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Day 1 - 19 March 2022

Equal Education & Futuristic Learning In South Africa

Time: 09:30-11:00




Gretchen Wilson-Prangley is the founder and CEO of Play Africa with 23 years of professional experience. She has increased access to education creating new value for communities. 


In 2021, under Gretchen's leadership, Play Africa was named "one of the world's most impactful and scalable education innovators" by and a finalist for "Best Rising NGO" in South Africa's CSI Legacy Awards. She was named as one of “100 Women for 100 Years” by Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK in 2018.


Human Rights Activist/Peace Builder/Social Worker

Atilla Dag is the Co-Founder and Director General of the Universal Rights Association (URA). He has worked at several NGOs as an advisor, director, and Regional Director for about 20 years. He took part in several educational, interfaith, peacebuilding, community engagement, social improvement, community development, relief and social justice projects as a partner, coordinator and volunteer in Africa, the Middle East, and different parts of the world. He has completed his studies on English Language as well as Religion, Conflict and Peace at University of Cambridge and Harvard University. 

Health - Equal Access 
Strengthening the Health Care System to prevent crises

Time: 11:30 – 13:00


Panellists: TBC

Integrating  Human Rights in Sustainable Development 
What is a Human Rights-based economy and how do we reach this goal?

Time: 13:30 – 15:00




is Professor of Economics and Public Finance, and Research Director, School of Governance, Wits University. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and the Universities of Johannesburg, Oslo, and the Western Cape.


His academic qualifications are: PhD (Economics, Cape Town); M.A. (Economics, Cape Town); B.A Hons (Wits); B.A. (South Africa); B.Sc (Durban-Westville).

Previous positions include: Senior Economist, RTI International; Head of the Policy Unit, Office of the President, South Africa; Director, Financial and Fiscal Commission, South Africa, and Senior Lecturer, Economics, University of Cape Town. 


Other than South Africa, he has worked in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Iran, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, and other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). His research interests are in the Economics of Education; Governance and Development; Public Finance, Inequality and Poverty; and Economics and Public Policy.


1.Duma Gqubule (Moderator)
founding director at the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation


2.Pundy Pillay
Pundy Pillay is Professor of Economics and Public Finance, and Research Director, School of Governance, Wits University.


3.Gilad Isaacs
Director, Institute for Economic Justice Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


4.Khululiwe Bhengu
Admitted Attorney and Litigation fellow at Socio-Economic Rights Institute


5.Isobel Frye
Director at SPii