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

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

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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