The late Desmond Tutu is a long-serving social activist and a retired Anglican bishop who gained fame as a rallying figure for South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s. Tutu is a vocal and highly respected voice in the fight against AIDS, poverty, racism, homophobia, tuberculosis and sexism. For his decades of work, Tutu has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Ghandi Peace Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in amongst a long list of accolades and honours.
Although Tutu is now officially retired from public life, he continues his campaigning through organisations such as the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and groups like Elders, an independent association of influential leaders who were chosen for their integrity, courage and capacity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. Through Elders, Tutu is contributing to the discussion on finding solutions to issues including the tensions in Sudan and South Sudan, the Israel-Palestine conflict and the conflict on the Korean Peninsula, as well as advancing sustainable development and the efforts to find equality for girls and women.
Tutu is also a member of Ducere’s Global Leaders Faculty. With Ducere, Tutu gives an insight into his lifetime of experiences in dealing with leaders, community groups and overseeing programs that aim to improve the lives of disadvantaged people wherever they live.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1984)
- Archbishop, Cape Town (1986-1996)
- Chairperson, Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
- Chairperson, The Elders
Unit: Developing Leadership Identity
Topic: Trust & Integrity