Dispute Resolution Official, Chris Pio’s choice of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari as his favourite book would suggest that he has a deep interest in the history of humanity and its impact on the present and the future. This philosophical approach to life and work is likely to influence his understanding of the world and his decision-making in his work with CEO’s members.

Sapiens is a highly acclaimed book that explores the development of humans, their societies, and their impact on the planet. It delves into the philosophical questions about what it means to be human and how we can create a better world. The book’s themes of social, cultural, and economic evolution are relevant to Chris’ work in labour law, as these factors shape the laws and regulations that govern the workplace. “I have always wanted to pursue a career in law, as I value principles such as equity, fairness and justice and want to incorporate these values into my everyday living,” says Chris. CEO’s structures have provided me with a platform to practice my values and where I can easily assist members when they have a dispute.”

Chris’ interests in books, movies and music also suggest that he has a curiosity about the world and a willingness to explore new ideas and perspectives. This trait is valuable in his work, where being open-minded and adaptable is essential when navigating complex legal issues. Chris grew up in Pretoria in a middle-income household where his parents instilled important values of morality, equity, compassion, and justice. “My father, who had a life-long career in law, was a strong role model and a source of inspiration for my love for justice.” Chris attended school at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool before earning his LLB degree through UNISA. “I’m proud of obtaining my degree while holding down a full-time job!” he shares.

Chris’ vision for the future is to see a unified South Africa without race-based politics and polarised agendas, where everyone becomes one strong nation – highlighting his belief in the power of unity and collaboration. It’s a goal that will require great discipline and truck loads of creativity. We’d better order a few more Chris Pio’s!