08:00 - 08:30
Tea and coffee on arrival
08:30 - 08:40
Official Opening Address
Roberta Naicker: MD – ABN Group
08:40 - 08:50
Headline Sponsor Address
MTN- Headline Sponsor
Mandisa Ntloko GM: Enterprise Marketing at MTN Business
08:50 - 09:00
Methil Renuka Forbes Woman Africa Editor
09:00 - 09:40
Plenary Discussion Facebook Live
Unlocking the Potential of Women in the Trillion Dollar Female Economy
09:40 - 10:00
Performing at your most resilient and authentic best in a world fraught with constant change and disruption.
Talk: Finding My Virginity
10:00 - 10:30
Refreshments will be available. A great time to network.
10:30 - 10:50
Change the Way You Think to Change the World
Kayli Vee Levitan
10:50 - 11:30
The Economic Outlook for South Africa, and how increased gender parity could improve the outlook in the long term.
11:30 - 11:50
Bringing Excellence to the Public Sector by Miranda Nyathi
11:50 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:05
Talk Facebook Live
Journey from Miss SA to Miss World to Doctor
13:05 - 13:45
Are men the allies women need to make gender equality a priority in business?
13:45 - 14:05
Interview /PWC Launch of Women at Work Report by Nana Madikane
14:05 - 14:40
Plenary Discussion Facebook Live
14:40 - 15:00
Talk Facebook Live
Professor Thuli Madonsela
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Cocktail and departure
Executive Consumer Business Unit
Mapula Bodibe is the Executive for Consumer Business Unit at MTN South Africa, where she is responsible for managing the overall Customer, Brand, Marketing, Products and Services and Digital strategies aimed towards driving growth for the business, leading to increased Market, Brand and Value share for MTN South Africa.
She is a Chartered Marketer with more than 13 years’ Telecommunications experience and more than 17 years Classical Marketing experience.
Mapula has had the opportunity to spearhead the rollout of a number of innovative Products and Services and Ground-Breaking Value Propositions in the market, whilst building long lasting relationships with Customers through a number of Iconic Marketing Campaigns.
Her vast experience includes Consumer Goods, Telecommunications as well as Financial Services. She has a proven track record in driving business strategy, Customer Strategy as well as delivering Product, Marketing and Business solutions to drive value for the businesses she’s had the privilege to work for.
Mapula takes a uniquely Customer-centred approach to Business Strategy, Marketing and Product development backed by an intricate understanding and passion for Customers, as well as a strong Commercial background. She has a logical and analytical approach to solving complex business problems and taking advantage of new business opportunities to drive growth, whilst placing an emphasis on Customer Centricity.
The various roles I have filled over the years have given me the incredible opportunity to drive the connectivity of customers through telecommunications, and the work I have done has contributed to creating and building strong brands and driving Market share and Value growth for the various organizations I have had the opportunity to work for.
There has never been a more interesting time to work in an industry that creates solutions for South Africans and every day I have the opportunity to use technology to change lives through connectivity and digitisation.
GM: Enterprise Marketing SA
I am a marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years of work experience. I joined MTN Business on 1 June 2015 as General Manager: Enterprise Marketing for South Africa. My overall responsibility is planning, developing and implementing the organisation’s marketing strategies across all the market segments in alignment with MTN Business Group. Prior to re-joining MTN, I was the marketing and communications director at Accenture for one and a half years. I also worked at Dimension Data as their Middle East and Africa marketing executive for six years. I have also worked for MTN South Africa as their head of communications as well as Nokia Networks in South Africa and Nokia Mobile Phones at the headquarters in Finland as marketing communications manager for combined five year period. I entered the private sector as an account executive with IT-focussed communications consultancy Text 100, and this is where I discovered my passion for technology which deepened in my subsequent positions in all the companies mentioned above. Before entering the private sector, I spent six years working for youth-oriented NGOs - primarily running youth leadership and entrepreneurial skills development programmes. I have a BA in international relations and industrial sociology from the University of Witwatersrand, and was awarded the Nelson Mandela Scholarship to study for an MBA on a full-time basis at the Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom.
