Blair, Porter, Tutu for Discovery Leadership Summit
TONY BLAIR, ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU and MICHAEL PORTER will be part of a line-up of speakers discussing government, economics and business issues at this year’s Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Sandton at the end of August.
Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Michael Porter will form part of an impressive line-up of local and international leaders speaking at the fourth annual Discovery Invest Leadership Summit. To be held on 30 August 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre, the event has become synonymous with leading global thought leadership on issues relating to business, economics, government and leadership.
Herschel Mayers, CEO of Discovery Invest says, “We are extremely excited about the calibre of speakers that will be sharing their insights at this year’s Discovery Invest Leadership Summit. Our intent with this event is to expose leaders and aspiring leaders in South Africa to some of the most brilliant thinkers”.
Tony Blair was Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for 10 years. Since leaving public politics, he has pursued interests that are core to his beliefs of building a better society. In 2008 he launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims to build bridges between diverse religious groups through a better understanding, and mutual respect.His predominant role since leaving public office is as Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.
Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu has become a global icon of hope, justice and equality. He fought against apartheid, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his courage and commitment in striving for equality. He has remained outspoken on issues that traverse human rights and is now Chairman of the Elders, a group of international leaders who leverage their integrity, experience and credibility to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.
Internationally-acclaimed Professor Michael Porter is indisputably the foremost authority on modern competitive strategy. He has published over 17 books on marketing strategy and business competitiveness. He advises governments and business leaders and his 1998 book The Competitive Advantage of Nations guides economic policy in countless nations and regions.
Other South African thought leaders that will participate in the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit are Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan; Sizwe Nxasana, CEO of FirstRand Group and Stephen Koseff, CEO of Investec.
“Intellectual Capital. Shared.” is the theme of this year’s Summit, which encapsulates the event’s objectives of sharing knowledge, experience and insight from the world’s leading pioneers in spheres as diverse as politics, commerce, business, and leadership.
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