Thoko Moyo leads the foundation’s strategy to build and protect its brand and reputation. She oversees media relations, employee engagement, and use of the foundation voice.
Thoko began her career as a journalist at the BBC in London. She left the BBC to join BP as head of communications for Africa. She subsequently worked in multilateral development institutions, academia, and philanthropy. She has vast experience with institutional governance issues, having served as a trustee on the boards of not-for-profit organizations and as an independent director on the boards of both private and listed companies.
Before joining the foundation, Thoko served as associate dean for communications and public affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also spent nearly a decade at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. Earlier, she spent several years at the Ford Foundation in New York, where she was director of global communications. It was at the Ford Foundation that she conceived and launched Africa No Filter, a research, grantmaking, and advocacy donor collaborative that supports the development of nuanced stories that shift stereotypical and harmful narratives about Africa.
Thoko holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences, with honors, from the University of Zimbabwe and an MPA from Harvard University.
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