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Welcome to the website of Chris Lubbe.

Chris is a highly acclaimed inspirational keynote speaker and coach available for education, business, corporate, community clients.

Drawing on his incredible story of resistance against ‘apartheid’, Chris keeps his audience spell-bound as he takes them on a journey of discovery. Most importantly his audiences leave both inspired and motivated to take action and to make a changes in their own lives & their communities.

Growing up in a ghetto in Durban, South Africa & experiencing first hand the brutality of apartheid was a catalyst for preparing Chris for his involvement in the struggle for democracy. His story includes themes such as fear, determination, courage, love and forgiveness, all in the face of blatant racial discrimination. Regardless of where you are, Chris will inspire you to take action and find solutions to many of life’s challenges.

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Ibelieve that our children are our future and with this in mind, I undertake speaking engagements & hold workshops at schools, colleges and higher education organizations.

My talks fit in with various aspects of the curriculum including Global Citizenship, Human Rights, Rights, Respect and Responsibility (RRR) and Black History. I am able to tailor my talks to individual school needs.

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Chris is a qualified Performance Coach with a range of multi-sector and ‘people’ skills with experience including; Government, Corporate and Educational sectors.

Having been part of the delegation who negotiated with the previous South African government, Chris is able to utilize his negotiation and Scenario planning skills in promoting proactive solution finding.

Latest Testimonials

Mr. Lubbe spoke to two Burnaby schools recently via Video Conference. In both audiences, you could have heard a pin drop - the students were so mesmerized by the stories of apartheid and the artful way in which Mandela's legacy was woven into the presentation.

Video Conference is an excellent alternative to live events. Mr. Lubbe was masterful at creating a smooth technical experience, using slides, video and personal interaction to make the experience memorable.

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Deirdre Moore/Albert Lee
Global Learning Programs

We had the pleasure of welcoming Chris for a day at Bitterne Park School to deliver a set of assemblies to whole year groups and in addition a number of targeted student groups. The response from our students towards the content and delivery of each of these assemblies has been amazing. You could hear a pin drop as Chris shared his stories growing up through the Apartheid period and then working alongside Nelson Mandela. The content of each assembly was adjusted to suit each audience (Yr 7 - 13) with more opportunities to ask questions for the older students. As always in schools, time is precious and I wish we could have found more time for each group to listen more to Chris. Some student comments: Thank you for sharing your inspirational words and moving stories. I now have a greater awareness of what happened in South Africa during Apartheid. (Macy Yr 8) I learnt that I should forgive. Thank you for sharing your amazing story (Dan Yr 8) Our students have fully engaged with Chris and large numbers have accessed on the twitter feed. Everyone is asking when Chris can come back Many thanks, kind regards

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Chris Whitbread
Assistant Headteacher

Chris provided an inspirational talk to our customers at a recent seminar. His talk of struggle, overcoming adversary and succeeding in spite of great difficulties resonated with our audience of business professionals. I would thoroughly recommend Chris for a talk at other corporate days. Thank you

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Gail Cook
Marcomms Manager Garmin (Europe) Ltd

Chris came to Crofton School and delivered 5 x 1 hour talks and an assembly all in one day; a marathon by anyone's standards. All day he was dynamic and engaging. Everyone who listened to him were instantly touched by his words. He told his story about his childhood and how he was treated just because of the colour of his skin. He also spoke about his work with Nelson Mandella. Chris's enthusiasm, passion and dedication was an inspiration to all of us; he was motivating and encouraging young people to make difference too. It was one of those days we will remember for a long time and one of those days that has made a difference to how we regard our very important role in the global community. We hope to invite Chris back to continue to work in more depth with our students

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Amanda Knight
Assistant Headteacher

Chris was inspirational! His journey and the lessons that he imparted from it had a real effect on everyone in the group. We were all totally absorbed by it. There is so much that we can all learn and then put into practice from what he has to say.

