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Lagos, June 26, 2019 – The African Philanthropy Forum announces the appointment of Dr. Judy Dlamini to its Board of Directors.

Dr Judy Dlamini is a philanthropist, author, entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Chairman of Mbekani Group. Established in 1996, Mbekani group has continued to excel and has operations and investments in various sectors of the economy. Dr Dlamini is also the non-executive director of SA SME Fund, an initiative between the South African government and the private sector to create jobs and grow an inclusive and sustainable economy. In 2018 she was appointed Chancellor for The University of Witwatersrand.

Dr Dlamini was the Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Limited (Aspen) a JSE-listed South African pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor. Her previous board appointments include Anglo American plc, Discovery Holdings Ltd and Woolworths Holdings Ltd. Among several other awards, Dr Dlamini is the recipient of the 2016 African Economy Builder Lifetime Achiever Award, the 2018 AWCA Woman of Substance Award and the UNISA Leadership in Practice Awards. She also received honorary Doctorates from The Nelson Mandela University in Business in 2018 and The University of KwaZulu Natal in Economics in 2019.

“APF is fortunate to have a dynamic Board with diverse members who have the passion and expertise to drive the achievement of the organization’s vision. Dr Dlamini’s addition to the Board broadens this expertise. Undoubtedly, her experience and passion for development in Africa will contribute significantly to APF’s expansion and impact across the Continent.” Mosun Layode, Executive Director.

The African Philanthropy Forum’s Board of Directors led by the Board Chair, Tsitsi Masiyiwa is comprised of experts with legal, consulting, philanthropy, international development, investment, social and systems entrepreneurship backgrounds. Other Board Members include: Swithin Munyantwali, HRH the Nnabagereka (Queen) Sylvia Nagginda, Ndidi Nwuneli, Gbenga Oyebode and Jeffrey Walker.

The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) is a strong and vibrant community of partners who, through their strategic giving, investments and influence, foster shared prosperity on the African continent. Through its resources and high impact convenings across the Continent and beyond, APF raises awareness about the important role that strategic philanthropy can play in society. It is committed to creating an enabling environment to transform the culture of giving on the Continent to the extent that it exceeds development aid by 2030. To date, it has reached over 1,800 stakeholders in twelve African countries including Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana. Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. For more information, visit



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Sarah Stephen

Membership and Communications Officer, African Philanthropy Forum

+234 803 729 1889


Notes to Editors:

African Philanthropy Forum (APF)

The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) was launched in 2014 and it brings together a diverse community of partners who are united by their passion and commitment to see inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. APF is affiliated with the Global Philanthropy Forum, a global community of over 1,800 donors and social investors committed to international causes.

The journey from APF’s first event in 2014 in Addis Ababa to the just concluded thematic regional meeting in Abidjan has been an interesting and impactful one. Since inception, APF has reached over 1,800 philanthropists, social investors and key stakeholders in the philanthropic space across Africa and the world. Through APF’s high impact convenings and initiatives, the organization has facilitated collaborations, amplified the work of change makers and shared best philanthropic practices and strategies for promoting homegrown development.

Board Members

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