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           “   Young people must take it
               upon themselves to ensure
              that they receive the highest
             education possible so that they
              can present us well in future                              FIRSTRAND
                    as future leaders.
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                                                      The FirstRand Laurie       The successful candidates will have excelled
                                                    Dippenaar scholarship,       academically in their chosen field and

                                                              to the value of    will have been able to demonstrate:
   The candidates historically interviewed           R800 000 per annum,
 all have amazing talent and I have always             is available to South        leadership qualities;
                                                                                    strength of character;
  been impressed by the enthusiasm shown                 African citizens for
                                                        postgraduate study          community involvement; and
  for their chosen fields of study. They have          outside South Africa       	the potential to be a destiny changer in his
   excelled academically as well as in their         in any discipline at an        or her chosen field.
 outside interests, such as sport, music and       international university
                                                              of their choice.     Preference will be given to candidates under
community service. Leadership qualities also                                       the age of 35.
seem to be part and parcel of their make-up.                                         andidates who are currently, or have been
     The interviews are a humbling and
                                          “                                         studying overseas, will not be considered
                                                                                    for this scholarship.
             rewarding experience.                            Applications for
                                                          the 2018 FirstRand         uccessful candidates are required to return
                L AURIE DIPPENAAR                           Laurie Dippenaar        to South Africa for at least five years after
                                                               scholarship for      completing their studies.
                                                  international postgraduate
                                                           study will open on      What makes this scholarship different from
                                                16 December 2017 and close         most is not only the personal interest which
                                                           22 February 2018.       Laurie Dippenaar, chairman of FirstRand,
                                                                                   takes in the selection process, but also
                                                             Details and the       his interest in the ongoing progress of the
                                                        application form will      recipients.
                                                         be available on the
                                                         FirstRand website,          018 will be the 12th year that this
                                                       prestigious scholarship will be awarded.
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                   FIRSTRAND FOUNDATION                                                            FIRSTRAND
                   SCHOLARSHIP FOR                                                                 OXFORD AFRICAN
                   INTERNATIONAL                                                                   STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP
                   POSTGRADUATE STUDY                                                              TO THE UNIVERSITY OF
              The FirstRand The successful candidates will have excelled               FirstRand has entered     The scholarship will provide full funding for one student
                 Foundation academically in their chosen field and                         into a partnership    each year to study a masters degree at the African Studies
                 scholarship, will have been able to demonstrate:                            with the African    Centre at the University of Oxford. The successful candidate
              to the value of                                                               Studies Centre to    will be housed at Wadham College. The partnership is for
                                   leadership qualities;
     R800 000 per annum,                                                               allow an outstanding      another four years.
       is available to South       strength of character;                                       South African    FirstRand will conduct the interviewing and selection
         African citizens for      community involvement; and                           student to undertake     process, which will run concurrently with the FirstRand
        postgraduate study 	the potential to be a destiny changer in his                 postgraduate study     Laurie Dippenaar scholarship for international postgraduate
       outside South Africa        or her chosen field.                                  at one of the world’s   study, based on academic excellence, leadership ability,
     in any discipline at an                                                           foremost universities,    community involvement and the candidate’s potential to be
   international university    	 Preference will be given to candidates under          University of Oxford.
                                  the age of 35.                                                                 a destiny changer.
              of their choice.
                                   andidates who are currently, or have been
                                  C                                                                              Candidates have to apply and be accepted for an MSc in
                                  studying overseas, will not be considered                                      African Studies at the University of Oxford. Applications for
                                  for this scholarship.                                                          the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship are online
                                                                                              Applications for
              Applications for                                                                                   only.
