Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile

Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile
Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile

Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile is a groundbreaking Trans* ARTivist and cultural architect from Botswana. She is a seasoned communications specialist, strategist and solution-based thinker with a background in performing arts, education and human rights.

An international scholar, she holds an MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice from Goldsmiths University of London (UK, 2017), a BA Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts from University of the Witwatersrand (SA, 2010), and has participated in leadership development training at Drexel University (USA, 2018) as a recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Katlego is a member of the Global Shapers Community – a World Economic Forum initiative.

Her speaking appearances include 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa, 2018 Yale University Africa Salon, 2016 & 2018 Performing the World Conference, 2017 TEDx Goodenough College and panel appearances at the United Nations. She is now available to book through Conference Speakers International.

She is a multilingual, globally experienced development practitioner with a keen eye for purpose driven, sustainable and innovative solutions to world matters – with a concerted focus on developing inclusion and education outlets to motivate dignified living for LGBT+ persons in Botswana and around the world. A classically trained singer, director and designer, her work spans performance and production.

Botswana’s only TED Fellow, she is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival. Bahati Books (UK) published her poetry collection…on about the same old things in 2016 and it premiered at Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.

Her accolades include being an OkayAfrica #100Women honouree, Queen’s Young Leader, Chevening Scholar, and a Best of Botswana Performing Artist. Her hobbies are getting ‘strategically lost’ while travelling, cooking for friends, and learning new languages.

Katlego K Kolanyane-Kesupile has long aspired to serve as UN Secretary General and to open an academy celebrating holistic excellence for young people. She is a 2019 UN Religion Fellow with OutRight Action International.   

Keynote Topics: 

  • Inclusive Societies
  • Economic Case for Workforce Diversification
  • Disability Rights
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Rights of Indigenous Persons
  • Art as a Human Right
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution and Africa
  • African Innovation 
  • Self Actualisation
  • Decolonial Approaches to Development Practise
  • Indigeneity and Indigenous Knowledge Bases
  • Public, Law, Citizenhood and Social Justice
  • Youth Power and Value

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