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OSM April2019
Lungile Zakwe  

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LocationSouth Africa/Gauteng


[email protected]

South Africa

- English

Lungile Zakwe is a proud literary and education activist with a keen interest in youth development. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow for young African leaders. She is a board member of the National Association of Social Change Entities in S.A. which has a mission to empower non-profit organisations in education by improving their capacity, effectiveness, and collaboration to magnify their impact and influence. She’s led two national and award-winning organisations; as Executive Director at IkamvaYouth and as Chief Operations Officer and National Manager at the Treatment Action Campaign. She has experience in the private sector as a Management Consultant at Accenture. Lungile is the Founder, President and Facilitator of AFRO-Freedom Book Club; a public book club that focuses on African writers to inspire dialogue and civic engagement in the community. She has an impressive list of qualifications behind her including an International Strategy M.Sc. from the University of St Andrews, and an Honours Degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a Diploma in democratic institutions and participatory democracy from the Swedish Institute of Public Administration. Lungile is driven by her commitment to a free and equal society for all. The Mayor recently presented Lungile with honorary citizenship of Boone in North Carolina U.S.A. as a big recognition for the work that she does and the leadership role she plays in civic engagement. "Honorary citizenship is a status bestowed by a country on a foreign or native individual whom it considers to be especially admirable or otherwise worthy of the distinction."

February 2019
Topic: “Barriers to entry affecting youth entrepreneurship in South African markets.”

#GirlSafe Youth Media Change Makers Expo, steer headed by the US Embassy South Africa in partnership with PEPFAR South Africa and iSchools Press.
MC and Facilitator
November 2017
Topic: “16 days of activism campaign. Let’s make gender-based violence history.”

Civics Academy ZA and the Nelson Mandela Foundation
MC and Facilitator.
October 2017
Topic: "The South Africa we want to lead"

Africa Lead Conference, Wits University Development and Leadership Unit
September 2017
Topic: “Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment across the region,”

Limmud Conference
August 2017
Topic: “The Tarnished Rainbow: South Africa in 2017:" What is the state of race relations in SA in 2017? Is reconciliation still an appropriate aspiration?

Young Professional Association, Investec
May 2017
Topic: "The Rainbow Nation: The Real Dream Deferred for all South Africans to enjoy all freedoms of a modern democracy”



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