François Bonnici


Director, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, South Africa

Originally trained as a physician in South Africa, François also holds an MA in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MBA from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked in paediatric and neonatal medicine, in health policy (he spearheaded Kangaroo Mother Care in Namibia), and in humanitarian and development programmes with UNICEF.

From 2005, as a GLF, he worked on developing public-private partnerships and innovations for health, later heading up the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation work in social entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East. 

François co-founded the African Social Entrepreneurs Network and is a Director of Powerfree Education and Technology, an award-winning, non-profit advocating and developing low-cost medical devices for child health in low-resource settings. Since 2011, he has been the Director of the newly established Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, following his mission to stimulate the social economy in Africa and to establish an environment to allow social enterprises to thrive.

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