Board Members

Board Members

Member of the Board: Abba Omar

Mr Abba Omar serves on several not-for-profit bodies.

Mr Abba Omar serves on several not-for-profit bodies, with his most recent appointment being to that of the International Advisory Board of the IIMP, Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He is currently reading for a PhD on ‘Sovereignty and National Identity’ at Wits University and holds an M.Phil. in South African Political Economy from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Before joining MISTRA, Mr Omar was the Ambassador to Oman from 2003 until his posting to the UAE.

Before his diplomatic appointments, Mr Omar has held several corporate and public sector positions: Director of Public Affairs at Meropa Communications, Chief Facilitator of the Presidency’s Scenario, General Manager of Corporate Communications at Armscor, Deputy Chief Executive of GCIS, as well as serving the African National Congress in various capacities.

Member of the Board: Dr Tanya Ethel Abrahamse

Dr Tanya Ethel Abrahamse is the CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Dr Tanya Ethel Abrahamse is the CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the organisation that leads and coordinates research on, and monitors and reports on the state of, biodiversity in South Africa. The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice, and runs South Africa’s nine botanical gardens. 

Her previous positions include: executive director of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa; deputy director-general in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism; and chief director in President Nelson Mandela’s office. 

Tanya holds an MSc from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Westminster. She has been active in many policy and decision-making processes that have contributed to the success of the transition in South Africa before and since 1994, and participated in post-apartheid policy discussions on land reform, rural development, economic scenario planning and gender matters.

Member of the Board: Colin Geoffrey Bell

Colin Bell has been involved in the tourism industry for 38 years.

Mr Colin Geoffrey Bell has been involved in the tourism industry for 38 years. 

He started up two very successful companies – one went on to list on the Johannesburg and Botswana stock exchanges with annual turnover in excess of R1-billion per annum; the other has become one of Africa’s premier conservation travel companies with a particular focus on local communities and their upliftment through tourism and wildlife. 

Colin “semi-retired” from formal employment in May 2011 to publish Africa’s Finest, a book that is considered a tourism industry game-changer. It takes a critical look at all aspects of Africa’s safari tourism industry – the good, the bad and the ugly – and provides solutions that, if implemented, will ensure that the safari and wildlife tourism industry (and their neighbouring communities) will have a long future. 

He consults to a number of safari lodges to help them with their systems and marketing, and has become an advocate for renewable energy, helping a number of lodges in remote areas become greener. 

However, Colin’s real passion is adding value to a variety of conservation, tourism, wildlife and rural community projects, and he is often called upon to lecture at prestigious conferences and events around the world.

Member of the Board: Michelle Constant

Ms Michelle Constant is the CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (Basa).

Ms Michelle Constant is CEO at Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) – a public-private partnership between the corporate sector and the Department of Arts and Culture, with the aim of developing strategic partnerships between the business and arts sectors in South Africa.

Basa’s focus remains on shared value as a business opportunity, and on arts-based initiatives in the corporate sector and broader society.

Michelle’s work at Basa has seen her present papers on arts and culture at the World Economic Forum in New Orleans; international music business event MIDEM in Cannes; the Cultural Diplomacy Conference in Spain; the African Creative Economies Conference in Dakar, Senegal; and at UNESCO in Paris. 

Her work as a journalist and radio presenter within the South African media and arts sector over the past two decades is well recognised. She has been a columnist for numerous magazines and publications, including GQ and the Sunday Times. She currently writes a column for Wanted magazine in Business Day and for Classicfeel magazine. She also continues to host a weekly lifestyle show on national radio station SAfm. 

In 2004, she was named the Arts and Culture Trust Arts Journalist of the Year, and has served as a judge for the South African Music Awards for more than a decade.

Michelle was an Ampersand Foundation Fellow in New York in 2012, and that year was awarded the inaugural Mbokodo Award for Promotion of the Arts in the Media. 

She serves on the Board of the Arts Investment Fund internationally and the Origins Centre in Johannesburg. Most recently, Michelle graduated cum laude from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme. 

She is currently writing her MA on the transformative value of the arts in cooperative sectors.

Member of the Board: Oregan Hoskins

Oregan Hoskins is the president of the South African Rugby Union (Saru).

Mr Oregan Hoskins is the president of the South African Rugby Union (Saru), a position he has held since 2006, and has been deputy president of World Rugby since 2011.

Noted events that have occurred during his tenure as president of Saru include South Africa’s victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. One of Hoskins’s key policies has been increasing the integration of black South African rugby players into the South African national team and the Super Rugby competition.

A lawyer by training, Oregan holds a BA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and practised law at Hoskins & Ngcobo from 1993 to 2002.

