It is with great pleasure that we announce our first two keynote speakers for the Open edX Conference 2024: CEO of the African Leadership Academy, Hatim Eltayeb, and Professor Jonathan Jansen. Join us for this exhilarating event and register here to secure your seat! 

Hatim Eltayeb

Hatim Eltayeb, the Chief Executive Officer of the African Leadership Academy,  has been instrumental in nurturing Africa’s future leaders through his stewardship of the Academy’s mission. From overseeing the Diploma Program to representing ALA’s work globally, his leadership has been pivotal in shaping the next generation of African leaders. 

Hatim Eltayeb first joined the African Leadership Academy in 2009 as a Teaching Fellow in the African Studies Department. There he was recognized as an exemplary teacher being named the ALA “Teacher of the Year” in 2011.  In 2012, Hatim founded Symposium, a school services and consulting company. Symposium’s supported hundreds of students at 15 leading schools in Cairo, Egypt. In 2016 Hatim returned to ALA as the Dean of the Academy and became the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer in 2022.

Professor Jonathan Jansen

Professor Jonathan Jansen is a distinguished professor of education at Stellenbosch University and president of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a luminary in the field of education with over 30 books to his name, including the acclaimed Leading for Change (Routledge, 2016), As by fire: The end of the South African university (Tafelberg, 2017), Song for Sarah: Lessons from My Mother (Bookstorm, 2017), and The Decolonization of Knowledge (Cambridge, 2022).  He is known for his seminal contributions over four decades to the advancement of education scholarship through advanced research and publication, scholarly teaching, university management, science leadership, school improvement, educational innovation, capacity development, public engagement, and science advocacy.

Professor Jansen’s insights into race, leadership, and personal growth as well as his tireless advocacy for tolerance and human rights has earned him accolades including a Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, and the University of California’s Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy, and human rights.

Together, Hatim Eltayeb and Professor Jansen bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and inspiration to the Open edX Conference 2024, promising an enlightening and transformative experience for all attendees. We eagerly anticipate their keynote addresses and the invaluable insights they will share with us! Register today at!