Braam Jordaan was born Deaf in Benoni, South Africa. With over 30 major international awards under his belt for film and animation work, he is known for championing better education in the Deaf community by drawing inspiration from the very community he is part of. He became a board member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section in 2011 and delivered a statement at the United Nations in New York City about the right to an education in sign language. He was formerly an Honorable Member of Disability Rights Parliament in South Africa.
Jordaan was bestowed with the Order of the Baobab by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in recognition of his efforts at raising awareness on the importance of sign language and the human rights of deaf people around the world through his work with films and books. The National Orders are the highest awards that South Africans can receive.
Jordaan truly is a global citizen and multilingual in nine languages. He is currently the CEO of Convo Communications Canada. He is a recent recipient Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award recognizing the achievements of British Columbia’s young entrepreneurs with demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership, and community contribution.