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Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele

Former Leader of Agang SA


Born 28-12-1947 in 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 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 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.


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A Bed Called Home

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Laying Ghosts to Rest: Dilemmas of the transformat...

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Previous Position(s)

Founder and Leader | Agang South Africa
2013

Government, Public Administration and Defence

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



Director | MEDICLINIC INTERNATIONAL
Cape Town | 2005 - July 2012

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals


Director | Business Partners Limited
Johannesburg | 2005 - 2009

Director | STANDARD BANK GROUP LTD
Johannesburg | 2005 - 2007

Accounting, Banking and Finance



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

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Deputy Vice-Chancellor | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | 1991 - 1996

Academia, Education and Training


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

Academia, Education and Training


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

Academia, Education and Training


Vice President | External Affairs | World Bank Group

Accounting, Banking and Finance



Independent Non-Executive Director | REMGRO LIMITED

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Educational history

Tertiary

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Completed 1972

Bachelor of Medicine

Tufts University

Honorary Doctor of Science

University of Cambridge

Awarded in 2001

Honorary Doctor - Law

New York University

Honorary Doctorate - Humane Letters

University of the Witwatersrand

Diploma in Tropical Health & Hygiene

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Honorary Doctorate in Medicine

University of Cape Town

Doctor of Philosophy

University of the Witwatersrand

Diploma in Public Health

Hunter College

Awarded in 1984

Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

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Medal of Distinction | Barnard College

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Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Board member

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

Anglo American South Africa

Board Member

Transnet

Board Member

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Bunting Institute

Fellow

The Link South African Fund

Trustee

Rockefeller Foundation

Trustee

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Trustee

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