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Smangaliso Mbili

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2023

A dynamic change agent and global challenger, driven by a passion for human development and research. Holding a first-class BA (Hons) in Global Challenges from the prestigious African Leadership University, he is currently pursuing a Master of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town as a recipient of the esteemed Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.

With expertise in leadership development and curriculum design for entrepreneurship and business development, Smangaliso brings practical experience in NGO management, project management, research, digital marketing, and community development.

Notably, Smangaliso excelled as a project manager and research assistant at Vatel Rwanda International Hospitality School, where he led research initiatives and established a valuable case study partnership focused on the hospitality and tourism industries of Rwanda and Nigeria.

Recognized for his innovative problem-solving skills, Smangaliso successfully coordinated the inaugural TEDx ALU Rwanda event and managed the MCN Fellowship at the university, fostering collaboration and generating fresh ideas.

In his most recent role as Centre Administrator and Marketing Coordinator at the Morris Isaacson Centre for Music, Smangaliso demonstrated exceptional competence in operations, marketing, and maintenance. He closely collaborated with the director on financial matters and reporting and played a crucial role in supporting value-adding projects such as the Makwande Community Gardening Project and the Early Childhood Development Program.

As the recently appointed president of the ALU Alumni Association, Smangaliso spearheads a dedicated team of alumni fervently devoted to expanding one of Africa's most rapidly evolving pan-African networks of leaders and innovators.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Smangaliso nurtures a range of interests, including photography, commercial modelling, fitness, horseback riding, and hiking.

Driven by a deep commitment to effect positive global change, Smangaliso leverages his diverse skill set, academic achievements, and unwavering dedication to shape a brighter future for individuals and communities wherever he goes.

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