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MEET THE TEAM

We’re a thrilling group of people whose mission every day is to have a hand in supporting very young people who are reshaping the continent.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Josh is a self-proclaimed social impact explorer. He believes in working towards leveraging the nexus of business, technology, education and social development to create new and meaningful public value. His extensive skills and experience makes Josh nothing short of an exceptional leader.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Melissa manages the Anzisha Prize with the mission of celebrating Very Young Entrepreneurs. By actively sharing their stories and providing support to the Anzisha Fellows, she hopes to increase the likelihood that others will consider entrepreneurship and supporting very young entrepreneurs.

PROGRAM LEAD, VERY YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACCELERATION

Thokoza offers support to the Anzisha fellows and is driven by her vision to live in an Africa with an economically active and job generative youth. She hopes to encourage this generation to not only believe in their dreams but to pursue these dreams as well. She brings her 10 years of finance, leadership, and entrepreneurial experience in support of our fellows.

COMMUNITY AND PROJECT MANAGER

Nolizwe is an educator boasting 10 years of experience. She is well recognised for her experience in curriculum & instruction, youth development, and non-formal education in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. She believes that with the right support and community, these young entrepreneurs can build and sustain viable ventures in their communities.

COMMUNICATIONS AND STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS ASSOCIATE

Didi is a cultural hybrid that is passionate about producing and designing stories that push readers to go beyond the page fold. She has a particular passion for our African stories and is sure to give each story the star treatment it deserves. As an assiduous multi-platform journalist, she is well versed in print, online, radio, and digital communications.

VIDEOGRAPHER

Mfundo is a cinematographer and photographer who captures moments we can never relive. He brings along his extensive technical know-how to capture these moments and ensure they are being seen and communicated in the light they deserve. Capturing authentically African stories is his superpower.

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT ASSOCIATE

Natalie’s personal mission is to become a catalyst in a revolution that changes how businesses evolve with a focus on efficiency, sustainability, and success. Having studied Law and obtained various certifications, she has worked in the legal, investment banking, and entrepreneur support fields throughout her career allowing her to successfully work and execute projects of varying complexities.

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT ASSOCIATE

Patrice is committed to strengthening and building the leadership and entrepreneurial capabilities of young Africans. In support of this mission, Patrice brings over 5 years of experience as an Agricultural engineer and economist, entrepreneur, researcher and independent consultant. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Agricultural Economics.

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT ASSOCIATE

Tanya is committed to being part of solutions that drive and enable continued socio-economic growth for young people on the African continent. She has experience in Agribusiness, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, and Education in Emergencies. She is also the co-founder of a start-up business that partners with local artisans to create bespoke soft furnishings.

RESEARCHER

Merridy is a senior researcher and project manager at Neil Butcher and Associates (NBA) with 18 years of experience doing social and educational research in academic and applied environments in Africa. She leads NBA’s work with the Anzisha Prize team to build and implement cutting-edge monitoring and evaluation systems and approaches to support ongoing program improvements and learnings.

DIGITAL MARKETER AND SELECTION ASSOCIATE

Suzan is a digital marketer, and a social media and community manager. She is both excited and committed to sharing the powerful stories and businesses of the Very Young Entrepreneurs and showing the world why Africa is the best continent. She has 10 years of experience in the broadcast television industry as a producer and writer.

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