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Lead Volunteer

I had the privilege of listening to Chris' story at our recent Heads and Deputies conference. His story is both inspirational and shocking and there is so much that we, as Headteachers, should learn from what he says. Not least, he reminds us of the role we play in ensuring that the children in our schools learn the skills they need to challenge injustice in the world wherever they see it. In the words of Nelson Mandela - 'Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world

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Jacky Halton

All we can say is WOW! What a truly inspirational man with so many experiences to share and wise words to impart. The suffering you had to endure during the apartheid has made us realise how lucky we are to have the freedom we do today. We can not even imagine how it must have felt to witness some of the terrible acts of unkindness you have - some of which happened when you were only the same age as us. A big thank you for your time and patience with us - we will never forget this day

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Miss Barnard

Working for Utility Warehouse requires personal dedication and sometimes a little help from driven and inspiring people helps to create a better mind set for myself in my chosen career. Having heard a number of motivational speakers I would like to commend you Chris for your very moving and extremely inspirational talk. Your story is almost unbelievable and listening to you has and will help me through my intended journey to be successful..... your attitude to life is truly a thought provoking concept that I believe would genuinely help people along their journey's in life. A humble story! Anyone thinking of seeing Chris I would highly recommend it

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Nikki Moore

Chris was wonderfully engaging, passionate and utterly honest about his experience of growing up during the Apartheid years in South Africa. While he was speaking, you could have heard a pin drop, he held everyone's attention for the full time he spoke. He gave everyone through his talk the means to see our individual issues, struggles and problems in proper perspective. While at the same time Chris demonstrated that certain attitudes of mind and personal skills are necessary if we are all to rise above our individual and societal challenges. It is rare for a speaker to take you through the full range of human emotions in a talk from horror and anger to joy and out right laughter. But Chris's gentle and open hearted style mean't that he could speak to such issues in a way that fully engages the audience, whatever their personal knowledge of the time and situations, he was speaking about. He was an inspiration to hear and even if he had been the only speaker on the day, he was way more than worth the ticket price. Over the years I have heard many speakers at conferences from business leaders, sports personalities, top coaches and entrepreneurs, but Chris's talk will stick with me for a long time to come

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Wayne Marshall

Thank you so much Chris for your inspiring and emotional speech you gave at AIM seminar last weekend. I am ashamed to say I did not know a lot about Apartheid and I was so shocked to hear the pain you and your family experienced. I feel honoured to have heard your story, it will stay with me and remind me to never give up. A true example of being here to make a massive difference.

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Anna May
Business Owner

Chris kicked off our Anti - Bullying week 2013 with an inspirational talk about growing up in South Africa. The children were mesmerised by some of the stories that Chris shared. They struggled to comprehend the widespread violence the nation suffered through apartheid. Chris engaged the children with his fascinating and frightening accounts of life in SouthAfrica. One of our teachers organised a spectacular balloon launch at the end of the week where individuals wrote messages of hope and aspiration against bullying. Chris led this with a few words which inspired our anti- bullying charter. A truly memorable occasion

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Craig Williams

Chris was the key-note speaker at our Business Breakfast in November. He spoke powerfully to an audience of nearly 60 people about his experiences growing up under apartheid in South Africa & what he ultimately learnt about forgiveness. He also shared some of his experiences of working alongside Nelson Mandela once he became President & witnessing the negotiations that led to the emergence of the 'Rainbow Nation'. Chris was able to combine tales of terrible struggle & suffering with humour & hope, so as to both challenge & inspire us. I would recommend him to your school, church group or organisation as someone with a great story to tell & an important message to deliver.

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Andy Banes

Chris has already worked with many of our schools & teachers. They have given overwhelmingly positive feedback about the impact he has had on pupils & the staff. It is the sort of experience that children & young people will never forget. He has the ability to engage a wide age range, from infants to senior students, from inspectors to the most vulnerable of our young people. His journey, his reflections and wisdom, born out of pain & suffereing, is an inspiration to them all.

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Hampshire County Council
Rights Respecting Programme Manager

Our Year 10s had been studying Human Rights violations, but knew little about Apartheid and the injustices carried out in South Africa between 1948 and 1998. Chris opened their eyes to how unfair life was for black South Africans just because of the colour of their skin. They found much of it unbelievable. It is important that they learn about these issues to make sure they don't allow it to happen again in their futures. Chris's final message about forgiveness inspired many of them to think hard about their own feelings towards others. Thank you Chris.