Sabine Dall’Omo has worked at Siemens for over 25 years and in addition is a permanent South African resident.
After attaining her Higher Commercial Certificate in 1985, Dall’Omo did her vocational training at Siemens Germany from 1986-1989. Progressing up the ranks, she took on the responsibility of Commercial Officer: Accounting Services and shortly thereafter as Commercial Officer: Sales
Office until 1995.
Dall’Omo’s career path at Siemens then led her to California, USA as a Financial Analyst for Siemens Rolm Communications after which she returned to Siemens Germany as a Senior Financial Officer: Corporate Planning & Controlling.
In 1998, Dall’Omo became Commercial Manager for a Siemens’ Automation & Drives business in Siemens Germany for just over three years. She then took over the responsibility as Commercial Manager for the Siemens Automation and Drivers Office in Shanghai, China until 2004.
In 2004, Dall’Omo joined Siemens South Africa as Head of Risk and Controlling, Mergers and Acquisitions where she was instrumental in executing major merger and acquisitions transactions. With her team, she established innovative and compliant processes to run our African operations efficiently. Dall’Omo remained in the function until 2008 when she took over the Commercial Responsibilities for Siemens Healthcare.
In 2012, Sabine Dall’Omo was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Cluster Africa and effective 1st of July 2014, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa. Dall’Omo is currently the President of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is holds the Board Chairperson position for Siemens in Nigeria as well as the
Siemens South Africa Employee Share Ownership Program. Dall’Omo also holds Board positions at the German-Africa Association (Afrika-Verien) and the Impilo Consortium.
Yogavelli joined the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation in October 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Previously she was the Founding Director of the Enterprise Development Academy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the business school of the University of Pretoria, where she led the school’s entrepreneurship efforts. She started the Academy in 2014 to offer scholarship-based education and support to entrepreneurs of start-up, micro and small enterprises who were previously marginalised or underserved, leading to it being commended by Cabinet.
Prior to that she was Country Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, leading the design and delivery of this successful international women’s entrepreneurship programme in South Africa. In addition, she is a Founder-Director of the Enterprise Development Council of South Africa, which was set up to help standardise and professionalise the sector; a board member of READ Educational Trust; and sits on a Ministerial task team to develop a National SMME Development Master Plan. She also lectures on the Social Entrepreneurship Programme, teaching different business models that can be used to create social change.
Previously, Yogi had founded and run two businesses: an experiential travel company that operated in South Africa and India; and a social development advisory company. Before entering the entrepreneurship world, Yogi worked in the women’s human rights and disabilities sectors in India for seven years, for which she was featured in the 2014 book “Inspired” by Jennifer Renton. She has an MBA from GIBS and degrees in Development Studies, and Community and Health Psychology from UNISA.
Tracey Webster is CEO of the Enterpriseroom. She has spent the past 20 years starting, innovating, scaling and building sustainable organisations, and has worked in London, USA, South America, Southern, West and East Africa. She has developed an exceptional network of leaders and entrepreneurs spanning these continents. Prior to Enterpriseroom Tracey held the position of Executive Director at the African Leadership Institute, The institute’s Flagship programme is the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which builds the capacity and capability of the cream of Africa’s emerging leaders spanning a multitude of sectors across African. Prior to that, she was Chief Entrepreneurship Officer (CEO) at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, It was founded by Sir Richard Branson to create a launch-pad for aspirant South African entrepreneurs. Prior to entering the world of enterprise development, Tracey was a social entrepreneur, well known for her role in the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, dedicated to the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children across South Africa. Tracey has used her corporate experience to professionalise and change the perception of the NGO sector in South Africa
High-Performance Specialist and Change Catalyst
Caroline Ravenall is a high-performance specialist and change catalyst, professional speaker and author. Drawing on her experience with Richard Branson and the Virgin Group and 15 years of experience and research in the fields of human and organisational performance, neuroscience and functional medicine, she works with clients around the world to help them operate at their most inspired, authentic and resilient best. She thinks of performance today as being a form of art. Her speciality is building inspiring workplaces cultures and resilient leaders and teams that can tap into their own blend of ‘magic’ in a world fraught with change and disruption.
