Cultural Intelligence Africa Summit 2023

We are excited to announce the 1st Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Africa Summit that will take place in South Africa July 2023, which will coincide with Mandela Day.  Learn more!

CQ Africa Summit 2023

A Catalyst for Social Justice

Johannesburg, South Africa Protea by Marriott Hotel
July 12th - 18th
In-Person CQ Certification and CQ Train-The-Trainer
Celebrate the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

A partnership event between Cultural Intelligence Africa and the Cultural Intelligence Center


The CQ Africa Summit will be an unique opportunity to gain new insights, network with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela. As you may know, Mandela Day is a global call to action that encourages people to make a positive difference in their communities. This year, Mandela Day is unique in that it is set to take place the same time we will be commemorating 10 years since his death and it would have been his 105th birthday.

At the CQ Africa Summit, you will hear from keynote speakers and participate in interactive sessions that cover a range of topics related to cultural intelligence, diversity, and global leadership with a particular focus on the relationship between CQ & Social Justice. You will also have the chance to connect with other attendees, share your experiences, and build new relationships.

Here are some of the highlights of the Africa CQ Summit:

  • Visits to Soweto, Apartheid Museum, the Constitutional Court, Mandela’s house and office.
  • Interactive sessions that cover a range of topics related to CQ.
  • Opportunities to strengthen relationships within the CQ community from around the world.
  • A CQ update on the trends, research, and solutions globally.
  • The chance to celebrate and learn from the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Choose Your Ticket Options

Each event at the CQ Africa Summit is a unique experience. Choose your options and pay below.

CQ Certification

This program introduces you to the research and history behind the cultural intelligence (CQ) model and why it matters. As part of the pre-certification work, you complete the CQ 360 Assessment. During certification, you will learn how to effectively debrief assessment Feedback Reports. In addition, you get a full set of research-based strategies for helping others improve their CQ.


To train and certify participants to understand the CQ model and debrief the CQ feedback report.

$1880 USD

CQ Train-The-Trainer

Through this train-the-trainer program, you learn how to run the Developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Workshop, a highly interactive half or full day program that provides participants with an introduction to the CQ model and research. The workshop places heavy emphasis on application for effectively working across domestic and/or international differences.


To learn how to successfully facilitate the CQ Center’s Developing CQ workshop within your own organization or for your clients.

$1880 USD

Receive a 15% Multicourse Discount for Registering for Both CQ Certification and CQ Train-The-Trainer

The Rise and Fall of Apartheid Tour

Travel to the Apartheid Museum and experience a guided tour to learn about the history of Apartheid in Africa. Then travel to Soweto and visit Nelson Mandela’s house and the June 16th Memorial. Then visit other important locations such as Regina Mundi, the Freedom Charter Memorial, and Commendation. 

Lunch (Sakhumzi) is provided. 

$215 USD

CQ and Faith Activity

Experience a multicultural Church service at Every Nation Rose Bank, then have coffee and tea. Travel to the Mayfair Mosque, then participate in a discussion on CQ and Faith at the Mariott Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton.

Lunch (Turkish Kebab House)  is provided.

$55 USD

CQ Africa Summit Days

On Day 1 of the Summit, be welcomed by hosts Ed and Quinton where you will be introduced to CQ and the work being done by the CQ Center. The delve into topics such as Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and many more. Travel to Con Hill Future Space and Conformance Venue for more exciting lectures on CQ, and attend an dinner with traditional Ethiopian cuisine. 

On Day 2, See a tribute to Nelson Mandela, and travel to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for a guided tour. Later, learn about CQ best practices and proven techniques used by successful Certified Facilitators across the globe. Participate in a brainstorming session to come up with even more great ideas!

Lunch and dinner will be provided for both days.

$270 USD

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Additional Details


Speakers will be announced ASAP. We plan to have speakers from multiple industries, roles and areas of subject matter expertise.

Venue Details

Protea by Marriott Hotel in Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton.
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Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning more about CQ should attend. This includes Human Resources and DEI professional along with Administrators and organizational leaders. In addition, the conference will be a great opportunity for Certified Facilitators to network and learn from other CFs.


