Mandisa Mbali is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2009, she completed her doctoral degree in modern history at the University of Oxford, where she was a KwaZulu-Natal Rhodes Scholar. In 2013 Palgrave Macmillan published her book South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics as part of their Global Ethics series. The book demonstrates the transnational impact of South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) on the politics of global health. In 2014 she was elected as a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and will be speaking to the thinking behind a symposium she is co-organising in that capacity on the theme of science and society in Africa.
Yusuf Randera-Rees is the founder of the Awethu Project. He was born in South Africa, studied at Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Struck by the number of poor South Africans with entrepreneurial flair who were hindered by lack of formal training and resources, Yusuf set up the Awethu Project, which identifies and develops high-potential young entrepreneurs and invests in businesses alongside them. The goal is to replicate this model across Africa, creating a generation of entrepreneurial leaders from poor backgrounds to drive the continent’s development. Yusuf was selected as an Echoing Green Fellow in 2011.