24 hours of Harvard: Center for African Studies & Africa Academy for Public Health


Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 9:30am to 11:00am


Virtual Event - Details Below

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From 9:30am - 11:00am EST/3:30pm - 5:00pm SAST, the Harvard Center for African Studies Africa Office in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Africa Academy for Public Health in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania will showcase their activities as part of the 24hrs of Harvard event.

Harvard Center for African Studies - Africa Office

Hear from a panel of Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program Alumni on what they have been doing in response to COVID-19 in their communities and learn more about CAS's Africa Office activities.



  • James DonaldCEO, Tomorrow Trust
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    James Donald is the CEO of Tomorrow Trust in South Africa; using holistic education to create a just tomorrow in the world’s most unequal society. With an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, James has a twenty-year background in helping young people, and the institutions they are in, change their worlds. James helps business, government and non-profits to come together to harness the vast potential of their young people. While at the Harvard Kennedy School James co-authored a book chapter on African cities as innovation ecosystems with the late Professor Calestous Juma; and in 2020 was awarded the Conscious Companies Award his commitment to changing the way organisations serve their people and their stakeholders.    

  • Nkateko Mkhondo, World Health Organization
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    Dr. Nkateko Mkhondo is a Medical Doctor and Public Health specialist currently working for the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr. Mkhondo earned her MBChB at the University of Pretoria in 2008. She then earned her Diploma in HIV Management from Colleges of Medicine South Africa in 2013. She received the Harvard South Africa Fellowship to study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she completed her MPH in 2016. Dr. Mkhondo serves as the National Professional Officer for TB at the WHO country office in South Africa. Her role primarily focuses on supporting the department of health in strengthening the prevention, care and management of TB. She is also involved in research projects, guideline and policy development, which includes adoption and adaptation of global best practices to the local context. Presently, she is providing technical support for the COVID-19 emergency response in South Africa as part of the WHO mandate. Dr. Mkhondo has a deep passion for improving the TB and HIV programs in South Africa and the wider Africa region. She is committed to bringing quality healthcare to patients in rural and underserved communities, where she has worked for most of her career. She has 10 years of clinical and public health experience in both local and international settings.

  • Chuma QwalelaStrategy and Change Executive
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    Chuma is a strategy and change executive, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services, mining and ICT. She has held various senior and advisory positions across these sectors, from strategy consulting to execution of complex, large scale organisational turnarounds. She currently specialises in financial services regulatory advisory, specifically on implementation of the financial sector regulatory reforms. 
    In her career, Chuma has led the implementation of the Prudential Authority programme at the South African Reserve Bank, as part of the Twin Peaks model of financial regulation.  She later got involved with the JSE as Head as Strategy and Change, responsible for formulating and delivering on a new multi-asset class Clearing & Settlement platform in South Africa. Chuma holds a BCom (Honours) in Economics and Management from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She has completed a General Management Program with the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

  • Jimmy Volmink, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University
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    is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.  He was the founding Director of Cochrane South Africa and has also served as Director of Research and Analysis of the Global Health Council in Washington DC. After obtaining his BSc and MBChB degrees from the University of Cape Town and a DCH from the SA College of Medicine he worked in hospitals in rural Swaziland and Cape Town. From there he went on to practice as a family doctor and district surgeon in the outskirts of Cape Town for 12 years.

    He was awarded a Harvard/South Africa Fellowship and obtained an MPH from Harvard University in 1988. In 1996, he obtained a DPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford, after receiving the Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship. Prof Volmink is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.  He was awarded a   Leverhulme Medal from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine after delivering the 2015 Leverhulme Lecture. In 2016 he received a Recognition Award from the South African Medical Research Council for outstanding achievements in contributions to Evidence-Based Healthcare in Africa. Prof Volmink’s special interests include evaluating the effects of health care interventions, promoting evidence-based decision making, addressing health inequalities and fostering research capacity building.  He has around 200 publications to his credit and his research has been extensively cited in the scientific literature (Google Scholar H-index 49) In addition, he is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences and has served on scientific advisory boards of a large number of national and international organisations.

  • Shirley Zinn, Shirley Zinn Consulting (Moderator)
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     is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was the Head of Human Resources of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. She also registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education.

    Prior to this, she was the Group Executive HR at Nedbank. Before this, she was the General Manager for Human Resources at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). She also served as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences. She has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. She is the Past President of the Institute for People Management South Africa and registered as Master HR Professional with South Africa Board for People Practice.

    She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed. Honours (UNISA); M.Ed. (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M. (Harvard); and Doctorate in Education (Harvard).

    She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa by Topco Media in 2008. She also was recognized by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award from the World Human Resources Congress in Mumbai in 2007 and 2013 respectively for Excellence in Global HR Leadership. In 2012, was listed in the Top 30 Wonder Women in South Africa by the Wits Business Journal. She was awarded Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for 2016 in the SME Sector by CEO Global. Her most recent award on 27 November 2018, was Continental Winner in the Business and Professional Services Sector by CEO Global.


Africa Academy for Public Health (AAPH)

AAPH will show a documentary of Harvard’s contribution in the starting of AAPH and share AAPH key activities with the ARISE Network accomplishments.


Link to join: https://worldwide.harvard.edu/24hh-24-hours-harvard

Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact africa@harvard.edu in advance of the session.

More about 24hrs at Harvard:

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) at Harvard University is pleased to announce a unique and unprecedented event, “24 Hours of Harvard,” during the 2020 Worldwide Week at Harvard. Broadcast on Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8, “24hH” will feature 24 consecutive hours of Harvard programming – an around-the-clock, around-the-world lineup of events and activities that underscores a striking point: that at any hour of the day or night, Harvard teaching, research, learning, and outreach is happening somewhere in the world. The program can be accessed via http://worldwideweek.harvard.edu/ where links to 24hH will be available.

September 4, 2020: 24hrs at Harvard Press Release


ORGANIZERS: Harvard Center for African Studies &  Africa Academy for Public Health (AAPH)