Dr Maureen Tong is an international lawyer, a published author; an academic and a business woman. She holds a PhD in international law from the Université de Strasbourg in France, where she successfully defended her thesis in French. A former senior civil servant, she served as the first Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; as Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Agriculture and Land Affairs; and as Operations Manager at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She worked as Project Officer for Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Namibia at the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) implementing the African Training Management Services (ATMS) a Project of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UNDP. AMSCO's objective is to empower private companies in Africa to become globally competitive. Dr Tong served as Research Manager at the Women's Development Bank (WDB) Trust. She established the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) and is the Project Manager for the establishment of the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library (TMPL). She is the former Chairperson of the Board of the Health Systems Trust (HST). She is Chairwoman of the InvesTong Group; Executive Chairwoman of Kutlwelo Resources; and Chairwoman of the Board of the Young Women Business Network Corporate Finance Institution (YWBN CFI), which is working towards becoming the first majority women-owned co-operative bank in South Africa.