Ms. Bongi Mlangeni is the chief executive officer of the Social Justice Initiative (SJI), a South African nonprofit organization that promotes philanthropy in support of human rights and social justice projects. Through collaboration with high net-worth individuals, the SJI has mobilized funding for more than 45 social justice advocacy organizations during its less than 3-year life span.
Previously, Mlangeni served as communications director at the Graca Machel Trust and was the founding deputy director of Corruption Watch, an initiative that created a platform for the South African public to report corruption and hold the government accountable.
Mlangeni started her career in 1994 as a journalist. She has worked for leading print and broadcast media houses in her country, mainly covering socio-economic and women’s rights issues in Southern Africa. In 2004, she transitioned from journalism into the field of communications and has consulted for various international organizations.
She holds a Masters of Management degree from the Wits School of Governance and has completed postgraduate studies at the Wits Business School and London School of Economics.