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Kadria Hassan

Djibouti & University of Cape Town, 2020

Kadria Hassan is an architect by training; she is currently working in the humanitarian sector. She volunteers in the International Conscience Movement, advocating for the release of women and children detained in Syrian prisons. Kadria values human rights and believes that advocacy and spreading awareness is the key to making a difference.

Kadria completed her undergraduate studies in Istanbul, Turkey. Studying in such a metropolis was a significant experience as she witnessed the rapid urban transformation of the city and the challenges of this urban regeneration. She learned that this environment of commercial architecture and top-down intervention are triggering an upsurge in urban transformation projects that alter the socio-spatial structure of the city.  After completing her studies, Kadria realised that adequate urban governance and land management were essential for a city to be more inclusive and sustainable. She decided to orientate towards urban studies.

Kadria is interested in studying African cities and more particularly the impact of colonialism. Kadria aims to contribute to the knowledge-production of research on African cities and then to the conceptualisation of healthy African cities that respond to their respective needs by using participatory approaches where the citizens are at the core of the process

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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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