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Tony Leon
Tony Leon
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Speaker
Location:
Cape Town South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
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Author,Businessman,Consultant,Leadership,Politics,Professional Speaker,South Africa
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Tony Leon is an award-winning author, noted speaker and consultant, and has had two highly successful careers in both frontline South African politics and international diplomacy.
 
Currently the Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd., he also consults to business in South America and South Africa, writes a column for South Africa’s leading newspaper, Business Day, and speaks to various audiences.
For nearly twenty years Tony Leon was a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance. He is the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, since the advent of democracy in April 1994. He led and grew his party from its marginal position on the brink of political extinction into the second largest political force in South Africa.
A trained lawyer, Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations that led to the birth of a democratic South Africa. He has been at the forefront of national and international events, both as a front-ranking parliamentarian and renowned orator and writer and as a Vice-President of Liberal International. He has addressed many international conferences, institutes and think tanks from the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington DC, and New York City) and the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), London, to the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, the European Parliament in Brussels and to the World Economic Forum, Oxford Union and Yale Political Union.
 
Tony Leon has been widely published in academic journals and in the media and has authored articles for inter alia, Time Magazine, The Spectator, Harvard International Review, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Financial Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph, and the New Statesman. He has published four books: “Hope and Fear: Reflections of a Democrat” (Jonathan Ball 1998), the SA bestsellers “On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in a Democratic South Africa” (Jonathan Ball 2008), which won the prestigious Recht Malan Prize for nonfiction that year. Pan MacMillan published “The Accidental Ambassador”, in April 2013. In May 2014, he launched his new book “Opposite Mandela – Encounters with South Africa’s Icon”, to critical acclaim.
 
After standing down from the leadership of the opposition in 2007, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He led a study group and seminar series on Development and Democracy in Africa. In 2008 he was invited as a fellow to the Cato Institute in Washington DC, where he published a paper on liberal democracy in Africa.
Nelson Mandela said of Tony Leon, on his retirement from political leadership (2007):
”Your contribution to democracy is enormous, you have more support for all you have done than you might ever read about.”
Tony Leon is an award-winning author, noted speaker and consultant, and has had two highly successful careers in both frontline South African politics and international diplomacy.
 
Currently the Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd., he also consults to business in South America and South Africa, writes a column for South Africa’s leading newspaper, Business Day, and speaks to various audiences.
For nearly twenty years Tony Leon w
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Tony Leon

**LATEST TOPIC**

'All changes in South Africa - the meaning and consequences of the local government elections going forward' 

On the 3 August 2016, South Africans around the country made their way to the local polling stations to make their mark in the 2016 Municipal Elections  - determined that their vote would make a difference.  To the amazement of most, their vote did exactly that.  The results specifically in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane Metro and the City of Johannesburg can be added to our record books, the voice of our nation has clearly spoken for changes in our current administration.
 
Tony Leon's opinion piece 'Elections offer the promise of a political horizon in flux' as published in the Business Day on the 8 August gives first hand post elections insight from the former leader of the Opposition Party.
 
As the impact of these results unfold follow Mr Leon in the media and hear his presentations where he shares his thoughts and opinions on the impact of these changes for South Africa.
 


"Stop the World I want to Get Off"- by Tony Leon
 
Tony Leon, who is an acclaimed speaker, well read columnist and consults to UK and US hedge funds and financial institutions, led the political opposition here for 13 years and then learned global perspectives as a successful SA Ambassador in South America. Making sense and cents of the new global order post Brexit in ‘Stop the World I want to get off’ is a compelling talk tailored for business audiences.
 
In line with the current economic trends both locally and abroad Mr Leon would like to share a speaking topic that is hot off the press and is top of mind as we all watch in anticipation the most influential countries around the world going through historic and challenging times whilst we too face our own challenges with the local elections approaching.
 
"Brexit was the blackest of black swan events and I see a potential flock of black swans flying over Europe right now", in the words of a global chief investment officer after the shock UK vote to exit the European Union became known. Trillions were wiped off  global markets, the British Prime Minister's reckless gamble cost him his job and the left-behinds and the losers from the 2008 global financial crisis wreaked their revenge on a new world order in which they feel displaced and insecure. 
 
And all this happened in the oldest democracy in the world and a powerhouse economy like the UK, fifth largest in the globe. What are the implications for us here in less settled South Africa, on the eve of momentous local elections, an economy on the verge of recession and with fragile democratic institutions and a difficult economic path to navigate. 
 


Lights off in South Africa, Lights on for the Opposition?
 
Tony's topic entitled 'Lights off in South Africa, Lights on for the Opposition?'  gives many South Africans the insight and facts that they've been looking for during this transitional period.

As with the start of each year, February is a month all South Africans wait for in anticipation as our President delivers his State of the Nation address and the Finance Minister presents his annual Budget speech.
 
No other speaker in South Africa can provide the insight that Tony Leon's Local and international experience brings to his audiences.  His talks combine direct leadership experience and encounters in South Africa and the world with original analysis of the intersection of politics, economics, business and joining the dots of an increasingly challenging global picture.
 
Mr Leon's latest topic  “Power of disruption – Politics and Business” (no 9 below), will undoubtedly bring light to the political history we're witnessing both locally and abroad with a fresh perspective on how it impacts South Africa and Business. 
 
Some topics below may have the same title as previously shared however for many the contents is more current.  Signature keynote topics include:  
 
1. “Leadership That Makes a Difference” – In this inspirational address, he draws on a lifetime of experience and close encounters with some of the political and business greats of the world; his fascinating conclusion on the “Ten Rules for Leadership Unusual “, presents a hopeful, but practical, picture for all participants as South Africa and the world face the severest economic and political tests of the modern age.
 
