20-23 AUGUST 2024


Judy Sikuza

Judy Sikuza is a mom, Mount Kilimanjaro Summiteer and Chief Executive Officer of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. A leadership and organisation development specialist, she believes in the power of education and leadership to liberate and create more humane futures. Judy is a non-executive Board Director of Oxford University Press South Africa, and chairs the Board’s transformation and ethics committee.

She is also a member of the 2030 Reading Panel convened by previous Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, which seeks to influence work being done across sectors to ensure that all children in South Africa learn to read for meaning by 2030.
Some of Judy’s achievements include being an Abe Bailey Fellow, Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Sarie magazine’s top 10 women under 30, and has received special alumni awards from both her high school and university for outstanding, all-round achievements in her career. She has a Master’s degree in Organisation Psychology from Columbia University in New York City, and is a certified coach through the Centre for Coaching at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. In her spare time Judy enjoys tennis, nature walks, travelling, music, art, reading, and spending time with loved ones and her beloved daughter Zazi.