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Susan Mwihaki Maina

Kenya & University of the Witwatersrand, 2022

Susan Mwihaki Maina holds a first class degree in Marketing from Chuka University, Kenya. In addition, Susan is a social entrepreneur excited about harnessing her skills and experiences to support SMEs in Kenya and Africa to scale their impact.

She is currently a co-founder at the Africa Young Entrepreneur Support Center, a social venture located in Nairobi, Kenya, that focuses on identifying, training and investing in young entrepreneurial talent with the goal of enabling them to create sustainable and impactful ventures. She supports the program as their Entrepreneur recruitment & Mentorship Program Lead.

Prior to these, Susan co-founded an entrepreneurial initiative during her undergrad, called SEEBIG, that provides financial support to less privileged students to help them access education, which made her a recipient of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellowship, a program initiated by Former US President Barack Obama to nurture young African leaders. Susan volunteered at Mimi Ni Nani, Leadership development program located in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, where she mainly focused on training and preparing young graduates for the world of work.

Her commitment towards personal development and life-long learning, has seen her participate as a fellow in professional development programs such as ALX Africa and Mckinsey Inaugural Forward program class of 2021, as well pitch her business ideas in global platforms.

She firmly believes in the power sustainable entrepreneurship has towards tackling Africa’s most pressing challenges and is committed towards supporting more young entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses and scale the impact they are having in their communities.

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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 2023, 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)

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We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.

Leadership:

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?

Reconciliation:

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?

Education:

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?

Entrepreneurship:

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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