Mamphela Ramphele

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has been a medical doctor, a community development activist, a researcher, a university executive, a global public servant and is now an active citizen in both the public and private sectors. She has earned several degrees, including a medical degree, two postgraduate diplomas, a bachelor of commerce in administration, and a PhD in social anthropology. Ramphele was promoted to vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town in 1996, the first black African and the first woman to serve in that post. She then joined the World Bank in Washington as the managing director for human development in 2000. Dr Ramphele has served as chairperson of Gold Fields, Circle Capital Ventures (Pty) Limited, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), as a director of Medi-Clinic Corporation Limited and Remgro Limited and is currently a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was also founder of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, the Citizens Movement, Indoni Academy and ReimagineSA. In January 2013, Dr. Ramphele became the Leader of Agang SA, a party for all South Africans which won two seats in the national elections held in May 2014. Post elections, Dr Ramphele retired from Party Politics to return to her role as an active citizen. Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa. She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for disadvantaged people in South Africa and elsewhere.