Jean Oelwang, founding CEO of Virgin Unite, has first-hand experience of how vital great partnerships are to meaningful lives, successful organisations, and large-scale collaborations. In her new book, Partnering, Jean draws on her unique experience to share six principles that connect great partners, offering practical tools and wisdom to nourish the relationships that give us strength and meaning. With original interviews with the likes of President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, the cofounders of Airbnb and Innocent Drinks, Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristoff, Partnering reveals how nurturing relationships with depth and purpose can have profound ripple effects on everything we do.
Paul Van Zyl is a Co-Founder of The Conduit and its Chief Creative Officer. The Conduit serves as a home for a diverse community of people passionate about social change. Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Paul trained as a human rights lawyer and went on to serve as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He then co-founded the International Centre for Transitional Justice, an organisation that works in over 40 countries that have endured massive human rights violations under repression and in conflict. Paul is also a Co-Founder and CEO of Maiyet, an ethical luxury fashion brand that cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans. He has received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and served on its Global Agenda Council on Fragile States, and is a London Tech Week Changemaker. He holds a law degree from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, an LLM in international law from University of Leiden, an LLM from New York University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Santa Clara School of Law.
Jean Oelwang is the Founding CEO and Trustee for Virgin Unite and a B Team Leader. She sits on the Advisory Council for The Elders and the Boards of RMI, Just Capital, and Virgin Unite.