Past UWC Africa Week Speakers

  • Harald Oswin
    Harald Oswin
    Applied Mathematics Student, Harvard University, USA
  • Mr. Ashley Green-Thompson
    Mr. Ashley Green-Thompson
    Independent Consultant in Philanthropy and Development
  • Mr.  Phil Mnisi
    Mr. Phil Mnisi
    (Swaziland) CEO, Swaziland Sugar Association
  • H.E. Ms. Rachel Odede (Kenya)
    H.E. Ms. Rachel Odede (Kenya)
    UNICEF Resident Representative, Swaziland
  • Vivian Ojo
    Vivian Ojo
    Master of Public Policy Student Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Mrs. Treasure Maphanga (Swaziland)
    Mrs. Treasure Maphanga (Swaziland)
    Director Trade and Industry, African Union Commission
  • Mr. Jens Walternman (Germany)
    Mr. Jens Walternman (Germany)
    Executive Director, UWC International
  • Sir John Daniel, O.C (Canada)
    Sir John Daniel, O.C (Canada)
    Chair, UWC International Board

Other Speakers

H.E. Happy Mahlangu, (South Africa) South African High Commissioner to Swaziland.
H.E. Makila James, (USA) US Ambassador to Swaziland
Professor Pitika Ntuli, (South Africa) Historian, Poet, Sculptor, Writer
Bazukile Diko, (South Africa) Journalist, Power FM South Africa
Fatou Leigh, (The Gambia) Senior Economist, UNDP Swaziland
Vivian Ojo, (Namibia) African Leadership Academy, South Africa, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Alumna
Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekhethe, (South Africa) Deputy Director General: International and Regional Economic Policy, Department of Treasury, South Africa
Christopher Kinyanjui, (Kenya) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ActionAid International
Pooven Moodley (South Africa) – Head of Campaigns at ActionAid International
Wabantu Hlophe, (Swaziland) Student at Yale University (USA), Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Alumna
Harald Oswin, (Swaziland) Student at Harvard University (USA), Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Alumna
Tezzy Nhlengethwa, (Swaziland) Student at Brown University (USA), Waterford Kamhlaba Alumna
Karanja Karubiu (Kenya) Waterford Kamhlaba UWC SRC President
Mbongeni Dlamini, (Swaziland) Artist, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Alumna

Harald Oswin
Applied Mathematics Student, Harvard University, USA

An Applied Mathematics student at Harvard University, Harald Oswin, (Swaziland, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, 2004-2010)  attended Waterford Kamhlaba UWC for 7 years. The presence of a diverse community and the great emphasis UWC placed on community services were things that Harald found to be different with the previous school he had attended. While at UWC he served President of the Student Representative Council (SRC). His tenure as the president greatly influenced his decision to venture into entrepreneurship. After completing his IB Diploma Programme he received a Shelby Davis scholarship to study at Harvard University. By his own admission, the scholarship altered the trajectory of his life for the better. At Harvard, he spent five semesters before returning to South Africa in February 2015 to launch his company.

Harald Oswin is an energy and entrepreneurship enthusiast. Thus his vision is to create, capitalize and coordinate innovative and socially conscious enterprises within the African energy sector so as to ameliorate the lives of the less well-off, to power industries and to enhance the prosperity of the continent. With over 600 million people still lacking access to electricity, he believes entrepreneurship and energy innovation will be the primary turbine for development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Hence, together with Barry McKenna, a mechanical engineering student at Harvard, he is currently commercialising an ultra-low cost, patented controller, the Geyser Flicker, in order to provide a solution to South African homes that are trying to manage their huge electricity consumption, caused mainly by boilers. The matchbox- sized device automates the activation of the boiler at key times, thereby promoting energy efficiency, sustainability and cost savings for homes. He hopes the device can assist utilities that are confronted with exogenous supply constraints in the short-medium term. They aim to use this as a platform to create even more low-cost entrepreneurial breakthroughs for people in Africa and beyond.

Harald takes great pride in having started his own business and developing a hardware product from start to end. The concept of the Geyser-Flicker won Harald the McKinsey Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Social Enterprise at Harvard in 2013. Harald is also a member of the Global Shapers Community – an initiative of the World Economic Forum.  “This is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society.

Mr. Ashley Green-Thompson
Independent Consultant in Philanthropy and Development

 

Ashley Green-Thompson is a member of the Waterford Kamhlaba UWC Governing Council. He was involved in the first Independent Electoral Commission that ushered in South Africa’s democratic election of 1994. From there he went on to become the first lay person to head the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, before moving on to work at the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO). During this time Ashley coordinated various civil society processes around the UN’s World Conference Against Racism and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. He was the National Director of the SA Network of Trauma Service Providers that supported work in the victim empowerment field. He was also the Grants Manager at the Southern Africa Trust, a funding organisation influencing public policy processes in the SADC region. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wits University, where he is currently completing a Masters degree in public and development management. He lives in Swaziland and works throughout the region as a development consultant.

Mr. Phil Mnisi
(Swaziland) CEO, Swaziland Sugar Association

 

Mr. Phil Mnisi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Swaziland Sugar Association. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Swaziland between November 2012 and July 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Governor of the Central Bank of Swaziland for 4 years. A Chartered Marketer Southern Africa (CMSA) and member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoD), Phil holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa (UNISA), a B.Com (Accounting) Degree and has completed the Executive Leadership Development Program from GIBS University and a Program on Investment Appraisal Management from Harvard University, USA. His career in the financial services sector spans more than 20 years in Swaziland and South Africa. In South Africa, he worked for ABSA as Head of Group Talent Management and was a member of the Senior Leadership Group. Prior, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Bankers (IOB). In Swaziland he has held senior positions at Nedbank, Swaziland Industrial Development Company (SIDC) and the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC). Phil serves in various companies and non-governmental organisations as a Board member and/or Chairman.

