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Noorjan Allie

South Africa & University of the Witwatersrand, 2020

Noorjan Allie is currently part of the Marketing Team for a Global School Network that aims to enrich young African students through innovation and leadership. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Western Cape, majoring in Politics, Psychology, and Ethics and is in the process of undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration before beginning an MBA.

Noorjan is also the Co-Founder of the Women of Waqf, a woman-led NGO, aimed at creating spaces of discourse for women in order to bring about social change in Muslim communities.

Noorjan has been a child activist since the age of nine where she was a member of the NGO, African Cultural Center, aimed at uplifting young minds to engage the various socio-economic and political pressures that we face as South Africans and Africans.

Noorjan later went on to partake as a judge at various International and Local Youth Film Festivals. Noorjan was also the Co-founder and Director of the outreach NGO Inspire Relief Foundation which she was involved with for nearly two years.  Her passion has always been the betterment of society through education which is reflected in her work with dyslexic, ADHD and autistic children, where she spent five years teaching cognitive psychology.

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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 2024, 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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