Board Members

  • Raymond Louw

    Raymond Louw is the longest serving member of the FXI Executive Committee. He is a veteran journalist, editor, media commentator and respected freedom of expression activist. Raymond is the Chairperson of the South African Press Council, prior to which he was Editor and Publisher of the ‘Southern Africa Report’.

    He has also served on the boards of various other reputable organisations, such as South African National Editors Forum. He was named a World Press Freedom Hero by the Vienna-based International Press Institute.

  • Anton Harber

    Anton Harber is Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and Director of the Journalism Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He is an established South African media commentator who is widely published and has had a long career in journalism, media management and the training of journalists. He is currently Editor-In-Chief of eNCA and eNews. 

  • Nobuntu Mbelle

    Nobuntu Mbelle is a Human Rights lawyer with experience in the fields of good governance, the African Union and its organs.

    Nobuntu has been a civil society activist and coordinator of the Coalition for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and is an independent consultant and researcher on African governance.

  • William Gumede Chairperson

    William Gumede is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand.

    He is a leading investigative journalist, former editor, political analyst and best-selling author.

  • Indra de Lanerolle

    Indra de Lanerolle is an experienced communicator, teacher and strategist who has worked with major organisations in South Africa and internationally, including AVUSA, BBC, GAVI Alliance, Monitor Group SA, MultiChoice, SABC, Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, South African Department of Health, Telkom, and Unilever SA.

  • Oupa Lebogo

    Oupa Lebogo is the General Secretary of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA). He has extensive organising and advocacy experience.

    He has served as the Vice President of the Federation of International Musicians, and as its African Committee Chairperson.

  • Tseliso Thipanyane

    Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane is the current CEO at the South African Human Rights Commission. He is the former CEO of Safer South Africa Foundation and has a long career that has focussed mainly on the promotion and protection of human rights. He is a former research fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal and has taught law at the University of the Western Cape. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities and has also worked as an independent consultant for a number of organisations.

  • Franz Kruger

    Franz Kruger is a Professor at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

    He is also the Director of Wits Radio Academy. He worked as a journalist for 25 years.

    He is a member of SA Press Appeals Panel and an Ombud for the Mail & Guardian.