Sikelelwa Alexandrina Msitshana
Sikelelwa Alexandrina Msitshana is the CEO of The Deaf Empowerment Firm (DEF), a company she founded to enable economic inclusion of the Deaf community in South Africa. She is currently serving in The Presidential Working Group on Disability (PWGD) whose mandate is to advise the President and his Ministry on strategic and focused programs that enhance the development of People with Disabilities and ensure Equal Citizenship. She is a member of the World Federation of the Deaf and also serves on the boards of The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) as well as Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) respectively. Earlier in her career, prior to her hearing disability, Alex held, among others, the position of Acting Director – International Liaison & Fundraising at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa where she engaged with various members of the donor community nationally and internationally, as well as other electoral bodies in the SADC Region and Internationally to garner support for the IEC’s democracy education, capacity building, and overall democracy development programs. Alex holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and has over the years acquired experience in Senior Strategic Management positions in the corporate and development sectors. She continues to play her Social Activist role today, just as she did as an anti-apartheid movement activist for democracy, equality, and justice for all in South Africa.