As an inspirational speaker Matthew Willman draws on over 18 years’ experience in the field of documentary photography. He delivers his speeches with a passion and a depth of insight rarely seen, mesmerising audiences throughout South Africa and around the world. His professional delivery is the result of his unique talent to connect with audiences through storytelling whilst discussing his celebrated body of photographic work, from which he draws inspiration.

Matthew has spent a lifetime honing his skills in myriad forums around the world. This vast field of experience allows him to tailor his presentation to diverse audiences and themes.

Matthew has an absolute sense of overview…about what is, what went before, and what’s to come. He is passionately connected to the complexity of his existence, of those around him and what we shape ourselves to be. Annie Lennox

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Willman uses anecdotes of his experiences through life to convey lessons related to diversity, leadership, development, hope, visual communication & the visual arts. Oxfam International

It is very rare for a speaker to share personal experiences working with a leader like Nelson Mandela for 10 years. His storytelling ability alongside his incredible images speak louder than words.” Participant at “One Young World Conference”

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A Selective Biography of Public Speaking Engagements

  • IFC Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of Hong Kong: Faculty of Arts
  • One Young World Conference – Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Northern Kentucky – Kentucky, USA
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Hilton Arts Festival – Hilton, South Africa
  • ISMA Conference – Durban, South Africa
  • University of Tromso – Tromso, Norway
  • Melbourne Arts Space – Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Cape Town: Department of Sociology – Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Vodacom Foundation – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The Nelson Mandela Medical Centre: Department of Dermatology – Durban, South Africa
  • The Hillcrest HIV & Aids Centre Trust – Hillcrest, South Africa
  • Thon Dittmar Palais – Regensburg, Germany
  • DEG Bank – Cologne, Germany
  • Investec Corporate/Private Client events – Durban / Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Nedbank Corporate Park – Durban, South Africa
  • SA Homeloans Leadership Conference – Durban, South Africa
  • Michaelhouse
  • Daimler Chrysler Management Conference & strategic planning – East London, South Africa
  • South African Jewish Museum – Cape Town, South Africa