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Executive Director African Civil Society Centre

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 Kumi Naidoo Biography

Kumi Naidoo is the Launch Director of the African Civil Society Center. Passionately involved in liberation struggles from a young age, he continues to speak truth to power across the range of social, economic and environmental justice campaigns around the globe. He is dedicated to engagement, dialogue and change and seeks a green and peaceful planet for all the world’s inhabitants.

Born in South Africa in 1965, Kumi Naidoo became involved in South Africa's liberation struggle at the age of 15 when he joined the Helping Hands Youth Organisation (an affiliate of the South African Youth Congress). He received his BA in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Durban-Westville in 1985. After the Apartheid government imposed a State of Emergency the following year, Kumi was arrested numerous times, charged for violating provisions against mass mobilisation and civil disobedience. Police harassment eventually forced him to go underground before fleeing to the UK in 1987. Kumi spent his time in exile at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, where he holds a doctorate in political sociology.

After Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, Kumi returned to South Africa to work on the legalisation of the African National Congress. He was founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), whose mandate is to ensure that the traditions of civil society continue to serve the people of South Africa. In addition, he held several leadership positions on a wide range of education, development, and social justice initiatives, including the 1997 National Men’s March against Violence against Women and Children, the adult education NGO sector and as the official spokesperson for the 1994 Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). He is a former board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Partnership for Transparency Fund, the Global Reporting Initiative and Earthrights International.

From 1998 to 2008, Kumi was the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of Johannesburg-based Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. He has also been the founding chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty since its inception in 2004. Kumi currently serves on the board of 350.org and Global Greengrants Fund.

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Development Dialogue; Boiling Point/ Can Citizen Action Save the World? No.54, July 2010

Development Dialogue; Boiling Point/ Can Citizen Action Save the World? No.54, July 2010

Civil Society at the Millennium

Civil Society at the Millennium

South Africa NGO's: The Path Ahead

South Africa NGO's: The Path Ahead

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Kumi Naidoo

Executive Director African Civil Society Centre

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Kumi Naidoo Biography

Kumi Naidoo is the Launch Director of the African Civil Society Center. Passionately involved in liberation struggles from a young age, he continues to speak truth to power across the range of social, economic and environmental justice campaigns around the globe. He is dedicated to engagement, dialogue and change and seeks a green and peaceful planet for all the world’s inhabitants.

Born in South Africa in 1965, Kumi Naidoo became involved in South Africa's liberation struggle at the age of 15 when he joined the Helping Hands Youth Organisation (an affiliate of the South African Youth Congress). He received his BA in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Durban-Westville in 1985. After the Apartheid government imposed a State of Emergency the following year, Kumi was arrested numerous times, charged for violating provisions against mass mobilisation and civil disobedience. Police harassment eventually forced him to go underground before fleeing to the UK in 1987. Kumi spent his time in exile at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, where he holds a doctorate in political sociology.

After Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, Kumi returned to South Africa to work on the legalisation of the African National Congress. He was founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), whose mandate is to ensure that the traditions of civil society continue to serve the people of South Africa. In addition, he held several leadership positions on a wide range of education, development, and social justice initiatives, including the 1997 National Men’s March against Violence against Women and Children, the adult education NGO sector and as the official spokesperson for the 1994 Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). He is a former board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Partnership for Transparency Fund, the Global Reporting Initiative and Earthrights International.

From 1998 to 2008, Kumi was the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of Johannesburg-based Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. He has also been the founding chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty since its inception in 2004. Kumi currently serves on the board of 350.org and Global Greengrants Fund.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kumi Naidoo for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Kumi Naidoo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kumi Naidoo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kumi Naidoo?

    Booking fees for Kumi Naidoo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kumi Naidoo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kumi Naidoo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kumi Naidoo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kumi Naidoo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kumi Naidoo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kumi Naidoo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kumi Naidoo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kumi Naidoo for your event is available upon request. Kumi Naidoo generally travels from JohannesburgSouth Africa and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matthew Bishop, Kathy Calvin, Muhammad Yunus, Pete Cashmore and Robert Safian. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kumi Naidoo for an upcoming event.

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  • Living for a Cause #2 - Kumi Naidoo - YouTube
    Contagious courage, a billion individual acts | Kumi Naidoo ...
  • Dr Kumi Naidoo - YouTube
    Kumi Naidoo on the Urgency of Climate Action on Vimeo
  • 5:32 Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International, at the CAN press ...

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