Mamokgethi Phakeng is a South African mathematician & researcher who is currently Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (UCT), as of 1 July 2018.Until her move to UCT in 2017, she was the Vice Principal, Research and Innovation, at the University of South Africa. She also acted as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at UNISA. In 2002 she became the first black female South African to obtain a PhD in Mathematics Education. She is a highly regarded B2 NRF-rated scientist with over 80 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has been invited to deliver over 30 keynote/plenary talks at international conferences, and as a visiting professor in universities around the world (in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Senegal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016. In August 2014 CEO magazine named her the most influential woman academic in Africa and in August2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category. Kgethi, as she is popularly known, was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in November 2007; an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in May 2009 and an honorary life member of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) in July 2009.