South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2021
Micaella Rogers is currently pursuing an Honours degree in Economics at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Economics, Psychology and Applied Statistics and is an alumnus of the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme.
Through her studies, Micaella hopes to be able to progress her understanding of economics as a tool for achieving social justice and is interested in the way that economic systems might be challenged and reimagined to serve communities on the African continent. In particular, she has a growing interest in labour economics, inequality, and public policy and hopes to make a meaningful contribution to these spaces in the future. Micaella is currently a head tutor and teaching assistant with the UCT School of Economics and has served in many student leadership positions during her university career including with the UCT Debating Union and Choir. In her spare time, Micaella enjoys being outdoors and loves the wide range of activities that Cape Town has had to offer in this regard. She is also a competitive debater and enjoys serving others in her role as a high-school debating coach. Micaella has recently sought to further her commitment to service by beginning the process of qualifying as a LifeLine counsellor which she hopes will better equip her to provide relief for those in distress in her community.
Micaella is deeply grateful for the opportunity afforded to her in the Mandela Rhodes Fellowship and looks forward to being a part of the MRF family.