: A Corporate Responsibility Framework’, UCT, 2019

  • ‘Value creation in a responsible manner’ Good Governance Academy, 2019

  • ‘Building Ethically-Responsible Organisations’ The Ethics Institute, 2019

  • Keynote Address, Graduation Ceremony, Salesians Institute Youth Projects, Cape Town, 2018

  • Guest Speaker, Salesians Institute Youth Projects, Cape Town, 2018

  • Keynote Address, Actuarial Society of South Africa, Johannesburg, 2017

  • Keynote Speaker, Glitz and the Ritz, Salvation Army, Sarasota FL, USA, 2017

  • Keynote Address, Old Mutual Staff Volunteerism Awards, Cape Town, 2017

  • Keynote Address, Engineering Faculty Awards, University of Cape Town, 2017

  • Speaker, Gender (Dis)parity Report Launch, Bain & Company, Johannesburg, 2017

  • Talk, 'Grounds for corporate moral responsibility,' Said Business School, Oxford, 2017 

  • Talk, 'Corporations and Justice,' Africa Society Symposium, Oxford, 2017


Finance Indaba, Sandton, 2019

Actuarial Society of South Africa, Sandton, 2017


 Please contact me to schedule your event and to check rates