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I’ve given many speeches over the years, the very first in 1980 in Buenos Aires at the Anglo-Argentine Cultural Society on English 18th century theatre, bizarrely enough. I was hungry and I did it in order to eat.

Next I gave a talk at Stanford University on Central America’s wars, around 1984.

Then there was a long pause before I started giving talks in South Africa during the Nineties on the political situation there before various groups, from Wits University to a formidable outfit called the South African Union of Jewish Women. I spoke at Boston University on South Africa’s political transition.

Around 2005 I gave at a Microsoft conference in Barcelona on Real Madrid’s marketing strategy (based on my book ‘White Angels’).

Since 2008, when my book on Nelson Mandela, ‘Playing the Enemy’, came out I have spoken before many very varied audiences in, among other places, New York, Washington, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Seoul, Caracas, Ljubljana, Paris and Copenhagen. Some have been in Spanish, some in English.

Here are a few examples of companies or institutions before which I have given speeches or participated in panels and round tables since 2010, mainly on Mandela-related themes, such as leadership, team-building, negotiation and reconciliation:

– Inditex (world’s largest clothes retailer, owner of Zara)

– Wilson Center, Washington (annual NGO fundraiser)

– Standard Bank (South Africa)

– IE Business School, Madrid

– British Museum, London (talk on Shakespeare and Mandela)

-Caracas (at major Venezuelan journalism prize-giving)

-Bogotá (to Colombian politicians as the peace process unfolded after 50 years of war)

– Córdoba, Argentina (annual national farmers’ union congress)

– IESE Business school in Barcelona  four talks May/June 2013 on “Nelson Mandela, leadership and negotiation” .

– Clifford Chance, UK Legal Firm (with Francois Pienaar)

– Puig, Spanish company that owns fashion brands Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne

-Ford’s Theater, Washington DC (on Mandela and Lincoln)

– ISS multinational executives

– Caixa Forum

– Caixabank

– Danone

– Various political and business forums in Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina

The Business and Football Conference in Reykjavík – 2016

AIW – The World’s Civil Religion: Football, and the Meaning of Life – 2019