Programme Director

Sibongile Khumalo

As a graduate of a Master of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Sibongile first cut her teeth in the development sector with the Student Sponsorship Programme. She believes strongly in the potential of communities to build strong partnerships and support young people in reaching their own unique potential. Sibongile has thus founded and worked with several community after school programmes that focus on STEAM (integrating the arts and sciences). She was part of establishing a girls school (Molo Mhlaba) in Khayelitsha, starting three libraries in different communities and an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) project in the Eastern Cape. Sibongile has also worked as the Head of Operations at BRIDGE, an education systems change organisation, and as the Executive Director of the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) before joining Common Purpose in April 2018. In 2013, she was named one of Mail & Guardian’s “200 Young South Africans” in the Education category, and in 2016 she was awarded the coveted Mandela Washington Fellowship of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She continues to be an active participant in her alumni networks, and has from time to time, consulted on leadership development work.