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Ismail Michael Ombo

South Sudan & University of Cape Town, 2022

Ismail Ombo is a passionate chemical engineer and an alumnus of the prestigious United World Colleges (UWC) Program as well as a former Davis Scholar at the University of Oklahoma in the United States. He is also a former corporate governance researcher at Institutional Shareholder Services.

Currently, Ismail is delivering safe water, hygiene and sanitation services to the most vulnerable communities in South Sudan as a WASH Engineer at Water for South Sudan. In his year in residence as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar he intends to study a Master’s in Program Evaluation at UCT which will enable him to measure the impact of developmental programmes that will uplift many South Sudanese from abject poverty.

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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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