Johnny Clegg – also known as ‘Le Zulu Blanc’ (or the White Zulu) – is an award-winning singer, songwriter, anthropologist (he studied and taught anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand), activist and French knight. A Grammy-nominated musician, Clegg is passionate about African history, stories and performance.
Jay Naidoo is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) a global foundation fighting malnutrition and hunger in the world. He is the founder of the social development arm of an investment and management company, J&J Group, which he co-founded. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of organisations including the Global Health Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broadband Commission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). From 1994 to 1999, Jay was the Minister responsible for South Africa’s Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and Communications Minister in Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet. He was the founding General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) where he served three terms (1985 to 1993). From 2001-2010, Jay was Chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Jay was the recipient of, among other awards, the Chevalier de la Légiond’Honneur (Legion of Honour), one of France’s highest decorations, and received the ‘Drivers for Change Award’ from the Southern African Trust and Mail & Guardian newspaper in Oct 2010. He has recently returned to full time voluntary work, and publishes a blog at www.thejustcause.org. Jay’s recently published autobiography, ‘Fighting for Justice’, is available in leading bookstores.
Valli Moosa was born in Johannesburg in 1957. He completed a B.Sc. degree in 1979 with majors in mathematics and Physics.
Valli was an active participant in the South African freedom struggle. He was detained without trial on numerous occasions for his opposition to Apartheid. He served a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. He served on President Mandela’s team which negotiated the peaceful transition from Apartheid to democracy in 1994. Valli played a central role in drafting the new South African Constitution. He served the first democratically elected government as Minister for Constitutional Development in President Mandela’s cabinet from 1994 to 1999, and, as Minister for the Environment from 1999 to 2004. He hosted the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and served as Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 2003.
In 2004 Valli retired from government to join the private sector. He is currently Chairman of Lereko Investments and Sun International. He also serves on the boards of Anglo Platinum, Sanlam and Imperial Holdings. He is also a principal of the LerekoMetier Capital Growth Fund. He previously served as Chairman of Eskom. Valli served as the President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2004 to 2008. He served as a member of the Global Leadership for Climate Action under the Chairmanship of President Ricardo Lagos of Chile until 2009. He is currently a member of the CCICED (China Council for International Co-operation on Environment and Development) and is deputy chairman of WWF (South Africa).