From 2002 to 2006, he worked as an attorney, conveyancer and notary at Woodhead Bigby, and Shepstone & Wylie.

He has been involved in rugby for many years and past positions include being president of the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union and chairperson of the Sharks rugby team.

Member of the Board: Thebeetsile ‘Thebe’ Ikalafeng

Thebe Ikalafeng is the founder of Brand Africa and Public Sector Excellence.

Mr  Thebeetsile ‘Thebe’ Ikalafeng is the founder of Brand Africa and Public Sector Excellence. Brand Africa is an independent, non-profit, brand-driven initiative to unlock Africa’s potential and inspire its growth, competitiveness and reputation.

A pioneering global African branding and reputation architect, advisor and author, Thebe is a director of Mercantile Bank, Brand South Africa, WWF and South African Tourism, and is vice-chairperson of Brand Council South Africa.

He is an independent non-executive director at Cartrack Holdings, independent non-executive director at Mercantile Bank Holdings, and MD at the Brand Leadership group.

Thebe has previously served as a non-executive director of Foodcorp and was previously employed as a principal by Nike SA.

He has been recognised as one of the “Top 10 Thinkers in Marketing” in an Ipsos survey among business decision-makers in southern Africa. He is a respected industry leader with wide executive, advisory and board experience.

Thebe has been recognised with an American Marketing Association/Marquette University Award for Marketing Excellence, and a brand leadership award at the Asia Brand Congress.

Member of the Board: Amor Malan

Amor Malan is the project manager at Bamboo Rock.

Ms Amor Malan is the project manager at Bamboo Rock, a position she has held since January 2007. Bamboo Rock is a project management company that specialises in branches of industry that promote disability equity. The company’s focus area is disability management through skills development and universal access.

She has been the project manager at the Quadpara Association of Gauteng South since 1999, and advises the association on strategy, coordinates regional focus, and is involved in coaching and mentoring.

Amor has participated in the Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women programme and holds an MCom in industrial and organisational psychology from RAU.

Member of the Board: Charlotte 'Chichi' Maponya

Chichi Maponya is the chairperson of Brand South Africa and MD of the Maponya Group.

Ms Charlotte ‘Chichi’ Maponya is the chairperson of Brand South Africa and MD of the Maponya Group, responsible for all business activities of Maponya Group subsidiaries, management growth and diversification strategy.

She is also the founder and director of Mathari Resources, a women-owned company focusing on mining, procurement and commodities trading.

A graduate of the University of Natal with a BCom degree, she started her career in the family businesses, mainly food and forecourt retail, where she gained experience spanning the entire gamut of business operations.

Chichi then sought independence and went on to work for a property development company as project manager, later joining the South African Institute of Civil Engineers as a bookkeeper and assistant PR officer. Soon thereafter she joined Black Like Me Products as PR manager and assistant marketing manager, before she established a communications company, with clients such as Coca-Cola and MTN.

She later worked for a financial services company as a trainee analyst, and worked on mergers and acquisitions.

She worked at Kwezi Group as director for business development, marketing and relationship management before she rejoined the family business in 2004 and worked closely with Dr Richard Maponya on developing Maponya Mall in Soweto.

Chichi was the recipient of the Business Woman of the Year Award in 2009 – an accolade that was also bestowed on her mother in 1982.

Member of the Board: Ayanda Ntsaluba

Ayanda Ntsaluba is the director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba is the director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, a position he has held since 2003.

A medical doctor, he graduated with an MBChB from the University of Natal in 1982 and completed his internship at Umtata General Hospital, where he worked as a medical officer until September 1985 when a period of detention and solitary confinement interrupted his work.

On release from detention, he felt compelled to leave the country and go into exile. Soon after leaving South Africa, in 1986 and 1987, Ayanda had the opportunity to study international relations, political economy and philosophy at the Moscow Institute of Social Science. But most of his exile years were spent in Zambia, Angola, Tanzania and Uganda, working in numerous health facilities.

In 1990, Ayanda completed an MSc in health policy, planning and financing at the London School of Economics (University of London), and between 1991 and1995, he undertook his specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology.

In June 1995, he was appointed as deputy director-general for policy and planning in the Department of Health, and in 1998 he was appointed acting director-general of health. He was confirmed three months later and served as DG until August 2003. During this period he served on a number of statutory bodies and represented South Africa in numerous international forums.

Member of the Board: Judi Nwokedi

Judi Nwokedi is senior vice-president of Areva in South Africa.

Ms Judi Nwokedi is senior vice-president of Areva in South Africa. Areva supplies solutions for carbon-free power generation. She is known for her business engineering feats and has pioneered numerous innovative outcomes and content formats over the years.