2. “South Africa Today and Tomorrow” – Using both his unique access (personal encounters with the last five Presidents – FW De Klerk, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma) and well-honed political and analytical skills, Tony Leon looks at the possible ways forward for South Africa after the financial market meltdown, currency crash, the credit downgrade and the economic and political challenges which confront us in a world of uncertainty. He also unveils some of the silver linings in our stormy skies. 
3. “Future Imperfect”– South Africa and the World is still feeling the aftermath of a new Global Financial Crisis. Fresh from three years of practising economic diplomacy in the high-growth markets of South America, Ambassador Tony Leon presents a vivid and realistic portrait of the crisis in world markets and where new hope arises in often the unlikeliest places, and how to take advantage of the maxim “never waste a good crisis.”
 
4. “Behind Embassy Walls” –The Changing face and facts of global diplomacy and “where in the world is South Africa?”

5. “Opposite Mandela” – Tony Leon has published a “riveting and readable” (Rapport 22 June 2014) account of Nelson Mandela’s consequential presidency through his first -hand access to South Africa’s icon. In this address he illustrates how our first democratic president changed the face of our and the world’s politics and how we can draw lessons for today from that era.
 
6. “Africa-Beyond the Headlines and Behind the Numbers – From Prowling Lions to Black Swans and Hidden Dragons.” Africa’s impressive recent gains in growth and market share have invited investor interest at home and abroad. But in 2016 with crashing commodity prices and rising sovereign debts, some of the shine has gone off the African ball. There are both real success stories and some whopping failures. Analyzing the trends and using real time examples, Ambassador Tony Leon examines whether the once ‘forgotten continent’ is indeed open for business and some of the cautionary tales to remember.
 
7. “Lessons from the Latins” – Mexico could soon replace China as the centre for global manufacturing; Brazil, once the continent’s super-star is embroiled with challenges yet has seen the most spectacular growth of its middle class in recent world economic history and Colombia and Panama have shrugged off their troubled histories to position themselves as the Singapores of Latin America. Using his experience as the recent South African Ambassador to three countries in the region, Ambassador Tony Leon offers unique insights into this fast growing global market and the opportunities on offer in it.
 
8.  “2016, Lights on for the Opposition?” – An inside look at where the country finds itself at a time of huge change. The expectation is that the oppositon could win some big Metros off the ruling party. Is this likely and does it mean an end to politcs as we have known it since 1994?,  With an insider’s perspective, and unique access,  Founding DA Leader and Former Ambassador Tony Leon provides a riveting read of our National and Political Balance Sheet.
 
9. “Power of disruption – Politics and Business” – How the disruptors – from the transistor radio in the 1950’s to the iPhones of the 2000’s have totally disrupted in some cases destroyed industries and business models. In politics the same pattern has emerged in 2016 – from Julius Malema in South Africa to Donald Trump in the United States. A fascinating talk linking disruption and populism in business and politics creates a realistic and challenging picture of the current scene in South Africa and the world.
Additional titles can be customised to client’s requirements or the speaking topics listed above can be combined.

PREVIOUS TALKS
The increased load shedding, xenophobic violence and sense of national drift occurs at the precise moment when the Official Opposition's leadership is about to change dramatically.
 
With an insides perspective, Founding DA Leader and Former Ambassador Tony Leon provides a riveting read of our National and Political Balance Sheet.  
 

1. “Leadership That Makes a Difference” - In this inspirational address, he draws on a lifetime of experience and close encounters with some of the political and business greats of the world ; his fascinating conclusion on the “ten rules for leadership unusual “, presents a hopeful, but practical, picture for all participants as South Africa and the world face the severest economic and political tests of the modern age.
 
2. “South Africa Today and Tomorrow” - Using both his unique access (personal encounters with the last five Presidents – FW De Klerk, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma) and well-honed political and analytical skills, Tony Leon looks at the possible ways forward for South Africa after the 2014 election, the credit downgrade and the economic and political challenges which confront us in a world of uncertainty.
 
3. “Future Imperfect”- South Africa and the World is still feeling the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. Fresh from three years of practising economic diplomacy in the high-growth markets of South America, Ambassador Tony Leon presents a vivid and realistic portrait of the crises in world markets and where new hope arises in often the unlikeliest places, and how to take advantage of the maxim “never waste a good crisis.”
 
4. “Behind Embassy Walls” –The Changing face and facts of global diplomacy and “where in the world is South Africa?”
 
5. “Opposite Mandela” - Tony Leon has just published a “riveting and readable” (Rapport 22 June 2014) account of Nelson Mandela’s consequential presidency through his first -hand access to South Africa’s icon. In this address he illustrates how our first democratic president changed the face of our and the world’s politics and how we draw lessons for today from that era.
 
6. "Investing and Doing Business in Africa- New Hope or False Hype?". Africa's impressive recent gains in growth and market share have invited investor interest at home and abroad. There are some real success stories and some whopping failures. Analyzing the trends and using real time examples, Ambassador Tony Leon examines whether the once 'forgotten continent' is indeed open for business and some of the cautionary tales to remember.
 
7. "Lessons from the Latins"- Mexico could soon replace China as the centre for global manufacturing; Brazil, once the continent's super-star is embroiled with challenges yet has seen the most spectacular growth of its middle class in recent world economic history and Colombia and Panama have shrugged off their troubled histories to position themselves as the Singapores of Latin America. Using his experience as the recent South African Ambassador to three countries in the region, Ambassador Tony Leon offers unique insights into this fast growing global market and the opportunities on offer in it.
 
N.B. Additional titles can be customised to client’s requirements or the speaking topics listed above can be combined.
PRESENTATIONS by Tony Leon

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