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Dr. Makaziwe Mandela

Daughter of Nelson Mandela

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela, has continued her father’s work on inclusion and equality.


After studying in South Africa, Dr. Mandela received her master’s degree in sociology and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has held senior positions at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the Industrial Development Group in South Africa. She is the co-founder and chair of House of Mandela, an organization that continues Nelson Mandela’s work towards unity and compassion across global races, religions, and genders.

As a global human rights activist, Jacksonville University just awarded Dr. Mandela the 2019 Presidential Global Citizen Award for continuing her father’s work on inclusion and equality.


Dr. Mandela is a passionate advocate for ending global poverty, and she reminds us of the power of fully engaging on issues that matter.