Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Sibanda grew up on a farm in rural Zimbabwe, and believes her strong personal connection to Africa’s agricultural traditions has helped her become one of the continent’s leading advocates for food and nutrition security. At FANRPAN, Sibanda coordinates agricultural policy research and advocacy programs in 17 African countries. In 2010, she was invited into the …

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Kopano Matlwa Mabaso

Dr. Kopano Mabaso is a South African medical doctor currently undertaking a DPhil (PhD) in Population Health at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Kopano’s research interests lie in health policy and systems research, particularly with regards to strengthening of health systems in reform. She is the founder & Co-Director of Transitions Foundation …

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Relebohile Moletsane

As the J.L. Dube Chair in Rural Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Moletsane has extensive experience in educational development, curriculum studies, and other issues at the intersection of gender and education. She acted as the director of the Gender and Development Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council until 2010, and was formerly …

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Jeff Misomali

Jeffrey Misomali spent his youth in the shadow of Africa’s AIDS epidemic, and now he is helping to mount Africa’s counter-attack. A citizen of Malawi, Misomali saw friends and family members succumb to the HIV-related illness that once appeared untreatable. The advent of widespread use of anti-retroviral drugs has started to change the equation – …

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Sisonke Msimang

Msimang’s early career focused on helping international organizations such as UNAIDS forge HIV/AIDS policies that responded to the specific needs of African women and girls swept up in the global pandemic. She eventually rose to become executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, supporting initiatives on human rights, good governance and democracy …

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