President’s Report & Forum Update

  • The AGM should serve as a reminder to all of our existence: to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world. Affirming IWFSA locally and globally The IWFSA work this year built on the sterling foundation established here in South Africa and globally (working with the Washington DC office). As the current Board (appointed in 2011) we prioritized governance and fundraising to maximize efforts and ensure sound institutionalization towards sustainability. To this end we re-established the head office in Hyde Park and employed…

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Ms Wendy Ackerman

Ms Wendy Ackerman

Wendy Ackerman is a Non-Executive Director of Pick n Pay Holdings Limited. She is recognised by SA Nature Foundation for...

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Ms Wendy Appelbaum

Ms Wendy Appelbaum

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Ms Pumeza Bam

Ms Pumeza Bam

Pumeza Bam is Group Executive Director: Human Resources of EOH Holdings Limited. Pumeza holds a BSc (Human Physiology, Biochemistry) from the...

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Ms Zarina Bassa

Ms Zarina Bassa

Zarina Bassa is Executive Chairman of Songhai Capital and serves as a non-executive director of numerous companies and organisations, including...

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Ms Gail Cameron

Ms Gail Cameron

Gail Cameron is the Founder and Managing Director of the Image Excellence Group with more than twenty-five years experience as...

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Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Mhinga

Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Mhinga

Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Mhinga is Managing Director of Chaka Chaka Promotions and Director and Founder of the Princess of Africa Foundation. Yvonne...

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Ms Gail Curtis

Ms Gail Curtis

Gail Curtis is Group CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa. Gail began her career in strategic account leadership in the...

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Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

Salukazi (Salu) Dakile-Hlongwane is CEO of Nozala Investments (Pty) Ltd, a leading investment company with interests ranging from hospitals and...

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Ms Yolandie De Jongh

Ms Yolandie De Jongh

Yolandie De Jongh is Managing Director: Offshore/Engineering Resources of Bambalela Resource Optimisation (Pty) Ltd. Yolandie has over 9 years’ experience within...

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Ms Iris Dempsey

Ms Iris Dempsey

Iris Dempsey is Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank (FNB)’s Wealth division. FNB Wealth mobilises and preserves the wealth of...

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Ms Veronica Devine

Ms Veronica Devine

Veronica Devine is a leading South African entrepreneur who sits on numerous company boards. She is passionate about women’s issues...

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Ms Lindani Dhlamini

Ms Lindani Dhlamini

Lindani Dhlamini is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a founding partner of Xabiso Consulting (Pty) Ltd. Lindani has over 13 years’...

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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Ms Tina Eboka

Ms Tina Eboka

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Ms Dot Field

Ms Dot Field

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Dr Frene Ginwala

Dr Frene Ginwala

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Ms Pam Golding

Ms Pam Golding

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Ms Janine Hills

Ms Janine Hills

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Ms Joan Joffe

Ms Joan Joffe

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Ms Ursula Johnson

Ms Ursula Johnson

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Prof Carolina Koornhof

Prof Carolina Koornhof

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Ms Motshoanetsi Lefoka

Ms Motshoanetsi Lefoka

Motshoanetsi Lefoka is Director of Companies.

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Ms Lulu Letlape

Ms Lulu Letlape

Lulu Letlape is Executive Head: Group Corporate Affairs of Sanlam.

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Ms Mpho Letlape

Ms Mpho Letlape

Executive Chairman of Lethushane (Pty) Ltd., a property development company I founded in 2012 operating in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, in the...

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Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull

Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull

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Ms Sindi Mabaso-Koyana

Ms Sindi Mabaso-Koyana

Sindi is the Co-founder and Executive Chairperson of Advanced Capital, an investment company invested predominantly in mining and industrial services. She...

