Dr Mamphela Ramphele:
Co-founder and Global Ambassador
Mamphela Ramphele has been a Black Consciousness student activist, a medical doctor, community development activist, researcher, a university executive, global public servant and now an active citizen in both public and private sectors. She has held various high level positions as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, and was one of four Managing Directors of the World Bank, based in Washington DC, USA.
She has served as a director of major multinational companies and philanthropic foundations, including chairing Gold Fields, Circle Capital Ventures (Pty) Limited, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). She is currently a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
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 amongst poor people in South Africa and elsewhere.
Dr George F. Lindeque:
After a career in the diplomatic service, Dr George Lindeque held various positions in the corporate sector. He was an executive member of ESKOM in charge of human resources and later played a key role in developing the company’s strategic positioning. From 1995 to 1999 he was Chairman of the Eskom Pension & Provident Fund. In 1998 Dr. Lindeque initiated a business venture with private capital to commercialise certain activities of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Stellenbosch. He established USB Executive Development Ltd and was its Chief Executive.
Between 1998 and 2005 he became a member of the Trust Reflect Tell (TRT) group of international observers led by Professor Dan Bar-On of Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The TRT was composed of children of Holocaust survivors and of Nazi perpetrators, Israelis, Palestinians, Catholic and Protestant Irish and black and white South Africans whose brief was to deal with the past.
Thando Gobe is Managing Director of Personal Trust International, an independent trust and investment management company. Since joining Personal Trust in February 2004, Thando has progressed through the managerial ranks. Adding to his responsibilities as MD, Thando currently acts as a Trust Officer whilst also serving on the Investment & Financial Planning Council as well as the Executive Committee. He also serves as a Board member of ASSET.
Thando holds honours degrees in Business Science (Accounting and Finance) and a BComm specialising in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.
Dr Riana Smith:
Non-Executive Board Member
Dr. Riana Smith is a seasoned executive in all aspects of strategic and operational human capital who has 20 years’ experience working across various industries both in South Africa and globally. Specializing in customized organisational change through applying her business acumen and in partnership with clients, she has worked to achieve sustainable business results emanating from improved organisational efficiencies aligned to business strategy and objectives.
Riana holds a PhD in Organisational Behavior focusing on change dynamics within project management from the University of Pretoria; a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of the Free State. Dr. Smith is a Registered Industrial Psychologist at the Health Professions Council of SA.