Dr Dexter has been a political activist, a trade unionist, an academic and a business person throughout his working life. He has occupied various positions, including; MP, member of the African National Congress (ANC) NEC, member of the SACP CC, NEHAWU General Secretary, Advisor to the Chief Whip of the African National Congress, Vice-President of the Africa-China Friendship Association, Chief Executive Officer of Chenshia, Founding Director and Executive Chair of Union Alliance Holdings, Executive Director of the National Economic Development and Labour Council and Senior Researcher in the Social Cohesion and Integration Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council. He has also served as a non-executive and an executive director for many organisations such as International Marketing Council, Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency, Tourism South Africa, Proudly South African, Izingwe Holdings and Subsidiaries, Tshedza Trust, NEHAWU Investment Holdings and MSP Property Development.

Dr Dexter holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Philosophy degrees from the University of Cape Town, specialising in Religious Studies. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at NEHAWU Investment Holdings and serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the South African Weather Services Board.

Ms Mashinini is currently a non-executive director at Thebe Investment Company (TIC), serving on both the Audit and Risk and Remuneration, Social Ethics and Transformation Committees. She is a former Deputy City Manager – Corporate Services at Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. She was a Regional Director at City of Johannesburg and later promoted to be a Director Social Development at the same organisation. She also worked for a Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council as a Strategic Executive – Corporate Services, a Business Information Manager for Black Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Support and a Programme Director for Kagiso Trust.

She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Milpark Business School and Thames Valley University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Wits Business School, a Diploma in Project Management from UNISA School of Business Leadership and an Executive Management Development Programme from the University of Witwatersrand.

Ms Matenche is a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Thendo Consultants; a strategy consulting company that provides expert perspective on business challenges in varying sectors. She has over five years’ teaching experience as the former lecturer at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in the Department of Taxation and Auditing respectively. Prior to teaching, Ms Matenche completed her Articles at EY where she gained vast audit experience.

She holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society resulting from her outstanding performance at Wits being part of the top 15% in the institution. She is a member of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) and as well as Association for the Advancement of Accountants in Southern Africa (ABASA).

Ms Matenche’s passion for gender equality led her to being the Founder and President of the non-profit organisation for women professionals, the African Women’s Movement (AWM) with presence outside of South Africa. For her outstanding contribution towards women-empowering initiatives, she was a SAICA Top 35 under 35 2018 finalist.

Ms Matenche is currently serving as a board member at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), interim Council Member for the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) and as the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).

Mr Sukazi is a qualified attorney who specialises in Corporate and Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory law and Sports and Entertainment law.

He is a founder of Tim Sukazi Inc. and a former partner at Bowmans. He is also the founder of TS Galaxy FC, one of the most prominent professional football clubs in South Africa.

Mr Sukazi’s educational qualifications include a B. Proc degree (UNISA), LLB degree (UNISA) and LLM degree (UCT). His experience includes advising on General Company Law, M&A transactions, Capital Market transactions, Mining & Environmental law, Renewable Energy and Regulatory transactions, BEE transactions and General Commercial law.

In the Sports and Entertainment law fields, he has experience, which includes advising on Endorsements, professional football players’ contracts, image and autograph rights regime and football regulatory matters.

He currently serves as a Council member of the Social Housing Regulatory Authority and also served as a board member of the Gauteng Gambling Board from 2015 to 2018; Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF) from 2016 to 2020 and the Ministerial Advisory Committee, which was tasked to advise the Minister of Social Development on South Africa’s social security change management programme.

Ms Skweyiya-Gushu is a social entrepreneur and an emerging scholar in the fields of political communications, public diplomacy, digital anthropology and Information Communications Technology. She boasts over a decade in professional experience; spanning from private sector, NGOs, Government and in a political formation – with speciality in developing communications strategies and media relations. After acquiring significant working experience in communications, she formally entered the academic and research field through a scholarship to study for a master’s degree in the United Kingdom. She is an active member of the Africa International Network, an organisation of decolonial scholars from across the globe who are committed to challenging the remnants of colonisation in the African continent and beyond.

Upon returning to South Africa she sought to make a meaningful contribution to the country through research that challenges infringements of rights of the marginal in society and contributing to strengthening of democracy in the country. She is currently an independent researcher focusing on challenges of rural women, gendered reporting, land reform, and politics of hate, effects of political messages on the vulnerable groups and the effects of digital media on democracy. She is also involved in programmes focusing on media literacy, skills development, content development and ownership patterns in the media sector.

For the past two years she has been a research consultant for various Government departments, providing campaign review and social media analysis services. She has also presented her research findings on the scarcely studied rural land tenure to the Presidential Panel on Land Reform, which was included on the final land reform report. She is a Chevening scholar 2017/18 and obtained her Master’s Degree with distinction in International Political Communications from Bournemouth University, UK. She also has a post graduate diploma in Government Communications and Marketing from the University of Witwatersrand.

Dr Lubisi is a former Director-General in the Presidency of South Africa. He served as an Academic Development Coordinator at the University of Durban-Westville, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Natal, a Special Advisor to the late former Minister of Education – Professor Kader Asmal, a Deputy Director-General in the then Department of Education; Superintendent-General of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and Secretary of the Cabinet of South Africa.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Higher Diploma in Education, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Natal and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Dr Lubisi is currently serving as a Board Member for ThemoPharm (PTY) Ltd, Maziwa Holdings (PTY) Ltd and Chairperson of Morar Incorporated. He also served as a member of Brand SA Board of Trustee; Chairperson of Umalusi; Chairperson of KwaZulu-Natal Social Sector Cluster of Heads of Departments; Chairperson of the Forum of South African Directors-General; Chancellor of National Orders; Secretary of the National Security Council; and Head of the South African National Security Secretariat.

Ambassador Ndhlovu was South Africa’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York at the dawn of the new millennium and Consul General of South Africa to 9 States in the West Coast of the USA. In 2010, she was appointed as SA High Commissioner to Ghana and also accredited to Sierra Leone. During the era that ushered the first democratic elections she served on the management team of the newly set-up Independent Electoral Commission that ushered in a new era of democracy in South Africa. She also served on the Bureau of the World Summit for Sustainable Development as an ex-Officio member. She also chaired the Ministerial meeting of the World Summit on Sustainable development in Bali, Indonesia.

She holds an Executive Leadership Training Programme from Arthur D. Little School of Management, a Middle Management Course from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri. She also completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from New York University.

Ambassador Ndhlovu was a Rapporteur and Bureau Member – Ad Hoc Committee of the United Nations Convention on the Promotion and Protection of Persons with Disabilities. She also served a Leader of the New York Delegation to the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.

Academic Qualifications include:

  • MBA
  • GradCSSA
  • Bcom

Academic qualifications:

  • BJuris
  • BA Hons
  • MAP
  • LLB
  • LLM

Areas of expertise: Strategic Management, HR Management, IR Management and Training Management.

Academic qualifications:

  • CA (SA)
  • MBL
  • MCom (Tax)

Areas of expertise: Financial Management and Corporate Governance.