Sipho Mthathi

A social scientist and educationalist by training, Sipho Mthathi has more than 22 years in social justice activism and leadership in her home country and continent, as well as internationally. She has worked for national, regional and international organisations covering a range of human rights, development, health equity and other social justice themes. Senior leadership roles she has occupied include Deputy Chairperson and first General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, Programmes Manager at Norwegian People’s Aid and founding Executive Director of Oxfam South Africa. Sipho is co-founder of social justice initiatives Pan-African Treatment Access Movement (PATAM) and Feminist Alternatives (Female) among others. She has extensive experience in non-profit governance, having sat on the Boards of Open Society Institute for Southern Africa, Women on Farms Project, Alternative Information and Development Centre, Oxfam International’s global Executive Board and Women’s Legal Centre. Sipho joined the Tekano Board in 2018 and until recently, was Chair of the Board’s Programme Committee. She is currently Tekano’s Interim Executive Director.