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Innovating Past Our Visible Selves (Speech)

Geci Karuri-Sebina speaks on "Innovating Past Our Visible Selves" 

Good evening, Dumelang, Saninbonani, Molweni, Avuxeni, Ndaa.
…But since my vocabulary and time are both limited, please accept that I see and recognise you all.
- Lord Williams, Master of Magdalene College
- Corinne Lloyd, the Development Director of Magdalene College
- Chris von Christierson, Mandela Magdalene Memorial Foundation
- Allen Zimbler, Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme
- Scholars and alumni of the Magdalene College
- Other Esteemed Guests and Friends;

It is a real honour for me to be here, speaking to you this evening:
I was asked to speak here as a young leader. I am not sure that I’m all that young any more (even though we seem to have rather flexible limits to our definition of “youth” in SA!), but I am at least still young enough to have been excited about this invitation.


When you are approached with an amazing opportunity to speak on a platform such as this – with the brilliance of the present company, a world-leading university with a history of over 800 years, and a platform carrying the lofty name of our very own hero and global icon Madiba – one experiences at first a great excitement, quickly followed by a looming horror. For me, the excitement manifested in a cocky and prompt acceptance to speak, and a great clarity about all the very, very clever things I would want to say. But then reality sinks soon after… For me, the horror that followed unfolded in a process not dissimilar to the 5 stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, ultimately, acceptance.

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Samantha Rice, a South African creative media expert with a passion for helping her clients to realize their business visions

For many successful businesses, it’s all about ensuring they stay on message and have a strong brand identity and digital presence to support that goal. For entrepreneur Samantha Rice, founder of Creative Compass, that’s where her specialist expertise and insights can make the difference. 

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The world through the eyes of entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane, inventor of DryBath

This is the success story of a young man who, upon getting married, sat down with his wife and made a list of fifty things they needed to achieve. That precise, forensic and focused approach came from his father. Let me formally introduce you to Ludwick Marishane, the founder of Headboy Industries and South Africa’s youngest patent-filer after having invented DryBath at the age of seventeen. The product is the world’s first bath substitute that uses a skin gel.

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Naledi Toona, a South African entrepreneur taking her skills as a private chef to the next level in business

They say that to build a successful business, you should start with your specialist skills, passion and knowledge, and harness those as the basis for a business that can grow. This is an approach being taken to the full by the talented Chef Naledi, a South African private chef and culinary instructor who is now helping others to build their knowledge and experience of cooking at home.

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