“Embedding Values for Responsible Leadership in South Africa”
We invite you to be part of the Allan Gray Speaker Series, bringing together individuals with an interest in re-scripting the orientation of South African organisations – to more closely reflect positive values which serve the common good, responsible leadership, embedding hope for the many and challenging the excesses and damage caused by self-serving decisions, actions and behaviours at all levels within business-, government- and civil society organisations.
Graham Power and Michael Louis will speak candidly about their own lives and organisational challenges through their illustrious careers, and will be open to questions from the audience during a panel session.
GRAHAM POWER is the founder and Chairman of the Power Group of Companies, formed in 1983. The company has made its mark in the world of construction, building and property development. Tangible evidence of its purpose: To improve the quality of life in Africa through infrastructure development. Graham has repurposed his company into a powerful tool for transformation in God’s hands that is impacting his industry, the nation and even the world. The Power Group employs nearly 2000 staff members, with the head-office in Cape Town and regional offices in Port Elizabeth and Gauteng. The company has made its mark in the world of construction and property development.
In 2001 Graham initiated a gathering in Cape Town that saw 45,000 Christians pray for the needs of their nation. By 2010 this movement grew to become the largest prayer gathering in recorded history, where people from 220 nations participated in the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday.
A second dynamic initiative, Unashamedly Ethical, was launched internationally in 2010, promoting ethics, values, and clean living across all sectors of society. This campaign is currently sweeping across South Africa, Africa and is presently active in 112 nations, challenging individuals and companies to be ethical in all their dealings.
Graham is a respected and frequently engaged national and international conference speaker. He has published two books; the first with Diane Vermooten, Not by Might, Nor by Power and second, Transform Your Work Life with Dr Dion Forster.
A few personal awards for Graham include: being awarded the first international ‘Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year’ award by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organisation in Vancouver, Canada; City of Cape Town Civic Award for Social Affairs and Services; Junior and Businessman awards in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In 2013, Graham received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York, USA.
Graham is the first to say that God deserves all the Glory and the Honour for this miraculous work!
MICHAEL LOUIS’S grandparents arrived in South Africa in 1914 from Lebanon. He studied Law and completed post-graduate courses at Harvard University. His experience is varied, from Property Executive for some of the largest Corporate Property Companies in South Africa, to Media, Agriculture, Education and Politics.
At the start of the “Mandela Era” in 1994, he encountered a spiritual calling to Politics and became a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Parliament. He was a Founding Member of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) in South Africa and served as Chairman for 6 years. He also fulfilled a Cabinet position in Government with the Portfolios of Public Works, Asset Management and Development Planning. During this time he was also privileged to represent his party in drafting the National and Provincial Constitutions. He is also recognised as the first Member of Parliament from Lebanese descent.
Michael presently serves his 3rd Generation Family Business, The Louis Group International, originally established by his Grandfather. With offices in London, Singapore, South Africa and Germany, the company and Michael have been recognised with numerous awards: Top 100 Property Companies, Top Manager of the Year, Top Company to work for, South Africa’s Leading Manager of the Year and numerous International Awards. The Company focuses on Property Investment, Finance, Leadership, Information Technology and these companies all are committed to maintaining a Christian Ethos of Integrity, Innovation and Excellence.
Having won the Team Leadership Award at the J.F. Kennedy School for Privatisation and Regulatory Reform (Harvard University, USA), Michael has also been nominated for numerous leadership awards including being one of South Africa’s top 20 Christian mentors as cited in the book, “Mentors”. He also experienced a successful climb to Kilimanjaro in May 2007. More recently, he was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate from Nyack University in New York, with Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine.
Michael believes he is an African by birth for a specific reason – with his Political, Business and Educational Experience, he believes he is well positioned to make a meaningful difference to the African Continent.