PalesaKadiPalesa Kadi


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Corporate governance

Occupational Position: Executive at the Film & Publication Board

Professional History


Palesa Kadi is a youth activist, heritage practitioner, historian and social researcher.  She was inspired to study politics and history when her township junior grade school was burnt down by youths protesting for equal education in South Africa. After attending a multiracial school under intense race conditions, she pursued studies in politics.  She currently is an executive at the Film & Publication Board, where she is responsible for a range of strategic, regulatory and governance functions.

Her area of expertise are in corporate governance, media development, communications, content regulation, capacity development, consumer awareness and advocacy. Kadi's experience and involvement in community-based structures range from national youth organizations, university Senate Committees, and local government to public sector entities  at large. In her career, she has written peoples histories,  drafted a national rural tourism strategy; developed  provincial economic and tourism initiatives in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup and been involved in a number of high-level public-policy projects in media development, tourism, content regulation, culture and sport.

Kadi has served on a number of boards, including the Calabash Trust, a community tourism initiative in Nelson Mandela Bay; the Eastern Province Cricket Board;  the Alliance Francei Management Board;  Commonwealth Youth Advisory board; chaired the Audit and Risk Committee of the Media Development and Diversity Agency , which  was a  Ministerial appointment; a Council member National Heritage Council and  chaired the Corporate Services, Finance and Marketing Committee and served on the National Council of Libraries and Information Services. Kadi continues to champion cyber safety initiatives to protect the AFRICAN CHILD against premature exposure of content and advising on implications of consumption of  adult  content by children.

Qualifications


BA (History) University of the Western Cape (UWC)
BA Honours (Political Studies) (UWC)
MA Public & Visual History (UWC)
Postgraduate Diploma in Development & Public Sector Monitoring & Evaluation, Wits School of Governance

Programs


2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation


A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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