Fran̤ois BonniciDr Francois Bonnici

South Africa


Occupational Information

Job Title: Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship & Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum

Professional History

Dr. François Bonnici is a public health physician, professor, social change practitioner, foundation leader and author of a new book, The Systems Work of Social Change. His career is rooted in front-line medical and humanitarian work and evolved to advance social change work more broadly.

He currently serves as Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation at the World Economic Forum. He was previously founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cape Town, where he is an Adjunct Associate Professor.

He has been recognized as an Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow, Rhodes Scholar, and Associate Fellow of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and served as a founding board member of the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education.

François attained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town with Gold Medal for best MBChB student, read for an MBA from the University of Oxford with the Said Prize for a best overall MBA student, and also MSc in Public Health and Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


MBChB (University of Cape Town) (Gold medal as the top medical graduate)
MSc Epidemiology/Public Health (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
DLSHTM (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
MBA (University of Oxford)


2013 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Medicine, Health, Public Health Physician, Professor, Social Change Practitioner, Foundation Leader, Author


About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.