IBSC Southern Africa Conference
March 7 – 9, 2024
Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Listening Loudly: Learning to Listen to the Quieter Voices in Boys' Schools
Educated in the United Kingdom and after a flirtation with financial services, Tom Batty headed south to start teaching in New Zealand at Thames High School. He commenced his career in boys’ education at St Patrick’s College, Wellington (New Zealand) before heading to Australia above the Bondi waves at Waverley College (Australia).
Returning to the UK, Batty taught mathematics and served as a house master at Eton College (United Kingdom) before his appointment as the ninth principal of Scotch College, Melbourne (Australia) in 2008.
While at Eton he was introduced to the work of IBSC through Roxbury Latin School (United States) former Headmaster Tony Jarvis. Batty attended his first IBSC Annual Conference at Lindisfarne College (New Zealand) in 2009, and Scotch College hosted the 2012 IBSC Annual Conference. After the conference Batty joined the IBSC Board of Trustees, serving as chair from 2018-21.
Of his 35 years in education, he has spent 32 in boys’ schools. Across New Zealand, Australia, and the UK, as teacher and most recently principal, and through courses, conferences, trips, tours, and friendships in the United States, South Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, Batty has observed different cultural and systemic approaches to the common thread of growing good men.
He believes that by connecting boys’ schools and their teachers to all it has to offer, IBSC connects schools, teachers, and boys to each other, advancing the cause of boys’ schools and those they serve.
Batty is interested in the relationship between the micro and the macro, the judgement that rests between awareness and action, the interface between social and economic enterprise and parallels to mathematical pattern in the social world. He is married to Lee and they have two daughters, Poppy and Anna, both of whom, to differing degree, share his lifelong passion for Brentford Football Club.
Batty started his tenure as IBSC executive director in 2022.
A seasoned strategy practitioner, international keynote speaker, and executive facilitator schooled in law with a master’s in business administration, Matt Lawlor has spent the last 15 years leading and delivering strategy, innovation, and growth initiatives across a range of industries including oil and gas, mining, energy, financial services, logistics, and fast-moving consumer goods. At Futureworld, he works with the world’s leading organizations to reimagine their futures and define the strategies that will shape their businesses of tomorrow. Through this work, Lawlor works on the bleeding edge of understanding what signals and forces will shape the future of business and society and can help identify impactful future strategies and solutions that deliver exponential growth.
Lawlor’s core competencies lie in the areas of futurism, corporate strategy, sustainability, innovation and growth programs, corporate venture capital, business case design, and digital transformation programs. He is passionate about bridging the gap between startups, scale-up ventures, and large corporations to unleash the full potential of new venture ecosystems.
Fabrice Nahimana arrived in South Africa as a child refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the tender age of 10, having tragically lost his parents to the turmoil of war in the East. Faced with the daunting task of adapting to a new culture and acquiring proficiency in the English language, Nahimana's journey was marked by immediate challenges.
Under the guidance of Campbell McCraw, who established a rugby academy at Ysterplaat Primary School with the noble objective of steering underprivileged youth away from negative influences, Nahimana embraced the sport of rugby as he navigated his early days in South Africa. Despite encountering initial hardships, including limited access to proper nutrition, his introduction to rugby was a pivotal moment that only materialized after his arrival in the country.
Nahimana's life took a new turn when social workers intervened and placed him in a children's home, marking the commencement of a journey filled with both trials and opportunities. Although his refugee status prevented him from participating in the Tournois de France due to travel restrictions on his documentation, Nahimana's unwavering determination, coupled with the support of social workers and various individuals, eventually paved the way for him to earn a scholarship at SACS High School.
During his time at SACS, Nahimana not only excelled academically but also shone in the realm of rugby, proudly representing Western Province Rugby at the prestigious 2016 Grant Khomo rugby tournament. His talent extended beyond local boundaries, as he proudly donned the South African jersey on the international stage, participating in the 2018 junior rugby world cup held in Malaysia and the 2019 South African tag rugby tour in Ireland. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Nahimana was honored as a Lead SA Youth Hero in 2017, owing to his involvement in the 67 Kids Project. He successfully completed his matriculation from SACS in 2018 and subsequently achieved a high certificate in sports management at ETA Cape Town in 2019.
In 2020, Nahimana resumed his academic pursuits at the University of the Western Cape, where he embarked on a journey toward a bachelor of arts in sport recreation and exercise science. His remarkable journey underscores the transformative potential of school bursaries, offering not only educational and athletic opportunities but also a pathway to escape the clutches of poverty. Yet, it is a journey rife with challenges, demanding that one leaves behind their family and community, adapts to a foreign environment, and makes sacrifices to excel both academically and athletically.
Deeply cognizant of the indispensable role mentors played in his own remarkable journey, Nahimana harbors a fervent passion for supporting fellow school bursary recipients. He initiated a program aimed at ensuring that mentorship opportunities are accessible to all students, with the overarching goal of guiding them through challenges and fostering their personal and academic growth.
An exceptional spoken-word artist and social entrepreneur, Puno Selesho has performed on both international and local platforms for 14 years. She possesses a deep appreciation for words and people, which has inspired a journey of collaboration with a wide
range of entities. Through words, Selesho has brought many a project to life. She hopes to help people see the world through a creative lens, challenge social norms, and share the modern African narrative.
Selesho founded Harvest House, a digital marketing agency supporting purpose-driven entities with good communication tools, and co-founded Cultivate Coffee Co., a mobile coffee bar in Zululand harnessing the culture of coffee to cultivate new, creative opportunities for the youth in our community.
Her favorite quote is by Gloria Steinem: “Hope is a form of planning.”
As CEO of the Conversation Strategists, Nozipho Tshabalala moderates global conversations designed to yield measurable outcomes. She is known as the go-to moderator for presidential and high-level panel conversations worldwide. Tshabalala has moderated conversations for global organizations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organisation, United Nations, African Union, and governments and multinationals around the world.
With an academic and practice background spanning economics, politics and policy, development, business and strategy, and social economics, Tshabalala is in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate complex conversations with simplicity, depth, and breadth. Her prior work experience includes serving in The Presidency in South Africa, Umlambo Foundation, Tata Africa, and CNBC Africa as an award-winning journalist. She currently serves the LRMG Group as the transformation executive.
Tshabalala extends her leadership to various boards including LRMG as chairperson designate, Africa Leadership Initiative—South Africa as non-executive director, TEDx Gresham Place on its Advisory Board, and the BeyGOOD Global Citizen Fellowship on its Advisory Council. She enjoys the fellowship of the prestigious institutions including Gordan Institute for Business Science’s Centre for African Management and Markets and Young African leadership Initiative, as well as serving as a Tutu fellow. In 2019 she was named as one the Top 100 Most Influential Young Africans and one of the Top 100 Most Influential South Africans.