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Pravin Gordhan is a Member of Parliament representing the ANC and a former Minister of Finance, a position in which he served twice, from 2009 – 2014 and 2015 – 2017. He has previously served as the Commissioner of SARS as well as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Wendy Appelbaum is an entrepreneur and one of Africa’s most active philanthropists. Her foundation, The Wendy Appelbaum Foundation, is involved with programmes that address health and education and the advancement of women.
Jay Naidoo has a storied history as the founding secretary-general of COSATU and as a prominent figure in the struggle against Apartheid. His post-Apartheid career has stretched across government, civil society movements, NGOs as well as the private sector.
Ferial Haffajee is the editor-at-large at the Huffington Post South Africa. She has previously served as editor of the Mail & Guardian between 2004 and 2009 and editor of the City Press between 2009 and 2016. She is also an author and recipient of numerous awards for her journalism.
Mike Abel is a founding partner and chief executive of M&C Saatchi Abel, one of the largest independent advertising agencies in South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, including many years at Ogilvy South Africa.
Iqbal Survé is the executive chairman of Independent Media and the Sekunjalo Group. He also serves on a variety of global organizations such as the BRICS Business Council and the Clinton Global Initiative.
After joining the Democratic Alliance (DA) shortly after the 2009 elections as a political staffer, Phumzile van Damme was elected a Member of Parliament for the DA in 2014. She is also the DA Shadow Minister of Communication.
Sipho Pityana is a businessman and civil society activist. Having served in positions in the ANC and the Mandela cabinet, Sipho joined the private sector in 2002, and sits on the boards of several companies, including as the chairman of AngloGold Ashanti. More recently he has been affiliated with the Save South Africa movement.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is a Member of Parliament and the current National Spokesperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters, serving on the organization’s Central Command Team.
Luke McKend is the CEO of Google South Africa. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he was the Commercial director of UK tech start-up iGrasp and collaborated with some of the country’s largest brands in developing digital media.
Mark Heywood is the executive director of public interest law centre Section27, which champions human rights in the areas of healthcare, education, food security, governance and accountability.
Mcebisi Jonas is a former Member of Parliament for the African National Congress, and a former Deputy Minister of Finance. He is currently a Member of the Executive Council for the Eastern Cape’s Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.