Lindiwe Mazibuko is a South African public leader, writer and academic fellow. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. 

Mazibuko is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Apolitical Academy, a non-partisan movement to diversify public sector leadership around the world.

A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States, Lindiwe was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education. 

Lindiwe has served as fellow of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University and of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa. She is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, a Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Board of Trustees member, an advisory committee member at the UK government technology start-up, Apolitical Group Limited, a member of the Council for Social Justice Champions, and a member of the UNICEF Women’s Giving Circle.