The Team

The Founders


Farai Mubaiwa

Farai Mubaiwa is project manager at The Aurum Institute, a leading African TB and HIV research and implementation institute. She is a Queen’s Young Leader for South Africa for 2017, a One Young World Ambassador and a King’s Principal’s Global Leadership Award Recipient.

Reanne Olivier


Of Haitian descent, Reanne has lived and worked in South Africa while conducting several projects across the African continent. She comes from a background of capacity building and program management. Her international exposure and travels have allowed her to acquire a global perspective which is why many consider her to be an ‘international think tank.’


Lydia Chilaule



Lydia is a second year BA Politics and International Relations student at the University of Johannesburg with a passion for development issues affecting women, children and increasingly issues related to migration.

She enjoys platforms that allow her to share ideas on how to make a strong and positive impact on the African continent.



Vincent Ebot Obi


With a background in Geology and a certification in International Development,  Vincent has experience implementing various projects within conflict zones of North-Eastern Nigeria.


He is also a Peace First Award recipient. 

Sam Nyamwange



Sam is a senior year student at Kenyatta University undertaking a bachelor’s course in Environmental Science.  He is currently an intern at MK-Africa (A Sustainability Consulting Firm) and is an active alumni of the Young  African Leadership Initiative - Regional Leadership Center of East Africa fellow and a 2017 #MyLittleBigThing Sustainability Innovation Competition Award Winner.  

Youth Leadership

Development Programme

Cyrus Kibet Kirui


Cyrus Kibet Kirui is a student at The African Leadership University,  Rwanda, a school which seeks to train 3 million African leaders well equipped with entrepreneurial, leadership and ethical skills by 2035 with the aim of changing Africa’s narrative. He hopes to impart quality education and research-oriented thinking using teaching, writing and communication skills to inculcate Scientific, Leadership, Ethical and Entrepreneurial knowledge.

Nicholas Anakwue



An academic researcher, creative writer, editor, and philosopher, Nicholas is passionate about African development and youth leadership. He is studying for a Master’s degree in African and Diaspora Studies at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, works as a researcher in Business Ethics and Sustainability at the Lagos Business School, Lagos.

Schools Leadership

Development Programme

Alioune Banda Fall



Alioune Banda Fall is a PhD student at the Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis and a researcher at the GELL laboratory. He is interested in sustainable development and youth entrepreneurship and in 2017 co-founded Eco-Tri, Senegal, a startup that implements an eco- responsible waste management system in school learning and teaching spaces and promotes waste-based sorting.


Johann Harmse 

South Africa 

Johann is a Rhodes University journalism graduate currently working as a

Content Specialist and freelance  writer. He hopes to encourage enthusiasm

and personal investment in the continent by facilitating important conversations, digital media platforms and collaborative efforts across different African countries. 

Michael Udenyi


 Micheal hails from Ebonyi state. He currently works as the Practice Manager in the law office of Messrs, Karin Tunyan (SAN) & Company and most recently as a freelance writer at Teenz Magazine.

He co-founded The School and CONCIAS (online education communities that seek a different kind of education for Africa by Africans). 

Monitoring and Evaluations

Abraham Duol Maker

South Sudan, Kenya

Abraham Duol is a South Sudanese by nationality. He spent much of his time in Kenya where he attended Primary and Secondary school.

Upon completion of his high school, he joined the University of Nairobi to pursue BSc in Finance before being awarded the Mandela

Centennial Scholarship. 








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