Dr James Makamba is an African businessman and philanthropist whose career successes span decades. His career began in Zimbabwe in radio broadcasting and his business acumen saw him rise to prominence as an entrepreneur whose interests include retail, telecommunications, mining, agriculture, property development and investement, professional consultancy and digital publishing.He sits on the boards of Telecel Zimbabwe, IBBAMO Foundation, JHL Investments, Thurlow & Company, the Kestrel Corporation (Pty) Ltd, African Business Connect, Makamba & Associates, and Anglo African Minerals.
Inspired by the historic Presidential election of Barack Obama, and particularly the role which a strong educational background played in President Obama’s success; Makamba founded the Ibbamo Foundation (Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama) to assist talented, underprivileged African children to fulfill their potential through higher education. The foundation also seeks, through education and mentorship, to prepare young Africans for future leadership roles.
Legal eagle George Sabelo is a partner at Farber Sabelo Edelstein Attorneys, a Johannesburg law firm that specialises in commercial and corporate law, commercial litigation, trust law, estate planning, financial services and commercial crime matters amongst others. He graduated with a Bproc and an LLB degree from the University of Natal Durban (UND Howard College) in 1997 and served his articles under NT Mshengu & Associates. A year later he ceded his article ship at Barry Faber Inc. in Johannesburg. Sabelo was admitted as an Attorney at the High Court of South Africa in 2000 and a year later he was made associate at Barry Farber. In 2004, Sabelo was made partner in the firm, resulting in the name change to Farber Sabelo Edelstein Attorneys. He currently holds memberships with the Northern Province Law Society, The Johannesburg Attorneys Association and the Law Society Of South Africa. He serves as chairman of the Ibbamo Foundation.
is a successful executive with a 35-year track record of delivering excellent performance in diverse and challenging assignments. As Director Africa, at Khulisa Management Services, he is a leading African expert in higher education, political science, governance and economic development, public sector management, civil service reform, decentralization and local government, institutional development and capacity building. He was Executive Dean at CIDA in Johannesburg, where he provided academic leadership for the institution’s academic committees and programs and was also responsible for the efficient management of CIDA’s financial and human resources. For 10 years, he was Vice Chancellor and CEO of Africa University, Zimbabwe, Other former university positions include Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe as well as Associate Professor of African Political and Economic Development at Cornell University, USA. Professor Murapa is a recipient of two Honorary Doctorate degrees from (i) Hamline University (2000), St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and (ii) Kwansei Gakuin University (2004) in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded the Presidential Medallion by Martin Methodist College (2009) in Pulaski, Tennesse, USA. He was appointed Professor Extra-Ordinary by Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa effective from January 2011.