Professor Chabani Manganyi
Professor Chabani Manganyi was the Chairman of the Foundation from 2009 – 2016. He is a retired academic who held senior positions at the universities of Limpopo (Vice Chancellor) and Pretoria (Vice Principal). A founding Executive Director of the Joint Education Trust, he was appointed Director General of Education during the Mandela Administration in 1994. His work has appeared in scholarly journals, in collected essays and in biographies of Es’kia Mphahlele, Gerard Sekoto and Dumile Feni. Professor Manganyi is a Research Fellow of the centers for Advanced Study and Scholarship of the universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch.
Dr Brigalia Bam
Dr Brigalia Bam is a member of the Foundation Advisory Board. She is a prominent gender activist and brings her passion for the upliftment of yourng women to the deliberations of the board. She is also the former Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Walter Sisulu University, former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission and Former General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches.
Hon. Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
A renowned world ecumenical leader the Hon. Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia is the immediate former general secretary of the World Council of churches (WCC). He is since 2011 a Commissioner of Judicial service Commission of Kenya which is tasked with responsibility to transform the Judiciary of Kenya, ensure the independence of the judiciary and recruit and give direction over the performance of judges and magistrates. As the Ecumenical Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan since 2010 Kobia provides high level diplomacy and advocacy for the two Sudans on behalf of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and WCC. He is currently deeply involved in coordinating ecumenical peace initiatives for peace, reconciliation and healing for South Sudan. He is, since 2007 the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University Limuru, Kenya.
Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr
Professor Akilagpa Sawyerr, President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a former Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, and member of the Council of State in Ghana, a body of elders tasked with advising the President. His research interests focus on globalization, higher education, human development and international negotiations. He brings a wealth of experience in the field of higher education, an area of critical focus for the Foundation.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Paul Boateng PC DL
The Rt. Hon. Lord Paul Boateng served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa. This followed three decades of service to the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. During this period, the Rt. Hon. Boateng became the first black Cabinet Minister to serve in the government of the United Kingdom. Rt. Hon. Boateng delivered