Supermodel, philanthropist, activist and cultural innovator Naomi Campbell, will lead this year’s Forbes Woman Africa Women Summit, hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, on 8 March at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC).

“We are truly honoured to be welcoming Campbell to the fourth annual Women Summit,” commented Methil Renuka, managing editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, and host of this year’s event.

“Having established herself as a global powerhouse in fashion, Campbell has used her fame to benefit vulnerable communities, with much of her charity work also focused on the African continent. We look forward to engaging with her at this year’s ‘New Wealth Creators’ summit,” added Renuka.

British-born Campbell was one of five original supermodels that revolutionised the fashion industry during the 1990s. Her work on the runway has seen her grace countless magazine covers, as well as featuring in numerous television shows, music videos and films.Naomi Campbell has used her unique position in the spotlight to draw attention to several international charities, among them the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Made in Africa Foundation and Breast Health International.

Her charity work started alongside Nelson Mandela in 1993, with Madiba bestowing her the title of ‘Honorary Granddaughter’ for her ongoing activism. In 2005, Naomi Campbell established her own charity, Fashion for Relief which has presented shows in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam, raising millions of dollars for various worthwhile causes.

Sihle Zikalala, the KwaZulu-Natal Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said, “We extend a warm welcome to this year’s headline speaker, Naomi Campbell. We look forward to engaging with her on topics that will extend the positive impact women in this country, and on the continent, are having globally.

“Her involvement in this event indicates the calibre of this summit, and the strides being taken by African women.

“We are proud to have been selected as the host venue for the summit as this gives us an opportunity to showcase the incredible business opportunities and inviting natural beauty of the place we call home.”