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South Africa: Transforming Tomorrow

As part of the Embassy of South Africa’s “South Africa 2012,” the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) & the Wilson Center Present: South Africa: The Future Ahead.

Date & Time

Jun. 26, 2012
1:15pm – 5:40pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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As Part of the Embassy of South Africa’s “South Africa 2012”

The South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) & The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


South Africa: Transforming Tomorrow

1:15pm - Registration  

2:00pm - Welcome: Steve McDonald, Africa Program Director, Woodrow Wilson Center

Call to Order: Saif Islam, SAWIP Class of 2012

2:10pm - Video Greeting by U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips and SAWIP alums

2:15-2:25pm - Greetings: South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

2:25-3:15PM - Scene Setter: South Africa: Challenges & Opportunities (will include Q&A)

Rev. Frank Chikane, Author, Eight Days in September and former Director General, South Africa Presidency, Murphy Morobe, CEO, Kagiso Media and former spokesman for President Thabo Mbeki and Francis Kornegay, Research Associate, Institute for Global Dialogue and Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center) interviewed by Celia W. Dugger, Deputy Science Editor and former Johannesburg co-bureau Chief, The New York Times.

3:15-3:30pm - Coffee Break

3:30-4:25pm - The Challenges for Growth in South Africa

Moderator: Prof. Richard America, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

Darius Mans, CEO, Africare and former CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Rick Johnston, Director and Senior Vice President, International Government Affairs, Citigroup, Anthony Carroll, Senior Associate, Center for StrategicStudies & Vice President, Manchester Trade, and Susan Lund (Principal, McKinsey & Co.)  

4:25-4:30pm - SAWIP student perspectives on the future of South Africa

4:35-5:30pm–The Power of “Ubuntu” in the Era of Mobile Technology and Social Media

Moderator: Richard Sergay, Former South Africa Bureau Chief, ABC News, and Senior VP Development,

TrinaDasGupta, Program Director, mWomen, GSMA, Tom Wheeler, Chair, Partnership Board, UN mHealth Alliance and former CEO, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), and Erik de Ridder, SAWIP Class of 2011.

5:30-5:40pm – Closingby Daniel Hagen (SAWIP Class of 2012)


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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

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