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Lesley Hancock
Teacher, Westgate School, Winchester

We had the pleasure of Chris Lubbe’s company in Sanquhar Academy, Dumfries, Scotland on 5th March 2013. It was a truly remarkable experience for all of us and Chris etched his way into our hearts forever on that unforgettable day. He really was and always will be an inspiration to us all on how to live our lives together and remember that we are all part of the same world and therefore have a right to be wherever we want to be. Chris’s story of his personal journey in life touched all of us and has made a tremendous and genuine impact. We have shown the many pictures of his visit to our parent groups and school visitors on every occasion that has been available to us. The reaction of our young people on the day of the visit was truly touching. They simply wanted him to stay and talk to them for as long as he could and he almost didn’t get away because so many of them wanted
a personal memento to keep. So many great photos were taken that day and we are sending them to Chris so that he will remember us too. Two of our class groups have created a “Chris Lubbe” wall in the school because they further studied and researched apartheid after his visit. Here a some of the thoughts of the students:

Kayla: Chris was amazing and the time we spent with him was extraordinary.

Hayley: Chris is a truly inspirational speaker.

Kieran: It was a great opportunity to meet someone like Chris and for him to take the time to come and speak to us.

Shaun: Chris told us to remember that “the key to peace is forgiveness” He told us that he learned that from Nelson Mandela. Chris was so inspirational and I will never forget him.

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Mrs Bouber
Head Teacher, Sanquhar Academy

You delivered a talk in the school Assembly Hall to the entire cohort of S3 and S4 pupils.

You took us through the story of your family, ranging from the days when your great great grandfather was enslaved up to the present day in South Africa. The details of your own personal experience of the apartheid era and your decision to become involved with the African National Congress and their struggle to set the country free from its tyrannical yoke were both shocking and deeply moving. The young people who knew little of these things were captivated by the tales that you told of your own experience of discrimination, violence and torture, while older members of staff were reminded of their own privileged younger lives running parallel with the grim reality of the oppressed majority of southern Africa. You spoke of onlookers who failed to act in the face of sickening violence and linked this to pupils turning a blind eye to acts of bullying.

Although you spoke for over 1½ hours, the attention of the pupils was rapt throughout. You spoke of how you came to know and work for Nelson Mandela, and that the most important message the great man had passed on to you was to forgive your former enemies in order to build a better, fairer future for all. This was stirring stuff and entirely in keeping with the Rights Respecting School Agenda that both Lockerbie Primary and Secondary schools aim to promote. You explained to us just how difficult, but ultimately necessary, it had been for you to grasp this lofty concept.
Many pupils had questions for you afterwards and you posed for photographs with others, while many more have since tweeted you to say how much your words meant to them, with several saying that it has changed their lives. Its fair to say that your visit has had a great impact on all of those fortunate enough to hear your story and it was both a very humbling, but also inspiring experience that will long live in the collective memory.

Many thanks, once again, Chris

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Norman Terrace
Principal Teacher, Humanities, Lockerbie Academy

Thank you so much for coming to our school yesterday for black history month and sharing your inspirational story with everyone and taking part in our annual HYBO award and exhibition evening.

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Salise Caluda
History teacher, Oaks Park High School

Thank you for coming to see us. Your talks to the children were inspirational and humbling and you created quite a buzz around the place.

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Simon Kingsley-Pallant
Dunhurst School (Bedales)

Thank you so much for coming to the unit yesterday and sharing your inspirational story with everyone.

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Vanessa Hoade
Teacher, X-Perience Young Persons Centre

I've had such a powerful and positive reaction to your visit yesterday, both from staff and children, and hope that we were able to give you a brief but meaningful insight into what we are trying to achieve here too.

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SC Clayton
Marlborough College

Chris Lubbe visited Lancing College in June 2013, as part of our celebration of the 100th birthday of a former pupil, Trevor Huddleson, and his contribution to the struggle against Apartheid.

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Fr Richard Harrison
Chaplain of Lancing College

Chris held the school spellbound during his talk. It was a privilege to meet and listen to someone who was, literally, living history.

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Ken Sullivan
Head of Sixth Form, Leighton Park School

I can think of no finer way to demonstrate the values of our school and community and how they link to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child than through Chris's inspirational story. Our staff left the INSET day with an increased and unified sense of purpose and understanding. Staff spoke of their 'inspiration' and how their 'eyes had been opened'.

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Carl M. McCarthy
Head Teacher, Newlands Primary School

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