Lebohang Pheko

Political analyst

When many young women were reluctant to publicly criticise the president, Lebohang Pheko took it upon herself to speak out. She co-authored Letter to Thabo Mbeki from African Women, which lambasted the South African government for neglecting gender as a category in the economic analysis of poverty, growth, inequality and the concentration of wealth. A committed community worker, Pheko interacts with communitybased organisations and NGOs in the United Kingdom and Southern Africa in the areas of refugee and immigrant rights, human rights, economic justice and gender equality. After completing degrees in political studies and sociology as well as an LLB in London, she worked briefly at Amnesty International's office in that city. She studied public policy at the University of the Witwatersrand. Pheko provides political, gender and trade policy analysis for both local and international media and is the co-founder of Trade Collective, where she works as a policy and advocacy director. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Sophia's, Rosebank, Johannesburg