Kopano Matlwa Mabaso

Dr. Kopano Mabaso is a South African medical doctor currently undertaking a DPhil (PhD) in Population Health at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Kopano’s research interests lie in health policy and systems research, particularly with regards to strengthening of health systems in reform. She is the founder & Co-Director of Transitions Foundation …

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Misan Rewane

Born and raised in Nigeria, Misan Rewane is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility in West Africa. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system's breakdown, were compelled to send her to the US for college, Misan resolved to play a role in transforming the region's education and skills development …

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Relebohile Moletsane

As the J.L. Dube Chair in Rural Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Moletsane has extensive experience in educational development, curriculum studies, and other issues at the intersection of gender and education. She acted as the director of the Gender and Development Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council until 2010, and was formerly …

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James Kassaga Arinaitwe

At a young age, Arinaitwe lost his parents and four siblings to infectious diseases, which included HIV/AIDS in rural western Uganda. As an “AIDS orphan” (a phrase which he uses critically), he experienced the often-problematic international development system first hand.  In his essay, he wrote, “I encountered a republic of NGOs claiming their legitimacy in …

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Regina Agyare

Regina Agyare is a young, dynamic, social entrepreneur who is finding new ways to harness technology to promote social change in West Africa. Agyare graduated from Ghana’s Ashesi University in 2005 as one of the top software developers in her class with a degree in Computer Science.  After graduation, Regina was hired by a prestigious …

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