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Leina Meoli

Kenya & University of Cape Town, 2022

Leina Meoli is a software engineer and entrepreneur who is a co-founder of AfyaPress Africa, a health innovation startup based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his year in residence he will be pursuing a MSc in Computer Science in 2022 with a focus at the intersection of Health & Wellbeing, Artificial Intelligence and Human-Centered design.

An avid technology enthusiast and innovator, he hopes to disrupt and create greater opportunities for the large young population in Africa. The mission of his startup AfyaPress is to help build research capacity and translate the underutilized knowledge and skills of young Africans into scalable products that improve quality of life.

He strongly believes in designing solutions that leverage and maximize existing technologies widely available in Africa to create fresh, effective ways to solve emerging societal problems on the continent.

His most recent work with AfyaPress Africa has been in designing, developing, and rolling out, Nistue©, a disease surveillance chatbot utilizing network analysis to view health from a sociological point of view. The product is currently operating in the use case of COVID-19 management for schools.

Leina finds his balance in expressing himself creatively through music. He has done work as a live and session guitarist for various artists in Nairobi having started playing the guitar in high school.

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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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