Sheila Sisulu became Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions in the Office of the Executive Director of the World Food Programme in January 2008.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sisulu served as WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs Department from 2003.
Ms. Sisulu started her career as a high school teacher in Soweto. With the end of apartheid and the advent of black-majority rule, she became a special advisor to the national minister of education and a member of the team assigned the task of drawing up new legislation. She was responsible for policy on gender equality, youth development, and early childhood care and education.
Before joining WFP, Ms. Sisulu was South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States. Her diplomatic career began in 1997 as Consul General in New York and as Ambassador to Washington two years later. Much of Ms. Sisulu's work involved raising awareness and seeking clarity on the US government's role in alleviating the poverty and suffering in southern Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Witwatersrand, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and the City University of New York, USA.
In addition to her diplomatic skills, Ms. Sisulu has 25 years’ experience in South African politics and government.