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Dr Nomonde Mabuya

Dr Nomonde Mabuya

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Dr Namane Magau

Dr Namane Magau

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Ms Nana Magomola

Ms Nana Magomola

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Dr Vuyo Mahlati

Dr Vuyo Mahlati

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Ms Zodwa Manase

Ms Zodwa Manase

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Ms Zanele Mbeki

Ms Zanele Mbeki

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Ms Totsie Memela

Ms Totsie Memela

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Major General Ntsiki Memela-Motumi

Major General Ntsiki Memela-Motumi

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Ms Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

Ms Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

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Ms Imogen Mkhize

Ms Imogen Mkhize

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Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi

Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi

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Ms Dolly Mokgatle

Ms Dolly Mokgatle

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Dr Anna Mokgokong

Dr Anna Mokgokong

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Ms Charlotte Mokoena

Ms Charlotte Mokoena

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Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane

Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane

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Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe

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Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi

Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi

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Ms Futhi Mtoba

Ms Futhi Mtoba

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Ms Lungi Ndlovu

Ms Lungi Ndlovu

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Ms Margaret Nienaber

Ms Margaret Nienaber

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Prof Stella Nkomo

Prof Stella Nkomo

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Ms Judi Nwokedi

Ms Judi Nwokedi

Judi Nwokedi has a distinguished business and development career. She is known for her business engineering feats and has pioneered...

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Ms Naledi Pandor

Ms Naledi Pandor

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Ms Riah Phiyega

Ms Riah Phiyega

Riah Phiyega was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as Chairperson of the Presidential State Owned Entity Review Committee. She is...

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Ms Anne Pratt

Ms Anne Pratt

Anne Pratt is a multi-awarded businesswoman and a Director of Memela Pratt & Associates (Pty) Ltd, one of South Africa’s...

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Ms Bridgette Radebe

Ms Bridgette Radebe

Bridgette Radebe is the Founder, Executive Chairperson and CEO of Mmakau Mining (Pty) Ltd. The Businessperson of the Year 2008, Bridgette...

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Ms Tryphosa Ramano

Ms Tryphosa Ramano

Tryphosa Ramano is Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of PPC. Tryphosa recently joined PPC as both a member of the...

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Dr Narissa Ramdhani

Dr Narissa Ramdhani

Narissa Ramdhani is Chief Executive Officer of the Ifa Lethu Foundation, a non-profit foundation devoted to the development and economic...

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Ms Yegs Ramiah

Ms Yegs Ramiah

Yegs Ramiah is Executive Head: People & Brand Services at Santam Ltd. Yegs’s previous roles have included being Deputy Chairperson and...

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Ms Maria Ramos

Ms Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos is Group Chief Executive of Absa Group Ltd. Prior to joining Absa in March 2009, she was the...

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Ms Jane Raphaely

Ms Jane Raphaely

Jane Raphaely is Chairperson of Associated Magazines and Editor-in-Chief of ‘O, the Oprah Magazine’. Jane founded ‘Fair Lady’ magazine in 1965...

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Dr Hesphina Rukato

Dr Hesphina Rukato

Hesphina Rukato is Executive Director of the Centre for African Development Solutions. Previously Hesphina served as Senior Advisor for the Institute...

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Ms Reinette van der Merwe

Ms Reinette van der Merwe

Reinette Van Der Merwe is Chief Internal Auditor at Absa Banking Group where she is responsible for the South African,...

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Prof Sandra Van Der Merwe

Prof Sandra Van Der Merwe

Sandra Van Der Merwe is Extraordinary Professor at GIBS, Johannesburg; Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London and Professor at the...

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Ms Dorianne Weil “Dr D”

Ms Dorianne Weil “Dr D”

Dorianne Cara Weil “Dr D” is a clinical and organisational psychologist with over 25 years in hospital, private and corporate...

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Ms Annelize Wepener

Ms Annelize Wepener

Annelize Wepener is Chief Executive Officer of CEO Holdings (Pty) Ltd. She is a dynamic entrepreneur who started her career...

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Dr Judy Dlamini

Dr Judy Dlamini

Judy Nobuhle DlaminiChairperson of Mbekani Investment Holdings Limited Judy Dlamini is the Chair of Mbekani Investment Holdings Limited and Aspen Pharmacare...

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Ms Dawn Nathan-Jones

Ms Dawn Nathan-Jones

At presentDawn Nathan-Jones, leader of one of South Africa’s most successful car rental companies, Europcar, has been at the helm...

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Ms Grathel Motau

Ms Grathel Motau

Grathel is a qualified Chartered Accountant with immense business and financial experience accumulated at various entities over a period of...

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Dr Beverley Damonse

Dr Beverley Damonse

Beverley Damonse is the Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations of the National Research Foundation (NRF), driving strategy development...

