Transformation of Academic Leadership
Building a Network of Female Academic Leaders
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Who Are We?

FALF seeks to develop a pipeline of South African, African and Africans of mixed ancestry female academic leaders in tertiary institutions (Chancellor’s Fellows).

The Female Academic Leaders Fellowship NPC (FALF) was founded by Dr Judy Dlamini, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Chancellor, in 2020. 

FALF seeks to develop a pipeline of South African, African and Africans of mixed ancestry female academic leaders in tertiary institutions (Chancellor’s Fellows). This initiative was informed by the slow racial and gender transformation at leadership level in tertiary institutions nationally, especially when it comes to black females. Out of the 26 Vice Chancellors, only 4 are women; out of 30 Deputy Vice Chancellors, only 12 are women; less than 5% of Professors are black females (MTT Report 2020). FALF’s objectives are the transformation of academic leadership, the contributors to the body of knowledge and the creation of role models and mentors, starting with the University of the Witwatersrand. 

The initiative adds to an existing University Transformation Plan that has been in place for more than ten years at Wits. FALF intends to create a cohort of no less than 100 (One Hundred) Chancellor’s Fellows in the first five years.

The Founding Board of Directors