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Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele

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Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born 28-12-1947 in Limpopo South Africa

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has been a student activist, 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.

Following the Soweto uprising in 1976, she was detained without trial, released after five months and soon afterwards served with an apartheid banning order.

She studied Medicine at the then University of Natal, has a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene, a Diploma in Public Health and a PhD in Social Anthropology.

She went on to become Vice-Chancellor of UCT, then one of four Managing Directors of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC.

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 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.


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Current Position(s)

Co-Founder and Global Brand Champion | ReimagineSA
2016 - present

Social Development and Community Services

RiSA is an initiative born of soul searching by a dedicated citizen and idealist
who believes in our potential for greatness as a society. We need to re-dream
the dream that propelled us to our celebrated political settlement and inspired
us to found our society on the foundations of social justice and respect for
human rights.

My experiences over the last two decades have brought me face to face with
how unhealed wounds from our ugly divided past are preventing us from
recognizing our inter-dependence and connectedness as a people. We need to
acknowledge and heal those wounds to achieve an emotional settlement. An
emotional settlement would open our hearts and minds to Ubuntu as the glue
to bind us together to see ourselves in one another as unselfish-conscious South
Africans.

http://reimaginesa.com


Previous Position(s)

Founder and Leader | Agang South Africa
2013 - 2014

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Founder of a communal political platform aimed at engaging ordinary South Africans in developing a new political party.



Executive Chairperson | Letsema Circle
2010 - 2012

Social Development and Community Services




Director | Business Partners Limited
Johannesburg | 2005 - 2009

Director | STANDARD BANK GROUP LTD
Johannesburg | 2005 - 2007

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Director | MEDICLINIC INTERNATIONAL
Cape Town | 2005 - July 2012

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals



Independent Non-Executive Director | REMGRO LTD
2005 - February 2013

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Executive Chairperson | Circle Capital Group
2005 - 2009

Accounting, Banking and Finance



Managing Director | The World Bank
2000 - 2004

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Managing Director | Human Development Network | World Bank Group
2000 - 2004

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Vice-Chancellor | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | 1996 - 2000

Academia, Education and Training





Deputy Vice-Chancellor | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | 1991 - 1995

Academia, Education and Training


Senior Research Officer | Tenure Social Anthropology | University of Cape Town
1986 - 1991

Academia, Education and Training


Research fellow | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | 1986 - 1986

Academia, Education and Training



Founder & Medical Officer in Charge | Tzaneen | Ithuseng Community Health Programme
1978 - 1984

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals


Branch Manager | Eastern Cape | Black Community Programmes
1976 - 1977

Social Development and Community Services


Founder & Medical Officer in Charge | King William’s Town | Zanempilo Community Health Centre
1975 - 1977

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals


General Medical Experience | Mt. Coke Mission Hospital
King William’s Town, South Africa | 1974 - 1975

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals


Vice President | External Affairs | World Bank Group

Accounting, Banking and Finance



Educational history

Tertiary

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Completed 1972

Bachelor of Medicine

Sheffield University

Sheffield, United Kingdom | Awarded in 1998

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - MD

Doctor of Medicine

University of New York

New York, United States of America | Awarded in 2007

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.H.L.

Doctor of Humane Letters

University of Michigan

Michigan, United States of America | Awarded in 1998

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - LLd

Doctor of Laws

University of Witwatersrand

Witwatersrand, South Africa | Awarded in 2005

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - LLd

Doctor of Laws

Brown University

Brown City, United States of America | Awarded in 1998

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - LLd

Doctor of Laws

Miami University

Miami, United States of America | Awarded in 2005

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.H.L.

Doctor of Humane Letters

Institute of Social Sciences, Moscow

Awarded in 1997

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Yale University

Awarded in 2005

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.H.L.

