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Graça Machel, Mozambican foundation administrator, academic administrator. Named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World, TIME magazine, 2010; recipient Laureate of Africa prize for leadership for the sustainable end of hunger, Hunger Project, 1992, Nansen medal, 1995, International Achievement award, Inter-Press Service, Africare Distinguished Humanitarian Service award, North-South prize, Council Europe.


Machel, Graça was born on October 17, 1945 in Incadine, Gaza, Mozambique.


Student in Germanic languages, University Lisbon, Portugal.


Deputy director Frelimo Secondary School, Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 1974—1975. Member Frelimo Central Committee, 1975. First lady Republic of Mozambique, 1975—1986, minister education and culture, 1975—1989.

Independent expert & chair, Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children United Nations, 1994—1996. President Foundation Community Development, Mozambique, since 1994. First lady Republic of South Africa, 1998—1999.

Chancellor University Cape Town, since 1999. Chair National Organization of Children Mozambique. President National Commission United Nations Educational in Mozambique.

Board member United Nations Foundation, Forum African Women Educationalists, African Leadership Forum, International Crisis Group. International steering committee World Conference on Education for All, 1990.


Conference delegate United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, Harare, Zimbabwe, 1988, goodwill ambassador. Peer African Peer Review Mechanism. Chair, fund board Global Alliance Vaccines and Immunization.

Founding member The Elders, since 2007.


Married Samora Moisés Machel, 1975 (deceased). Married Nelson Mandela, 1998.

Samora Moisés Machel

Nelson Mandela