Ms. Mxakato-Diseko

Curriculum Vitae of Her Excellency Ms. Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of South Africa and Chairperson of the G-77 - Vienna Chapter 1998

Name: Dr. Nozipho J. Mxakato-Diseko
Date of Birth: 1 November 1956
Place of Birth: Johannesburg
Marital Status: Single, 1 daughter

Work Experience
19/02/96 - to present Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of and Slovakia and Permanent Representative to the UN Organisations in Vienna including the International Atomic Energy Agency
01/08/94 - 16/02/96 Chief Director Policy Planning, Department of Foreign Affairs
01/03/94 - 01/05/94 Worked with 1st Deputy State President, Thabo Mbeki, when he was still National Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) on the following:
  • Oversseing the quatification of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP)
  • Overseeing the ANC election campaign
  • Overseeing preparations for governance
  • Overseeing preparations for the inauguration of State President Nelson Mandela and his deputies
31/07/91 - 31/05/94 Head of the ANC Mission in Sweden
01/01/88 - 03/07/91 Chairperson of the ANC in the U.K. and Ireland
01/01/88 - 03/07/91 Organiser for the South African Trade Congress (SACTU) - London
01/01/88 - 03/07/91 Chief Editor of "Hlanganani Basebenzi" a SACTU publication for distribution in South Africa
01/06/86 - 01/12/87 Director of the Oxford Development Education Centre - Oxford
01/01/86 TO DATE Fund-raiser and Trustee of the Canon Collins Educational Fund, an organisation which sponsors victims of aprtheid for studies abroad
01/01/86 TO DATE Fund-raiser, lobbyist and Council Member of the British Defence and Aid Fund, an organisation which financed the defence of many trialists charged with activities against Apartheid. Its focus is now on funding programmes for raising community awareness of Constitutional Developments in South Africa
01/10/79 - 01/09/82 ANC Gender and Youth Officer - London
01/09/76 - 01/09/78 English Tutor - Turret College, Sached, Johannesburg
16/01/75 - 30/09/77 Mathematics and English Tutor - Phefeni Secundary School, Orland West, Johannesburg
01/01/74 - 30/09/79 ANC under-ground activist operating primarily in Soweto
01/01/87 - 30/07/91 Somerville College, OXFORD University, U.K., Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil) - Education. Thesis due to be submitted soon.
09/10/82 - 05/06/85 Somerville College, OXFORD, B.A.hon/M.A. Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).
09/10/85 - 03/05/86 M.Phil. - International Studies (International Politics since 1945; International Systems; International Political Economy; And Conflict Resolution). Thesis submitted: "The Role of the United Nations in Decolonisation in Africa: A Case Study in Conflict Resolution".
09/10/79 - 31/06/80 OXFORD University: Diploma in Development Studies (Development Politics; Development Economics; International Political Economy; Mathematics for Economists and Statistics).
Other Positions held
01/10/90 - 1991 Member of the Consultative Committee of International Defence and Aid Fund
01/10/88 - 01/01/91 Member of the Coordinating Council of "Future for Africa", a body founded by a group of African women and Swedish Aid Agencies for the empowerment of women in Africa
01/12/88 - 01/01/91 Chairperson of the Regional Political Committee of the ANC in the U.K.
Other Experiences
Has represented the ANC at a wide range of important International Conferences and also served on a number of its important committees. Also as an academic has attended many conferences and written several articles primarily on educational matters in South Africa
Interests and Hobbies
  • Reading historical novels and current affairs
  • Debating
  • Meeting interesting people
  • Cycling and other forms of exercise

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