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International Women’s Forum (IWF) Honours Anant Singh Anant Singh, visionary filmmaker, to be honored for his impact on Africa.

Global Leaders to Gather in Johannesburg for the 2015 World Cornerstone Conference

Johannesburg, South Africa – Johannesburg is currently hosting the 2015 International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Cornerstone Conference, with the theme “Legacy & Inheritance: Journey to the future”. The conference ends tomorrow, May 22.

The conference is attended by hundreds of dynamic global leaders from around the world who came together for multi-day discussions and dialogue focused on South Africa’s journey to the future, in addition to the promise a rising continent provides to African people and our world. The conference includes localized events that examine important aspects of South Africa’s culture, including visits to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Constitutional Court of South Africa, South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand, and activities in Soweto, Liliesleaf, Newtown and more.

“The IWF is honored to bring the World Cornerstone Conference and more than 400 global leaders together in Johannesburg to examine the rich history and great possibility that exists within South Africa,” said Dr. Vuyo Mahlati, President of IWF South Africa.

“We need to step up, as leaders, men and women, and provide the guidance and direction our societies need. This conference empowers women in our societies, and will tackle issues of identity, legacy, conflict, and renewal through the lens of South Africa’s struggle, liberation and its journey as a new democracy.”

For the first time in the history of the organization, the IWF will be honoring a man for his work and exemplary achievements in highlighting the role and significance of the strength of the female voice with the inaugural presentation of the Legacy Award to Mr. Anant Singh. Mr. Singh will be receiving the Legacy Award, presented to him by Felicia Mabuza-Suttle during his session entitled the Long Journey to Freedom’s Future on Friday. May 22.

“It is a huge honour for me to be conferred with the Legacy Award.  I was inspired by Madiba when he made a call to all South Africans to make every effort to speak out against apartheid – as a filmmaker, I made films that highlighted our journey to freedom which ensured that people around the world were able to experience the struggle in our country.  I dedicate this award to Madiba and all our leaders who sacrificed so much in the quest for democracy and freedom. This award is also shared with the thousands who contributed to the many films.”

Anant Singh is a pioneering visionary in the South African film industry and is one of the country’s leading filmmakers. He has produced more than eighty-five films since 1984 in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Born and raised in Durban as a third-generation South African of Indian descent. His work as a young activist making anti-apartheid movies is an important footnote in his illustrious career. He has produced A Place for Weeping , Sarafina!, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, and Miriam Makeba; a film adaptation of Alan Paton’s revered novel, Cry, the Beloved Country; Paljas, an Afrikaans film directed by Katinka Heyns; The Theory Of Flight with Helena Bonham-

Carter; Red Dust, starring Hilary Swank; The First Grader, starring Naomie Harris; and Yesterday, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the seventy-seventh Academy Awards in 2005. A trusted friend of Nelson Mandela, Singh was awarded the film rights to his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom; the multi-award winning film was released in 2013.

With his finger on the pulse of a nation and people whose storied journeys shed light on freedom’s future, IWF South Africa is proud to present him with the Legacy Award. He will address the Closing Luncheon session.

Additional Select Speakers of the 2015 World Cornerstone Conference will include:

  • Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of the Republic of Malawi serving from 2012 to 2014, and Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second
  • Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South African politician, former anti-apartheid activist, and Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC)
  • Paul Hughes, Senior Advisor for International Security and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace and former Chief of Staff and Director of the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Program
  • Mark Lamberti, Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Holdings Limited and Founder of Massmart Holdings Limited, and the Director of Business Leadership South Africa
  • Ahmed Naguib is a democracy advocate, Co-Founder of the Trustees Council of the Revolution in Egypt, and Corporate Social Responsibility Director for FINBI

Attendance of the World Cornerstone Conference is reserved for IWF members, presenters and invited members of the press. If you are a member of the press and are interested in attending, please contact Crosby Cromwell at ccromwell@iwforum.org or 202-387-1010.

About International Women’s Forum (IWF)

The International Women’s Forum is a singularly unique organization comprised of more than 6,000 of the world’s most dynamic, accomplished and visionary women who are dedicated to advancing better leadership around the world. These women of significant and diverse achievement span 33 nations, six continents, many careers and many cultures, and yet are wholly aligned in a commitment to change the face of global leadership. The IWF, a 365-day-a-year membership organization, shapes global conferences and programs around the mission to build better leadership through training, mentoring and connectivity. Programs include the Executive Development Roundtable, the Leadership Foundation Fellows program, and the EY Women Athletes Business Network. Visit http://iwforum.org for more information.

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