Dr. Habib Noorbhai
Breaking pageant stereotypes
Dr. Habib Noorbhai (Mr. South Africa 2017) is a researcher in Sports Science, a presenter, speaker and humanitarian. He completed a B.A in Sport Psychology (UJ), Honours in Biokinetics (UKZN), M.Phil in Biokinetics (UCT) and a Ph.D in Exercise Science (UCT). In 2013, he was among South Africa’s top 100 brightest young minds and in 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans. He was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017. He has been invited as a keynote and lead speaker at a number of local and international conferences and institutions and has also spoken at TEDx UCT (2014) and Tech4Africa (2015). Habib has been featured on a variety of television shows: Top Billing, Mela, Expresso, eNCA and SABC News. In 2015, he had his own sport and health show on OpenViewHD and a radio show on Hashtag Radio. Habib also founded a non-profit organisation in 2013 called The Humanitarians, a volunteer-based organisation, where various community projects and programmes are conducted through sport, health, education, sustainability and innovation. These programmes are also leveraged through Habib’s reign as Mr. South Africa towards change making in society.