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Aksay Lackoo

Mauritius & University of Cape Town, 2018

Aksay is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar of Class 2018 and holds a Professional Masters of Law in International Trade from the University of Cape Town. He has been working in the financial services industry since 2016 and works mainly in product development and strategic research encompassing industry benchmarking and market analysis. His current role involves coordinating enterprise-wide initiatives and performing specialized analysis and research at the MCB Group in Mauritius. His interests are on one side around using technologies as enablers to drive transformation and change in different spheres whether industrial, social or environmental and on the other side, around having a different narrative to global trade and in particular to intra-African trade. Aksay is passionate about driving strategic initiatives using frameworks, tools and methodologies and shares an entrepreneurial mind-set. He aspires to be a visionary leader with cross-functional and cross-fields skills sets, knowledge and know-how. He has co-founded several projects which use technologies and digital tools as enablers and that are currently work in progress.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2023, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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