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Ms Zeona Jacobs

Ms Zeona Jacobs

Zeona is the Director of Issuer and Investor Relations for the JSE. She is a senior executive with 20 years...

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Ms Barbara Lebogang Lombard

Ms Barbara Lebogang Lombard

General Nursing and Midwifery (Baragwanath Hospital, 1987), Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (Wits Business School, 1991), Executive Development Programme (CTC,...

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Dr Claudia Manning

Dr Claudia Manning

Claudia Manning’s career has spanned a number of roles in various economic sectors: Infrastructure Investment: Financing and management of infrastructure investment...

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Dr. Carol-Ann Benn

Dr. Carol-Ann Benn

Dr. Carol-Ann Benn is considered to be one of the top breast-cancer experts in South Africa. Her commitment and determination...

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Ms Isabella M. Makuta

Ms Isabella M. Makuta

Isabella is Group Corporate Affairs Director at Group Five since 2008. She holds an MBA (Bond University, Australia); a Post Graduate...

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Ms Ana Fasulakis

Ms Ana Fasulakis

Ana Fasulakis is the Chairman of Sure Travel. She is the largest shareholder of a company which is now a...

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Ms Jenna Clifford

Ms Jenna Clifford

Jenna Clifford began in the jewellery industry 27 years ago and launched her company, Jenna Clifford (Pty) Limited, in 1992....

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Ms Peta Nonceba Mashinini

Ms Peta Nonceba Mashinini

Providing Leadership A fundamental issue for the on-going transformation in any organization into a service provider of the future, in...

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Ms Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane

Ms Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane

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Ms Nolwandle Mboweni

Ms Nolwandle Mboweni

Nolwandle Noli Mboweni was born in Orlando East,Soweto Johannesburg.She matriculated at Marrianhill High School in Pinetown(Natal).She has a Senior Teacher's...

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Ms Khanyisile Kweyama

Ms Khanyisile Kweyama

Khanyisile assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) in January 2015. She aims to...

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Dr Konji Sebati

Dr Konji Sebati

Recently appointed the CEO of IPASA, the Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa; Konji has over 25 years’ experience in...

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Ms Mokgadi Machaba-Abiodun

Ms Mokgadi Machaba-Abiodun

November 2012-Present: Regional Partner EY, Africa Region Mokgadi Laura Machaba-Abiodun is a Director and Partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young)...

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Ms Nolitha Fakude

Ms Nolitha Fakude

Nolitha Fakude is Executive Director at Sasol Limited, member of the Risk and SHE Committee and Chairman of Sasol Mining....

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Ms Clara Priester

Ms Clara Priester

Clara Priester has significant advertising and marketing experience with blue chip agencies, multinationals and small businesses. Her expertise is strategic...

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Ms Maya Makanjee

Ms Maya Makanjee

Maya joined Vodacom on 1 June 2012, she was the former CEO of FinMark Trust, and prior to that, Corporate...

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Ms Dineo Molefe

Ms Dineo Molefe

Dineo Molefe is a Finance Executive at Vodacom Pty Ltd responsible for Financial Planning, Forecasting and Analysis and her role...

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Ms Gloria Mamba

Ms Gloria Mamba

Gloria Mamba is an Associate Director at Deloitte Consulting. She spent over 20 years in financial services in southern and...

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Ms Judy Weber Kern

Ms Judy Weber Kern

Judy Weber Kern is the Founder and Director of Winning Business Systems (WBS) training and consulting firm. She has more...

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Ms Zukie Siyotula

Ms Zukie Siyotula

Zukie is the Chief Executive Officer for Thebe Capital, which houses strategic investments in companies like Shell SA, Altech Netstar,...

