Name: Dr Brigalia Hlophe Bam (South Africa)
Title: Board Member of International IDEA
Education: Dr Bam is a trained Social Worker and Educationist. She has a Masters Degree in Communications from the University of Chicago and also holds four honorary doctorates from universities in South Africa and Canada.
Current and Previous Positions: A South African citizen born in the eastern part of the country, Dr Bam began her term of office as Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa in 1999 following tenure as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches which began in 1988. This was immediately after a long term of office as one of the Programme Directors of the World Council of Churches in Switzerland which started in 1967.
Dr Bam has served as Deputy Chair Board member of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, is a Council member of the University of Transkei, Deputy Chair of Council of the University of South Africa, Chancellor of the University of Port Elizabeth, Board member of Institute for Global Dialogue, and Founder president of the Women’s Development Foundation.