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  Online Event   23 November 2022

Disability as part of diversity remains on the fringes. With a conservative estimate of 10% of the global population living with disability and 80% of this population remaining unemployed in Sub-Saharan Africa, the inclusion in economic opportunities requires attention.

While South Africa became one of the first signatories to the full protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2007 little progress has been made with the inclusion of PWD in the workplace. Furthermore, the provisions of the Employment Equity Act (EEA), the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA), the Code of Good Practice on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities and Technical Assistance Guide to Employment of Persons with Disabilities has been ineffective in compelling business leaders to explore this untapped labour force.

Leading up to International Day for People with Disabilities, we are excited to be hosting a special Leader’s Angle Series event facilitated by Dr Armand Bam (Stellenbosch Business School). Book now to join the conversation with Prof Michael Stein (Harvard University), Mr Raymond Moxly (Queensland University of Technology), Dr Carina Venter (Stellenbosch University) and Mr Ferdinand Mettler (Stellenbosch Business School). Dr Bam as the business school expert on disability and workplace inclusion will facilitate the dialogue including insights from a South African perspective.


  • Prof Stein will address inclusion from a human rights perspective addressing the global challenges to inclusion.
  • Mr Raymond Moxly will give insight into the accommodations and funding models available in Australia for the self-employed.
  • Dr Venter will speak about accessible higher education towards gaining employment.

Mr Mettler will address the challenges primary care givers experience in considering career prospects for children with disabilities (in particular children on the Autism Spectrum).


Date:          Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Times:            17:30

Venue:        Online via Zoom



Dr Armand Bam

Head: Social Impact at Stellenbosch Business School

Armand Bam received a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town where his research addressed virtue theory, disability in diversity and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. He currently serves as the Head of Social Impact at Stellenbosch Business School and lectures on the social responsibility of business in society, where disability inclusion features.

Armand has a long history within the development sector having worked for more than 15 years for The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) developing independence development programmes for children and adults who are blind. He consults to various corporates and non-profits on the development of inclusionary approaches and remains actively involved in the disability sector. His current research focuses on invisible disabilities and inclusion in the workplace.

Prof Michael Stein

Harvard University

Professor Michael Ashley Stein is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School since 2005. Considered one of the world’s leading experts on disability law and policy, Dr. Stein participated in the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; works with disabled peoples’ organisations and non-governmental organisations around the world; actively consults with governments on their disability laws and policies; advises an array of UN bodies and national human rights institutions; and has brought landmark disability rights litigation globally. Professor Stein has received numerous awards in recognition of his transformative work, including the National Order of Merit (Ecuador), the inaugural Morton E. Ruderman Prize for Inclusion; the inaugural Henry Viscardi Achievement Award; and the ABA Paul G. Hearne Award. His authoritative and path-breaking scholarship of 247 publications and 9 edited volumes have been published worldwide by leading journals and academic presses and has been supported by fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research, among others.

Dr. Stein teaches at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Extension School; holds an Extraordinary Professorship at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights; and is a visiting professor at the Free University of Amsterdam’s Athena Institute. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School (where he became the first known person with a disability to be a member of the Harvard Law Review), and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University (full tuition plus stipend via a W.M. Tapp Studentship). Professor Stein previously was Professor (and Cabell Professor) at William & Mary Law School, and taught at New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School. He was appointed by President Obama to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Mr Raymond Moxly

Queensland University of Technology


Raymond Moxly has a lived experience as someone with a disability, specifically, a significant vision impairment. Through his lifetime involvement in the Australian vision impaired community, he has observed the high levels of unemployment and general underemployment of people with a disability; this has influenced his current career change.  He has worked as a self-employed real estate agent, specialising in commercial office accomodation, for the past 30 years, however, he is now approaching the end of a double degree in Psychology.

Dr Carina Venter

Stellenbosch University

Carina Venter is a Lecturer in Musicology at Stellenbosch University and at present also the chair of the South African Society for Research in Music.

Her career has been one of immense structural and academic privilege, commencing with a BMus degree at the University of Pretoria and a MMus at Stellenbosch University, prior to reading for a master’s and doctorate in Musicology from the University of Oxford where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. She is currently in the second year of reading for an MBA at Stellenbosch University Business School.

Her research interests center on music, violence and historical trauma, lingering legacies of apartheid, and disability inclusion and the politics of disability more broadly. She has published locally and internationally, and is motivated to think, write, and teach at the intersections of music, politics, feminist thought, and those questions that perpetually threaten our present.

Mr Ferdinand Mettler

Environmental Sustainability Manager – Grains Division at Tiger brands


Ferdinand Mettler’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (non-high functioning) at age ten. Currently, his son is 13 years old, and finds himself constantly thinking about his accommodative prospects in society when he comes of age.

Before the diagnosis, Ferdinand was uninformed about PWD and never considered it. However, he has become very aware of PWD, especially in the workplace, and has actively engaged in learnerships for PWDs in Tiger Brands, specifically the youth – typically catering for those with no work experience or qualifications. In addition, he is researching workplace inclusion in South African businesses for persons with Asperger’s Syndrome. The study aims to identify barriers to inclusion and, if corrected, could allow for more inclusive opportunities for PWD in corporate South Africa.

Ferdinand describes himself as a concerned parent who struggles to see his son’s full inclusion into meaningful employment in South Africa.

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