Advisory Board of Elders

Dame Nicola Brewer (UK)

Hugh Masekela (SA)

Jack Ginsberg (SA)

Baroness Patricia Scotland (UK)

Amb. Lindiwe Mabuza (SA)

Dame Nicola Brewer

Dame Nicola Brewer is currently the Vice-Provost (International) at University College, London. She was appointed as British High Commissioner to South Africa from June 2009-2013. She is a career diplomat who has held senior public sector appointments both inside and outside the Diplomatic Service.

Nicola Brewer joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1983, completing overseas postings in South Africa, India, France and Mexico. She served as the FCO's Director for Global Issues from 2001 to 2002, and then as Director-General for Regional Programmes at the Department for International Development (DfID), the DfID board member supervising the UK's overseas bilateral aid programmes.

In 2004, she was appointed Director-General for Europe at the FCO, leading the FCO's contribution to the UK's 2005 Presidency of the European Union, advising the Foreign Secretary and the Minister for Europe on European Union and other European policy issues.

In December 2006, Nicola Brewer was appointed by open competition as the first Chief Executive of the newly established Equality and Human Rights Commission, the successor body to the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission. She took up her new position in March 2007, standing down in May 2009 to succeed Paul Boateng as British High Commissioner to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, completing her mission in September 2013. On her return to the UK, she became the Founding Director of the FCO Diplomatic Academy.

Nicola Brewer was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy, and read English at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA in 1980, then taking a Doctorate in linguistics in 1988 there. Leeds also granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2009. She was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2003 New Year Honours[3] and Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela, born near Johannesburg in 1939, has covered the globe and played with just about every top star you can think of. Masekela was originally introduced to the trumpet by anti-apartheid activist Father Trevor Huddleston. The anti-apartheid movement became an important influence in his life, but not as important as the music that ended up taking him around the world many times.

In his early days in the South African music scene Masekela played with such names as pianist Dollar Brand (now known as Abdullah Ibrahim), Jonas Gwangwa, and Kippie Moeketsi as teenageers in the Father Huddleston Band. In 1961 Masekela went into exile where Harry Belafonte helped him settle in the U.S. as a student.

Hugh landed in New York where he recorded many records including his 1968 number one hit "Grazing in the Grass." Masekela also played with such luminaries as Miriam Makeba, Zimbabwean Dorothy Masuka, the Jazz Epistles, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Hedzoleh Soundz, Francis Fuster, Dudu Pukwana, and was instrumental in the South African Broadway-style musical King Kong with many of the same people.

Masekela went on to perform with Paul Simon on the Graceland tour and defended Simon vigorously when the tour was seen as a violation of the ANC's cultural boycott. His 1987 hit "Bring Him Back Home" became the anthem for Nelson Mandela's world tour following his release from prison in 1992. In 2013 Keeper of the Flame Honoree Hugh Masekela presented a musical tribute to SA President Nelson Mandela in honor of President Barack H. Obama. His achievements include two Grammy nominations, The Order of Ikhamanga, a Lifetime Achievement award at the WOMEX World Music Expo in Copenhagen and the US Virgin Islands proclaimed ‘Hugh Masekela Day’ in March 2011. Now 75, Bra Hugh is still performing with vigour across the world.


Jack Ginsberg


A passionate supporter of South African contemporary art and Founding Patron of The Ampersand Foundation, Jack Ginsberg is the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.


Jack started collecting art and books about art and artists in his early twenties. Over the past 45 years, he has built up arguably the most formidable collection of artist books in Africa. But Jack, an accountant by trade, hasn’t kept his treasures or his passion for South African art to himself. He established The Ampersand Foundation which rewards excellence in the visual arts by granting Ampersand Fellowship Awards to young professional South African contemporary visual artists and arts administrators. These prestigious awards enable artists to visit New York and its great museums and galleries, thereby benefiting the artist’s career development. The Awards offer recipients a funded two month residency at the Ampersand apartment in New York. The fund also supports local artists by buying their artwork and donating it to museums and galleries.


More recently, Jack helped with funding and fundraising for the new Wits Art Museum after it was forced to vacate its original premises, leaving the art works languishing in a dusty basement. He continues to support the museum by purchasing and donating works of art for their collection. Jack also helps fund the Artist Proof Studio – an innovative and engaged community printmaking centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. Jack has provided fellowships for four of their artists, sending them to New York on what he calls a “mind expanding holiday!”




Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal QC: UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to South Africa


Patricia Scotland was born in Dominica in 1956, and arrived in Britain at the age of 2 along with 10 other siblings. As she grew she took a liking for dance and wanted to be a modern expressionist ballet dancer at 16. She later attended university and distinguished herself as a lawyer before entering the political arena in 1977, where she was called to the bar and served two terms of government for Labour firstly in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Foreign Office Minister working for the home department at the Lord Chancellor's Office. There she is effectively number two to Lord Irvine of Largs and the lead minister on immigration and asylum matters, legal aid, legal services and the development of Civil Law in the UK


In 1991 she made legal history becoming the first black female QC (Queens Counsel) at the age of 35. She was made a bencher of the Middle Temple in 1997, becoming a judge in 1999, and raised to the Privy Council in 2001


She is also a member of the bar in Antigua and Dominica. In 1997 she was created a peer as Baroness Scotland of Asthal, in the County of Oxfordshire. The Baroness is considered to be a rising star in the Tony Blair administration that is impeccably well connected, being close to two of Prime Portrait in The National Minister Blair's Gallery confidants: Charles Falconer (Britain's Solicitor General) and Derry Irvine (Lord Chancellor).


Baroness Scotland has received numerous awards and commendations including an honorary degree from the University of Westminster for services to law, government, social justice and International affairs. Among her other accomplishments: Chair of HMG Caribbean Advisory Group; Dominican Representative of the Council of British Commonwealth Ex-Services League; Member of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship; Member of the BBC World Service Consultative Group Lifeline (Trinidad & Tobago); Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Member of The Millennium Commission; Patron of the Women and Children's Welfare Fund. She has specialized in family and public law and has chaired and represented parties in a number of major inquiries relating to Child Abuse, Mental Health and Housing.


In 2014, she was appointed UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to South Africa, and was a keynote speaker at Ifa Lethu’s Gala Dinner in London.

Baroness Scotland and British High Commission visit Ifa Lethu March 2015


Amb. Dr Lindiwe Mabuza

Born in Newcastle, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Dr Mabuza began her career in 1962 teaching English and Zulu Literature at Manzini Central School in Swaziland, followed by lecturing in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

She became a Member of the first democratic Parliament in South Africa in 1994, followed by five years as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, and as High Commissioner in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and the non-resident Ambassador to the Philippines.

She became High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa in the United Kingdom in 2001 and was recalled in 2009.Dr Lindiwe Mabuza is an experienced diplomat, a political activist and a poet.