Shabnam Palesa Mohamed

Growing up committed to truth, justice and freedom, Shabnam is a human rights activist for over two decades. She served as the youngest board member in the history of an NGO co-founded by an International Criminal Court judge. Shabnam learned to combine a diversity of skills to work with children, women, fathers, the poor, homeless, students, workers, refugees, and artists.

Graduating with Dean’s Commendation in legal method, civil procedure, and criminal law, excelling in clinical law; Shabnam Palesa Mohamed was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2003. Shabnam is a visionary connector, incisive strategist, and a creative yet practical mediator. She currently focuses on vaccine and medical product-related injury cases.

A seasoned print, radio, video and TV journalist, Shabnam engages astutely selected changemakers including healers, activists, journalists, lawyers, artists, farmers, scientists, judges, and politicians in Africa and around our world. Her ability to ask compelling questions and inspire out of the box thinking leads to her being asked to speak, host events, and anchor panel discussions.

Shabnam serves as CEO of Transformative Health Justice (THJ manages the SA VAERS reporting project), as executive director and chapter coordinator of Children’s Health Defense Africa, as a steering commitee member of World Council for Health, and as a Director of EbMC Squared CIC. She also co-convened the launch of the African Sovereignty Coalition (ASC).

Shabnam has been honoured with humbling community awards, including Women of Wonder, Women of Inspiration, and the Lady Fatima Award for commitment to children and women. Her driving motivation is “The 99% of us coming together, not only for what is just, but to co-create a better world, for our present and our future. I have no doubt that we are now succeeding.”