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Chris Lubbe – The UA Global Summit 2017 Keynote Speaker

Chris Lubbe grew up in a rural part of Port St. John, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. From a young age, he had an interest in public speaking and politics. This was the beginning of his path that would lead him into becoming an activist and go up against the apartheid regime in South Africa. His determination and devotion in his vision for South Africa always motivated him to continue his work in the face of an ever-present threat of violence.

Chris Lubbe spends his life fighting discrimination and teaching people about the consequences of discrimination. He does this through traveling as a public speaker, spreading his peaceful message around the world. He believes that everyone is equal and should be treated that way, so he uses his influence and vast experience to inspire change. He encourages everyone to use their own ability to create change in the world around them.


“The key themes of my message are determination, courage, perseverance and the power of forgiveness in the face of blatant racial discrimination or opposition”


After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 and the fall of apartheid, Chris worked with Nelson Mandela until his retirement as a bodyguard. Chris first met Mandela in 1990, while organising a concert for the African National Congress (ANC). While protecting the first black president of South Africa, he also had the life changing opportunity to meet the international dignitaries such as The Queen. He also got involved in the delicate negotiations with the apartheid regime resulting in subsequent agreement and the drafting of the new constitution. The years by Nelson Mandela side Chris got to learn from him, having first hand experience the work Mandela did towards a vision of South Africa where everyone was free.



“Hope, forgiveness, reconciliation and freedom are the lasting memories I have of Nelson Mandela,”


Chris Lubbe an ambassador for Unicef, now inspires younger generations to speak out and determine their own future regardless of race, gender or disability. Encouraging them to become global citizens.


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