H.E. Ms. Rachel Odede (Kenya)
UNICEF Resident Representative, Swaziland

 

H.E. Ms. Rachel Odede has been working for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 20 years, and has vast experience and knowledge of different programmatic operations of the organization. She worked for UNICEF in Indonesia, Eritrea, Kenya Country Offices as well as the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), her last duty station before assuming her position as UNICEF Representative to Swaziland.

In UNICEF ROSA, Ms Odede served as the Regional Advisor on HIV and AIDS, overseeing UNICEF’s response to children and AIDS in eight Country Offices (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Her work involved provision of strategic technical assistance, quality assurance and oversight of country programmes’ response to HIV and AIDS.

From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Odede worked in ROSA as the Regional HIV/AIDS Specialist, responsible for programmes on protection, care and support of children affected by HIV and AIDS and adolescent HIV prevention in South Asia.

She worked as Chief of HIV and AIDS Programme in the UNICEF Indonesia Country Office between 2002 and 2006. Ms Odede also served as Chief of Communication in Eritrea between 1999-2002 and Programme Communication Officer in Kenya between 1994-1999.

Ms. Odede is a national of Kenya. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA, a Master’s degree in Education from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nairobi.

Vivian Ojo
Master of Public Policy Student Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Vivian Ojo (Namibia/Nigerian, WK 2008- 2009) was born in Zaria, Nigeria to a Yoruba chemist and an Otjiherero teacher from Namibia. Vivian is a proud ‘Namgerian’ deeply enchanted by both my homes on the continent. She has a particular interest in inclusive pan-African development. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in African and Latin America Natural Resources and International Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and isnow pursuing my masters in Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government

A Princeton in Africa fellow, she recently worked for the African leadership Academy (ALA), in Johannesburg South Africa. She worked directly for the African careers Network, which is the career and internship placement arm of the Academy that manages hundreds of MasterCard foundation and ALA students and over 200 partners across the African continent. She has previously worked in research and translation at the BRICS Policy Centre on the commerce team in Brazil. She graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she focused on Natural resource management and International development in Africa and Latin America. Although she has spent most of her life in Africa, she has had the opportunity to work and study in various other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Brazil and the United States. These experiences inform her perspectives on development in the African continent. Vivian is very interested in education policy, especially as it pertains to African leadership. She is passionate about the intersection between development, education and the arts and is the co-founder of the Georgetown Circle of Women- a girls’ education non-profit, a published poet and a dancer. She runs The Poetry Place a website focused on sharing poetry particular to the African experience.

Mrs. Treasure Maphanga (Swaziland)
Director Trade and Industry, African Union Commission

Mrs Treasure Maphanga (Centre) speaking during a past UWC Africa panel forum

 

Mrs. Treasure Maphanga is the Director for Trade and Industry at African Union Commission, where she is pursuing the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). Prior to joining the African Union Commission, she was the Deputy Country Director for ICAP, Swaziland. She previously worked as the Chief of Office for Africa – International Trade Centre, a joint venture of the World Trade Organ­ization and the United Nations in the Geneva Office. She had the role of coordinating the ITC’s strate­gy in Africa through policy reform. She holds a BA Economics from Trent University in Canada and an Executive Master’s Degree in International Negotiation and Policy making from the Graduate School of Geneva, Switzerland. Mrs. Maphanga attended her Form 1-5 at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC before joining UWC Adriatic College in Italy. She has served on Waterford Kamhlaba’s Governing Council.

Mr. Jens Walternman (Germany)
Executive Director, UWC International

Mr. Jens Waltermann is the Executive Director of UWC (United World Colleges) International since 2015. His prior engagement with UWC includes work with the German National Committee for UWC since 2006 where he served as of the board from 2008 to 2015. Throughout his service with the committee he has been closely involved with the creation of UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany, which opened in 2014.

Jens is an alumnus of UWC Pearson College in Canada. He trained as a lawyer in Germany and graduated with a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. His career includes positions in international commercial arbitration, senior roles in the German policy think tank the Bertelsmann Foundation, and managing as a senior partner the growth of Solon Management Consulting, with offices throughout Europe, a highly diverse employee group and a blue chip client base. base.

Sir John Daniel, O.C (Canada)
Chair, UWC International Board

 

Sir John Daniel is an eminent educationalist who was President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (2004 to 2012). Hosted by the Government of Canada and headquartered in Burnaby, Canada, the Commonwealth of Learning is the only international, intra-governmental body focused exclusively on using technology to expand the scope and scale of learning. His career has included the post of UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education. He also served as Deputy Director-General of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994 and holder of 31 honorary doctorates from universities in 17 countries, Sir John’s international career has also included 17 years as a university president at Laurentian University in Canada and The Open University in the UK. Sir John is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (1990), the College of Preceptors (1997) and the Commonwealth of Learning (2002). He won the Symons Medal of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in 2008

He has been closely involved in the development of open and distance learning nearly 40 years. Best known among his 300 publications are his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education and Mega-Schools Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All  His non-executive appointments have included the presidencies of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, the Canadian Association for Distance Education and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. He now works on various international projects including as Education Master at the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy in China and as Senior Advisor to Academic Partnerships International.

Click here to read Sir John Daniel’s Africa Rising Speech