Devi Sankaree Govender
Devi is a South African media icon.
Her reputation as an award-winning investigative television journalist has been cemented by 28 years of bold, brave and fearless reporting, holding governments, companies and individuals to account, often putting her own life in danger.
Armed with an MBA, Devi has built a brand of trust, authenticity and justice. While she is best known for the 18 years she spent at Carte Blanche, South Africa’s longest-running investigative television show, Devi joined eTV and eNCA a year ago and is the executive producer and anchor of The Devi Show. Launched in the middle of a global pandemic, the show was an instant hit and is currently watched by millions of South Africans.
Parallel to her work on television, Devi also sits on boards and believes that a straight-talking approach, coupled with doing the homework is what will take us forward as a nation.
Devi is Mum to a Junior Olympic golfer who has just kicked off her first year of a golf scholarship at Columbia, University of South Carolina. Her son is 17, an international debater and has just passed his Learners Licence! Devi is also a total softie when it comes to her “SPCA gangsters” who rule her home.
Devi has two current keynotes but is also able to tailor them according to client requirements.
- “Still Catching Crooks (in heels) … in a pandemic!”
In this entertaining, yet moving keynote, Devi tells the story of how a young girl, growing up in rural KZN during the turbulent 80’s, made the unusual decision to become a journalist. Devi chats candidly about her tough, but often hilarious path which took her to Carte Blanche, where she became known across the country for her bold brand of journalism.
Fast-forward to 2020 – Devi resigns from Carte Blanche and takes on a new television adventure … in the midst of a global pandemic! This 40 minute keynote gives insight into why agility and resilience can take you places … and gain you millions of viewers in just six months! Format options: a 10-minute video (a showreel of Devi’s most hilarious moments on her new show) as part of a 35-minute talk, plus 15 minutes Q and A
- “The Day I Chose Me!” in 2014 Devi received news that she was pre-hypertensive. Hardly surprising when this award-winning investigative television journalist also doubled up as a wife and mother to two children – one a Junior Golf Olympian and the other, an international debater. The news set in motion a series of events …. false starts and stops……an unexpected meeting with Huffington Post founder, Ariana Huffington and it all culminated in a blog which went viral – much to Devi’s surprise. In this hilarious, yet touching talk, Devi talks about her constant fight with finding “balance” and how she has learned to finally put herself on top of her list. This one-hour talk, which includes a 15-minute Q and A, is suitable for a mixed-gender audience and includes tips on how to stay sane, brilliant and dazzling, in a world that doesn’t stop to breathe.