                                   uccessful candidates are required to return
                                  S                                                        the 2018 FirstRand
          the 2018 FirstRand                                                            Oxford African Studies
                                  to South Africa for at least five years after                                  FirstRand and the African Studies Centre are looking for the
  Foundation scholarship for                                                                scholarship to the
  international postgraduate      completing their studies.                                                      best applicants who will truly benefit from the opportunity
                                                                                          University of Oxford   and contribute to South Africa on their return.
           study will open on                                                                     will open on
16 December 2017 and close                                                        16 December 2017 and close     Closing date for applications for the MSc in African Studies
           22 February 2018.                                                                22 February 2018.    at the University of Oxford is 19 January 2018. For more
                                                                                                                 information visit:
               Details and the                                                                Details and the    african-studies.
          application form will                                                          application form will
           be available on the                                                            be available on the
           FirstRand website,                                                             FirstRand website,                                                  
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                     NEW                                                                                        NEW
                   FIRSTRAND FNB FUND                                                                          FIRSTRAND FNB FUND
                   OXFORD EDUCATION                                                                            SCHOLARSHIP
                   SCHOLARSHIP FOR A                                                                           FOR INTERNATIONAL
                   MASTERS DEGREE IN                                                                           POSTGRADUATE STUDY
                   EDUCATION                                                                                   IN EDUCATION
     FirstRand has entered       The scholarship will provide full funding for one student           The FirstRand FNB Fund        The successful candidates will have excelled
         into a partnership      each year to study a masters degree at the Department                               Education     academically in their chosen field and
    with the Department of       of Education at the University of Oxford. The successful                          scholarship,    will have been able to demonstrate:
               Education to      candidate will be housed at Wadham College. The                                to the value of
                                                                                                                                      leadership qualities;
     allow an outstanding        partnership is for five years.                                        R800 000 per annum,
   South African student to                                                                              is available to South        strength of character;
                                 FirstRand and the FNB Fund will conduct the interviewing
   undertake postgraduate                                                                                  African citizens for       community involvement; and
                                 and selection process, which will run concurrently with the
         study at one of the     FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship for international                 postgraduate study        	the potential to be a destiny changer in his
           world’s foremost      postgraduate study, based on academic excellence,                       in education outside         or her chosen field.
                universities,    leadership ability, community involvement and the                          South Africa at an
       University of Oxford                                                                          international university        Preference will be given to candidates under
                                 candidate’s potential to be a destiny changer.                                                      the age of 35.
                                                                                                                of their choice.
                                 Candidates have to apply and be accepted for a masters in                                             andidates who are currently, or have been
                                 education at the University of Oxford. Applications for the                                          studying overseas, will not be considered
                                 FirstRand FNB Fund Oxford Education scholarship are                                                  for this scholarship.
             Applications for    online only.                                                                  Applications for        uccessful candidates are required to return
          the 2018 FirstRand
                                                                                                            the 2018 FirstRand
 FNB Fund Oxford Education       FirstRand and the Department of Education at the University                                          to South Africa for at least five years after
                                                                                                      FNB Fund scholarship for
   scholarship for a masters     of Oxford are looking for the best applicants who will truly       international postgraduate        completing their studies.
         degree in education     benefit from the opportunity and contribute to South Africa    study in education will open on
                 will open on    on their return.                                                 16 December 2017 and close
16 December 2017 and close                                                                                   22 February 2018.
           22 February 2018.     Closing date for applications for the masters in education
                                 at the University of Oxford is 19 January 2018. For more
              Details and the    information visit:                   Details and the
         application form will   courses                                                                  application form will
          be available on the                                                                              be available on the
          FirstRand website,                                                                               FirstRand website,                                                                    
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                     SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                         Teddy Mudge
                                                                                                          2017 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
                                                                                                          Masters in Medical Device Design and
                                                                                                          Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London

                                                                                                          Teddy completed his mechanical engineering        In October 2017, Teddy will commence his
                                                                                                          degree at UCT in 2009. After graduating, he       Masters at Imperial College London. He will be
                             Aphiwe Jikazana                                                              worked as a mechanical engineer specialising      specialising in Medical Device Design and
                                                                                                          in machine design for a small family-owned        Entrepreneurship through an MRes programme
                             2017 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship                                  business, who supplied the timber industry with   run jointly between the Bio Engineering Faculty
                                                                                                          medium volume production lines to process         and the Business School. His masters project
                             MSc in Water and Wastewater Engineering,
                                                                                                          timber. During this time, Teddy developed his     will focus on developing a point of care
                             Cranefield University                                                        design and engineering skills and learnt how to   diagnostics device that will better detect HIV in
                                                                                                          develop new products efficiently. For the past    resource scarce environments. In particular, his
                             Aphiwe is a Stellenbosch University BEng (Chemical Engineering)              four years, he has been working as a              work will focus on taking a promising new
                             graduate. She will be starting an MSc in Water and Wastewater                mechanical/bio-medical engineer in the field of   diagnostics technology (developed by the
                             Engineering at Cranfield University in September 2017. She cites             medical device development. Teddy joined          university) from successful lab experiments
                             wanting to acquire the skills and ability to empower various                 Strait Access Technologies during its start-up    through to a viable product that functions well in
                             communities in South Africa through the provision of adequate water          phase and has been fortunate to grow with         the field. Teddy is thrilled to have been afforded
                             and healthy living conditions as her main motivating factor behind           the company. He now leads a team of               the opportunity to work with the prestigious team
                             wanting to specialise in water and wastewater treatment. She believes        R&D engineers developing numerous minimally       at Imperial College London and hope to solve
                             that the course at Cranfield University is ideal for her because not only    invasive medical devices for the treatment of     some of the major health challenges faced by
                             does it offer advanced technical, engineering knowledge, but it also         heart disease in the developing world.            the developing world.
                             covers socio-economic along with other legal and ethical aspects that
                             are integrated in the water sector. The holistic approach of the course,                                                       *
                             coupled with its global outlook, will, therefore, allow her to branch into
                             the private sector, public sector as well as non-governmental
                             Aphiwe is happiest when serving and empowering others. On
                             completion of her undergraduate studies, she became the mentor to
                             first-year engineering students at Stellenbosch University. Through this
                             position, she assisted students, especially those from previously
                             disadvantaged backgrounds, with the various challenges they faced
                             during their transition into university life in a new environment. She is
                             now tutoring physical sciences to Grade 10 to 12 learners and,
                             hopefully, making a lasting, positive impact in the lives of our future
                             engineers, scientists and doctors.
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 Farai Mubaiwa                                        Safa Naraghi
 2017 FirstRand Foundation scholarship                2017 FirstRand Foundation scholarship

 Msc in Political Economy of Emerging                 MSc in Entrepreneurship and Health-related
 Markets, Kings College London                        Engineering Design, University College London

 Farai is pursuing an MSc in the Political            Safa is a mechanical engineering graduate          Safa is currently completing an MSc in
 Economy of Emerging Markets at King’s                from the University of Cape Town (2015),           Biomedical Engineering at UCT where his
 College London. Through her research, she will       where he built a low cost solar-powered water      masters research is focused on developing a
 draw comparisons to economic development             pump for use by farmers in resource-limited        TB-screening tool using a smartphone. His
 policies of Latin American, African and              regions in sub-Saharan Africa for his honours      passion lies in the merger of technology and
 South-East Asian countries to critically analyse     thesis. He was awarded a Gallagher                 entrepreneurship to effect tangible change in the
 and provide solutions for South Africa’s growth.     Foundation Scholarship in 2010 for his studies     South African healthcare sector. He has worked
 Farai is a former analyst for strategy and           at UCT and has been on the UCT Dean’s merit        on various projects aligned with vision for
 operations consulting at Deloitte. She is the        list and part of the Golden Key society            healthcare in SA and seeks to develop himself
 founder of the youth-led organisation Africa         throughout his undergraduate studies. During       further through his studies abroad. In September
 Matters, which empowers young Africans to            his time at UCT, Safa was the deputy head          2017, Safa will start an MSc in Entrepreneurship
 reject the notion that Africa is corrupt and poor,   student of Kopano Residence, chair of the UCT      focused on healthcare innovation at University
 and to change the narrative by reshaping the         residence outreach council, lead scholar of the    College London. He looks forward to the meeting
 way we look at Africa and leading in all spaces.     Gallagher Foundation and headed the planning       passionate entrepreneurs from all over the world
 Farai is an activist and an unapologetic African     and execution of the UCT CANSA Shavathon. In       and sharing ideas and experiences throughout
 feminist. She was an active voice in                 2015, he was selected as one of 19 South           his year abroad.
