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Mamphela Aletta Ramphele
in Polokwane South Africa
Dr. Mamphela Aletta Ramphele was born in the Bochum District in Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo). She 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 was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement with Steve Biko and Barney Pityana and others.
Ramphele joined the University of Cape Town as a research fellow in 1986 and was appointed as one of its Deputy Vice-Chancellors in 1991. She was appointed to the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University in September 1996, thereby becoming the first black woman to hold such a position at a South African university. In 1994, Ramphele was a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
Dr Ramphele has served as chairper
son 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 both the Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko Foundation. She was founder of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Citizens Movement.
In 2000, Ramphele became one of the four Managing Directors of the World Bank. She was tasked with overseeing the strategic positioning and operations of the World Bank Institute as well as the Vice-Presidency of External Affairs. She is the first South African to hold this position. Ramphele is a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, and has served as the director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA) and as a board member of the Anglo-American Corporation, Medi-Clinic Holdings and Transnet.
Government, Public Administration and Defence
Founder of a communal political platform aimed at engaging ordinary South Africans in developing a new political party.
Accounting, Banking and Finance
Social Development and Community Services
Mining, Energy and Natural Resources
Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Academia, Education and Training
Honorary Doctorate - Humane Letters
Diploma in Tropical Health & Hygiene
Honorary Doctorate in Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy
Diploma in Public Health
Awarded in 1984
Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters
Bachelor of Medicine
Honorary Doctor of Science
Awarded in 2001
Honorary Doctor - Law
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