Former Deputy President of South Africa
Founder of the Umlambo Foundation. Served as the Executive Director of UN Women until Aug 2021. During her term as Deputy President she oversaw programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women.
Prof Sizwe Mabizela
Vice-Chancellor; Rhodes University.
A South African mathematician who became vice- chancellor of Rhodes University in 2014. He previously served as deputy vice-chancellor: academic and student affairs.
Prof Njabulo Ndebele
Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Professor Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele is an academic and writer of fiction, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town and former Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.
Prof Vuyokazi Nomlomo
Deputy VC for teaching and Learning at the University of Zululand.
Served as the Dean of Education at the University of the Western Cape before joining the University of Zululand as DVC of Teaching and Learning in 2021. Her research is on language education policy and early literacy in African languages.
A retired South African businessman and the former CEO of South African gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti, a position he held from 1998 to 2007.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.
Served as Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape in 2012. He was awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship to study for his doctorate. Adjunct Professor at GSB(UCT) Allan Gray School for Values.
Prof Jonathan Jansen
Former Vice-Chancellor and Professor at Stellenbosch.
Served as the Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria for nine years before taking up the position of Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. President of the SA Institute of Race Relations and of the SA Academy of Science.
Prof Catherine Snow
Educational psychologist and applied linguist; Harvard University.
In 2009 Snow was appointed to the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professorship in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, having previously held the Henry Lee Shattuck Professorship also in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prof Snow played a leadership role on the influential National Reading Panel in the U.S.
CEO of Funda Wande
Nangamso has been involved in early literacy development in African languages through the PIRLS international study and materials development. She is a member of the SAHRC Right to Read and Write and serves as the chairperson for the African languages subcommittee. Nangamso has published extensively in African language assessments.
Commissioner Andre Gaum
South African Human Rights Commission Commissioner: Education
Former member of parliament. He is currently establishing the "Right to Read and Write" within the SAHRC and is thus well-placed to monitor the realization of this right.
Banker, Academic and Public Figure.
Former Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Former partner and Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs.
In the 1980's Colin was an anti-apartheid activist, and from 1989 deeply involved in South Africa’s constitutional transition from apartheid to democracy.
Seasoned Broadcaster and Reading Advocate
Hulisani Ravele is a formidable South African Broadcaster who has used her platform to be an advocate for reading and takes great pride in African languages and heritage.
Umunyana Rugege is the Executive Director of Section27, an influential South African Non Government Organization focusing on legal advocacy in the areas of health and education.
Founding General Secretary of COSATU (1985 - 1993)
A South African politician and businessman. He brings a wealth of experience and insight on the views and positions of organised labour.
Prof Michael Sachs
Former Deputy Director General (DDG); National Treasury (2013-2017).
Currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds an MPAID in International Economics from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
General Secretary of Equal Education
Well known for her social justice activism, Noncedo is the first woman to be elected as the General Secretary of Equal Education.
CEO of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
Judy believes in the power of education to liberate and create more humane futures. She is a non-executive board director of Oxford University Press SA, a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and Tutu Fellow. She has an MA in Organisational Psychology from Columbia University.
Founder and executive director of Puku Children’s Literature Foundation.
She is an award-winning writer and human rights activist with extensive experience in literature and reading promotion activities.
Prof Nic Spaull
2030 Reading Panel Secretariat
Education Economist, Stellenbosch University.
His research specializes in education policy, assessment and teacher development in relation to early grade reading. He has advised both the President and Finance Minister on the need to prioritize reading in South Africa and has published numerous scholarly articles and books on the topic.