Meet the judges

Nombuyiselo Mapongwane. (Supplied)

Nombuyiselo Mapongwane. (Supplied)

Judi Nwokedi is chairperson of the judges panel. She is the chief operating officer of black-owned and global integrated tourism company Tourvest. Nwokedi headed the public broadcasting unit at the SABC between 2001 and 2005.

She is also a former chief executive of Motorola Sub Saharan Africa and a former senior vice-president of Areva in South Africa, the French multi-national conglomerate focused on nuclear and other carbon-free generation solutions.

She sits on the boards of the South African Nuclear New Business Con­sortium and the Consolidated Infra­structure Group. Nwokedi chairs the Aids Con­sor­tium and the International Women’s Forum South Africa’s Global Business Connect sub-committee.

She has a true passion for social investment and her voluntary work includes board membership of the Johannesburg Art Bank, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, the Cape Biennale and Sithengi.

Cathy Duff has been a director of Trialogue since 2011. Her experience includes nine years of research and advisory work in the philanthropic and sustainability sectors and five years in strategy consulting with Braxton Associates and Deloitte Consulting. She was research manager at New Philanthropy Capital in the United Kingdom and worked as research and development manager for Tshikululu Social Investments in South Africa.

Duff joined Trialogue in 2008 and manages its Johannesburg office. She has worked with a number of clients, including Implats, Liberty, Vodacom, Xstrata, Investec and Discovery on their CSI and sustainability strategies and reports. Tracey Henry is the chief executive of Tshikululu Social Investments, which manages CSI funds and programmes for Anglo American, ApexHi, De Beers, DRA Mining Mineral Projects, Discovery, First­Rand, Tebe Investment Cor­por­ation and UTi. Having completed an MA in the social sciences, Henry joined the Chamber of Mines before moving to the Anglo American Corporation in 1995.

She helped establish Tshi­kululu in 1998 and, in the subsequent decade, worked as manager of the De Beers Fund, the FirstRand Foundation and the Discovery Foundation and Fund. She was appointed Tshikululu chief executive in July 2008. Tshi­kululu offers an all-in-one fund management service as well as strategic consulting and social investment training.

Fiona Macleod is editor of the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future & Drivers of Change, Greening the Future and eta Awards supplements. She is the founder director of the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism, which uses data analysis and geo-mapping tools to investigate stories.

An award-winning journalist, she was previously environmental editor at the M&G for 10 years and was awarded the prestigious Nick Steele award for environmental conservation. She served terms on the judging panels of the SANParks Kudu Awards and The Green Trust Awards.

She is a former editor of Earthyear magazine and editor-in-chief of HomeGrown Magazines in Mpumalanga. She has also edited several books, including Your Guide to Green Living, A Social Contract: The Way Forward and Fighting for Justice. Nombuyiselo Mapongwane has been living with HIV since 1994. In 1997 she was diagnosed with full-blown Aids and became ill.

Her miraculous recovery inspired her to become a motivational speaker, sharing her story and telling people what it means to live with HIV and Aids. She is employed by Anglo American as an HIV and Aids educator and counsellor. She has co-authored a learner book titled Thembi’s Story and other Autobiographies, and is studying part-time for a degree in psychology through the University of South Africa.

Shirley Moulder serves as a non-executive director of a number of social development organisations in southern Africa, having been involved in human rights and development work for more than 40 years. Based in South Africa, her professional experience includes engagement with governments, the private sector and international aid agencies, as well as serving on a number of commissions for the Anglican Church in Southern Africa and the global Anglican Communion.

Her current involvement includes chairing the board of SOHCO, a social housing company. She also serves on the board of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution, the Anglican Board of Education and is a board member of the Peace Appeal Foundation.

She was awarded a fellowship by the Leadership and Innovation Network for Collaboration in the Children’s Sector in 2010 and is the liaison for the National Religious Association for Social Development in brokering a partnership between the religious sector and the department of social development in early childhood development. She is a founding member of the Southern Africa Trust.

Her term of office came to an end in May 2011, but her involvement with issues of education, development, regional integration and food security to address poverty at a regional level continues through a number of the trust’s programmes.

Bhekinkosi Moyo is the deputy executive of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional agency that supports deeper and wider policy engagement between governments and non-state actors to overcome poverty in Southern Africa. The trust launched the Drivers of Change awards in 2006, in partnership with the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards.

Moyo joined the Southern Africa Trust after an incredible contribution to the establishment and growth of the Dakar-based TrustAfrica, a sister organisation of the trust. He was TrustAfrica’s programme director. He originates from Zimbabwe and holds a PhD in political science from Wits. He serves on a number of boards, including the African Grantmakers Network, and has worked tirelessly in the fields of governance, development and philanthropy in Africa.

Xolani Qubeka is the chief executive of the newly established Small Business Development Institute and the outgoing chief executive of the Black Business Council (BBC), an umbrella body representing most national black business organisations in South Africa.

The BBC played a pivotal role in lobbying for and influencing the major changes relating to the B-BBEE amendment, including the revision of the Codes of Good Practice. He is a non-executive director of Recycling and Economic Develop­ment Institute of South Africa (Redisa) and chairs the board of trustees at Pambi Trust.

Qubeka is passionate about the development of people and communities, and the general upliftment of marginalised societes in South Africa and beyond. His main objective is to be a catalyst and game changer in the discourse for accelerated and sustainable economic transformation in South Africa.

Dr Shereen Usdin is a senior executive at the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Com­munication, an NGO she helped to establish. She qualified as a medical doctor at Wits and holds a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

She was named the 2004 SABC/Shoprite-Checkers Woman of the Year in the health category and received a Gibs Social Entrepreneur Award in 2006. She works in the fields of health and development communication, HIV and Aids, gender, health and human rights. She sits on the Presidential Working Group on Women.