Thabi Leoka is an Economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector. Her interests are in monetary and fiscal policy in Africa and emerging markets. Thabi started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has also worked as an Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays in London. She returned to South Africa in 2011 and was the Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank and the Chief Economist at Renaissance Capital. Thabi is the ABSIP Economist of the Year 2017. Thabi writes for various publications both in South Africa and internationally.
Economist & CEO
Trudi Makhaya is CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a research, advisory and stakeholder engagement firm and an associate at DNA Economics. She serves as a non-executive director at Vumelana Advisory Fund and MTN South Africa.
An active public commentator, Trudi writes a column for Business Day. She has also published academic articles on competition economics and policy. Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Trudi was an economist and later a member of the executive committee at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. She joined the Commission as Principal Economist, assessing the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions, analysing complex competition enforcement cases and appearing as an expert witness at the Competition Tribunal. Trudi represented the Commission at various international fora including the OECD, BRICS, International Competition Network and the African Competition Forum.
Prior to joining the Competition Commission in 2010, Trudi held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte South Africa, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.
In her spare time, Trudi writes fiction. Her recent work has been published in New Contrast and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.
Gina Schoeman is a Director at Citi South Africa, in the position of South Africa Economist for the Citibank Global Economics team. She is based in Johannesburg after starting with Citigroup in London in October 2012. Before this, Gina worked at Barclays Capital as Lead Economist on South Africa. Gina has consistently ranked top of both domestic and international surveys for South Africa economic research and forecasting. Gina completely her postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a subsequent postgraduate studies at GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science). Gina is currently furthering her postgraduate studies through the London School of Economics (LSE).
Busi started out her career with economics consultancy Genesis analytics, before stints as an economics reporter with a business news channel, a short period with the South African Competition Commission’s policy and research unit and as assistant economist with Renaissance Capital (formerly Barnard Jacobs Mellet).
She holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Johannesburg and an honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Her interests include monetary and development economics.
Tumisho Grater is an Economic Strategist at Novare Actuaries and Consultants- a dynamic financial advisory firm operating in the institutional space with close to R200 billion worth of investments under advice. Tumisho is responsible for the company’s economic policy and house view. She is part of a strong technical team, where their technical skills and unique understanding of the global and local economic backdrop ensures the execution of the company’s strategic and tactical asset allocation. Her solid foundation in the field of Economics, both academically and practically, allows her to produce unique market insights.
Prior to her role at Novare, Tumisho earned her stripes in the financial world at Investec Asset Management and Investec Private Bank, prior to working as a markets and business anchor at CNBC Africa.
Miranda Nyathi holds a BSc(Hons) in Applied Mathematics. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Computer Sciences at the University of Cape Town and working at T-Systems as a Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence Analyst. Miss Nyathi has worked for diverse organizations which promote education such as: Ubuntu Education Fund, Sasol Inzalo, Pioneer Academies and Jakes Gerwel Fellowship. These experiences have enriched her perspectives on teaching and learning in both public and private sectors. Miranda believes that human creativity has no limits: however the time it takes to implement creativity can be very limited. Technology creates the bridge between creativity and time limits, to enable people to come alive and do the unthinkable. With that belief, Miranda wants to combine her passion for education, analytics and technical skills to create digital technology to deliver new forms of learning architectures.
Miss World 2014
Raised in a small town called Volksrust in South Africa, Rolene Strauss stays true to her roots. She thanks her family for playing an enormous role in who she is today. Her passion for health, education and women are at the core of her being and motivates her to live a purpose driven life.
Samuel Mensah, Jr.
Founder and CEO
Sam Mensah Jr. is Founder and CEO of KISUA, a unique fashion brand that takes inspiration from traditional African techniques and materials, blending them with a contemporary design aesthetic and ethical production methods to create styles for the modern professional. The brand’s clients include award winning musician Beyoncé and the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. KISUA is the only African fashion brand with distribution centers on 3 continents- Africa, Europe and America, from where the company services a global client base through its international ecommerce platform. Prior to founding KISUA he worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, in technology at Intel setting up the Silicon Valley company’s Africa operations, and in venture capital as Africa Director for Intel Capital. Sam who is from Ghana but lives in Johannesburg holds an MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and an Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Fellow.
