Masimanyane director nominated for prestigious Tallberg Foundation honour


Masimanyane Executive Director Dr Lesley Ann Foster, seen here with former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, is a Tallberg Foundation Global Leader nominee for 2017.

Dr Lesley Ann Foster, Executive Director of Masimanyane Women's Rights International, has been nominated as a potential Tällberg Foundation Global Leader for 2017.

Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders are women and men who demonstrate the leadership qualities demanded by the challenges of the 21st century, including innovation, imagination and flexibility, and being systems-based, risk-taking and, above all, ethical.

"By honoring them, the Foundation not only seeks to nurture and extend their accomplishments, but also to encourage others to follow their examples," Tällberg chairperson Alan Stoga said.

"The Tällberg Foundation seeks to identify and honor people who are acting — and leading — in principled ways that challenge paradigms that need to be challenged and who have the potential to inspire others to do the same."

This is the second major acknowledgement this year of Masimanyane's work, and Dr Foster's impact at the head of the organisation. Last month she was named overall winner in the Social Entrepreneur category at the Businesswomen's Association (BWA) East London regional awards .The awards recognises women in the wider East London region who have made an outstanding contribution across six categories: Social Entrepreneur, Emerging Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur, Corporate, Professional and Women in Government.

Tällberg Global Leaders are nominated through an open, online process, after which an international jury reviewed the nominations and selected the people who, in their judgment, best exemplify the types of leaders needed today.

Previous Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders have included Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Functionary of Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India and Adv Thuli Madonsela, former SA Public Protector and Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre in Durban, South Africa.

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