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Sumaiyya Thawer

Tanzania & University of Cape Town, 2013

After completing my Masters in Immunology & Infectious Diseases at the University of Cape Town, I went to the UK in 2014 under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health at Imperial College London. Thereafter, I returned to my hometown in Tanzania to work in the health sector. I Currently work in the Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the NETCELL project of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Dar-es-salaam. My work involves providing various supportive roles for malaria surveillance and response activities to the National Malaria Control Program of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of Tanzania.

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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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