Ichumile Gqada works as a Programme Manager at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. She has extensive experience in research and grant making, with a particular focus on the extractive industries, state capacity, public accountability, anti-corruption and economic inclusion. Over the last several years Ichumile has worked closely with, and supported NGOs and social movements to hold the public and private sectors to account on issues such as service delivery, corruption and state capture. She has previously worked as a Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs and as a Business Analyst at PetroSA.
Ichumile holds a Master of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town majoring in Global Studies. She has also studied at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in Germany and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Currently, Ichumile is completing a Master of Philosophy majoring in Sustainable Development.