Mamphela Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political thinker.
In 1968 she enrolled for a medical degree at the University of Natal, where she became involved in the South African Students Association (SASO) and was a founder, with Steve Biko, of the Black Consciousness Movement. In 1976 she was detained under the Terrorism Act, and from 1977 to 1983 she was banned to Tzaneen in the Northern Transvaal.
She has a PhD in Social Anthropology, a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene and a Diploma in Public Health and. In 1996 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor of UCT. In 2000 she became a managing director of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC.
Dr Ramphele has served as chairperson of many boards and is currently a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was founder of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Citizens Movement.
In January 2013, Dr. Ramphele became the Leader of Agang SA, a party for all South Africans which won two seats in the national elections held in May 2014. Post elections she retired from Party Politics to return to her role as an active citizen.
Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa, including A Passion for Freedom, Laying Ghosts to Rest,Conversations with my sons and Daughters and new releaseDreams, Betrayal and Hope.
She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for disadvantaged people in South Africa and elsewhere.