Kopano Matlwa MabasoKopano Matlwa Mabaso

South Africa/UK


Occupational Information

Occupation: Author/Medical Doctor

Occupational Position:   Ona Mtoto Wako, Health Systems Global, Transitions Foundation


Kopano co-founded Transitions Foundation in 2011, an organisation that attempts to improve the performance of young South Africans across the spectra of educational needs. Through tutoring and mentoring programs, summer and winter camps and master classes with some of South Africa’s most impressive young talent, Transitions Foundation provides young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills to transition from hardship to personal fulfilment and happiness.

Professional History

Kopano Matlwa Mabaso is a South African medical doctor and novelist. She is the author of Coconut (Jacana Media, 2007) and Spilt Milk (Jacana Media, 2009) and the winner of the European Union Literary Award (2007) and joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa (2010).


MBChB degree awarded with distinction University of Cape Town
MSc in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, UCT, 2009


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow