Bernadette Moffat

Executive Director,
ELMA Philanthropies Services

Bernadette Moffat is executive director of the ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa), based in Cape Town, South Africa. In this role Moffat oversees the philanthropic work of the ELMA Group of Foundations in 10 countries in southern Africa. She also serves on the Boards of the ELMA Philanthropies Services (US) Inc. and the ELMA South Africa Foundation.

She also serves as a trustee of the Discovery Foundation which supports the education and training of medical specialists in South Africa. Prior to joining ELMA in 2006, Moffat was CEO of the Women’s Development Bank Trust, an organization that promotes the participation of women at all levels of the economy through investing in leading South African companies, providing microcredit to poor rural women, supporting the growth of small and medium women-owned businesses and supporting the appointment of women to executive and board roles in major South African companies.

Moffat has international experience as an entrepreneur and corporate lawyer. Previously Bernadette served as a consultant to the Commission on Gender Equality advising them on issues of women’s economic empowerment. The Commission published her work The Working Woman’s Manual a volume on women and labor law in South Africa (1996). Honored by France with the Ordre de Merité in 2007, she holds a magna cum laude BA degree from Wellesley College in the United States and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University also in the United States.