Dr Nomsa Masuku
Dr Nomsa Masuku is an academic and a champion of civic and democracy education. She joined the Electoral Commission as a Commissioner in November 2018.
She was previously the Electoral Commission’s Deputy Chief Electoral Officer responsible for Outreach, for a period of six years. Before that Dr Masuku headed Standard Bank’s Corporate Social Investment Unit for seven years. In the latter role, she focused her energies on harnessing the Bank’s resources to reach markets that are not easily reached through traditional banking methodologies.
Prior joining Standard Bank, Dr Masuku spent eight years working for the Electoral Commission of South Africa, where her portfolio included the strategic development of programmes that assisted the Commission in contributing to the entrenchment of constitutional democracy – including overseeing the provision and promotion of civic and democracy education.
Dr Masuku has a PhD in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK. She has taught at university level. She has also worked with a number of women’s groups including Women and the Law in South Africa, and the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse.
Dr Masuku has a varied and eclectic range of interests including education, social development, democracy and governance, policy development and implementation, and the personal development of women professionals.
Dr Masuku was named the top Strategic Leadership Programme (SLP) student for 2005, an initiative of the International Women’s Forum South Africa run in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science.