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Press release 

1st International Conference on Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Economy/Growth                                                                     

11 May 2015

The Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change at the University of South Africa (Unisa) is hosting the 1st International Conference on Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Economy/Growth which will take place from 26 to 28 May 2015. The conference, a brainchild of the Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change incumbent and Conference Chair, Prof Godwell Nhamo, is organized by Unisa in partnership with selected South African national departments, academic institutions, international partners as well as local industry and local government partners. The conference also emerges from a long term partnership between Unisa and Exxaro Resources Ltd, a South African based company which is the main sponsor.

Among the national departments partnering Unisa in this conference are the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The academic institutions participating Unisa include the University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, North West University, Human and Social Research Council (HSRC), Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Limpopo. The academic institutions mentioned here exclude presenters coming from a range of universities across Africa and beyond. International organizations taking part include SEED from Geneva and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) based in South Korea. The South African Local Government Association (SALGA), National Business Initiative (NBI), Development Bank of Southern Africa, Green Fund, BMW Club Motors Fountains, Gliimo SA, iGREENs, Blank Canvas International, saine, Matayo Biofuels Pty and Hisense South Africa are among local industry and local government partners lined up for the event.

The conference addresses four thematic areas namely: Business and Biodiversity; Energy and Energy Management; Water Connections, Global Change and Sustainability; and Climate Change and Green Economy/Growth Transition. The themes cover social, business, environmental concerns and practices. The conference is executed along four platforms that focus on symposia, academic papers, workshops, and displays. Some of the symposia to look forward to include: Sustainable Business Leadership: Leading Innovation beyond Compliance; Entrepreneurship: A solution for climate change and green growth; and Green growth/economy and climate change readiness for local government. The workshops lined up cover topics like Electric Vehicles, Carb Tax and Renewable Energy as a path to Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings.

Internationally renounced speakers to grace the occasion include: Prof Nader Mahinpey of the University of Calgary in Canada, Dr Helen Marquard of SEED Geneva, Prof Martina Maria Keitsch of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ms. Sibongile Mavimbela from the Southern African Development community (SSADC), Lord Michael Hastings who is KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship and former Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council – The Future of Civil Society and Mr Colin Coleman who is Managing Director of Goldman Sachs.

Among the local speakers are: Prof Divya Singh who is Vice Principal for Assurance and Advisory Services at Unisa, Dr Phil Mjwara who is Director General in the Department of Science and Technology, Mr Alfred James Wills who is the Deputy Director General for Environmental Advisory Services in the Department of Environmental Affairs, Mr Hanno Olinger who is the Manager for Sustainability at Exxaro Resources, Ms Joanne Yawitch who is CEO for the NBI, Mr Raldu Nel who is the CEO of Blank Canvas International, Mr Thomas Garner who is CEO for Cennergi, Dr. Sampson Mamphweli from University of Fort Hare and Prof Dewald Van Niekerk from the Northwest University.

Members of the media are therefore invited to the conference whose details are provided below.

Dates:             26 to 28 May

Venue:            Beachwood Hotel,

Address:         View Point Street Bartlett Boksburg, 1459, South Africa

Start Time:       08:30 hours daily

Issued by:

Prof. Godwell Nhamo (PhD)

Conference Chair

Institute for Corporate Citizenship

University of South Africa

P O Box 392, UNISA, 0003


For media queries and accreditation please contact:

Bongani Chavalala
Office: 012 433 4638

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