President’s Report & Forum Update

  • 2011/12 President's Report at AGM 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

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Ms Wendy Appelbaum

Ms Wendy Appelbaum

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Dr Danisa Baloyi

Dr Danisa Baloyi

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Ms Pumeza Bam

Ms Pumeza Bam

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Ms Zarina Bassa

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Ms Gail Cameron

Ms Gail Cameron

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Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Mhinga

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Ms Shiphra Chisha

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Ms Gail Curtis

Ms Gail Curtis

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Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

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Ms Yolandie De Jongh

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Ms Iris Dempsey

Ms Iris Dempsey

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Ms Veronica Devine

Ms Veronica Devine

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Ms Lindani Dhlamini

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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Ms Tina Eboka

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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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Dr Patricia Gorvalla (Deceased)

Dr Patricia Gorvalla (Deceased)

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Dr Lulu Gwagwa

Dr Lulu Gwagwa

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Ms Janine Hills

Ms Janine Hills

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Ms Monhla Hlahla

Ms Monhla Hlahla

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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

Carolina Koornhof is Dean of the Faculty of Economic Management Sciences and Executive Director: Finance at the University of Pretoria. Carolina...

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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

Mpho Letlape is Managing Director of the Sasol Inzalo Foundation, mandated by Sasol Limited to drive economic growth in South...

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Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull

Ms Wendy Lucas-Bull

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Ms Sindi Mabaso Koyana

Ms Sindi Mabaso Koyana

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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 Portia Maurice

Ms Portia Maurice

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Ms Zanele Mbeki

Ms Zanele Mbeki

Former First Lady of South Africa, Zanele Mbeki is involved in various national and international organisations promoting South African women’s...

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Ms Totsie Memela

Ms Totsie Memela

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Major General Ntsiki Memela-Motumi

Major General Ntsiki Memela-Motumi

Major General Memela-Motumi is a social worker who has served in the military for over 30 years. She has been...

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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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Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

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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

Precious Moloi-Motsepe is Executive Chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI), a company that promotes fashion designers from Africa and enterprise...

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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

Margaret Nienaber is the Chief Executive of Standard Bank’s Private Clients division in Southern Africa which focuses on meeting the...

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Prof Stella Nkomo

Prof Stella Nkomo

Stella Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria. Prior to that she...

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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

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Ms Tryphosa Ramano

Ms Tryphosa Ramano

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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

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Ms Jane Raphaely

Ms Jane Raphaely

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Dr Hesphina Rukato

Dr Hesphina Rukato

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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 Vandermerwe

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Ms Dorianne Weil “Dr D”

Ms Dorianne Weil “Dr D”

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Ms Annelize Wepener

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Dr Judy Dlamini

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Ms Dawn Nathan-Jones

Ms Dawn Nathan-Jones

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Ms Grathel Motau

Ms Grathel Motau

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Ms Charlotte Sibisi

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Dr Beverley Damonse

Dr Beverley Damonse

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Ms Zeona Jacobs

Ms Zeona Jacobs

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Ms Barbara Lebogang Lombard

Ms Barbara Lebogang Lombard

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Dr Claudia Manning

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Dr. Carol-Ann Benn

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Ms Isabella M. Makuta

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Ms Ana Fasulakis

Ms Ana Fasulakis

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Ms Jenna Clifford

Ms Jenna Clifford

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Peta Nonceba Mashinini

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Ms Nolwandle Noli Mboweni

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IWFSA Background

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is a global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement who come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich lives, provide a network of support and exert influence. Furthermore, through its Leadership Foundation, the IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders.

With forums throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has grown across five continents into 26 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations and currently has a membership of over 5 000 women leaders. Through international programmes, conferences, galas, symposia, communications, publications and special functions, members are able to meet, experience and exchange ideas and goals – some of which influence industry, shape economies and define government policies worldwide.

The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) was established in 2000 when its patron, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, together with a group of woman leaders, set up a South African chapter of the IWF. IWFSA currently has some 70 members drawn from government, business, the sciences, the arts and numerous other areas. 

The IWFSA members, who are at the top of their fields of endeavour and who have nationally and internationally identifiable track records, enjoy unique networking opportunities through local and international conferences, workshops, meetings and forum events and strive to be “the voice” for women in South Africa and the continent by influencing opinion and advocating for women’s issues at the highest levels of government, business and civil society.

IWFSA’s Vision is to educate, empower, nurture and mentor the next generation of women leaders in South Africa. This is done through various leadership initiatives, one of which it runs in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the GIBS/IWFSA Strategic Leadership Programme (SLP). The Programme has operated since 2002 and to date 180 young Fellows have passed through it and have moved on to hold positions of influence and top management in their various organisations. IWFSA and GIBS are currently redeveloping the Programme to add new focus to its outcomes. The new Programme will be launched in mid 2012.

The Young Leaders Connect (YLC) is another IWFSA initiative. It was established in 2010 as a networking platform for young women leaders, many of whom will become Fellows of the SLP. This is a new platform that emerged from the Executive Development Roundtable hosted by IWFSA to promote ongoing sharing and networking by establishing a link between young women leaders in South Africa and their counterparts in the United States and the Bahamas.

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