Occupation: Corporate governance
Occupational Position: Executive at the Film & Publication Board
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.
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
2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow