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Suzie Shefeni

Namibia & University of Cape Town, 2024

Suzie Ndaundika Shefeni spends her time ruminating on two things: how decolonial and indigenous thought can create African solutions to African challenges and how to tell stories to achieve good. In that regard, she has worked on the frontlines of several gender and environmental campaigns in Southern Africa curating campaign messaging to reform reproductive health legislation in Namibia and combat harmful oil prospecting in the Zambezi-Kalahari trans frontier conservation Area. Suzie is an African affairs analyst, dedicated researcher, and extends her passion for social justice as a communications consultant. Leveraging her background in policy advocacy, she designs masterclasses on digital democracy and technopolitics, empowering civil society organisations and activists to enhance their digital advocacy skills and capabilities.

She holds a bachelor's degree majoring in Political and International Studies, Linguistics and German Studies and an honours degree in Political and International Studies with distinction from Rhodes University. She is an alumna of the German Bundestag's International Parliamentary Scholarship where she interned in the German federal parliament, an Allan Gray Fellow and a member of Women of Colour Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). She also serves on the board of one of Namibia's oldest feminist organisations, Sister Namibia.

In her free time, she enjoys listening to techno music and experiments with words, writing poetry and speculative fiction. She hopes to spend her Mandela Rhodes residency honing her leadership skills and aims to contribute to the development of the next generation of scholars using indigenous perspective.

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