Two Newly Elected Chairs Bring Vast Skills and Experience to m2m
mothers2mothers (m2m) is delighted to announce that Jolly Mokorosi and Afua Basoah have been elected as Chairs of the m2m South Africa Board of Directors and the m2m United Kingdom (U.K.) Board of Trustees, respectively. This development means Jolly and Afua will lead two of three independent Boards that govern m2m globally—the third being m2m’s United States Board of Directors. Jolly replaces m2m Founder Dr. Mitch Besser, who served as Interim Chair of m2m’s South Africa Board since December 2019, and will continue as a Board Member on m2m’s South Africa and U.S. Boards. Afua is taking over from Carl Stewart, who left his long-time leadership position on the U.K. Board of Trustees this past November. They join Colin Freund, who was elected Chair of the U.S. Board of Directors in November 2019, and continues in that role.
“I am delighted that m2m’s South Africa and UK Boards are to be led by Chairs with such remarkable skills and experience, combined with strong links to the communities we serve. Afua and Jolly are both passionate about our mission of creating health and hope and ending paediatric AIDS. Their leadership could not come at a more critical time, as the world reckons with the interlinked health and racial inequities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19,” said Frank Beadle de Palomo, m2m’s President & CEO.
“Tackling inequities has always been at the heart of m2m’s work, and will remain a cornerstone of our forthcoming new five-year strategic plan. We are grateful to be able to count upon Afua and Jolly’s deep experience and expertise to help grow and evolve our female-led, community-driven model, which is creating a healthy, more equitable future for women, families, and communities across sub-Saharan Africa,” Frank added.
Jolly is a financial services professional and business owner, who has been a member of the m2m South Africa Board of Directors since 2020. She also serves on the boards of various South African Retirement Funds and Trusts as an executive principal officer and trustee, and is actively involved in the education of retirement fund trustees and officials in Southern Africa. She is a member of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP), as well as previously a member of the Institute of Directors South Africa and a Registered Person (equities). She is also an advisory committee member of the Southern Africa Pension Fund Investment Forum and the inaugural Deputy Chair of Batseta’s Asset Owner’s Forum.
“I am constantly inspired by the dedication, passion, and effectiveness of m2m’s frontline health workers, and am excited by this opportunity to help support and expand their important work. Through employment and the status afforded by their role as health workers, m2m’s Mentor Mothers become role models and leaders, shattering norms, stereotypes, and transforming the status quo.” said Jolly.
Outside of financial services, Jolly also focuses on enterprise development, climate change, sustainability, and agriculture, and has received a community development award for her work and advocacy for economically vulnerable mothers and child-headed households.
Afua joined m2m’s U.K. Board of Trustees in 2021. She has more than 15 years of health consulting experience focused on designing strategies and developing partnerships to help clients strengthen their leadership position and value to stakeholders. Through the provision of strategic, scientific, and creative counsel and an unwavering passion for transforming insights into compelling health stories that inspire action, Afua has supported pharmaceutical clients engage multiple stakeholders and drive impact through corporate citizenship, medical affairs, and communications activities.
Afua currently is Head of Healthcare Strategy at the global, award-winning, multi-practice digital experience agency Rapp, which is part of the Omnicom Group. She works closely with clients to deliver personalised omnichannel health experiences by leveraging the power of data, technology, and science. Prior to joining Rapp, Afua held roles as Vice President, Head of London, at Rabin Martin; Managing Director and European Business lead at ApotheCom; and Client Service Lead at Ogilvy Healthworld, U.K. She served as Rabin Martin’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Lead and Co-Chair of Omnicom’s disability Business Resource Group, OPEN DisAbility UK + Allies. Afua holds a DPhil. in Neurosciences from the University of Oxford.
“I believe so strongly in m2m’s female-led model, which responds directly to the needs of women and their communities—ensuring greater health and well-being and creating decent jobs and other economic empowerment opportunities for marginalised women. m2m’s work is more relevant than ever as the world seeks to uplift the lives and amplify the voices of African women, and I am looking forward to working with m2m to create more real and tangible change,” said Afua.