Vice Chair

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer whose work is focused on race, gender and democracy. She has published two books, Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018). She is a columnist for the Daily Maverick in South Africa, and has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.

Mismang has worked in the field of women’s rights and health for the past 20 years. She served as the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), and headed up OSISA’s HIV and AIDS portfolio. She also worked for the UN (UNIFEM, UNAIDS), where she developed a seminal report on women, girls, and HIV and AIDS on behalf of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

In 2012 Msimang was a Yale World Fellow and in 2014 she was an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. She has a BA from Macalester College, and an MA from the University of Cape Town.