Politics, economics, business and joining the dots of an increasingly challenging global picture
Tony Leon annually addresses multiple audiences of academics, policy-makers, students and business leaders across the globe, providing one of the most highly sought after in-depth analyses on Africa – covering a range of issues from leadership and governance through to investment and public policy matters. With his engaging style and first hand grasp of the economic and political factors at play on the continent, Leon offers internationally praised analyses of key developments, coupled with vital assessments on the future outlook for various sectors and states in Africa.
Brand New Keynote Presentation: Insights into the post -Brexit, pre-Zuma departing, political and economic earthquakes that have shaken our globe and country. The road ahead is paved with uncertainty but can be navigated.Africa
Behind the Headlines and Beyond the Numbers.
South Africa Today and Tomorrow
Leadership That Makes a Difference
Future Imperfect: The World and SA confronting the unknown
Opposite Mandela-Encounters with SA’s Icon
Lessons from the Latins: How to take advantage of this frontier market
2016, Lights on for the Opposition?
Power of disruption – Politics and Business
Stop the World I want to Get Off
For nearly twenty years Tony Leon has been a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance and its predecessor. 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. He was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as the South African Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in August 2009.
Tony Leon is the Executive Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd, a South African consultancy specialising in crisis communications, reputation management, government relations and advocacy. He is also a noted author, columnist and speaker. His recently published (May 2014) memoir “Opposite Mandela-Encounters with South Africa’s Icon” has drawn critical acclaim. He is Advisor for Africa for K2 Business Intelligence of New York and London.
A trained lawyer, Tony Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa and served as a co-chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly’s Theme Committee on Fundamental Rights.
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 the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), London, the Institute for Strategic Studies, London, the International Policy Network, London, the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington DC, and New York City), the Alliance of Democrats, Rome, and the World Economic Forum in South Africa, the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, and the European Parliament, Brussels and TEDx, Johannesburg.
Tony Leon has been widely published in academic journals and in the media and has authored articles for Time Magazine, The Spectator, Harvard International Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph. He has published four books: “Hope and Fear: Reflections of a Democrat” (Jonathan Ball 1998); “On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in a Democratic South Africa” (Jonathan Ball 2008); “The Accidental Ambassador-From Parliament to Patagonia” (Pan Macmillan 2013) and “Opposite Mandela -Encounters with South Africa’s Icon” (Jonathan Ball 2014).
“Your contribution to democracy is enormous. You have far more support for all you have done than you might ever read about.”
President Nelson Mandela (2007)
“No one since Nelson Mandela did more to establish democracy in South Africa.”
Premier Helen Zille
“It was a privilege to see you in action with the Public Protector. Your anecdotes and fast-paced questions made the event much more enjoyable than the mind-numbing match currently going on with England and Afghanistan. The audience were hanging on to every word said, and it was due to your method of interviewing Thuli that made the evening.”
Head of Media and Public Affairs, Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputy