Ms Onica Nonhlanhla Makwakwa

Onica Nonhlanhla Makwakwa joined Consumers International (CI) in September 2012 as Head of CI Office for Africa where she is charged with leading and supporting the development of consumer protection and empowerment in Africa by supporting CI members in the region; implementing the CI Africa strategy; and reconnecting the Africa consumer movement with the worldwide consumer movement to deliver change for consumers.

She has 20 years of professional experience in the non-profitsector where she has served in numerous high level positions with national and international organizations including more recently as Executive Director of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., Director of Development at YWCA USA, Black Women’s Health Imperative (formerly the National Black Women’s Health Project), and National Low Income Housing Coalition and International Development Officer for the National Council of Negro Women in the USA.

As an association executive and professional fundraiser, she is committed to philanthropy and corporate social impact and raised over $50 million for social causes. She has managed and developed multi-million dollar initiatives including, but not limited to, overseeing the largest gathering of journalists of color with an attendance of over 7,500 and a citywide impact of nearly $20 million. Furthermore,Ms. Makwakwa has a wide range of experience in advocacy, public policy, political campaign management and international diplomacy.

Equally important is her strong sensitivity and unique perspective to the dynamics affecting women, and other disadvantaged populations. She has lectured on women of African descent for the Women’s Studies Department at The University of Iowa; as well as spoken at many national and international conferences on women’s issues, race relations, workplace diversity and media relations.

A graduate of The University of Iowa where she earned a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies, she also attended Grinnell College in Iowa.

Ms.Makwakwa is a native of Soweto, South Africa; after living in the USA for 23 years, she recently joined the Homecoming Revolution and is now living and working in Pretoria, South Africa.