Athol Williams is a social philosopher and strategy adviser. He is the chairman of Read to Rise, an NGO promoting youth literacy. He has held numerous senior executive roles in the US, UK and South Africa, served on company boards and founded a number of companies and NGOs. He holds five degrees from Harvard, MIT, LSE, London Business School and Wits in public policy, business, politics, finance and engineering respectively. He is completing a degree in political philosophy at Oxford. He is the author of seven books and is the first poet to be awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award twice.