Thabang SkwambaneThabang Skwambane


Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Entrepreneur

Occupational Position: Chairman and Founder of The Lonely Road Foundation Managing Director at FCB Joburg

Projects


2009/2010 Dipaleseng Outreach Testing Campaign funded by USAID/PEPFAR

Professional History


Thabang Skwambane is a banking veteran with 10 years banking experience in multiple jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Thabang left banking in 2006 to become a social entrepreneur by co-founding a healthcare company, Kaelo, that focused on HIV and AIDS and Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle. Today, Kaelo Healthcare employs over 1000 people and provides testing and patient management services to more than a quarter of a million people a year.

In 2007 not satisfied that children in rural communities who lost their parents due to HIV were being cared for sufficiently, he founded The Lonely Road Foundation. To raise funds and awareness for the plight of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Thabang cycled alone and unsupported 5,896 kilometres from Johannesburg in South Africa to the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and then climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Thabang is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow (2010) from the African Leadership Institute.

Qualifications


Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Programs


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Aidan Eyakuze
14 July 2017

A colleague, with a long career in Tanzania’s public education system as a teacher and school inspector under his belt, visited a school in a rural district to check on whether the teachers were present at school and teaching in the classroom. When he walked into a Standard Two class, he found about 50 eight-year olds sitting there, unsupervised and untaught. They did not know where their teacher was. He went to investigate and the head teacher could not explain the teacher’s absence either.

A few minutes later, my colleague returned to the class, to find the children in fits of laughter. Their teacher, sporting shoeless, muddy feet and looking rather sheepish, had returned and was standing at the front of the classroom.

Kabelo Motsoeneng
13 July 2017

The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 2014 Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, will once again be leading an expedition to trek Mount Kilimanjaro.  Popularly known as the Trek4Mandela, the group is scheduled to summit Kilimanjaro on July 18, in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The sponsored trek to the summit of Africa's best-known peak - which rises more than 19,000 feet above sea level - is to raise funds for a sanitary pad campaign to keep girls in school.

Kabelo Motsoeneng
12 July 2017

Tanzanian politician and 2013 Tutu Fellow, January Makamba - since his appointment as Minister of Environment and Union in President John Magufuli’s cabinet - has led initiatives and missions committed to protecting the environment. Some of the key areas he currently addresses focus on protection of forests, implementing solutions for aquatic wildlife, and addressing the prospective water crisis. His point of view regarding the environment is very much in keeping with the saying: we’ve not inherited this planet from our fathers, we’ve borrowed it from our children.

Norman Smit
06 July 2017

We are excited to announce a new Tutu Fellows’ column in African Business magazine, with the inaugural piece appearing in the July 2017 issue.   In the column, the Tutu Fellows, as thought-leaders and influencers across the continent, will give their perspectives on the evolving realities of the continent. Lanre Akinola, Editor of African Business magazine, said "The column is a dedicated space for the thoughts and ideas of a new generation of leaders that need to be heard. The Tutu Fellows are already reshaping the face of leadership on the continent, and we are delighted and honoured to be able to make this platform available."

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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