Group Executive Human Resources
With more than 25 years’ HR experience gained in the products industry (Unilever), petroleum industry (Air BP Africa), aviation industry (Air Chefs) and most recently the electrical industry (Schneider Electric), Phindo’s expertise include driving initiatives such as organisation design, transformation, change leadership, and talent and leadership development.
Phindo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has attended various Senior Leadership Development Programmes at the University of North Carolina and IMD, Switzerland. She is a Registered Human Resources Practitioner and a member of Masters Level, and South African Board for People Practices.
CO-Founder & Senior Strategic Advisor
Bafana Khumalo is Senior Strategic Advisor at Sonke Gender Justice and one of the organizations’ co-founders. He served as co-director of the organisation from 2006-2010.
Bafana has a long and accomplished track record in the NGO sector. He was senior gender technical advisory for EngenderHealth South Africa between 2012 -2013.
From 2001-2008 Bafana served as a Commissioner at the National Commission for Gender Equality from 2001-2006 and 2007-2011. At the CGE he was instrumental in assisting National and Provincial Departments of Government to plan and coordinate many activities related to men, gender and HIV/AIDS.
Bafana has spoken at many national and international conferences on men, gender and HIV/AIDS, including the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2007, 2008 and 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and at the International AIDS Society conference held in Mexico in 2008.
Together with Sonke Co-Director Dean Peacock, he was awarded Men’s Health Magazine “Best Man” Award in 2007. Recipient of the Vital Voices’ Voices of Solidarity Award 2014.
Currently, he serves in the Boards of South African Women in Development (SAWID) and BigFish Digital Filmmaking School.
He holds a Bachelor of Theology (Hon) and Masters in Theology from the University of Natal – Pietermaritzburg.
Nana Madikane is a member of professional services firm PwC’s South Market Area Leadership Team (executive team), and is responsible for driving the firm’s diversity and transformation strategy in the Southern Africa region.
She is a qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience, and services major audit clients in the telecommunications, entertainment and media and hospitality, gaming and leisure sectors.
Nana was admitted as a partner at PwC in 2011, after having been a partner at an emerging firm. She is currently the only female (and one of only a few candidates from the PwC Africa practice) to be identified for a PwC global leadership programme aimed at developing future network leaders. She also serves on various other committees within PwC, such as the Human Capital Committee, and the Social and Ethics Committee of the firm’s Governing Board.
Nana is the Transformation and Diversity & Inclusion Leader for PwC’s Southern Africa Region, a role that she’s very passionate about. Coming from very humble beginnings, Nana is passionate about providing opportunities to individuals who would ordinarily be excluded based on their background, geography or gender. This has shaped her focus in driving the transformation and diversity agenda for PwC, based on creating equal opportunities for all.
Under her leadership the firm attained a level 1 BBBEE contributor status for the first time (also a first for any of the Big Four professional services firms) through driving enterprise development programmes focusing on small black-owned and black-female owned businesses.
Nana is the main driver of female-focused programmes within the firm, aimed at accelerating the development of females and increasing the pool of females eligible for leadership roles. In addition, she is a role model to many young black females in the firm, and has been instrumental in driving mentorship initiatives for young females with potential, as well as mentoring young girls.
Prior to making the move to PwC, Nana gained experience in a start-up company, which she and her partners grew from a firm of eight individuals, to over 100 employees in four offices in four different provinces – in the space of four years. She considers herself fortunate to have gained experience in both a large corporate environment and a small enterprise, which positions her uniquely to drive the development of small enterprises due to understanding their challenges.
She's also served on certain sub-committees of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (IRBA), namely the EXAM Committee, the Transformation Committee and the Proficiency Interviews Panel.
Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. She is currently an associate professor and researcher at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her articles have been published in: Journal of Natal and Zulu History; Journal of Religion in Africa; Journal of Southern African Studies; Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies; Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Image & Text and Critical Arts. She has also written catalogue essays for Zanele Muholi, Mohau Modisakeng and Andrew Tshabangu.
