Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (born in 1955 in Clermont, South Africa)

is a politician, minister, former vice president, and women’s rights advocate. Phumzile is the CEO of UN Women with the rank of Under-Secretary-General for the UN. She was the Minister of Minerals and Energy in Nelson Mandela’s government from 1999 to 2005, and Vice President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was the director of UN Women from 2013 to 2021. She is the founder and leader of the Umlambo Foundation, is a member of the African Union’s ‘Panel of the Wise’, and holds several board positions.