BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nikiwe Bikitsha is one of South Africa’s leading journalists and broadcasters. She’s enjoyed an illustrious 20-year career as one of the most trusted news and current affairs presenters and talk show hosts in radio and television. She’s worked for broadcasters like Primedia, SABC and eNCA. Nikiwe is passionate about Africa’s economic development and believes that women should be at the forefront of these efforts. To that end, she’s the co-founder of Amargi Media, a content company that aims to tell African stories in a compelling way. She holds an MA degree in Journalism and Media studies from Wits University (dissertation with distinction) and an MSc African Studies from the University of Oxford. She’s a previous recipient of the Fulbright Hubert Humphrey fellowship to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in the U.S 2012 -2013. She serves as the youngest trustee of the board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Dr. Ismail Cassimjee is a specialist vascular surgeon pursuing a DPhil at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. He completed his general surgical training in 2011 and his sub-specialist training in Vascular Surgery in 2014 at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has worked in two major academic hospitals in Johannesburg (Chris-Hani Baragwanath and the Charlotte-Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospitals) from 2006 to 2015. Dr. Cassimjee is a recipient of the prestigious Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship that aims to contribute to the quality of leadership in all branches of academic medicine in South Africa.
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is a South African author, musician and activist. Mpofu-Walsh was president of the University of Cape Town Students' Representative Council in 2010. He holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. In September 2017, Mpofu-Walsh published his debut book, Democracy and Delusion: 10 Myths in South African Politics. Along with the book, he released his debut rap album, also titled Democracy and Delusion. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh was born in Johannesburg, the son of a black father and a white mother. His parents were politically active in the struggle against apartheid. He attended Sacred Heart College and St John's College. Mpofu-Walsh spent a year living in the rural Eastern Cape village of Qugqwala, before undergoing ritual Xhosa initiation in 2007. He attended the University of Cape Town, earning an Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 2012. He was SRC President in 2010, where his SRC was the first to successfully challenge the university's proposed fees increase, reducing it from 12% to 8%. At UCT, he co-founded InkuluFreeHeid, a youth-led civil society organisation. He earned a Weidenfeld Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in International Relations at the University of Oxford, which he earned with distinction. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in International Relations at Oxford.
Zikho was born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She is an admitted attorney with approximately 5 years of legal practice experience, which she has attained in one of the largest law firms in South Africa. At the age of 26, she was the youngest serving board member at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. She holds an LL.B (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LL.M from Harvard Law School. She was the recipient of the Bowmans Scholarship during her undergraduate degree as well as the Skye Foundation and Harvard Law School Cogan Scholarship for her post-graduate studies. Zikho has a strong history of leadership and a keen interest in healthcare policy. During her time at Harvard, she was a clinic student at the Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, where she was involved in various legislative engagements with the U.S Senate and House staff.
Founder and Managing Director
Dr. Vuyane Mhlomi grew up in Khayelitsha, South Africa, and studied Medicine at the University of Cape Town, where he completed his degree with distinctions in preclinical, clinical and final clinical examinations, which culminated in the awarding of his degree with first-class honours. In 2014, Vuyane was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and after two-and-half years, at the age of 29, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/Ph.D.) at the University of Oxford. In 2017, Vuyane was awarded the prestigious Pershing Square Scholarship to study a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Oxford and was selected by the University for Poets & Quants as one of the top 100 most promising MBA graduates in the world. Dr. Mhlomi has not only excelled academically, but his leadership progression has been nothing short of remarkable. An advocate for better access to education and healthcare, Dr. Mhlomi has been recognised as one of South Africa’s top young leaders in South Africa. To the best of his ability, he has been determined to fashion a world devoid of the suffocating despair of our neighbourhoods. He has championed the vision he has for our country and continent on several national and international platforms - in conference rooms in New York and Tanzania, and in meeting rooms and dining halls of Oxford and Cambridge. His vision is to further develop the MH Foundation into a scalable and sustainable national and ultimately continental enterprise. Dr. Mhlomi is committed to applying himself to education and healthcare, to enhance the well-being of others and to improve the state of the world.
Dwayne was born in Gaborone, Botswana, grew up in Johannesburg. He developed a love for learning at a young age and has come to cherish the knowledge and values he has acquired outside the formal academic setting. Dwayne’s exposure to different perspectives, cultures and beliefs has influenced his level of self-awareness while broadening his understanding and appreciation for the diversity of humanity.
Dwayne has a strong desire to inspire and educate students in different disciplines, to challenge the entrepreneurial status quo that often leads to the exploitation of young people and their brilliant ideas. His involvement in various sports such as Athletics and Cricket has helped shape his discipline and overall determination to give his best at all times. Dwayne is a servant leader and entrepreneur; a budding Management Accountant at The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is scheduled to qualify in 2021.