Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Business Leader, Politician

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A qualified medical doctor and accomplished academic, Mamphela Ramphela, is an international thought leader in the area of sustainable development  and a passionate champion for South Africa’s economic upliftment. As former managing director of the World Bank and current chair of the convenors of the Dinokeng Scenario debates, she is one of our country’s most influential and accomplished business women.

- Executive Chair of Letsema Circle
- Chair of Convenors of the Dinokeng Scenarios
- Managing Director of the World Bank (May 2000 - July 2004)
- Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (1996)

Mamphela Ramphele, a South African national, is the Executive Chair of Letsema Circle, a Cape Town-based specialist Transformation Advisory Company that serves both the public and private sector.  She sits on the board of a number of major companies and is the Chair of Convenors of the Nedcor/Old Mutual Dinokeng Scenarios, which have since May 2009 helped to energise national debates on South Africa’s future.  Her message is that citizens need to take leadership to ensure we attain the futures we want. She was also recently appointed Chair of a newly established Technology and Innovation Agency to help stimulate greater use of technology with the aim of addressing socio-economic challenges and promoting sustainable economic growth.

In the early 2000s, she served as a Managing Director of the World Bank and was responsible for managing the institution’s human development activities in the areas of education; health, nutrition and population; and social protection.  She was also responsible for the World Bank Institute, which provides training and learning for both staff and clients.  In addition, she provided oversight and guidance to the Bank Group’s efforts in the areas of knowledge and information and communication technologies.

She served as Co-Chair on the Global Commission for International Migration (GCIM) between 2004-2005, and prior to joining the Bank  was  the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. Appointed in 1996, she was the first black woman to hold this position at a South African university. She is also an author of many important titles about critical socio-economic issues in South Africa.

Mamphela Ramphele hold several degrees and has received numerous prestigious national and international awards, including numerous honorary doctorates acknowledging her scholarship, her service to the community, and her leading role in raising development issues and spearheading projects for disadvantaged persons throughout South Africa.