If you had the opportunity to sit down with a revolutionary leader, what would you ask?

The Room was honoured to welcome His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, for a Special Edition of The Pathway, a conversation series with global leaders.

Hosted by Fred Swaniker and filmed in front of an audience of dignitaries and over 600 students at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, the event was streamed live to thousands tuning in across the globe. …


Why can’t we talk about pay? Why do employers shroud salary talk under a cloak of secrecy? And why are employees uncomfortable talking with co-workers about what they earn? Osato Evbuomwan investigates this hush-hush topic.

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In some organisations, sharing personal salary details is a sanctionable offence. Employees are often bound by the terms of their contract to keep mum about what they are paid, and this is one of the main reasons people do not speak about it. Besides the fear of being sanctioned, one might also worry about finding out that he or she is earning less or more…


You may be asking the wrong questions

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To usher in his upcoming Masterclass in The Room, Microsoft Executive Andrew de Rozairo argues that individuals and organisations alike need to embrace the latest innovations in tech, making a case for why AI provides the most value.

Is technology really so valuable and transformative?

  • In 1996, just 25 years ago, the top companies by market capitalisation in the world were all asset-intensive: General Electric, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca Cola, NTT, ExxonMobil.
  • In 2001, we saw the first tech company join: GE, Cisco, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Microsoft.
  • Little had changed by 2006: ExxonMobil, GE, Microsoft, Citigroup, BP.
  • In 2011: ExxonMobil, PetroChina…

What sets you apart is the very thing that makes you successful

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By Daniella Sachs

My mother bumped into my very first pre-primary school teacher a while ago. “Ah, how is your daughter doing?”, my former teacher said with a twinkle in her eye. “Off on some tangent or the other doing something I hardly understand,” responded my mother. “I’m still waiting for her to settle down, grow up and behave like a normal person.” Unfussed, my teacher looked my mother straight in the eye and said “But Maryann, I would expect nothing less. Your daughter was always different. It was evident to us all even when she was 3 years old.”


Lessons from a recovering perfectionist

By Osato Evbuomwan

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At some point in life, we all fail at something. It could be in the really big things like getting fired from a job or ending a relationship. Or we could fail at everyday things like missing a deadline or ruining a recipe. In each instance, the fact that we fail is not in itself a bad thing. It’s what we do after we fail that really matters. Do we throw in the towel? Decide that we are never going to try again? Wallow in self-pity and try to find where to place the blame? …


Lessons from an entrepreneur who went ‘all in’

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After backpacking across Africa in search of changemakers building scalable, high-impact businesses, Canadian entrepreneur Mike Quinn convinced his retired parents to mortgage their house and lend him $100,000 to co-found Zoona, one of the continent’s earliest fintechs. That risk paid off big time, as Zoona went on to process $2.5 billion of transactions and generate $26 million in income for thousands of micro-entrepreneurs across Zambia and Malawi.

Ten years later, following a series of currency crises, competitor attacks and investor dramas, Mike stepped down as the company’s CEO and wrote a book about his experience of going ‘all in’ as…


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Every four years, the igniting of a flame marks the start of two weeks filled with incredible athletic achievements, emotional highs and lows, and beautiful displays of sportsmanship. Beyond the record-breaking performances, however, Tokyo 2020 was an Olympics like no other. After 18 months of uncertainty and struggle against Covid-19, the postponed Games carried a message of hope, solidarity and connection when the world needed it most.

From extraordinary triumphs to acts of kindness that inspired billions across the globe, we take a look back at the defining moments of the historic 33rd Summer Olympics.

The world is a brighter place when we share our light


Are single people treated as second-class citizens in the workplace? What about singles being paid less, or having to pick up the slack for their married colleagues? Osato Evbuomwan weighs in on this thorny issue.

I read my annual compensation statement line by line, and stopped where it said ‘Family Size: 1’. I was going on an international assignment for two years to a foreign country where I had no friends or family. …


Stability and familiarity are rewarding, but preserving the ‘Old Boys’ Club’ mentality in boardrooms is far from what is needed in today’s business climate. Managing Partner at Drayton Glendower Keamogetse “Moula” Mokhobo-Amegashie brings 25+ years of consulting experience to this topic and shares her views on the evolution of the board ecosystem as a precursor to her upcoming Masterclass in The Room.

Prior to the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations were interrogating issues around sustainability, ethics and governance. This clearly put C-suite roles, Chairpersons, Lead Independent Directors and shareholders under additional scrutiny in managing large scale complexity and risk.


Determined to make the world a better place, mission-driven entrepreneurs are a passionate bunch of people. However, it takes more than just a healthy dose of passion to survive the gruelling entrepreneurship rollercoaster.

In The Room, we’re fortunate to have a remarkable community of changemakers who are at the cutting edge of creative and social innovation — from the legendary Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, to Fred Swaniker, founder of The Room and a leading global voice in social entrepreneurship. …

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