Professor Khalil Osiris is an internationally recognized expert on restorative justice practices and cognitive behavioural personal change. An American author, educator, social entrepreneur, and life coach, he spent 20 years of his life in prison. Professor Osiris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University while incarcerated. He transformed his life and emerged from prison with a deep understanding of how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self-improvement.

He is co-author of two books: Psychology of Incarceration and TLC: Talking and Listening with Care. Psychology of Incarceration is a university textbook and a ground-breaking eight-part DVD series used in correctional and therapeutic settings throughout America.

Professor Osiris is founder of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Alliance, a non-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening the cultural and economic ties between South Africans and Americans through educational, faith-based, and social entrepreneurial initiatives.

He is also founder of Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) AFRICA, an initiative designed to provide schools with a research-based framework to improve academic and behavioural outcomes for all learners, particularly those whose academic success is at risk due to behavioural challenges.

In 2013 Professor Osiris launched the first PBIS AFRICA school in South Africa at Vuleka School in Johannesburg. Vuleka School is the National Demonstration School Site for PBIS AFRICA. His vision is for PBIS Africa to serve as an institutional link betweens schools in Africa and America to share research and further study the use of positive behavioural interventions and supports, starting with 300 schools in South Africa over the next 5 years.

Professor Osiris implemented the Department of Correctional Services’ first Criminogenic Needs re-entry programme, Get Out & Stay Out (GOSO). On Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2013, his first graduating class of 120 men at Zonderwater Correctional Centre Medium A and B celebrated their successful completion of the GOSO programme. His goal is to recruit and train 10 000 offenders, over the next five years, to become GOSO Ambassadors and, in honour of Madiba, pledge to Break the Cycle of Crime in South Africa.

Professor Osiris is host and life coach on the popular SABC 2 TV show, Each One Teach One. He helps young people and parents develop positive ways to cope with daily challenges at school, home, and in their communities. Each One Teach One is broadcast Fridays at 11h00.

In addition to his work in schools and prisons, he regularly conducts inspirational talks on overcoming self-imposed limitations and workshops on how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self-improvement.

Professor Khalil Osiris