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Ms Thandi Orleyn

Ms Thandi Orleyn

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Ms Sue Brooks

Ms Sue Brooks

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Ms Batandwa Mdyesha

Ms Batandwa Mdyesha

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Dr Snowy Joyce Khoza

Dr Snowy Joyce Khoza

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Ms Carolyn Steyn

Ms Carolyn Steyn

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Ms Pumla Radebe

Ms Pumla Radebe

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Ms Irene Charnley

Ms Irene Charnley

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Ambassador Fikile Magubane

Ambassador Fikile Magubane

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Ms Donna Rachelson

Ms Donna Rachelson

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Ms Faith Khanyile

Ms Faith Khanyile

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Ms Colleen Larsen

Ms Colleen Larsen

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Ms Samantha Swanepoel

Ms Samantha Swanepoel

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Ms Sindiswa Mzamo

Ms Sindiswa Mzamo

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Ms Shirley Machaba

Ms Shirley Machaba

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Ms Nobuzwe Mbuyisa

Ms Nobuzwe Mbuyisa

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Ms Mamokete Ramathe

Ms Mamokete Ramathe

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Dr. Helena Dolny

Dr. Helena Dolny

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Dr Hannelie Nel

Dr Hannelie Nel

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Ms Tali Nates

Ms Tali Nates

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Ms Rendani Neluvhalani

Ms Rendani Neluvhalani

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Prof. Cheryl de la Rey

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Ms Soraya Benchikh Zouiehed

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Ms Nobuzwe Mbuyisa

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Dr Hannelie Nel

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Ms Tirelo Sibisi

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Dr Vuyo Mahlati has been re-elected to the IWF Global Board of Directors, commencing October 2017. In Houston she commenced her role as the Co-Chair of the Presidents’ Council. This follows the outcome of two IWF Members who received the most votes from the Presidents of IWF Chapters. In her first IWF Board term, Dr Vuyo has been Chair of the inaugural United Nations Board Committee.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:48

Dr Precious Motsepe at W Summit

IWFSA member and CEO of African Fashion International - AFI, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe was a guest speaker at the W Summit in Gaborone, Botswana on 9 November. The summit, which focused on women in business leadership, highlighted ways for women in developing countries to tap into opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

The summit comes soon after the announcement that De Beers Group has forged a three-year partnership with UN Women to accelerate the advancement of women. Part of this involves investing US$3 million to support female micro-entrepreneurs and science, technology, engineering and maths students in the Group’s diamond-producing countries and will promote gender equality through its marketing campaigns.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:47

Yvonne performs in Atlanta USA

In September IWFSA Member Yvonne Chaka Chaka performed in Atlanta USA at the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation benefit concert and gala dinner alongside Peabo Bryson to celebrate their 20th anniversary and the 10-year anniversary of the 300-bed Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa DRC.

The Princess of Africa Foundation is looking at collaborating with Dikembe Mutombo Foundation on AIDS, TB and Malaria, Maternal and Child health in the DRC.

IWF Texas Member Annise Parker, who was the keynote speaker and conference co-chair at 2017 World Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas had an interview with Lead Big Blog on public service and this year’s conference. Parker was a three-term Mayor of the City of Houston and is now a Senior Vice President at BakerRipley.

The 2017 IWF World Leadership Conference took place in Houston, Texas from 25 October to 27 October. Over 900 women from more than 30 countries and more than 60 forums attended the two day conference packed with inspiration and thought-provoking discourse.
From the main stage remarks of Former Houston Mayor and Conference Co-Chair Annise Parker about the future of cities, to Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut and Director of the Johnson Space Center about the future of space, to the Ideas Remaking the World, our members and their formidable talents and accomplishments were the highlights of the plenary sessions.

This year the IWF tried new programming, with a very successful town hall on Human Trafficking, and enjoyed diverse behind the scenes including an amazing tour of the Johnson Space Center.
The conference was closed with a spectacular gala honoring nine Women Who Make a Difference and Hillary Clinton, who became the newest member of the IWF Hall of Fame. For the first time ever, IWF live-streamed the Hall of Fame induction.

IWFSA Member, Yvonne Chaka Chaka was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Standard Bank Top Women Awards, on Thursday, 17 August 2017. 
 

Congratulations to IWFSA Board Member and Group MD of NTP Radioisotopes, Tina Eboka, on being re-elected as the Vice-Chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High Level Group. This announcement was made at the bi-annual meeting of the HLG-MR, which took place in Paris, France in July.

IWFSA member and CEO of African Fashion International - AFI, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe was announced as the first recipient of the prestigious Fashion 4 Development Franca Sozzani Award, at the opening night of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2017 on Thursday, 17 August 2017 at the Mall of Africa. This award is in commemoration of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, whose passion and commitment played a significant role in promoting fashion as an engine of transformation and economic development and creativity.