 #FeesMustFall, #EndRapeCulture and the               Africans to participate in the South Africa
 decolonise university movement. Farai is one         Washington International Program (SAWIP), a
 of three Queen’s Young Leaders for South             seven-month leadership programme aimed at
 Africa for 2017 for founding Africa Matters and      developing future leaders of South Africa
 is also a South African Ambassador for the           through exposing them to various aspects of
 International One Young World Summit.                servant leadership, political and economic
                                                      context of SA, community engagement and
 *                        professional life. Through SAWIP, Safa
                                                      completed an internship in Washington DC
                                                      with an engineering consultancy focused on
                                                      creating electrical infrastructure in Africa. In
                                                      the following year, he served as a SAWIP team
                                                      manager. In his spare time, Safa enjoys playing
                                                      and coaching cricket and rugby.
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Tshepo Mosaka                                       Keyan Jardine
2017 FirstRand Foundation scholarship               2017 FirstRand Oxford African Studies
PhD, Nottingham University                          scholarship
                                                    MSc in African Studies, University of Oxford

Tshepo is from Dobsonville on the northern         Keyan Jardine completed his Bachelor of Arts       South Africa’s prison gangs while at Oxford.
border of Soweto. He holds an LLB from Wits,       with honours in history in 2016, under the         He is certain that his time at Oxford will help
LLM from UCT and will be studying towards a        auspices of the National Research Foundation       him to conduct a historically sensitive
PhD at the University of Nottingham for the next   Chair in Local Histories and Contemporary          theoretical analysis of the mythology and
three years. For the past year and a half,         Realities, which is based at the University of     ideology of the prison gangs. In this way, he
Tshepo has spent his time as a candidate           Witwatersrand. During his time there Keyan         hopes to provide reasons for the magnetic
attorney at ENSAfrica.                             was, among other things, a representative on       influence of these gangs, both inside the
                                                   the University of the Witwatersrand School of      prisons and on the streets, for young men.
His research interests include the law, science
                                                   Social Sciences Student Council and a recipient    Ultimately, he believes that the key to
and philosophy of evidence, African customary
                                                   of the prestigious Mellon Mays Undergraduate       combating gangsterism and the effects thereof
law, constitutional and administrative law.
                                                   Fellowship. At Oxford, he will be reading          is to possess a thorough understanding the
Although Tshepo ultimately hopes to contribute
                                                   towards an MSc in African Studies.                 phenomenon at the theoretical level.
towards the writing of an African customary
law code of evidence, his ambitions for            Having majored in both history and philosophy      *
purposes of his doctoral studies are far more      before completing his honours in history, Keyan
modest.                                            is interested in the exploring the intersections
                                                   of the two disciplines as a means through which
In particular, Tshepo will be considering the      to better understand our world and our past.
possibility of relevancy assessments (in the       Broadly, he believes one way that this is
context of trials and applications proceedings)    possible is through an analysis of the ways and
being undertaken under supernatural (as            different capacities in which ideology has, and
opposed to empirical) epistemic conditions. He     continues to, operate in society. With this in
is also interested in contributing towards other   mind, Keyan’s honours research uncovered
societal projects, such as decolonising            much of the early history of two Coloured street
university education and unearthing indigenous     gangs in Johannesburg, and suggested some
African knowledge, building Pan-Africanist         compelling reasons for their rise and
institutions, and rebuilding a new ontology and    development. Taking his research one step
culture of African people.                         further, Keyan plans to delve into the world of
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Russel Daries                                                                                          Mogwale Motebejane
2016 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship                                                            2016 FirstRand Foundation scholarship

MSc in Machine Learning, University College London                                                     Research Fellowship in Interventional
                                                                                                       Neuroradiology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Russel has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from      Outside of the academic sphere, Russel took up    Mogwale is a neurosurgeon from Inkosi Albert          His research work on the Demographic and
the University of Cape Town. He is currently         university rowing and competed at two racing      Luthuli hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. His special        Angioarchitectural Features Predictive Brain
completing an MSc in Machine Learning at             events in Newcastle and Cambridge for the UCL     interest is in the field of interventional            Arteriovenous Malformation Hemorrhagic and
University College London. After graduating in       Novice Men’s Eight rowing team. He also           neuroradiology. After completion of his               Seizure Presentation in KwaZulu-Natal was
2013 from UCT, Russel joined Denel Dynamics          completed his most gruelling challenge yet, the   FC Neurosurgery in 2013, he registered for the        accepted for publication by interdisciplinary
in the guidance and control department as an         2017 London Marathon in rhino suits with fellow   certificate in interventional neuroradiology,         neurosurgery, advanced techniques and case
engineer in January 2014. His work primarily         FirstRand alumnus, Michael Schmid. This           known as PLANET (Pierre Lasjaunias                    management. This research work was presented
focused on mathematical simulation and               challenge was done in collaboration with the      Neurovascular Education Team) course offered          at the combined CNS/AANS conference held in
software development for flight control              UK-based charity, Save The Rhino, and they        by University of Toronto and acquired the             Houston Texas, USA in February 2017.
applications at Denel Dynamics.                      manage to raise GBP3 000 in the process.          certificate in November 2014.
                                                                                                                                                             Mogwale presented his work on neuro-oncology
The year at UCL thus far has exposed him to a        *                      In 2016, Mogwale went to do his research              at the World Federation of Neurological
plethora of research topics ranging from                                                               fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology in        Surgeons conference 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.
computational neuroscience at the Gatsby                                                               Lahey Hospital and Medical Centre, Boston,            He is also due to present the work from his
Computational Neuroscience Unit to teaching                                                            USA. His research topic was on the Foramen            masters dissertation at the World Federation of
robots how to learn through Google DeepMind.                                                           Magnum Dural Arteriovenous Fistula. He                Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology
His master’s dissertation focuses on a research                                                        submitted the manuscript to the Operative             conference in Budapest, Hungary in October
area called Reinforcement Learning whereby                                                             Neurosurgery Journal for publication. During          2017. Mogwale completed his Masters degree
robots are taught to perform abstract tasks                                                            his research fellowship in Boston, he presented       (Neurosurgery) at the University of KwaZulu-
through positive and negative reinforcement,                                                           his work at several international meetings. One       Natal, while doing his research fellowship in
much like children’s behaviour is shaped in the                                                        work on Intracranial Meningiomas in the Era of        interventional neuroradiology in Boston, USA.
same way.                                                                                              Human Immunodeficiency Viruses and                    In June 2016, the International Academy of
                                                                                                       Antiretroviral Therapies received one of the          Independent Medical Evaluators in Illinois
                                                                                                       highest points from the Congress of                   Chicago, USA, certified him as an independent
                                                                                                       Neurological Surgeons conference held in              disability impairment evaluator, before his return
                                                                                                       San Diego, USA on 26 -30 September 2016.              to South Africa.
                                                                                                       The manuscript produced from this work
                                                                                                                                                             Mogwale’s dream is to see the field of
                                                                                                       was preselected for publication by the
                                                                                                                                                             interventional neuroradiology expand and cater
                                                                                                       Clinical Neurosurgery Journal,
                                                                                                                                                             for the larger population of South Africa and
                                                                                                       September 2017 edition.
