Joy Ruwodo

Director, Public Affairs

Joy serves as a Director, Public Affairs for the END Fund Africa Region. An esteemed marketer and strong social and economic development advocate, Joy is driven by stimulating private sector actors and organizations to actively engage in addressing developmental challenges in their communities. Her role is focused on elevating the profile of neglected tropical diseases on the continent, as well as growing and engaging a community of African activist-philanthropists and business leaders who will join in the movement to end NTDs. Joy also serves on the South Africa Working Group for the Shared Value Africa Initiative, which convenes African organizations and business communities with the common purpose of building the continent’s economy.

Prior to joining the END Fund, Joy was the Marketing & Advocacy Executive for a leading independent research company, Ask Afrika. She was formerly the Marketing & Fundraising Manager at HospiceWits, a reputable non-profit organization that provides palliative care to thousands of people annually.  Joy’s passion for business integration and growth saw her serve as President for the Johannesburg Masters Business Network International (BNI) Chapter, a business and professional networking organization whose sole purpose is to generate business for its members. She spent 8 years as a Retail Business Consultant and Brand Associate for Caltex, a global oil and gas company.

Joy completed her BCom degree in Management and Economics at Rhodes University. Pursuant to her interest in ongoing education and self-development, she embarked on an MBA through Wits Business School and completed her MBA Electives at McGill University in Montreal.

In her spare time, Joy enjoys traveling, having new experiences and exploring cuisine options with her husband and three children.  She values time spent with friends and family greatly.