Introducing South Africa’s 2015 YALI Fellows

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Introducing South Africa’s 2015 YALI Fellows

Pretoria— The U.S. Embassy is pleased to introduce the 40 young South Africans who will participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

This is the second group of outstanding young South Africans to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This diverse group of young leaders comes from eight of South Africa’s provinces and their areas of interest fall into business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management.

In June, these Fellows will travel to the U.S. to begin training at one of twenty prestigious U.S. universities.  After this six week academic period concludes they, along with 460 other Young African Leaders from throughout sub-Saharan Africa, will have acquired extensive leadership development training and networking opportunities with other young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.   They will then travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a three-day Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit hosted by President Barack Obama.

While in Washington D.C. the participants will have the opportunity to interact with U.S. leaders in business, government, and the non-profit sector.  A small number of Fellows will remain in the United States for professional development opportunities at U.S. companies, non-profit organizations, or government agencies.

“I share President Obama’s vision for the Mandela Washington Fellowship and believe that their commitment, courage, and ‘yes, we can’ attitude will lead South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa into a new age of prosperity as it takes its place on the world stage,” said Ambassador Patrick Gaspard. [ View our Flickr album of the YALI fellows at a reception hosted by Ambassador Gaspard]

Name Area of Interest Host University Follow on Twitter
Michelle Beeslaar Public Management University of Minnesota
Andile Biyela Public Management Virginia Commonwealth University @AndileBiyela
Stacey Brewer Business & Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University @Stace_d_brewer
Mary-Ann Chetty Public Management
Qaqamba Didiza Civic Leadership Arizona State University
Lee du Preez Business & Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University @Leedup747
Noluthando Duma Public Management Florida International University @duma_noluthando
Neliswa Fente Business & Entrepreneurship University of Nevada-Reno @NeliswaFente
Hlanganani  Gumbi Public Management Howard University @hlangananigumbi
Sarah Hallatt Business & Entrepreneurship Northwestern University @InTranslation
Qaqamba Didiza Civic Leadership Arizona State University
Casandra Hamel Public Management Howard University
Tracy Jooste Public Management Georgia State University
Gabriel Khan Civic Leadership Tulane University
Nangamso Koza Public Management Howard University @Nangamsokoza
Nhlamulo Mabasa Public Management Georgia State University @NhlamuloG63AMG
Phumudzo Madzhie Business & Entrepreneurship Northwestern University @pmadzhie
Innocentia Maine Business & Entrepreneurship University of Wisconsin Stout @jubi6_jubi
Mpho Majenge Business & Entrepreneurship
Jonathan Maphosa Public Management Georgia State University
Rethabile Mashale-Sonibare Civic Leadership Rutgers University @ritsiemashale
Ntombizandile Mavundla Public Management Virginia Commonwealth University
Prejudice Mkhonto Business & Entrepreneurship Darmouth College
Paul Modjadji Civic Leadership Tulane University @paulmodjadji
Kgomotso Mogapi Business & Entrepreneurship Darmouth College @mogapi_kgomotso
Mokgethwa Mogofe Public Management Syracuse University @EMogofe
Zukiswa Mqolomba Public Management Virginia Commonwealth University
Mabutho Mthembu Civic Leadership Rutgers University @YouthManagersSA
Zibuyisile Mthiyane Public Management Syracuse University
Khayakazi Namfu Public Management University of Minnesota @Kay_Namfu
Thabo Ncalo Business & Entrepreneurship Clark Atlanta University @ThaboNcalo
Zakheni Ngubo Business & Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Austin @nzakheni
Siphiwe Ngwenya Business & Entrepreneurship Northwestern University
Hlayisani  Nkhwashu Civic Leadership The Presidential Precinct @MabonengArts
Pearl Pillay Civic Leadership The Presidential Precinct @PearlPillay
Sade Savings Civic Leadership University of Delaware @sadebsavings
Lebohang Selloane Business & Entrepreneurship University of Notre Dame @MissL_S
Awonke Tshefu Civic Leadership University of California-Berkeley
Shane Vermooten Business & Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Austin
Luthando Vuba Civic Leadership Wagner College @Cvuba
Nozipho Zulu Business & Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Austin @ZuluGalTrends