Dr Mamphela Ramphele is the Chairperson of the TIA Board. She spent four years as a Managing Director at the World Bank. Prior to her time at the World Bank she was the Vice Chancellor University of Cape Town. She served as a Director at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa and Equal Opportunities Research Project. She is also the Chairperson of Circle Capital Ventures and a former Co-Chair of the Global Commission on International Migration.

She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, a BCom in Administration from UNISA, a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Witwatersrand, a Diploma in Tropical Health and Hygiene from the University of Witwatersrand and MB. CH.B from the University of Natal.

Her  repertoire of Awards include the NRF Lifetime Achiever Award (2007), the Global Health Sciences Award (2007), the Kilby Awards Foundation (2003) and Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Award (1996).

Some of her published work include Laying Ghosts to rest – The Dilemmas of the Tshandormation in South Africa (2008), Steering by the Stars (2002), A Life (1995), The Affirmative Action Book: Toward an Equity Environment (1995) and A Bed Called Home – Life in the Migrant Labour Hostels of Cape Town (1995). Her field of expertise are anthropology, academic governance structures; education and health policies; monitoring and evaluation

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