Congo (DRC) & University of the Witwatersrand, 2021
Jason Muyumba is a passionate African who draws inspiration from the Greek etymology of his name, Iásōn, which means “healer”. He aims to be at the forefront of the continent’s social and physical development. To this end, he actively seeks out opportunities to empower and build capacity within himself and others towards harnessing networks and communities of determined young Africans.
Jason is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg, where he has leveraged various opportunities in pursuit of his purpose and interests. These include serving as Secretary for the International Student Society and being a Young Leaders Development Program candidate. Jason has also been awarded academic prizes. More recently, Jason participated in the annual Budget Speech Competition where his research essay – which explored the attractiveness of South Africa’s investment ecosystem – placed second nationally in the undergraduate category.
Jason is also an ardent activist – with growing expertise in and a passion for gender, immigrant, youth and overall intersectional activism. He volunteers at organisations including The South African Institute of International Affairs, Amnesty International SA and Africa Matters, in various capacities ranging from writing contributor to youth policy specialist.
Through his studies and expanding skill set, Jason aims to help close the continent’s research gap, contribute to public policy (particularly with an intersectional lens) and to help governments and stakeholders across Africa realise their development objectives in a sustainable way.