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Judy Sikuza

Deputy Executive Director

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Judy Sikuza started working with the MRF in late 2013. In this period she has held various positions, with her primary responsibility being the Foundation’s flagship Scholarships programme. She has facilitated and moderated discussions with high-profile speakers including Mrs Graça Machel, US Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, British High Commissioner Dame Judith Macgregor, Parminder Vir OBE of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Patrick Awuah of Ashesi University, Ahmed Kathrada, Cheryl Carolus, Justice Edwin Cameron, Isaac Shongwe, Justice Albie Sachs, Professor Antjie Krog, and many others. Now appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Foundation, reporting to Executive Director Shaun Johnson, Judy’s responsibilities include partnering with the Executive Director in fulfilling the MRF’s strategic growth and public engagement needs, and ensuring the successful implementation of new projects. In 2014, Judy became a non-executive Board Director of Oxford University Press Southern Africa, and chairs the Board’s social and ethics committee.

Previously, Judy was an advisor, consultant and facilitator through Reos Partners and various other organisations, working in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and India with graduates and senior leaders across business, government, civil society, and academia. Prior to that, she worked in the private sector in Johannesburg as an organisational development practitioner.

Judy has been invited as a guest speaker, panellist, and moderator on to several public platforms hosted by institutions such as Oxford University, the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Mandela Institute for Development Studies, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, South African Women in Engineering, and the World Wildlife Fund. She has also published work in the Mail & Guardian, The Journalist, and Thought Leader.

Some of Judy’s other achievements include being awarded an Abe Bailey Fellowship to the United Kingdom, being recognised as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, one of Sarie magazine’s top 10 women under 30, and being selected as one of the young women leaders from across the African continent to be part of Michelle Obama’s Young African Women Leaders forum.

Judy completed an Honours degree in Industrial/Organisational Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the Class of 2007. She holds an MA in Organisational Psychology (with distinction) from Columbia University in New York City, which she completed as a Fulbright Scholar. Judy is also a certified coach through the Centre for Coaching at the University of Cape Town.