Meet the HJI Board
Dr Shuaib Manjra
Shuaib is a sport- and occupational-medicine physician, and works with a range of non- governmental organisations, state- and private-sector institutions. He is also a senior honorary lecturer at UCT’s School of Public Health and Chairperson of the Medical Committee of the International Netball Federation. He was awarded the Helen Suzman Fellowship (Chevening) by the British Council, and the John Darwell Prize for academic achievement. He is an associate fellow and examiner of the College of Public Health Medicine (Occupational Health) (CMSA). He graduated in medicine from the University of Natal and did his post- graduate studies in sports medicine and occupational health at UCT and the University of Birmingham.
General Secretary, Equal Education
Noncedo Madubedube is a black, queer, feminist-Marxist and pedagogist, and social justice activist. She is currently the General Secretary of Equal Education (EE), a youth-led social movement focusing on the right to education in South Africa, she is the first woman to hold this position since the formation of EE. She first began working at EE as a tutor in 2012, then as a facilitator, and organiser. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a focus on Mathematics and Language, from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She currently also serves as a trustee of the Bookery Project. As a long-standing student activist and feminist organiser, she also co-founded the Siyakhula Project in Cape Town, focusing on learners and social cohesion.
Founder / Director
Fatima Hassan is a human rights lawyer and social justice activist and the founder of the HJI. She is the former Executive Director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), heading the Foundation for 6 years (mid-2013 – mid-2019). She has dedicated her professional life to defending and promoting human rights in South Africa, especially in the field of HIV/AIDS where she worked for the AIDS Law Project and also acted for the Treatment Action Campaign in many of its legal cases. She has a BA and LL.B from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LL.M from Duke University. She clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for Justice Kate O’Regan and has served as the Special Adviser to former Minister Barbara Hogan (Health; Public Enterprises). She is a former co-director and a founding Trustee of Ndifuna Ukwazi, and previously served on the Boards of the Raith Foundation; SA Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF-SA); the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC); and the SA Council for Medical Schemes. She is currently serving on the Board of Global Witness. She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the Franklin Thomas SA Constitutional Court Fellowship; and the Tom and Andi Bernstein Distinguished Human Rights Fellowship at Yale University’s School of Law. Her articles for the Daily Maverick are available here. She is also the host of a special COVID-19 and IP related podcast called ACCESS.