The World's First Action Speaker - Habib Noorbhai
Prof Habib Noorbhai is an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg, and also contributes his time as a sports scientist, speaker and humanitarian.
In 2013, he was among South Africa’s 100 brightest young minds and in 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans. He was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017. He was later inducted as a UCT Golden Key Honorary Member for 2018.
Research and Writing
Prof Noorbhai has been working in academia for the last 8 years and has taught, published, supervised, and convened in various areas of sports science, public health and wellness. His research focus areas are mainly in cricket science, health promotion and healthcare innovation. Prof Noorbhai is an Associate Editor of the BMJ Sport and Exercise Medicine, and serves as a reviewer for both local and international sports journals. Prof Noorbhai has published more than 30 papers in numerous academic journals (and also writes OP-ED pieces for the media) and has presented at local and international conferences since 2012.
Prof Noorbhai has consulted and collaborated with an array of individuals and organisations applying his expertise through a scientific and research lens.
Prof Noorbhai has been fortunate to have worked with a number of local and international sports teams between 2010 and 2020, more notably, with cricket teams.
Since 2015, Prof Noorbhai offers a range of talks and workshops to corporates and organisations within the health and wellness, leadership, motivation and productivity areas. He has also served as MC and conducted speaking sessions for a wide range of organisations, including but not limited to: TEDx, Standard Bank, Woolworths, Smollan, PSG, CANSA, SA Sport and Recreation, and more.
Prof Noorbhai has appeared on a number of television and radio shows offering his advice and expertise on sports science and health related matters. He had his own sport and health show in 2015 on OpenViewHD, showcased various topics.
Habib also founded an NPO in 2013 called The Humanitarians, a volunteer-based organisation, whereby various community projects and programmes are conducted through sport, health, education, sustainability and innovation. He is often involved in a number of outreach projects as being in the community fulfills him with happiness.