International Thought Leader on Sustainable Development, Business Leader and Politician
Dr Mamphela Aletta Ramphele ( born on 28 December 1947), is a South African medical doctor andanthropologist specialised in problems concerning social development. She was an anti-apartheid activist and was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), along with Steve Biko.
She is Executive chairperson , Circle Capital ventures, a venture capital black economic empowerment company in Cape Town (South Africa). She is currently a board member of the Rockefeller Foundation .
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele’s resume is pretty impressive. An activist and author, Ramphele has earned several degrees, including a medical degree, two post-graduate diplomas, a Bachelor’s of Commerce in Administration, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. She founded two health centers for the poor and became an expert in community development. In addition, she has served on the boards of numerous corporations, received 10 honorary degrees from international universities, and assumed the highest post at a prestigious university.
In 2000 Ramphele was appointed senior director of the World Bank. Given that Ramphele was born poor, black, and female in apartheid South Africa, where as she recalled in her autobiography, Across Boundaries, one white teacher often reminded her “you were born to work for [whites],” these accomplishments, though admirable in their own right, are nothing less than awe-inspiring.