Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi
- Special Envoy on Gender
- Works at
- African Development Bank
In Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Africa has a strong and passionate leader working towards the continent’s selfsufficiency. As the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank, she leads a strategy to mainstream gender in the Bank’s policies and operations, making the institution a role model in Africa. Her career is characterized by commitment to development that is more inclusive and economic growth that is more sustainable.
Geraldine was previously Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group. She served as Minister or Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms (1999–September 2008); and as Minister for Welfare and Population Development in South Africa’s first democratic government (1996-1999). She served as Deputy Minister of Welfare from January 1995–June 1996. In addition, she served as a Parliamentarian from 1994 – September 2008.
Geraldine holds a Master’s Degree in Administration. She received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement from University of Pretoria’s School of Public Management and Administration. She was a fellow of Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University in Fall 1994.
Some of Geraldine’s early achievements include preparing the African National Congress for its first democratic elections in 1994 as National Deputy Elections Coordinator of the African National Congress. She was elected to South Africa’s first democratic parliament in April 1994 and served in three consecutive parliaments until September 2008. In 1995, she was Deputy Leader of the South African Delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
Geraldine serves in various boards across academia, government and development organizations on issues including youth, women empowerment, capacity development & education, governance and poverty eradication.
A strong supporter of intergenerational dialogue, Geraldine mentors a group of young women across the continent on leadership and resilience for them to be included in determining Africa’s destiny.