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Tumi Makgabo


Broadcaster and Entrepreneur, Moderate the Panel

Tumi Makgabo is one of South Africa's most beloved journalists. Known around the world for her work at CNN International, Tumi is an expert on African and international affairs. 

As an anchor for several years at CNN International’s headquarters in Atlanta, Tumi co-produced and hosted the award winning program Inside Africa. During her almost three decade career, Tumi has discussed the state of Africa with prominent world leaders including former South African President Thabo Mbeki; former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; former South African President Nelson Mandela; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu; U.S. President George W. Bush; former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; the Dalai Lama and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Martina Navratilova and Miriam Makeba.

In March 2008 her wider commitment to development was recognised when she was Nominated as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders. Her years of experience in broadcasting have also made Tumi a much sought-after speaker and commentator on broadcasting and media issues. 

Tumi is a founding member of the global moderators bureau Moderate The Panel, established to transform the world of events and conferences with powerful, diverse women’s voices.

President, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Chair, Boards of Governors, African Development Bank
President, African Development Bank Group
Ministre du Plan et du Développement, Gouverneur de la Banque africaine de développement pour la Côte d’Ivoire
Minister of Economy, Finance and Investment Support, Government of Tunisia, African Development Governor for Tunisia
Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Trade, African Development Bank Governor of the Seychelles
Assistant Secretary for Multilateral, Development and Trade Affairs, Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, France , African Development Bank Alternate Governor for France
Minister of Finance, African Development Bank Governor for Algeria
Minister of Finance, Ethiopia, African Development Bank Governor for Ethiopia
State Secretary, International Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Governor of the African Development Bank for Norway
Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, Senegal, Governor of the African Development Bank for Senegal
Deputy Director-General International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Temporary Governor of the African Development Bank for Japan
Undersecretary of International Financial Relations for Development, Secretariat of Strategic Affairs, Presidency of the Argentine Republic, Governor of the African Development Bank for Argentina
Permanent Secretary - Economic Management and Finance Ministry of Finance, African Development Bank Temporal Governor for Zambia
Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Governor of the African Development Bank for Egypt
Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning / African Development Bank Governor for Nigeria
State Minister of Finance for Economic Cooperation, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Minister of Water, Forest, the Sea and Environment Gabon
Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada
Director General of the World Trade Organisation
President for COP 26
Deputy Secretary-General, Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG)
President of the Assembly and the Chair of the Council, Global Green Growth Institute
Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization
Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners.
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
President, Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI)
Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
Founder & CEO, Mobihealth International, Nigeria
CEO, Global Center on Adaptation
Founder and CEO, Kiri EV
Founder & CEO, Sinnot Technologies
CEO, IDB Invest
Director & Co-Founder, MSCAN Uganda
Journalist and Co-Founder, Moderate the Panel