South African Young Academy of Science

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian

Dr Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian, PhD is a media professional, communication specialist and postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. She has raised over USD100,000.- in academic and corporate funding for her research on communication in South Africa and has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters through Sage, Taylor and Francis, Intellect and Palgrave McMillan as well as a monograph through Routledge London/New York. Leyla’s research focus is on the normative moral theory of Ubuntu and its implications for communication, education, leadership and governance. In her capacity as a media professional, Leyla has produced and presented for a variety of media outlets, including Warner Brothers/KTLA5, the Austrian and South African Broadcasting Corporations, HBO and the Africa Channel USA. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the South African Communication Association and her research has been described as “outstandingly accomplished and […] an excellently executed cross-disciplinary study”. Elsewhere she has been praised: “for her careful selection and ability to create critically rigorous arguments and assumptions that explicate motives for deep-rooted problems facing contemporary societies […] from an interdisciplinary perspective in the wake of thunderous calls for transformation”. Leyla consults for companies and organization such as Accenture and the United Nations and presents and keynotes at international fora including the Global African Diaspora Forum, TED, the US State Department, the Unique Speaker Bureau and Ethical Business Building the Future. She is a 2018 South African Women in Science Awards nominee.