Audi South Africa partners with the SA Innovation Summit


The SA Innovation Summit has become a noteworthy South African event, aspiring to raise awareness in innovation, facilitate collaboration and amplify South Africa’s competitive edge and accelerate economic growth. Audi South Africa is proud to be associated with the South African Innovation Summit in 2014 as a sponsor of the CEO Spotlight Debate and is pleased to have Siya Xuza, Audi Brand Ambassador and Innovator, as a keynote speaker at the Summit.


In its seven years of existence, the Summit’s greatest achievement was to engage the top echelon of SA’s leading minds in academia, industry and government to support innovation. It has also contributed to the birth of the South African Innovation Network (SAINe) in 2009. SA’s premier innovation event of the year brings together thought leaders and practitioners in the field of innovation to showcase success stories, share lessons learnt, connect with peers and be inspired by true South African innovators. This year’s summit will be held at Greenpoint Stadium from the 16th to the 18th of September.

Siya Xuza:


Audi Brand Ambassador, Siya Xuza, will address the South African Innovation Summit on the 16th of September and will share his experiences that led him to become one of South Africa’s greatest innovators. At the age of 25, Siya is regarded as one of South Africa’s top scientists. He studied at Harvard University in the United States and even has a large asteroid named after him by NASA in honour of his work developing a record-breaking, safer and more energy efficient rocket fuel.

Siya has also been elected as a fellow of the African Leadership Network, a group of dynamic, influential and successful leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa who are poised to shape Africa’s future over the next decade. He recently became the youngest member of the African Union-affiliated Africa 2.0 energy advisory panel.

“Audi South Africa is proud to be a partner in this year’s South African Innovation Summit. Audi is committed to innovation and is a brand on the forefront of many technologies in the automotive world today, with more technologies to come in the near future. We share the South African Innovation Summit’s vision to foster global conversations on innovation and believe it is the perfect association for the brand as we embark on positioning ourselves as one of the most innovative brands in the world,” said Head of Audi South Africa, Paul Sansom.

“We also believe that Siya Xuza represents the enormous potential of South Africa and his passion for his subject is truly inspiring. Siya has already had an enormous impact on his generation and his innovative spirit is perfectly representative of the Audi brand and its values. Audi South Africa is delighted to be associated with such a motivating South African role model and is pleased that he is able to address the audience at the 2014 South African Innovation Summit,” concluded Sansom.

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