Who Are We?
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.
Dr Judy Dlamini, a medical & academic doctor, business woman, author, and philanthropist; has worked in different sectors of the economy. She is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Mbekani Group that celebrated 20 years in business in 2016, Wits University Chancellor, co-founder, sponsor and trustee of Mkhiwa Trust, her family’s PBO used for social upliftment, focusing in rural development, health and education; and founder and Chairman of Female Academic Leaders Fellowship NPC, a PBO for developing a pipeline of black women leaders in academia.
She chairs the board of Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, GBVF Response Fund and is a director of SA SME Fund.
Her Doctoral thesis investigated the intersection of race, gender and social class in women CEOs’ career progression and strategies for gender transformation at leadership level.
She is the former Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Limited, former board member of Anglo American plc, Discovery Holdings Ltd, Woolworths Holdings Ltd, and Northam Platinum. She is a published author of ‘’Equal but Different”, “The Other Story” and “Grow to be Great”. The latter has been translated to Zulu and Tshivenda.
Dr Dlamini obtained her MBChB from UKZN, Diploma in Occupational Health from UFS, and MBA from Wits University, DBL from UNISA and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Stanford University,