Judy SikuzaJudy Sikuza

South Africa



Occupational Information

Job Title: CEO, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation

Professional History

Judy is a leadership and organization development specialist. She is curious about learning and unlearning, innovation, healing, consciousness, and the fulfillment of potential.

Judy began her career in the consulting and advisory services sector working for Absa and Investec Bank as an Organisation Development Practitioner. She also consulted in the development sector for Reos Partners, a social enterprise that helps governments, companies, and civil society organizations make progress on their most important complex challenges. Judy joined The Mandela Rhodes Foundation in 2014, holding several managers and director positions as head of the Foundation’s programming, before her appointment as the organization’s CEO in 2019.

Judy is a non-executive Board Director of Oxford University Press (Southern Africa) and chairs the Board’s social and ethics committee. She is also the Board Chairperson of Sound Africa, a start-up documentary podcast non-profit committed to telling African stories in an innovative, in-depth and informed manner. Judy has been invited as a Keynote Speaker, Panelist, Moderator, and Programme Director on several public platforms locally and internationally, for institutions such as the Graça Machel Trust, Obama Foundation, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Oxford University, and various provincial and national school principals’ association conferences. She has also delivered graduation speeches at Wits University and the University of Cape Town. Judy has published work in the Mail & Guardian, The Journalist, Thought Leader, and Young African Online.

Some of Judy’s other achievements include being an Abe Bailey Fellow to the United Kingdom, Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, Michelle Obama’s Young African Women Leaders, and Sarie magazine’s top 10 women under 30.


Honours degree in Industrial/Organisational Psychology - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Mandela Rhodes Scholar)
MA in Organisational Psychology - Columbia University, New York City (Fulbright Scholar)


2018 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags:  Industria Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Leadership, Speaker, Panelist, Moderator