NoziphoMbanjwaNozipho Tshabalala

South Africa



Occupational Information

Job Title: Managing Director at Akwande Communications

Professional History

Nozipho is a Conversation Strategist moderating global conversations that are designed to have measurable outcomes. She is in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate difficult conversations with courage, depth, and breadth. As an internationally acclaimed conference moderator and Human Capital Advocate for The World Bank and Global Citizen, she has successfully moderated conversations for global and African institutions including, leading listed and unlisted multinational corporations, business schools, and civil society organizations that seek to leverage conversations for change.

Nozipho is also an award-winning financial markets broadcaster lifting the African business story through the lens of leadership, performance, the political economy, development finance, gender mainstreaming, and youth development.

Nozipho is a faculty member for Duke Corporate Education in Africa, a fellow of the Gordan Institute for Business Science’sCentre for African Management and Markets (CAMM), a Tutu Fellow, and Executive Director of LRMG.

In 2019 she was named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Young Africans and most recently as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Young South African’s.


University of London (Masters in International Studies)
Stellenbosch Business School (Masters in Development Finance – cum laude)
University of Pretoria (Hons: International Relations)


2018 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Finance, Political Economy, Development Finance, Gender Mainstreaming, Youth Development.


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.