We believe that the CQ Africa Summit will be a valuable investment in your personal and professional development, and we would be honored to have you join us. Below are the details of the different ways you could get involved in the summit. 

  • CQ Certification – 12 & 13 July
  • CQ Train-The-Trainer – 13 & 14 July
  • The rise and fall of Apartheid – 15 July
  • CQ & Faith – 16 July
  • CQ & Social Justice – 17 & 18 July

View Detailed Agenda

Please note, the conference agenda is subject to change. CQ Certification
  • 9:00 – 16:30, 12 July 
  • 9:00 – 12:30, 13 July
More details to follow.
CQ Train-The-Trainer
  • 14:00 – 16:30, 13 July
  • 9:00 – 16:30, 14 July
More details to follow.

15 July – The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

08:00 – 8:30Register
08:30 – 9:30

•      Welcome

•      Introduction

•      Briefing for the day

9:30 – 10:00Travel to Apartheid museum
10:00 – 12:30Apartheid museum
12:30 – 13:00Travel to Soweto
13:00 – 14:00Lunch – Sakhumzi
14:00 – 15:15Mandela’s house & June 16 memorial
15:15 – 15:30Travel to Regina Mundi
15:30 – 16:00Regina Mundi
16:00 – 16:15Travel to Freedom Charter Memorial
16:15 – 17:30Freedom Charter Memorial & debrief day at Kliptown Youth Program (KYP)
17:30 –Travel to commendation
16 July – The CQ & faith/church
TIME Activity
08:00 – 8:30 Register & Welcome (Every Nation Rose Bank)
08:30 – 10:30 Every Nation Rose Bank (Multicultural Church Service)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & tea
11:00 – 11:30 Travel to Mayfair – Mosque
11:30 – 12:30 Mayfair – Mosque
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (Turkish Kebab House)
13:30 – 14:00 Travel to Marriott Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
14:00 – 15:15 CQ & Faith Discussion Part 1
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:30 Break
11:00 – 13:00 CQ & Faith Discussion Part 2

17 July Summit Day 1

08:30 – 09:00Register Marriott Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
09:00 – 10:30

Session 1


CQ, Update – trends, research, and solutions going on CQ globally

10:30 – 11:00Coffee & tea
11:00 – 13:00

Session 2

CQ is more than just “KUMBAYAH”, but a tool for promoting Social Justice

13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:45Travel to Con Hill (South Africa Constitution Court)  – Future space
14:45 – 16:15

Session  3

Con Hill – Guided Tour of South Africa Constitution Court

16:15 – 16:45Debrief in the South Africa Constitution Court
16:45 – 17:45Travel to Marriott Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
18:30 –Optional dinner – Little Abbas Ababa

18 July Summit Day 2

09:00 – 10:30

Session  4:


A CQ tribute to Nelson Mandela

10:30 – 11:00Travel to Nelson Mandela Foundation – Future space
11:00 – 12:30

Session  5

Nelson Mandela foundation Tour

Dialogue & Debrief

12:30 – 13:00Travel to Lunch
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 16:00

Session  6

CQ Solutions For a Divided World

16:00 – 16:15Break
16:15 – 17:00

Session  7

Debrief the Summit

18:30 –Optional Dinner

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Purchase your tickets by completing the form below.  If you have questions, please contact the CQ Africa Summit Team via email.


The Cultural Intelligence Center is an innovative, evidence-based solutions provider that draws upon empirical findings to help organizations and individuals assess and improve cultural intelligence (CQ)-the ability to work effectively with people from different nationalities, ethnicities, age groups, and more. We create programs, workshops, certifications, and multiple-language assessments that are industry-specific and tailored to help people acquire CQ capabilities and harness their transformative powers in every aspect of their lives. Headquartered in the United States, our globally diverse team of experts and trainers serves clients all over the world to help everyone, everywhere unlock the power of CQ. More information about the Cultural Intelligence Center can be found on our website at


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