26 March 2014 | Opinion
Registrations are closed, the speakers have been finalised, and it’s all systems go for the 5th annual Social Investment Conference, sponsored by Tshikululu Social Investments.
The Social Investment Conference, South Africa’s leading showcase for sustainable corporate social investment, takes place at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) campus in Johannesburg on 2-3 April 2014.
Among the speakers at the conference are the following:
- John Kane-Berman, outgoing CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations, who speaks on Social Investment and the Battle of Ideas
- Frank Magwegwe of Momentum Retail, who speaks on Personal Development with Social Investment Backing and will draw on his own incredible story, which has taken him from homelessness in Johannesburg to the Harvard Business School
- Tshikululu Social Investments CEO Tracey Henry, who will share insights gleaned from a survey of 39 business leaders on The Role of Business in Society
- FirstRand Foundation CEO Sizwe Nxasana, who will speak about the National Education Collaboration Trust, of which he is a founding trustee
- Political scientist Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal of Wits University, who speaks on Foreshadowing and Forecasting
The Social Investment Conference will host several panel discussions featuring a wide range of thought leaders, on the following subjects:
- Social Investment Mythbusting, a reality check about perceptions of South Africa
- Social Investment Change Makers, a look at innovators and “status quo disruptors” in the field of Social Investment
- International Funding, which will examine the implications of South Africa’s economy maturing, such as the withdrawal of international funding
- Assessing Impact Through M&E, which will debate how social impact is measured, and why
In addition, there will be a series of breakaway discussion sessions, covering education, the environment, health, cause-related marketing and social entrepreneurship. The conference ends with The Next Generation, a discussion on upcoming leaders in Social Investment and social enterprise development featuring businessman Xolisa Gaca, and social entrepreneurs Ludwick Marishane and Rorisang Tshabalala.