Mojanku Gumbi is one of Africa’s foremost political strategists and public policy practitioners. Based in South Africa, she works with companies from a wide range of industries to expand their African and global footprint.
Ms. Gumbi was a Special Advisor to South African President Thabo Mbeki from 1999 to 2008. From 1994 to 1999 she was an advisor to then Deputy President Mbeki in the Mandela administration. During this time, she spearheaded South Africa’s economic diplomacy, ensuring a global presence for South African companies, as well as peace-making initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Lesotho, Somalia, the Balkans and the Middle East.
Also during the administration, Ms. Gumbi advised on domestic policy issues including the reform of the local healthcare industry, the expansion of South African telecoms operators to the rest of Africa and the world, banking and mining sector reforms.
Ms. Gumbi was one of South Africa’s principal negotiators at the Seattle and Doha rounds of the World Trade Organization, and served as President Mbeki’s personal representative to the G8, where she played a leading role in the establishment of the G5 Group (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa).
Prior to serving in the Presidency, Ms. Gumbi acted as the Head of the Adjudication Secretariat of the Independent Electoral Commission during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.
Ms. Gumbi holds Law degrees from the South African Universities of the North (1982) and Witwatersrand (1984) and a certificate in Trial Advocacy from the University of Texas in Austin. She serves and has served on the boards of many companies, trusts and philanthropic associations including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Open Society Foundation, the Southern African Political and Economic Trust, the Black Lawyers Association and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.