Her first book is on Magema M. Fuze, author of the Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Bavela Ngakona (1922) / The Black People and Whence They Came (1979). The book is titled Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual. The basic argument she presents in the book is that as an author and an aspirant historian Fuze represents a set of questions about the emergence and arrested development of a black intelligentsia and literati in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century South Africa. His life and writings reveal both his singular attempt to create, under adverse cultural, political and social conditions, a literary career and a body of knowledge while also participating in the constitution of a discourse community or a public sphere of Zulu-speaking intellectuals.
Lee Anne Bac
Director: Advisory Services
Lee-Anne is a director in the Strategy, Development & Planning division of Grant Thornton Advisory in Johannesburg.
Lee-Anne has more than 20 years’ experience in providing consulting and advisory services to public and private sector clients in the property, tourism and hospitality sectors. Lee-Anne carries out assignments that include strategic planning, market and financial feasibility assessments, financial evaluations, business valuations, economic impact assessments, market research, demand assessments and monitoring & evaluation.
Lee-Anne is passionate about the development of women and is Grant Thornton’s spokesperson on women in the workplace. She is a member of the National Committee of the Woman’s Property Network.
Kayli Vee Levitan
Kayli Vee Levitan is a locally and internationally awarded Creative Group Head and Copywriter at advertising agency, M&C Saatchi Abel.
She believes that people working in the creative fields are perfectly primed to make a difference, by using their unique ways of thinking, their skills and resources. Which is why she and M&C Saatchi Abel focus on creating real, meaningful change to help make our world a better place.
Through these initiatives, some of which Kayli will mention shortly, she was named Lead SA‘s South African Hero of the Month; in House & Leisure’s Top 60 Upcoming Young South Africans;; in the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans; one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year; Marie Claire’s global female pioneers and more. She’s also done a TED Talk, spoke at the Global Women’s Forum in France, the ROI Change Makers conference in Israel, as well as other local opportunities
Social Entrepreneur & Humanitarian
Vivian Onano, Social Entrepreneur & Global Youth Advocate
Vivian Onano is a social entrepreneur and seasoned humanitarian who is recognized as an emerging woman leader with the courage to lead change on the African continent. She has a strong commitment to education, women economic empowerment, and leadership.
Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa’s growth and development, and creating an inclusive world where women and youth can play an important role. She is a graduate of Carthage College. She serves as a global youth ambassador at Water Aid, Youth Advisor to UN Women and a Women Deliver Young Leader. New African Woman Magazine featured her in 2016 as one of the “30 under 30: Faces Changing Africa Now” and Forbes Woman Africa profiled her as “One to Watch”.
Vivian is a recipient of the 2017 New African Woman on the Rise Award and 2016 MTV “Africa Re-Imagined” Award. In 2015 she was honored with Mrs. Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” award by MORE Magazine for her advocacy work around girls education.
Vivian is a respected speaker who often speaks on global education, gender equality, youth empowerment, and international development. She has presented at the United Nations General Assembly, Women Deliver Global Conference, and the Clinton Global Initiative, among others.
Co-Founder & Co- CEO
Lethabo is the Co - Founder and Co - CEO Motsoaledi & West, an Innovation studio which helps companies better satisfy customer needs, test new ideas and explore new markets. Lethabo believes in challenging the status quo and always finding the better way of doing things. She is an advocate of User Centered Design and believes it to be the best approach to problem solving when innovating to produce technological solutions in the South African context - where socio - economic factors need always be considered.
Lethabo , has been celebrated among South Africa’s powerful and successful young achievers. In 2017 she was awarded Mail and Guardians prestigious 200 young South Africans award. An award given by Mail & Guardian newspaper to recognise the country’s brightest up and coming stars in categories ranging from health and politics to sport and education. She was also included in the list of South Africa’s fifty most Inspiring Women in technology by The Kingdom is the Netherland’s Inspiring Fifty SA initiative. This award is given to entrepreneurs, influencers, technology leaders and academics that all come from the southernmost tip of the African continent. They are the 50 most inspiring women of the South African panorama in 2017. She was also profiled by Destiny Magazine in their annual Power of 40 list which showcases the 40 most influential women in business under 40. As of January 2018, Lethabo was ranked the 11 th most influential young South African in the 2017 100 Most Influential Young South Africans poll by Avance Media.
