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David Beckham to address the Discovery Leadership Summit

Press Release   •   Nov 07, 2016 06:58 GMT

Discovery announced that David Beckham will be addressing the Discovery Leadership Summit to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg on 14 November 2016. The Summit is a flagship, global thought-leadership event that enables the sharing of intellectual capital to contribute to leadership in business, government and civil society.

One of the world’s most celebrated and recognised sportsmen, Beckham played football professionally for more than 20 years, most notably for Manchester United and as captain of the England national team. Beckham has since evolved into a successful entrepreneur, working strategically and creatively with many of the world’s top companies. Beckham is also a long-standing UNICEF ambassador, with “7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund” representing his personal commitment over the next decade to helping the world’s most vulnerable children.

“I'm pleased to be attending the Discovery Leadership Summit,” said Beckham. “It’s always great returning to South Africa where I have always felt the warmth and passionate spirit of its people.”

This year, the Discovery Leadership Summit’s theme is Inspiring Minds. While the final list of speakers, including local visionaries, will only be announced closer to the event, attendees can already look forward to hearing from other leading global thinkers, including Jack Welch, former GE CEO; Arianna Huffington, Founder of the Huffington Post; Niall Ferguson, Harvard historian and economist; Simon Kuper, Financial Times columnist and author; and Adrian Gore, Discovery’s Founder and CEO.

The Discovery Leadership Summit will take place on 14 November 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The one-day event includes international speakers and panel discussions, and will run from 08:30 to 17:00. More information is available at

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About Discovery Limited

Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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