Ms. Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso

Ms. Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso is the Director at African Monitor (AM), a continental organisation that is at the forefront in the fight against the exclusion of the disadvantaged and poor in Africa, the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the battle against Illicit Financial Flows.

A renowned global speaker, Ms Mniki-Mangaliso has addressed varied audiences from dignitaries at the United Nations, to Ministers and officials across the African continent, as part of the agenda to promote inclusive development strategies that prioritise the needs of the poor. In recent weeks, she has toured African countries, engaging with youth and governments alike to explore strategies of how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Mniki-Mangaliso is a strong believer that Africa’s youth must be at the forefront of delivering Africa’s development agenda.

She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Africa CSO Working on Post-2015, a network of over 100 African CSO that have been collaborating to develop a framework reflecting the consensus position emerging out of CSO consultations in Africa, in a way that is inclusive, transparent and open.  The African CSO Working Group has been an important part of the UN HLP outreach process, ensuring that the voices, aspirations and perspectives of Africans are incorporated into the new development agenda. Ms. Mniki-Mangaliso is also a member of the International peer group advising the German government on its sustainability strategy.

Prior to taking up the position at African Monitor, Ms. Mniki-Mangaliso was the Head of Secretariat for the Mandela Institute for Development Studies.  She is a development activist with extensive experience in starting and managing development-focused organisations working in Africa.  As a development activist and social entrepreneur, she has extensive technical skills in policy analysis, research and advocacy.  She is passionate about human rights, Africa’s development agenda and grassroots involvement and participation in their own development trajectory. Because of her passion to see (African) young girls and women liberated, she still makes time from her busy schedule to develop and produce a series of blogs and vlogs to empower girls and women. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a BA Honours, and an MBA.