Naziema Begum Jappie is currently a member of the Higher Education HIV/AIDS (HEAIDS) Advisory Board and is a board member for Hoskens Consolidated Investments (HCI) companies. She was the Vice President of the South African Women’s Forte; President of the SA Student Services Association (SASSAP) and is a member of the Global Muslim Women’s Shura Council. Ms Jappie has worked as a secondary school teacher; the National Education Officer (SA Clothing & Textile Workers Union); and a lecturer at the former M.L. Sultan Technikon, where she later served as Dean of Students. She joined the Durban University of Technology as Executive Director: Student Affairs from her position of Dean of Students at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has training in conciliation, mediation and arbitration, and Adult Education. Moreover, she has served as a member of the task team for Gender Equity in Education and has been involved in HEQC national institutional audits and training for Quality Assurance. She has taught at the Institute for Women’s Studies in Lahore for three years. Before joining UCT she took on the challenges of the corporate world by working as Business Consultant mainly in the Travel & Tourism sector. Ms Jappie holds a Bachelor of Social Science, an Honours degree (Social Science), and a Masters of Social Science, specializing in industrial and labour studies. She also has a Higher Education Diploma (postgraduate). She is a member of the Institute of Director’s SA (IoDSA). Her awards include the NRF and Ford Foundation for Research in Higher Education and the Fellowship in Labour Studies at the University of Iowa, USA. She has presented conference papers both locally and internationally and has a passion to work with students in higher education. Throughout her career she has given time to volunteer her serves to the disadvantaged communities in South Africa and abroad.