Soldier, Adventurer, Explorer, Author, successful Businessman – yet above all a farsighted leader of men and women
Once a penniless ex-military officer who realised that he and his men had been in the wrong fight, with only his clothes and a motorbike to his name, Mike Boon decided to forge a new career for himself.
His early childhood in rural KwaZulu Natal and hard years in the bush across Southern Africa had offered him priceless insights into several African cultures, how the merging of Western and African Ways can – and should – be applied to commercial, public sector and non-governmental organisations.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Mike was privileged to be the host facilitator in the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to South Africa.
He shares in the search for inner truth.
Amalgamation of the Armed Forces
Following the first democratic election of 1994, Mike’s military background helped him to facilitate in South Africa’s post-struggle Amalgamation of Armed Forces process.
Ronnie Kasrils, Deputy Minister of Defence at the time, had this to say of Mike: “You are an outstanding example of a true South African and human being.”
Kilimanjaro & Himalayas
Periodically Mike takes time for introspection and to refine his thinking. During these times he has climbed Kilimanjaro twice and has also climbed in the Himalayas.
Mike works persistently for a Human Centred World of which we are all a part.
Community Police Forums
Since 1996 Mike has regularly conducted workshops for Community Police Forums on behalf of Business Against Crime.
The workshops are designed to tackle prejudice, lack of understanding, tolerance and respect for other viewpoints, customs and beliefs inherent to our society.
South African Women in Dialogue
He has been responsible for working together with Mrs Zanele Mbeki (former first lady) in the establishment of South African Women in Dialogue both in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
He spent time in the United States where he facilitated his unique approach to cultural integration in Texas to great success.
He was responsible for creating and launching a number of Cultural villages in Africa which showcase and bring to life many of the cultures resident in their own country.
He was invited to attend and present his work to the International Mediation Summit held in Israel.
In 2002 Mike become the first person in history to paddle the Zambezi River from source to mouth – solo and unsupported.