The Nelson Mandela 5th Annual Lecture with Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Nobel laureate. The focuse of the Lecture was on the progress of Africa, that it needed to be balanced on three pillars: security, development and human rights.
The Sixth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 12 July 2008, in Kliptown, Soweto. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during a lecture titled “Behold the new Africa”, stressed the importance of transparent, accountable government and the need to fight corruption in Africa.
Conversation with Prof Muhammad Yunus, in collaboration with WDB Group (Women’s Development Businesses), SEF (Small Enterprise Foundation) and AMFISA (Association of Micro Finance Institutions of South Africa). An all-day dialogue session with thought leaders, South Africa’s foremost social entrepreneurship patrons and practitioners, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, civil society, government, and members of the South African media. Other partners such as the WDB, African Development Bank (ADB), Banking Council, Independent Development Trust (IDT) and other microfinance institutions including the broader community of social entrepreneurs participated in this session. Professor Yunus aimed at stimulating a robust dialogue and conversation about microcredit, microfinance or social business as a tool to address poverty, based on the Grameen Bank model.
Dialogue with young people and university students about the Grameen Bank model. Students shared with Prof Yunus their own initiatives in working towards alleviating poverty in their communities. This inter-generational gathering consisted of South Africa’s leading young minds and social entrepreneurs at all levels.
Professor Ariel Dorfman, a Chilean-American author, human rights activist and distinguished professor of Literature and Latin-American Studies presented the Eighth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 31 July 2010. The venue for the lecture was Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium. The theme of the lecture was: Memory, Justice and Reconciliation.
Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture by Professor Ismail Serageldin at the Linder Auditorium of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The theme for the lecture was “The making of social justice: pluralism, cohesion and social participation”.
The Tenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture and activities with Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, Climate Justice and former President of Ireland. The theme of the lecture was “Freedom, Truth, Democracy: Citizenship and Common Purpose”.
Mary Robinson, keynote speaker at the Tenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, Graça Machel and Professor Jakes Gerwel, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation arriving before the start of the lecture and photos of the social event after the lecture.
The 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with Doctor Mo Ibrahim. The event was held at the University of South Africa (UNISA) on the 17th of August 2013. The theme for the lecture was “Building social cohesion”: a call for all South Africans to work towards a united, cohesive, democratic and national society. Dr Ibrahim’s address focused on the need for social cohesion not only in South Africa, but also between the 54 nations that make up the African continent.
President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, presenting the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 9 August 2014. This event marks the 52nd anniversary of Mr Mandela’s capture on 5 August 1962. The lecture was held at the historic City Hall in the City of Cape Town, a significant and poignant venue, as it is from this location that Mr Mandela gave his inaugural address to the people of South Africa after being released from prison in 1990. The theme of the 2014 lecture is "Building social cohesion through active citizenship". The reception was held immediately after the lecture.
Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics, Thomas Piketty, presenting the 2015 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus. Photos were taken before, during and after the lecture.
The 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2016 was delivered by Bill Gates on the eve of International Mandela Day at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed the theme “Living Together” in his lecture.