Prior to joining Areva, Judi was CEO of Motorola sub-Saharan Africa, and in 2008 she set up Tonse, an independent Internet service provider deploying 4G WiMax – the first of its kind in Africa. She now chairs the group.

Between 2001 and 2005, as MD of public broadcasting at the SABC, Judi led the largest media portfolio in South Africa and the southern hemisphere on a five-year contract.

In 2004, she was nominated as one of the Top South African Women in Media – one of many professional and academic accolades on her CV.

In 1994, she set up loveLife, a youth-focused HIV-prevention initiative that today continues to be the leading HIV/AIDS programme in South Africa. 

Member of the Board: Mmaditonki Setwaba

Mmaditonki Setwaba is the chief director of legal services at the Department of Tourism.

Ms Mmaditonki Setwaba is the chief director of legal services at the Department of Tourism. She was also appointed in January 2015 as the department’s first tourism complaints officer to deal with “complaints received in respect of tourism services, facilities or products” in terms of the Tourism Act.

An admitted attorney with substantial in-house and private-practice legal experience, she took up her current position in April 2011, after joining the Department of Tourism’s legal services as a director in March 2010.

Mmaditonki’s specialities include litigation, international law, governance, legislative drafting and legal research. She is also proficient in drafting international agreements and counts contract negotiation and arbitration among her skills.

She holds BProc and LLB degrees from the University of Limpopo.

Member of the Board: Graham Ian Wood

Graham Wood is a passionate South African who has vast experience in the supply side of the tourism industry.

Mr Graham Ian Wood describes himself as a passionate South African who is excited about contributing to the success of South African Tourism’s efforts to position itself as a world-class destination-marketing organisation.

He has vast experience in the supply side of the tourism industry, having worked in the hotel industry for more than 15 years.

Graham was educated in Durban, where he matriculated in 1986 from Durban High School. He is a qualified chartered accountant and furthered his studies at various academic institutions in South Africa.

Graham began his career in the hospitality industry in 1996 when he was hired by Sun International as a project accountant at the Sun City Resort. He successfully worked his way up within Sun International over the next 12 years, from financial manager of operations to COO to director of operations at Sun City Resort in 2003.

In June 2007, he became the divisional director of resorts of Sun International Limited. This position required strategic and operational leadership responsibilities for the African hotels, including sales and marketing.

Graham was appointed MD of Southern Sun Hotels on 1 September 2008 and occupied that position until August 2013.

Member of the Board: Mmatšatši Ramawela

Mmatšatši Ramawela’s career in South Africa’s travel and tourism industry spans over 20 years.

It was her curiosity as a Bachelor of Social Science and Humanities student at the University of Cape Town, which sparked her interest in the industry. After graduating, she started her career in Cape Town within the FMCG manufacturing sector and later moved to the retail sector in packaging, merchandising and buying whilst pursuing her interest in the sector in her spare time.

In 1994, she moved to Johannesburg and joined the Small Business Development Corporation (now Business Partners), in the development finance sector but kept her focus on the tourism industry, training as a tour guide for Gauteng, Limpopo and the North-West provinces of South Africa. She later joined the National Parks Board (now South African National Parks) in 1996, taking charge of the marketing of the country’s 22 national parks.  She also led the organisation’s brand name change in line with the country’s democratic dispensation.

It was her experience at SANParks which taught Ramawela the role and importance of South Africa’s rich natural heritage (biodiversity). Ramawela also has extensive experience of working with the trade and various destination marketing organisations locally and internationally. She has worked for both the KwaZuluNatal Tourism Board and the Limpopo Tourism Board prior to joining the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) as Chief Operations Officer in 2006.

Member of the Board: Enver Duminy

Enver Duminy has been a major player in South Africa’s travel and tourism industry. A passion-driven career change saw Duminy join Cape Town Tourism in January 2010.

Enver Duminy acquired his B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics from the University of the Western Cape and is a qualified Microsoft Certified Professional and IBM Solutions Provider. Duminy continues to study and is currently busy with his MBA through the Management College of South Africa. He started out his career working in the Information Technology departments of companies like IBM, Eskom and Nedbank and has worked as the Head of Operations at Integer Financial Services.

In January 2010, a passion-driven career change saw Duminy join Cape Town Tourism as the Executive Manager of Tourism Services where after he was appointed as CEO in August 2013.  Duminy’s current focus as CEO of Cape Town Tourism is to work alongside his team and the stakeholders of Cape Town Tourism (including more than a thousand signed-up members), to find ways to address seasonality in Cape Town by combining innovation and agility.

He is passionate about Cape Town, not only because it is his home town, but because of its blend of natural beauty, interesting history and diverse cultures. His vision is to peel back the layers that make Cape Town what it is today - a thriving metropolis at the tipping point of the African continent, recognised as a global challenger through tourism.