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The challenges African nations have experienced - from apartheid in South Africa to ethnic cleansing in the Sudan - present issues we all have a stake in as members of a global community. From human rights activists to political leaders to journalists, APB's Africa speakers refuse to balk at the challenges posed by current political and economic strife in the region and encourage us to become involved in the welfare of those who most need it. By sharing their inspirational stories and experiences, these speakers on Africa will help your audience understand what is happening throughout Africa and tell them what they can do to help.


Nobel Laureate & Human Rights Activist

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a world-renowned human rights activist & Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice & democracy.

Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Founder of Africa Rising Foundation

As the grandson to Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela is ensuring that his grandfather’s legacy lives on through his continuing work to ensure Africa’s brighter future. Among Ndaba’s efforts is the Founding of the Africa Rising Foundation, an...

First Female President of Liberia & Nobel Peace Laureate

Africa's "Iron Lady," President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman to lead an African nation. She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

Former Head, Counterterrorism Bureau at State Department

Daniel Benjamin, who served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, has become the go to expert in assessing the complex terrorism trends our world faces.

Social Entrepreneur & Veteran

The founder of an NGO and a former Marine, Rye Barcott has the distinction of being both a warrior and a peacemaker, a juxtaposition he explores in the memoir It Happened on the Way to War.

Best-Selling Author & Atlantic Monthly Correspondent

Robert D. Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security in Washington, DC, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. In 2011, he was recognized on Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.

Award-Winning Journalist

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, extending her work at various times to all media. She has made a success of challenging convention with her fresh insights on issues both close to home...

Civil Rights Activist & Politician

Former Presidential candidate, civil rights activist Reverend Jackson is one of the best known and most influential voices of American political and social activism. Called “the great unifier,” he has played a pivotal role in virtually every...

The World's Leading Geo-Strategist

Parag Khanna is the leading next-generation voice on the future of global affairs. Named one of Esquire magazine's 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, Khanna was a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama during his...

Author, Left to Tell

Ilibagiza is the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, the international bestseller that has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been made into a documentary. Some of the proceeds from the book...

International Affairs Expert

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Working for the Clinton Administration, he was directly involved in a...

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

As President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari helped steer the nation in its accession to the EU. He is known for his efforts in international peace mediation and conflict resolution.

Founder of Wine to Water

Speaker Doc Hendley is a bartender turned social entrepreneur who founded Wine to Water, which aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water.

Former Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Dr. Panitchpakdi has served two terms as Secretary-General of UNCTAD. Known for his distinguished achievements in the economic and trade policymaking fields, he was honored with the Grand Prize in ASEAN's Asia Cosmopolitan Awards in 2012.

Former US Senator / Author / Lawyer

Former US Senator from Maine, Mitchell served as the Chairman of the Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland. Under his leadership, a historic accord ending decades of conflict was agreed upon by the governments of Ireland, the UK, and the...

Advisor, World Economic Forum

A respected economist, speaker Xavier Sala-i-Martin focuses on such issues as economic development, world markets, innovation and competitiveness.

Award-Winning Journalist & Author

Robin Wright has reported on numerous wars and revolutions and recently covered foreign policy for The Washington Post. She authored The Last Great Revolution.

Founder of Oliberté Footwear

Speaker Tal Dehtiar creates jobs in developing countries to build thriving middle classes - and healthy economies - there.

Real Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda

Known as the "Rwandan Schindler," speaker Paul Rusesabagina saved countless lives during the Rwandan genocide. His story is chronicled in the film Hotel Rwanda.

Race & Gender Justice Activist

The daughter of Archbishop Tutu, Nontombi Naomi Tutu is an expert in international finance and third-world development. She helps groups deal with conflict.

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