A Geomatics engineering graduate from UCT, Lethabo is also an academic who has been awarded various fellowships. She is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow as well as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (Class of 2016). She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering top of her class and was awarded the South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI) award for the best engineering surveying student in all the Universities in South Africa.
Member of SASCOC
Marlie is a grade 12 pupil this year at High School Menlopark in Pretoria. She has distinguished herself as a leader, serving as deputy head girl on the School Council. Marlie is the chairperson of the Academic council and is also captain of the Athletics team.
Marlie is a member of the well-known High School mixed choir. The choir won a silver and a bronze medal at the World Choir Games in Russia 2016. They will be competing in the 2018 World Choir games this year held in Pretoria.
Marlie is a versatile sports girl. She played netball for her school. She also took part in Equestrian activities like show jumping and western mounted games. In 2016 she was part of the Gauteng two and a silver medallist in the Western Mounted Games Nationals. Nowadays she only has time for a leisurely outride on her horse, Royal Banquet.
Taking part in athletics has become Marlie's passion. Under the professional training of and motivation by her coach Ilze Wicksell, Marlie has obtained excellent results.
Highlights in her career include becoming 400m gold medallist at the ASA Sub-youth championships in 2015. In 2016 she was the 400m Youth champion. In 2017 Marlie won the gold medal at the SA School's championships. At the ASA Juniors championships she won a silver medal in the 400m and a gold medal in the 4x400m relays. The Gauteng North relay team also set a new South African record in this event.
In 2016 Marlie was part of the Sascoc team participating in the Region 5 games in Luanda, Angola. Marlie came back as the most decorated athlete having three gold medals and a silver medal.
In 2017 Marlie competed at the Commonwealth Youth games in the Bahamas, Nassau. She was a semi-finalist in the 400m event. The South African relay team was also in the final for the mixed 4 x 400m.
Marlie's motto is the "Dreams don't work unless you take action". Last year she took the initiative to raise R 35 000 so that her coach could accompany her to the Commonwealth games in the Bahamas.
Marlie's dreams for the future are endless. Firstly to obtain good matric results. Part of her dream is also to develop her athletic skills and maybe more future participation in the green and gold.
Prof. Thuli Madonsela
Former South African Public Protector
Thulisile Madonsela was born in 1962 in Soweto. Her parents, Nomasonto and Bafana were both traders. She obtained a bachelor of Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987 and three years later, an LLB at Wits University. She then started working as an assistant teacher at her former school, Evelyn Baring High School, and taught from 1980 to 1983. In 1984 she entered the legal profession as a legal and education officer at the Paper Printing Wood & Allied Workers Union where she worked from 1984 to 1987.
Since 1987, Madonsela has worked in several government departments, civil society organisations, and academia. She has, for instance, lectured law at Wits University; been the presiding officer at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC); worked as deputy director at the Justice Department and held the position of managing director at the Office of the Status of Women in the Presidency.
On 19 October 2009 Madonsela was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven year term. She was the only full-time commissioner in the South African law Reform Commission at the time. Of all her achievements and high profile positions that she has held, it is the Public Protector position that most put her in the public eye. During her tenure she investigated several high profile cases, including the probe into state resources allocated to Zuma's Nkandla residence upgrade ("Secure in Comfort" 19 March 2014) and the State Capture report ("State of Capture" 2 November 2016). For her role as Public Prosecutor Madonsela received international praise for her efficiency and professionalism, including recognition by the Daily Maverick, Time, Glamour, ANN7, Transparency International, and the BBC. She left that office on 14 October 2016 and was replaced by Advocate Busiswe Mkhwebane.
An advocate for Gender equality and the advancement of women, Madonsela is a member of South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) and Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA). In 2012, she was honoured with South Africa’s most Influential Women Award. She has authored and co authored several publications including books, chapter, journals and handbooks on gender management and gender mainstreaming. Madonsela was also one of the drafters of South Africa’s current constitution in 1994.
She was appointed as Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Stellenbosch in January 2018.