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Gift Pule

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2012

Gift Pule holds a B.Sc. and B.Sc. Honours in Medicine, specialization in Human Genetics. He recently completed his PhD degree in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town working on stem cell modeling and molecular mechanisms of hydroxyurea treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. Since starting his M.Sc. in Medicine, also specializing in Human Genetics at the end of 2013, Dr Pule has published 10 peer-reviewed articles in both national and international high impact factor journals and presented at over 15 national and international conferences. He was also a predoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston USA and holds fellowships from the Mellon Mays Foundation, Mandela Rhodes, Fulbright, FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.

After his PhD, Gift joined the investment and financial services sector working for Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd. He currently works as an Analyst in the investments team for the company, beginning a new and exciting chapter in his life.

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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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