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Genna Gardini                                        Brandon Finn                                        Esther Christine McFarlane                          Ingrid Penzhorn
2016 FirstRand Foundation scholarship                2015 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship         2015 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship         2015 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship

PhD in Drama, Queen Mary University of               MSc in Urban Studies, University College            International Comparative Education Master          MSc in Global Mental Health,
London                                               London                                              Program, Columbia University                        King’s College London

Genna Gardini is a writer based in Cape Town.        Brandon conducts research on informality,           Esther recently completed her masters studies       Ingrid had the privilege of completing an MSc
She holds an MA in Theatre-making (Playwriting)      democracy and state formation in relation to        in International Educational Development at         in Neuroscience at King’s College London
from the University of Cape Town. Genna has won      contemporary African cities. His work focuses       Teachers College, Columbia University in New        where she was introduced to the immensely
various awards for her work as a poet and            on spaces of urbanisation that receive less         York for which she received the FirstRand           complex cellular and molecular underpinnings
playwright, including the DALRO New Coin Poetry      scholarly attention than they ought to –            Laurie Dippenaar scholarship. During her            of the brain and its pathology. She is now
Prize. Her debut poetry collection, Matric Rage,     especially given the global demographic             studies in New York she took on a consultancy       expanding upon that knowledge by training as
was published by uHlanga in 2015 and received        necessity of theorising and planning for cities     with the UNESCO liaison office at the United        an anatomical pathologist at the University of
a commendation for the 2016 Ingrid Jonker            on the world’s youngest and fastest urbanising      Nations Headquarters, working on the UN             Stellenbosch. Although her current focus of
Prize. She is the co-founder of Horses’ Heads        continent. He is a recipient of the Nigerian        Secretary General’s Global Education First          research is on the role of viral infections in the
Productions, a queer theatre company, and a          Fellowship for Distinguished African Students at    Initiative. After graduating from Columbia          development of certain blood cancers, her
member of PlayRiot, the South African                Harvard University.                                 earlier this year, she moved to Myanmar to          training as general pathologist at Tygerberg
playwrights’ collective. In 2016, Genna curated                                                          work with UNESCO as an education analyst in         Hospital affords her ample exposure to
                                                     His previous research has focused on the work       support of the country’s education reforms          neuropathology, in which she still has a special
Poetic Licence, where students wrote and
                                                     of young men in Freetown and Kigali – often         and the protection of its cultural heritage.        interest. Her experience at a world class
performed work about their experiences of public
                                                     falling outside the prescriptive city plans                                                             university in London has prepared her
transport, for Infecting the City Session II.                                                            Before moving to New York, Esther studied
                                                     spearheaded by the Sierra Leonean and                                                                   extremely well for the current challenges she
She was a 2016 National Fellow at the Institute                                                          educational policy and planning at the
                                                     Rwandan governments. Brandon has also                                                                   faces. She is grateful to be contributing to the
for Creative Arts and presented her project about                                                        University of Cape Town and was selected for a
                                                     worked on contextualising South Africa’s wave                                                           public health care system and would like to
women and chronic illness, MS Independent:                                                               Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. She taught as a
                                                     of protest movements as constitutive of a                                                               continue playing an active part in South African
Diagnosis, at the 2017 Live Art Festival. Genna                                                          full-time teacher at Claremont High School, a
                                                     continuum-based notion of popular sovereignty,                                                          health sciences.
currently works as a drama lecturer at CityVarsity                                                       school in Cape Town specifically aimed at
                                                     and a DfID sponsored research project
and poetry editor for Prufrock magazine and The                                                          empowering learners from disadvantaged              *
                                                     assessing urban land-based value policies and
Single Story Foundation Journal.                                                                         backgrounds to access tertiary education
                                                     taxation in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a South
Genna will be pursuing a PhD in Drama at Queen       African PhD Urban Planning student at Harvard       institutions. She has also been involved with
Mary University of London. Her proposed doctoral     University and completed his BA and BSocSci         school-based projects in various African
research involves looking at depictions of women     Honours (first class) at the University of Cape     countries. Esther is interested in always finding
and members of the LGBTQIAP+ community with          Town, before being awarded a FirstRand Laurie       better ways in which education can contribute
multiple sclerosis. She will also be producing new   Dippenaar scholarship to complete his MSc in        to a country’s sustainable and prosperous
writing for live performance around the same         Urban Studies (distinction) at University College   development.
topic.                                               London. Outside of academia, Brandon loves          *
                                                     long-distance running.
