Minister Naledi PANDOR

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education & Training

Naledi PANDOR is South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training. A life of exile from 1961 until 1984 resulted in an international flavour to her education. She holds a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an MA in Education from the University of London. In 1992 she studied for a Diploma in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership at Bryn Mawr in the USA. In 1997 she completed an MA in Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch and a Diploma in Leadership in Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, while she was serving as an MP.

PANDOR became an MP in 1994 and has amassed impressive experience in positions of public office. Her experience in education policy planning made her a welcome appointment as Minister of Education. She has also served as Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Home Affairs.

PANDOR has received honorary doctorates from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Stellenbosch, University of Lisbon, Leiden University and from the University College of Dublin. She is married to Sharif PANDOR and they have four children and two grandchildren.

OUR SPEAKERS

Professor Anant AGARWAL

Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2018; Founder and CEO, edX

Mr Tom BLACKWELL

CEO & Co-founder of EM

The Rt Hon Gordon BROWN

UN Special Envoy for Global Education; Former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer

Mr Ronnie C. CHAN

Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Limited

Mr Arnold CHAN

Founder and CEO of non-profit Teach4HK

Dr Charles CHEN Yidan

Founder, the Yidan Prize

Mr CHI Yufeng

Founder and Chairman of Hongen Education and Technology Co., Founder and Chairman of Perfect World Group

Ms Peggy CHOI

Founder and CEO of knowledge-sharing platform Lynk

Mr Simon COX

Emerging Markets Editor at The Economist

Dr Jacob (Yaki) DAYAN

Founder & CEO, EdTech Israel

Ms Yaneth GIHA

Former Minister of Education, Colombia

Mr Alvin GRAYLIN

China President, HTC

Professor Larry HEDGES

Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018; Chair of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Mr Lavine HEMLANI

Co-founder and CEO of ed-tech company Xcelerate

Dr Julian HUPPERT

Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Mr Clive LEE

Chief Executive Officer, Yidan Prize Foundation

Mr Peter LEWIS

Presenter of "Money Talk", RTHK Radio 3

Dr Dennis LITTKY

Co-founder and Co-director, Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound

Mrs Graça MACHEL

Child Rights Advocate and Humanitarian

Ms Margaret McCABE

CEO and Founder of Debate Mate

Professor Sugata MITRA

Professor, Educational Technology; Pioneer, "Hole in the Wall" experiment

Dr NG Pak Tee

Author, Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes; Member, the Global Education Innovation (GEI) Lab

Dr Cathy SEELEY

Educator, popular speaker and author; Expert on "Constructive Struggling"

Dr Stephen D SMITH

Finci-Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation

Ms Isabella STEGER

Senior Reporter at Quartz

Mr Gareth STOCKDALE

CEO, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Mr Ruben VARDANYAN

Impact investor and social entrepreneur

Mr Terry VIRTS

NASA Astronaut and Author of View From Above

Ms Rana WEHBE

Senior Editor-Special Projects Forbes Asia

Mr David WESTON

Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust; Expert on "Lesson Study"

Mr Lee WILLIAMSON

Editor, Generation T Asia