Masters Student Represents UKZN at Prestigious International Conference

Master of Commerce in Marketing Management student, Mr Bayabonga Zulu attended Africa’s largest ever CEOs and thought leaders conference – Leaderex 2019 – in Johannesburg.

The conference was attended by about 2 000 delegates representing more than 10 countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, the United States, India, The Gambia, Malawi, Ethiopia and Morocco. The aims of the forum were for delegates to challenge conventional thinking, engage in peer-based learning, gain practical knowledge and actionable insights, keep abreast of the latest digital trends, improve problem solving and critical thinking skills, and meet with top employers and recruiters in Africa.

Zulu went in his capacity as President of the Golden Key association on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus and as a member of Golden Key International Honours Society.

‘I was invited by Golden Key Southern Africa to represent the University and South Africa. My role was to participate in one-on-one sessions with leading coaches and consultants and share ideas on pressing issues facing the world,’ he said.

‘I really feel honoured and humbled. The conference was an informative, insightful and life-changing experience. Sharing the same space with CEOs and thought leaders of such high calibre really opened up my mind.’

Zulu plans to use the knowledge and ideas shared at the conference to further academic excellence, leadership development and community service to strengthen the UKZN Golden Key Society and hopefully make a significant positive impact in various communities.

He also plans to pursue his doctoral studies in 2020. ‘I was influenced by the academics and thought leaders at the conference to further my studies due to a high demand in the market of young Black PhD holders.’

He thanked Golden Key Southern Africa Associate Director, Gillian Cloete for the invitation and also UKZN Student Governance and Leadership Development (SGLD) officials, Mr Wiseman Khumalo and Mr Muzomuhle Mhlongo and the rest of the team who made the trip possible.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photographs: Supplied