Farai Mubaiwa

Farai is a Partner Management Lead at Youth Employment Service (YES). YES is a business-led NPO that works in partnership with government and labor to initiate policy changes that create jobs for the youth.

Prior to YES, Farai served as a project manager at The Aurum Institute, a leading African TB and HIV research, and implementation institute. Her main project Youth Health Africa focused on decreasing the spread of HIV and reducing the high levels of youth unemployment by equipping 10 000 youth from heavily-burdened communities with knowledge and education about HIV and AIDS; and providing skills development and employment to ensure that disenfranchised youth contribute to South Africa’s healthcare.

Prior to Aurum, she was an intern at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). She achieved a distinction for her MSc in the Political Economy of Emerging Markets at King’s College London. Her dissertation on South African Private Companies and Black Women, examined the effect of the Employment Equity Act (affirmative action policy) on the representation, corporate experience, and career projection of black women and received a mark of 85%. Before she did her Masters, she worked at Deloitte as an analyst for Strategy and Operations Consulting.

She is the co-founder of the youth-led organization Africa Matters. Africa Matters empowers young Africans to lead through leadership skills, capacity building, and community impact projects. Farai is a Queen’s Young Leader for South Africa for 2017, a TEDx speaker, a One Young World Ambassador, and a King’s Principal’s Global Leadership Award Recipient. In 2018 she was named as one of the top 100 Mandelas of the future by Media24. She is a Dalai Lama 2019 Fellow.

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