Doctor of Humane Letters

Princeton University

Princeton, United States of America | Awarded in 1997

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - LLd

Doctor of Laws

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, United Kingdom | Awarded in 2004

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - DLitt

Doctor of Letters

University College

Awarded in 1997

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.Sc

UK - Doctor of Science

McGill University

Completed 2003

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.Sc

Doctor of Science

Tufts University

Awarded in 1991

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - Sc. D

UK - For Distinguished Career

McGill University

Awarded in 2003

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.Sc

Doctor of Science

Natal University

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | Awarded in 1989

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - MD

Doctorate of Medicine

Manchester University

Awarded in 2002

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Hunters College

Awarded in 1984

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.H.L

CUNY, USA - Doctor of Humane Letters

Harvard University

Awarded in 2002

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

EMORY UNIVERSITY

Awarded in 2002

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | Awarded in 2001

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - D.Sc

Doctor of Social Science

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1982

Tropical Health & Hygiene

University of Nottingham

Nottingham, United Kingdom | Awarded in 2001

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - LLd

Doctor of Laws

University of South Africa

Completed 1983

B. Com - Administration

University of Sussex

Sussex, Canada | Awarded in 2001

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - LLd

Doctor of Laws

University of Cape Town

Completed 1991

PhD in Philosophy - Social Anthropology

Cambridge University

Cambridge, United Kingdom | Awarded in 2000

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1984

Public Health

University of orange free state

Orange Free State | Awarded in 1999

Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Achievements

Awards

The NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa: Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge | 1990

The Alexander Petri Award : Outstanding contribution to Arts and Humanities University of Natal | 1990

Leon/Fox Foundation Community Relations : Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge | 1990

Woman of the Year | 1992

Women’s Bureau of South Africa (Community Health)

Woman of the Year | 1996

Shoprite Checkers (Education)

Woman of Distinction, SAWWO | 2001

Outstanding International Leadership & Commitment | 2002

USA

The Kilby Awards Foundation | 2003

UK

Global Health Sciences Award | 2007

USA

NRF Lifetime Achiever Award | 2007

SAMA Award | 2008

City Press & Rapport Award | 2008

School of Nursing | 2010

Philadelphia, USA

Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Lifetime Achiever Award | 2010

Admitted to the Order of Simon of Cyrene | 2010

The National Order of the Legion of Honour | 2012

France

Medal of Distinction | Barnard College | 1991

USA

Academic Achievements

Anglo American and De Beer Chairmans Fund 3 year grant for field research work amongst migrant hostel dwellers in the WC | 1986

Research Awards
Ford Foundation 2 year grant

Carnegie Corporation travel grant to USA to visit intervention programmes aimed at American children and young people | 1987

Research Awards

Carnegie Distinguished Visiting Scholarship at the Ratcliffe College’s Bunting Institute | 1988

1988-1989 - Research Awards

Canadian International Development Research Center and Ford Foundation once-off grant to complete Hostel Research | 1989

Research Awards

United Methodist Women Global Ministry’s Call for Prayer Grant for Breast Cancer Research Amongs Women in Hostels | 1990

Research Awards

Anglo American and De Beer Chairman’s Fund Grant for Adolescent Research in Western Cape African Townships | 1990

Research Awards

Carnegie Grant for Adolescent Research in New Crossroads | 1991

1991-1995
Research Awards

Activities

Memberships

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

Member

The Academy of Science of South Africa is the national science academy for that country. It was started in 1996, and encompasses all fields of scientific work.

World Academy of Art and Science

Fellow

The Academy serves as a forum for reflective scientists, artists, and scholars to discuss the vital problems of humankind independent of political boundaries or limits, whether spiritual or physical -- a forum where these problems can be discussed objectively, scientifically, globally, and free from vested interests or regional attachments, to arrive at solutions that affirm universal human rights and serve the interests of all humanity.

Club of Rome

Full Member

The Club of Rome is a global think tank that deals with a variety of international issues, including the world economic system, climate change, and environmental degradation.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Board member

An organisation that supports good governance and great leadership in Africa.

community

Indoni Arts, Dance and Leadership Academy

Member

ReimagineSA

Active member

Bunting Institute

Fellow

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Trustee

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