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Tariro Makadzange Appointed as Board Member at PSI

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2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.

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Edzai Zvobwo chosen for comic book as an Agenda 2063 champ

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2018 Fellow Edzai Zvobwo has been featured in the AUDA-NEPAD Comic Series as one of the Agenda 2063 Champions. Edzai is the Founder of the MathsGenius Leadership Institute and has been a keen proponent of empowering Africans through mathematics and problem-solving techniques.

He is a maths evangelist to young people and it was this focus that led him to be selected for the comic series. The comic is based on the five youth champions who were recognised by AUDA-NEPAD for their entrepreneurial actions, resilience and activities.

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Fellow's SMS idea in Top 10 Most Innovative in Africa list

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Fast Company has named its top 10 most innovative companies in Africa for 2020, and 2010 Fellow Bright Simons’ company, mPedigree, was listed at number two for its innovative idea of using SMS text messages to root out fake prescriptions.

mPedigree works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to reduce the prevalence of counterfeit medicines being sold.  It also uses similar technology for traceability of seeds and other agricultural products within Africa.

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Mastercard hires Issam Chleuh to run business growth in West Africa

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2019 Fellow Issam Chleuh, has been appointed as Mastercard Advisors, Director of West Africa (English and French speaking).

Issam is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Suguba, a regional platform with a focus on enterprise development for “missing middle" entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs led by youth and women. He co-founded Suguba with another Tutu Fellow, Fayelle Ouane, from the Class of 2017.

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Tracey Webster appointed as part of GC's Investment Committee

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2007 Fellow Tracey Webster has been selected to sit on the investment committee for Grand Challenges Canada, where she will be driving their investment of 100 million CAD into Africa, particularly on health innovations.  Tracey is the CEO of The Enterpriseroom, a specialist consultancy that helps companies with sustainability, their supply chains, economic inclusion and community outreach. Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Canadian government, and in turn, funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada itself.

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Bill Gates writes about a Fellow's goal of eliminating stunting in a decade

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2015 Fellow and doctor/novelist, Dr. Kopano Matlwa Mabaso, has been featured in Bill Gates' blog, Gates Notes, for her contribution in tackling malnutrition through her Grow Great Campaign. The campaign seeks to galvanise South Africa to achieve zero stunting in children by 2030.

Using data to mobilise policy makers, stories to inspire the public, support for Community Health Workers, and mom and baby classes for parents, her campaign has the goal of moving South Africa towards a future where no child is unjustly denied the opportunity to reach their full potential.  It is a sophisticated effort to eliminate child stunting from South Africa over the next decade.

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Paulino Dias Runs for Office in Cape Verde

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2009 Fellow Paulino Dias is running for office in the local elections in Cape Verde as an independent. The eighth municipal elections in Cape Verde will take place this year (2020) and political and independent parties have already launched their campaigns.  A date for the elections has not yet been set. Paulino, who is an economist, is part of Grupo Independente, a group of independents running in opposition to the government.

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Bain & Company Appoints Onyinye Ibeneche as Partner

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2017 Fellow Onyinye Ibeneche has been appointed as one of two new partners at Bain & Company in its South African office. At Bain, Onyinye helps leading African companies become globally competitive by collaborating with them to develop a growth strategy and improve the operating performance of critical organization functions.

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IRC Appoints Jacqueline Musiitwa as Board Member

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2011 Fellow and Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto, Jacqueline Musiitwa, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC responds to the world's most severe humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.

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Six Fellows named to the 100 Top Women CEOs in Africa 2019

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Six Fellows were honoured to be named on the 100 top women CEOs in Africa 2019 list. The inaugural Lionesses of Africa list was compiled by Reset Global People and the editors of Pulse, with support from the PR and Ranking Agency and Avance Media. 

The list highlights and recognizes the accomplishments of women CEOs from 24 countries across the continent and was announced on 22 December 2019. 

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Fellow appointed by the United Nations to coordinate economic development in Namibia

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2008 Fellow and policy expert, Eunice Ajambo, has been appointed by the United Nations as the Development Coordination Officer/Economist(Namibia) effective January 2020.

Since March 2015, Eunice has been the Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she coordinated cooperation and analysis on public-private partnerships.

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Three Fellows in New African's 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019

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2019 Fellows, Sangu Delle,  Marcia Ashong and Julie Gichuru are listed in New African Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019.

The Fellows share the accolade with notables such as the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed - Ethiopia's Prime Minister - and Alaa Salah, the 22 year-old Sudanese protester and architectural student popularly referred to as ‘Lady Liberty’, who became the face of the people’s revolution in Sudan.

Two sporting heroes, Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of South Africa’s national rugby team that won the Rugby World Championship in November 2019; and Kenyan distance runner and world record breaker, Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon runner also made the list.

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Fellow to head communications at Mastercard Foundation

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2012 Tutu Fellow, TV Host and Media Executive, Julie Gichuru, has joined the Mastercard Foundation as Head of Public Affairs and Communications.  Julie has a 19-year career that spans the fields of broadcast, print, and digital media. Following the 2007 violent Kenyan elections, Julie’s peace specials resonated with viewers. In the last decade, she has focused primarily on driving conversations with African and global leaders, through a pan-African television show, Africa Leadership Dialogues and her media company Arimus Media Limited.

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Fellow joins board of directors of African financial services group, Ecsponent.

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2011 Fellow Shaka Sisulu has been appointed as an independent non-executive director to the board of directors of African financial services group, Ecsponent, with effect from 1 January 2020. Ecsponent, a JSE-listed African financial services group, acquired a 49% stake in Shaka's Truth Digital Group (Pty) Ltd, a 100% black-owned media group. Shaka has said he aims to create the largest diverse, dynamic, black-owned digital marketing group on the African Continent. 

His joining the board of Ecsponent was announced in a statement released by the financial services group on 27 November 2019.

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Fellow makes BBC 2019 100 Women list

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2009 Fellow Julie Makani has been included in the British Broadcast Corporation's list of 100 Women of 2019. The 2019 global list, compiled by the BBC, comprises 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.  Julie, a senior lecturer in haematology and blood transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, shares the stage with climate change activist Greta Thunberg, and trans woman Nisha Ayu,b who was put into a male prison aged 21.

All on the list are considered to be driving change for women everywhere.

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