Sazini Mojapelo to share leadership insight at NWU Leadership Summit

Belinda Bantham -- Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:28

Sazini Mojapelo to share leadership insight at NWU Leadership Summit

When it comes to business strategy and development, Sazini Mojapelo needs no formal introduction. As a highly sought-after expert in the establishment, development and execution of social programmes, Sazini – who is the group head of Africa Citizenship for Barclays Africa Group Limited – is widely regarded as a pioneer in socio-economic empowerment.

During the third annual NWU Leadership Summit, which will take place on 10 August 2017, Sazini will join several other high-profile leaders in debating leadership challenges and opportunities within the complex national and international business sector. The summit, which represents a dynamic collaboration between the Ukuvula Foundation and Studio55 Events and Production, will take place at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg.

More about Sazini Mojapelo

Sazini is a passionate leader and an alumna of the prestigious Harvard Business School. Her expertise lies in the development and execution of strategic plans linked to corporate social investment, social entrepreneurship, and youth and women empowerment.

As the group head of Africa Citizenship for Barclays Africa Group Limited, she is responsible for the concept utilisation, development and management of the implementation of the Shared Growth Strategy; a strategy aimed at skills development, enterprise development and financial inclusion across the continent.

A strategist and development specialist by training, Sanzi holds a double major degree in sociology and industrial psychology as well as having obtained a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Barclays Africa, she was the CEO and founder of Hand in Hand Southern Africa, an NGO with the focus on micro and small business development in peri-urban and rural areas.

Sazini has served as the chairperson of the Business Bridge, a member of the African Social Entrepreneurs Network (ASEN), member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA), a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) and also a member of the Business Women Association (BWA).

She has worked in government, civil society and corporate giving her a unique advantage and skills set to navigate public private partnerships. She has the ability to pioneer innovative approaches to tackling socio economic and business challenges enabling customer growth and critical stakeholder buy-in.

More about the NWU Leadership Summit

This year marks the third rendition of the summit and boasts with an impressive panel of speakers, including: Dr Adrian Saville (chief strategist for Citadel and Cannon Asset Managers), Bonang Francis Mohale (vice-president Upstream and chairperson of Shell South Africa Pty Limited), Prof Raymond Parsons (professor at the NWU School of Business and Governance), Prof Dan Kgwadi (NWU vice-chancellor), Yusuf Abramjee (social activist), Sazini Mojapelo (Group Head: Corporate Citizenship at Barclays Africa), Cllr Bongani Baloyi (Executive Mayor: Midvaal) and Justice Bess Nkabinde (a judge in the Constitutional Court of South Africa).


Proceeds from the summit will go to the Ukuvula Foundation, a charitable not-for-profit organisation that was established to coordinate and fund social development initiatives. The foundation’s vision of “making a difference through shared learning, development and empowering people” is underscored by the fact that most of the assistance granted is in the form of bursaries for tertiary education. Students of the NWU will therefore directly benefit from this initiative.

For more information and to register, please visit the summit webpage: