Student Spotlight
Thulani Fakude, Masters’ candidate
Thulani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and International Relations and a B.A Honours degree in Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2011, he was the recipient of the highest award, the Vice-Chancellor’s Most Outstanding Student Leader Award for the year, as a result of commitment to delivering on youth and community development ventures in Education and Entrepreneurship. Thulani has been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and is member of its community, currently serving in the Beijing Hub.

Until August 2015, when he was awarded a scholarship to study in China, he served as a member of the Start-Up Nations Advisory Board of South Africa, Wits University Honorary Degrees Committee and the Executive Committee of Convocation, having also served on the One Young World Johannesburg advisory board in 2013. He worked at SAGE South Africa from 2012- a multinational company with headquarters in London as Business Development Executive- where he secured the “single biggest multi-million rand deal in the company’s 25 year history”. Fakude aims to combine his knowledge and experience in business and international relations to contribute to South Africa’s growth and development through service in either government or the private sector, in public diplomacy, business development, policy-making, and international media and, later, in academia.
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