Professor Thuli Madonsela, Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University & Founder of Social Justice M-Plan and the Thuma Foundation

Professor Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100’s influential people in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2016, Prof Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to illumine South Africa’s democracy.

She was South Africa’s Public Protector for seven years, as well as co-architect and founding chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre.

Prof Madonsela has a global reputation for her integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice when it comes to the exercise of public power and the use of public resources.

She has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice in the pursuit of peace. Currently serving as Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, she is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Tällberg Global Leader and the recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and the Commonwealth Lawyers Truth and Justice Award, among numerous other accolades.

She is the Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch coupled with being the chief patron of The Thuli Madonsela Foundation