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Humairaa Moosa

South Africa & University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2023

Humairaa Moosa holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Summa cum laude from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her interests lie in the convergence of entrepreneurship and social advocacy, particularly within an African context.

Working to realise the right to a meaningful education for all is a powerful motivator for her. During her studies, she co-founded an Ed-tech start-up called Bursary Buffet that works to make access to tertiary education as easy as it should be.

Humairaa strives to live a life of service. She has previously served as President of both the UNICEF and Golden Key International Honours Societies at UKZN. She is also a Candidate Fellow at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, and a recipient of both the prestigious Abe Bailey Travel Fellowship as well as the Brenda Gourley Scholarship, in recognition of her academic excellence and strong service ethic.

She is passionate about inclusive economic development and intersectional activism, particularly within the fields of mental health, access to education and literacy.

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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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