Athol Williams will draw on reflections from his recently published autobiography Pushing Boulders: Oppressed to Inspired and his approach to life that offered him success despite being born into poverty and suffering the oppression of apartheid in South Africa. He describes how he not only survived but has thrived. He will reflect on his colourful career which includes executive roles, NGO’s and social entrepreneurship, academia (he describes himself as a life-time student with 5 degrees and counting), as well as being an award winning poet, radio presenter and movie producer.
Athol Williams is the Chairman of Read to Rise, a non-profit organisation that he founded to promote youth literacy in South Africa. He is an adviser to CEOs focusing on strategy, investment and ethics. He has published 7 books, and won multiple awards for his poetry which has been published and recited around the world. His social development work in South Africa has been recognised through national awards and bollard erected in his name. Athol was a Partner at Bain & Company, Strategy Director of Old Mutual and Executive at Rio Tinto. He holds degrees from Harvard, MIT, LSE, London Business School and University of the Witwatersrand.