Nazeema Mohamed has worked on higher education issues in the foundation’s Johannesburg office since 2013. Her grant making has supported innovative solutions for improving disadvantaged youth’s access to, and success in, higher education. She has also supported the growth and development of a new and diverse generation of scholars in South Africa.
Before coming to the foundation, Nazeema served for more than five years as director of transformation at the University of the Witwatersrand (known as Wits) in Johannesburg. At Wits, she supported academic growth, worked to improve institutional culture, and guided and offered counsel on social justice and equity issues both within the university and at a national level. Earlier, she was transformation manager at the University of Cape Town and director of policy and development support in higher education in South Africa’s national department of education.
Nazeema has extensive expertise in higher education policy development, with a focus on equity and social justice concerns. She has held positions at the University of the Western Cape, the American Council on Education, and the Centre for Education Policy Development. She also served as parliamentary liaison for the Africa Institute of South Africa and on several national education task forces. In 1997, then president Nelson Mandela appointed Nazeema to South Africa’s first National Youth Commission. She currently serves on the minister of higher education and training’s oversight committee on transformation.
Nazeema earned a master’s degree in women and management in higher education from the Institute of Education at the University of London. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Ohio and an honors degree in African studies from the University of Cape Town.