Attend the launch and get a free signed copy of the book (RRP £15)
In 2011 Nikki and Rob Wilson travelled from Cape Town to Cairo with a personal mission: to find exceptional changemakers who exemplify the truth that, despite its challenges, Africa is on the up. Thanks to support from Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Vodafone Foundation, they travelled across nine countries uncovering incredible individuals who are using entrepreneurial solutions to drive social change.
The Book Launch will be the first official public talk given by Rob and Nikki, who will share a selection of stories from the social entrepreneurs profiled in their book. From a Zen Buddhist who is training rats to sniff out landmines, to an ex-playboy millionaire who is using his fortune to tackle multinational mining firms, these anecdotes will be thought provoking, inspiring and often quite hilarious!
There will even be a chance to meet and network with many of the social entrepreneurs featured in the book as Rob and Nikki have arranged for some to be at the Book Launch event.
The talk will fire you up about Africa, illustrate the themes coming out of the emerging arena of ‘social entrepreneurship’ and most importantly, will inspire people to think about how they too can become a changemaker. This will appeal to everyone with an interest in international development, the third sector, social entrepreneurship, innovation and their personal career development.
Guest speakers confirmed:
Peter Sinkamba profiled in Zambia
Bart Weetjens profiled in Tanzania
Betty Makoni profiled in Zimbabwe
Shona McDonald profiled in South Africa
Emmanuel Jal profiled in South Sudan
Nick Moon profiled in Kenya
Mary Blewitt profiled in Rwanda
Thank you to our amazingly generous supporters
Vodafone Foundation are kindly sponsoring a drinks and food reception at the book launch.
The Royal Commonwealth Society are kindly donating the venue for the book launch.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust kindly sponsored the entire Cape to Cairo journey.
About Rob and Nikki
In 2004, whilst students at the University of Nottingham, Rob and Nikki Wilson set up a social venture of their own. READ International is a student led charity which redistributes educational resources from the UK to East Africa. Since inception over one million books have been distributed to schools in Tanzania and Uganda and in 2010 they were awarded ‘Best International Aid and Development Charity’.
Rob is also the founder of NoPC, an IT social enterprise providing affordable, low power and low maintenance computer technology to schools across the developing world. For his work he has been recognised as Enterprising Young Brit 2010 and a Beacon Fellow 2010 for Young Philanthropist of the Year. Since graduating Nikki has worked in Fundraising at Cancer Research UK, the UK’s largest charity, and has remained actively involved with a range of smaller UK based charities as a volunteer.
When & Where
On the Up
A journey to discover Africa's most inspirational social entrepreneurs.