Ma Soukha BA

Thomas Preston

Tom is the Foundation's Head of Digital and oversees the website, CRM and all digital projects.

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Ma Soukha BA African Development BankPrivate Sector Development Officer

Ma is a senior private sector development officer at the African Development Bank (AfDB). She joined the Bank in 2018 as a young professional and worked on industrialisation, agriculture and governance. Before that, she was a consultant on trade, tourism and enterprise development at the World Bank.  

Ma holds a BA in Economics from Université Paris Dauphine, an MA in Economics from McGill University and a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Bradford. Her interest lies in Africa’s industrialisation.

Mandipa Ndlovu

Thomas Preston

Tom is the Foundation's Head of Digital and oversees the website, CRM and all digital projects.

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Mandipa Ndlovu Leiden UniversityPhD candidate

Mandipa is a governance researcher and development policy analyst. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Leiden University and a visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is focused on urban governance in Africa and its developmental futures. 

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Mandipa taught at the University of Cape Town. She has previously worked with organisations such as the African Peer Review Mechanism, the Institute for Futures Research at Stellenbosch University, as well as the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. These positions have been held in consultant and research capacities respectively. Her broader research interests are in civil-military relations, sustainable economic development, violence, development, transitional justice, and gender.

Gerald Chirinda

Thomas Preston

Tom is the Foundation's Head of Digital and oversees the website, CRM and all digital projects.

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Gerald Chirinda Future Africa ForumFounder and CEO

Gerald is the Founder and CEO of Future Africa Holdings, a company that focuses on building sustainable enterprises and unlocking real value on the African continent. Gerald is also the co-founder of Educate, which is an education access and improvement company. By partnering with schools at home and abroad, Educate’s core goal is to provide financial access through the issuing of loans within the education system. 

He is a male champion for women’s economic empowerment, boosting youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa, and a trailblazer in engaging leaders and governments to advance Africa’s Prosperity, through an organisation he founded called Future Africa Forum. He is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and is an alumni of the Global Shapers Community. He holds an Msc, Innovation, Leadership and Management from University of York.

Fernandes Wanda

Thomas Preston

Tom is the Foundation's Head of Digital and oversees the website, CRM and all digital projects.

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Fernandes Wanda Centre for Social and Economic ResearchCoordinator

Fernandes is the coordinator of the Centre for Social and Economic Research at the Faculty of Economics, Agostinho Neto University. His current research interests include (but is not limited to) capitalist transformation in Africa using the political settlement framework. He is soon to publish a book on Covid-19 in Angola and the need to rethink the role of the state. On the side Fernandes runs the non-profit project Oportunidades para Jovens em Angola.

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