Chris Gibbons – New Award and New Keynote

New Award for Chris Gibbons2013 – Toastmasters Southern Africa Communication and Leadership Award

New Keynote for Chris Gibbons – Leadership, Language, Communication and Power.

It covers how leaders communicate, what an analysis of their language reveals about them, and how some become addicted to power. It has specific reference to leadership in the South African context and incorporates Chris’s interactions with global leaders like Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher.

Of particular value to conference organisers is his ability to handle a live audience asking tough questions of panellists. He also brings his extensive business experience to bear in these circumstances; his own comments and questions add depth and context to the event. As a broadcast professional, Chris always has one eye on the clock, which ensures that the conference runs to time.


Chris edits Acumen, the recently established magazine of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria. It’s a 96-page publication about business and strategy that has already gained considerable traction in the market place. As well as the distinguished members of GIBS’ faculty, led by its dean, Professor Nick Binedell, Acumen has featured writers like John Carlin (Invictus), Richard Dowden (Royal African Society), Mzukisi Qobo (Univ. of Pretoria), Victor Dlamini, and Gus Silber. Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Greg Marinovich (The Bang Bang Club) has published two photo essays in the magazine.

With an interest in radio that goes back more than 40 years to when he was 16, Chris also maintains an on-air presence via the Morning Market Report on Radio Algoa FM (weekdays, 07.15).

Previously, he presented The Mid Day Report for Gauteng’s Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk in the Western Cape,

Chris has received a number of awards:

2013 – Toastmasters Southern Africa Communication and Leadership Award

2012 – Best Commercial News and Actuality Show – MTN Radio Awards

2011 – Best News & Actuality Presenter – MTN Radio Awards

2010 – Best News Show of the Year – MTN Radio Awards

Chris has also worked for the BBC, ABC, NBC and Australia’s Maquarie Network.



January – Studio Interviewer – Academy of Management in Africa Conference, Johannesburg – “…thank you for your incredible work creating all of those interviews. You are a total pro.” –  Prof. Jim Walsh, past President, Academy of Management


November – Facilitator – GIBS MBA Final Panel, Johannesburg

September – Keynote – Trends in Sustainability in South Africa – Society of Chartered Accountants of Malawi, Malawi

September – Facilitator – Chartered Secretaries South Africa Conference, Johannesburg

September – Facilitator – Mercedes Benz Dealer Conference, Johannesburg

June – Keynote – Digital Media Strategy – Protactic PR Clients, Johannesburg

June – Facilitator – SAMSA Maritime Conference, Cape Town

About Chris Gibbons

With a background in business and management, Chris is one of South Africa’s best-known journalists.

With over 35 years experience in SA radio, TV and print, Chris has interviewed all the key players on the local stage many times; they include Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, Tito Mboweni, Gill Marcus, Helens Suzman and Zille, Alan Boesak and Julius Malema. Further afield, he also interviewed the late Margaret Thatcher and Al Gore.

As a businessman, Chris was Group MD of SA’s largest illustrated publishing house, New Holland Struik, and also reached the board of the country’s most successful radio group, Primedia Broadcasting.

With an MA from Cambridge in England, Chris also holds an MBA from Henley, one of the UK’s leading business schools. He consults from time to time on marketing, media strategy and public relations.

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