Dr Ramphele, Patron of the African Gifted Foundation, is a South African academic, businesswoman, medical doctor and was a leading anti-apartheid activist, She is currently a director of several major companies. She served as a Managing Director of the World Bank from 2000 to 2004. She was responsible for the World Bank Institute, which provides training and learning for both staff and clients.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mamphela Ramphele was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, a post she took up in 1996, becoming the first black woman to hold this position at a South African university. Mamphela qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Natal in 1972. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, a BCom degree in Administration from the University of South Africa, diplomas in Tropical Health and Hygiene and Public Health from the University of Witwatersrand and numerous honorary degrees and awards. Dr Ramphele has served as a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, a trustee of The Rockerfeller Foundation, a director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA) and as a board member of the Anglo-American Corporation.