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Nuvika Pillay

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2021

Nuvika Pillay studied a Bachelor of Business Science specialising in Economics and Law at the University of Cape Town. In 2021 she will be pursuing a Masters in Applied Economics.

Nuvika dreams about social justice and economic inclusion. Through her various leadership positions and passion for community development, she was awarded the Klaus-Jurgen Bathe Leadership Scholarship for students with outstanding leadership qualities and a strong sense of social justice. Nuvika has participated in several other community upliftment and educational programmes at university and at home. She has further attended the Global Citizenship courses at UCT to critically explore her role as a change agent.

Her previous positions include serving on the Johannesburg Junior Council, attending the Global Youth Leaders Conference and acting as a director of The Consulting Academy Cape Town. Most recently, she has served on the executive of Phaphama SEDI, a student-run organisation that works with entrepreneurs from Cape Town’s informal economy. In this capacity, she was part of a group who published findings on the impact of COVID -19 on small informal businesses. She has also spearheaded the creation of a research team tasked with the challenge of demystifying the informal economy and making knowledge on this thriving sector more widely known and understood.

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