Chairperson: Isaac Oupa Shonwge is a non-executive director of Barloworld Ltd. He founded Letsema Consulting Company, a strategic management consulting firm. He is the founder and Chairman of Letsema Investments, a black-empowered investment company engaged in a range of ventures, predominantly in the Logistics and Information Technology sectors. He is Chairman of the Wits Business School Advisory Board. He is a member of several NGO boards which include The Aspen Institute, The Ragon Institute and Endeavor, an NGO focusing on entrepreneurship development in SA. In addition, he is heavily involved in social and community upliftment projects. He started the Letsema Foundation, which focuses on leadership development, entrepreneurship and education and is also the Chairman and founder of the African Leadership Initiative in SA.
Professor Edgar Pieterse
Prof. Edgar Pieterse is the holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in urban policy and he is the Director of the African Centre for Cities. He previously served as Special Advisor to the premier of the Western Cape provincial Government (2004-2007) and directed a number of urban policy think tanks. He is widely published. Edgar is a founder member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of Magnet Theatre, the Sustainability Institute and the Cape Town partnership; and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LSE Cities, and the Low Carbon Mobility Stakeholder Board of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.
Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba
The Most Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba is the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. He was awarded the Cross of St Augustine, the second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican Communion, by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He holds a Masters in Educational psychology at Wits, where he also lectured part-time from 1993 to 1996. He was made Bishop of Queenstown (Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown) on 25 May 2002, and became Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004. He became Archdeacon of Sophiatown in 1999. He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007, the youngest person elected to this position. He is a Procter Fellow (2008) from Episcopal Divinity School (US). He holds two honorary Doctorates in Divinity from the General Theological Seminary (2009) and from Huron University College (2013). He is currently the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (2012). He also graduated with a PhD from the University of Cape Town in December 2009.
Yasmin Carrim is an admitted attorney in the High Court of South Africa. She is currently serving as a full time Tribunal Member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa. She also serves as a part-time member on the National Consumer Tribunal. She has previously served as Group Executive of Regulatory Affairs at MTN SA, and as a counsellor on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. Carrim was a director at the law firm Cheadle Thompson & Haysom before serving on ICASA. She completed her articles at law firm Webber Wentzel and served as a researcher to Justice O’Regan at the Constitutional Court. In her youth she was actively involved in community organisations, United Democratic Front and in the establishment of ANC branches (after its unbanning) in the Western Cape. She is a founding trustee and patron of the Women’s Legal Centre and Chairperson of the Board of Soul City.
Justice Malala is a political commentator and newspaper columnist. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine. He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor). He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. Between 2007 and September 2011 Malala was general manager of Avusa Media (now Times Media Group)’s stable of 44 magazines and, following that, general manager of the Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers. Malala is a regular contributor to the Guardian in London and his work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer. He has also contributed to BBC Online and Deutsche Welle. He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Lehman Brothers, Old Mutual, Investec and Edcon. Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012.
Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 having served articles her at KPMG. She started her merchant banking career in 1999 with Rand Merchant Bank, as a Structured Financier focusing on property finance. Her role entailed financial advisory, BEE advisory, debt and BEE equity structuring and arranging. She has concluded transactions in various sectors including health, property, telecoms and alternative fuel. She has also worked as financial advisor on transactions in the maritime, transport & logistics, property, ICT and power sectors. She has also worked closely with Group Five to raise capital and establish an Infrastructure fund. Lindiwe also has extensive experience in financial management and governance. She is a non-executive director of a number of listed and private companies including Woolworths Holdings, Group Five, Sea Harvest, Hyundai South Africa, Liquid Capital and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF).
Mary-Jane Morifi is currently the Global Campaign Lead for the Mandela Children’s Hospital. Mary-Jane joined the Mandela Children’s Hospital from Anglo American Platinum where she held the position of Executive Head Corporate Affairs for 6 years, from 2007 to 2013. She serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, and is the Chairperson of Leratong Hospice, a palliative care organisation. She serves on the Finance Committee of the Black Sash. Mary-Jane was appointed executive head: corporate affairs at Anglo Platinum and a member of the Anglo Platinum Management Services Board on 1 November 2007. She joined Anglo Platinum from BP International in London, where she was director of audit, marketing (group internal audit) from 2003. She left Anglo Platinum at the end of 2013 to start her own consulting firm. She is also a part-time faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and serves on a number of not-for-profit boards and trusts.
Kasthuri is a qualified chartered accountant having held several leadership positions in her career span.
Over the last 20 years she has gained professional experience across a broad range of skills including strategy development and implementation, change management, business start-up and incubation, financial management, business modelling, audit, policy development, resource mobilisation, funder management, finance and funding strategy, project and operational management, stakeholder engagement, human resources and talent management, mentoring and coaching, governance and risk management.
Kasthuri spent 10 years at Deloitte, where she focused on the provision of audit and advisory services to international funders, social investment initiatives and development projects. She then became CEO of The Soul City Institute, one of South Africa’s largest health and development NGOs, which promotes social justice for young women and girls.
She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, an organisation that facilitates inclusive youth employment by partnering with over 300 South African employers to transition unemployed youth into the economy.
Kasthuri also holds directorships on numerous boards.