Nondumiso Mbambo is a developmental manager. Through her work at the Apolitical Foundation she works to cultivate the next generation of leaders. Her interest in social justice was piqued during her time in the Texas Legislative Programme, an internship that enabled her to work with a variety of state representatives. During this time, Mbambo also worked alongside the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition when the #BlackLivesMatter movement had just begun.
After completing her articles at the South African office of the international law firm, Baker McKenzie, she went on to work in the commercial realm before changing the direction of her career. In what Mbambo describes as her “proudest moment”, she became the first South African hire of the Apolitical Foundation, where she has focused on creating a programme for promising individuals who have an interest in politics and social justice.
Mbambo’s priority in her work is transformation and social justice. Her aim is to imbue the academy’s cohorts with a sense of ethics and public duty that will enable.
“I have always realised that the work that I do is important, that we need to support young, intelligent, innovative, ethical and transformational public leaders because there is a global political and governance challenge,” she says. “The Covid-19 pandemic has really brought to the forefront the importance of government and leadership.”
Mbambo says her supportive family drives her to excel.