Lungile Zakwe is a proud literary and education activist with a keen interest in youth development. She is a social entrepreneur and founder and facilitator of the AFRO-Freedom Book Club which is a public book club that focuses on Afrikan writers and authors.

She strongly believes in the voice of Afrikans and the importance of telling our own stories. Until recently she was the Executive Director of IkamvaYouth; a prominent and award winning national youth development and education organisation with a fifteen-year track record of ensuring that township youth pull themselves and each other out of poverty through education. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating Officer and National Manager for the Treatment Action Campaign and was responsible for the overall running of this national organisation. She has worked as a management consultant at Accenture. Lungile has experience as a corporate social investment consultant at Trialogue.

Furthermore, she has worked as a junior researcher and political analyst for the Centre for Policy Studies. Some of her qualifications include an M.Sc. in international strategy from the University of St Andrews, honours degree in international relations from the Wits University and a diploma in participatory democracy from the Swedish Institute of Public Administration. She is a Mandela Washington (YALI) Fellow, 2019.

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