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Jessica Ilunga

Congo (DRC) & University of Cape Town, 2018

I am learning to create human-centred urban environments which promote wellbeing and justice. I also aspire to help create more socially-conscious and wholehearted professionals and leaders who work towards the betterment of our societies through collaboration and experiential learning.

I was born in Tsu, a small town in Japan and grew up in Likasi, DRC and East London, South Africa. My hobbies include my passion for writing personal essays and poetry; and photography. I have been a facilitator with the Global Citizenship Program at the University of Cape Town, doing work in social justice education. I am currently doing my Doctorate of Engineering specialising in Urban Design at Keio University, Tokyo. Before this, I completed a research fellowship at Meiji University. I completed my master’s degree in City and Regional Planning as a 2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholar and subsequently did an internship with the Foundation. My master's research focused on the role of radical planning in achieving urban justice. My undergraduate was in Civil Engineering. My passion for human-centred innovation led me to complete a design thinking foundation course at UCT’s Hasso Plattner Institute for Design thinking.


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