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe will be receiving this award at a special Fashion 4 Development's Seventh Annual Official First Ladies Luncheon, which will be held during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the historic Pierre Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. This award celebrates Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe's considerable efforts in connecting, creating and promoting African Fashion Designers and opening up new avenues for disadvantaged women. Click here to read more.

Women leaders from more than 30 nations will come together with experts and innovators to explore topics, including changing energy economics, global health in our interconnected world, what’s next in space exploration, women in sports, and the future of philanthropy.


Once again, IWF will feature three members presenting their own cutting edge concepts in the Ideas Remaking the World session, and is proud to introduce “IWF: Part of the Solution.” Members are invited to participate in a town hall discussion on human trafficking; and IWF leaders in STEM are invited to “speed mentor” eighth grade girls from Houston-area schools. 


Houston has been experiencing dramatic demographic change. Its astounding cultural, ethnic, and political diversity is spurring so much creativity in art, food, and fashion, that Forbes has called it “the coolest city in America.”
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The African fashion industry celebrating the recognition of one of its leading figures, African Fashion International (AFI) Founder and CEO Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, who has received the Fashion 4 Development’s inaugural Franca Sozzani Award at the United Nations in New York.

Dr Moloi-Motsepe was recognised for her “great efforts in promoting African fashion designers through African Fashion International, as well as supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged women.” She is the first-ever recipient of the award, which commemorates the late Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, who had a passionate commitment to fashion’s role as an engine of transformation and economic development as well as creativity. Dr Moloi-Motsepe was nominated for the award by Franca Sozzani’s son, the Emmy Award-nominated film director Francesco Carrozzini, and by Norway’s HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit on behalf of Fashion 4 Development.

The award was presented to Dr Moloi-Motsepe by Fashion 4 Development President and Founder Evie Evangelou and fashion designer Livia Firth. The presentation took place Tuesday, 19 September 2017 at a high-level luncheon hosted by Fashion 4 Development during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Guests included global first ladies, diplomats, fashion VIPs, and other key international influencers.
Fashion 4 Development supports programmes in 20 countries, using fashion and the textile industry to advance economic and social development, preserve culture and empower women in order to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To complement the luncheon’s runway show with fabulous creations from Elie Saab, African Fashion International ran a parallel event showcasing Africa’s exceptional fashion and design talent.
Ten African designers were selected to showcase based on their strong creative and sustainable business track records. They were: South Africa’s David Tlale, Klûk CGDT, Thula Sindi, Marianne Fassler of Leopard Frock, MaXhosa by Laduma, Stefania Morland, Gavin Rajah, Tuelo Nguyuza of TN Collectiv, together with Nigeria’s Ituen Basi, and Mille Collines from Rwanda.

“The African fashion world applauds Fashion 4 Development’s inspired nomination of Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe as inaugural recipient of this new award,” says distinguished South African fashion designer Marianne Fassler. “She has become the powerhouse of African fashion thanks to her directional creative leadership and vision, driving social, cultural and economic development. She recognises the value of celebrating our African history and heritage, while also understanding that fashion must make its own future through development programmes, including her own company’s AFI Fastrack™ and AFI NextGen™.”
African Fashion International is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Through its brands, including the acclaimed AFI Fashion Week platforms, Dr Moloi-Motsepe has pioneered African luxury fashion to build a critical mass of globally recognised African design talent.

“I am deeply honoured to receive the inaugural Franca Sozzani Award,” she says. “I am moved by this recognition of our efforts in Africa to showcase all our continent has to offer – its unique style, authenticity and its abundant future. “There has been much discussion of cultural appropriation recently but I look across the city to the Museum of Modern Art where a new exhibition respecting the potential of global creative co-operations will open at the beginning of October. It features our own MaXhosa by Laduma as part of a bold re-examination of fashion and tradition that fills my heart with joy and hope for the future of creative fashion. 

“It was extraordinary, while receiving the award, to feel as spiritually supported as ever by all my colleagues, clients, designers and fashion creatives across Africa,” Dr Moloi-Motsepe says. “I know that I share this award with all of them because none of us could do this alone. In my culture, we say ‘If you want to go fast you walk alone, but if you want to go far, you walk with others. “In the African fashion business, we know that means we must join forces to take our continent’s fashion industry forward so that it becomes economically and creatively viable and sustainable. We are all honoured today that this award marks another step in African fashion’s journey to the full global recognition it richly deserves.”

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