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 which 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 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 pursing 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.
Born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Zikho recently moved to Boston to read a Master of Law (LLM) in Healthcare and Policy at Harvard University. She is a recipient of the Harvard admission scholarship and Skye Foundation Scholarship. Zikho is an admitted attorney and holds an LLB (Cum laude) from Witwatersrand University. She completed her articles at Bowmans where she practiced law as an Associate. At 26 years, she was the youngest serving Board member of the biggest hospital in South Africa. She is co-founder Emergent Healthcare Group (EHCG), a firm committed to transforming healthcare in Southern Africa.
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/PhD) 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 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.
Founder and Managing Director
Katya graduated with Cambridge A levels in 2018 and has recently joined the MH Foundation as an administrative intern, before commencing her tertiary studies in London later this year. She spent most her high school career involved in national debating as well as an education-focused NGO in 2016. Katya is extremely passionate about youth empowerment and social upliftment.