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Thato Masiangoako                                   Andrew Linden                                     Gift Pule                                          Michael Schmid
2015 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship         2014 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship       2014 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship        2014 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship

MSc in African Politics at the School of            DPhil in Population Health, University            PhD in Stem Cell Research, University of Cape      Masters in Micro and Nanotechnology
Oriental and African studies                        of Oxford                                         Town and University of Montreal                    Enterprise, University of Cambridge

Thato was awarded the FirstRand Laurie              Andrew is a Clarendon Scholar and a Fellow of     Gift is an investment analyst at Allan Gray,       Michael completed his masters degree in
Dippenaar scholarship in 2015 to read towards       the Actuarial Society of South Africa. He holds   covering a diverse range of sectors and            micro and nanotechnology enterprise at the
an MSc in African Politics at the School of         an MSc in Global Health Science from the          industries. He joined the financial services and   University of Cambridge in July 2015. The
Oriental and African Studies (University of         University of Oxford and a MBus Sc in Actuarial   asset management sector in 2016.                   masters course is one of its kind, combining
London) where she recently graduated. There         Science from the University of Cape Town.                                                            an in-depth multidisciplinary scientific
                                                                                                      Gift holds a doctoral degree in human genetics
Thato looked at the public order policing of the    Andrew is currently pursuing a DPhil in                                                              programme with a global perspective on the
                                                                                                      from the University of Cape Town where he
2015/16 student protests in South Africa as a       Population Health where his research aims to                                                         commercial opportunities and business
                                                                                                      published over 12 peer-reviewed journal
framework for better understanding state-           provide insight into the mechanisms                                                                  practice necessary for the successful
                                                                                                      articles and presented at over 15 national and
society relations and the particular function of    underlying common diseases in ethnically                                                             exploitation of innovation in micro and
                                                                                                      international conferences. Gift was also a
policing in the mediation of this relationship.     diverse populations. Prior to Oxford, Andrew                                                         nanotechnology. Through his thesis work, he
                                                                                                      pre-doctoral fellow in the Department of
Before leaving for the UK, she had begun            worked as an actuarial consultant in London,                                                         connected with a start-up producing advanced
                                                                                                      Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor
reading towards an MA in Politics at the            Stockholm and Cape Town.                                                                             materials such as graphene and carbon
                                                                                                      College of Medicine, Houston, USA. He has had
University of the Witwatersrand where she has                                                                                                            nanotubes, where he is now heading up their
                                                    He is passionate about experiencing new           scholarships from the Mellon Mays Foundation,
since returned to complete her studies. Her                                                                                                              business development work.
                                                    places and cultures, and has travelled to         Mandela Rhodes, Fulbright, FirstRand Laurie
masters project looks at the ways in which                                                            Dippenaar and the Oppenheimer Memorial             Always up for a challenge, Michael ran the
                                                    more than 50 countries, mostly in the
student activists, community activists and                                                            Trust.                                             2017 London Marathon with Russel Daries
                                                    developing world.
migrants in Johannesburg experience and                                                                                                                  (also a FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar alumnus) in
understand the law in South Africa based on         *                   *
                                                                                                                                                         rhino suits to raise money and awareness for
their experiences of arrest and brief                                                                                                                    Save The Rhino. Together, Michael and Russel
incarceration.                                                                                                                                           raised GBP3 000, which is being used to fund
Prior to her time in the UK, she was the project                                                                                                         numerous rhino conservation programmes in
assistant for the Constitution Hill Education                                                                                                            southern Africa.
Project which is an NPO centred on teaching                                                                                                              *
human rights, constitutionalism and the
importance of active citizenship to young
people. In line with her passion for working with
young people, Thato joined the Wits Writing
Centre where she now works with both
undergraduate and postgraduate students to
develop their academic writing skills.
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                                                                                                       Matthew Gadd                                        Shahida Moosa
Charlotte Slingsby
                                                                                                       2013 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship         2013 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
2013 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
                                                                                                       DPhil Engineering Science, University of            PhD in Molecular Genetics, University of
Masters in Innovation Design Engineering,
                                                                                                       Oxford                                              Cologne
Imperial College London and Royal College
of Art

                                                                                                       Matt started at Oxford’s Keble College in           Shahida studied medicine at the University of
Charlotte graduated in July 2015 from Imperial       study in an underground train tunnel to capture
                                                                                                       October 2013 and is now nearing the end of a        the Witwatersrand. Following her internship
College London and Royal College of Art with         the wind energy of passing trains. Highlights
                                                                                                       DPhil, which is focused on data sharing             and community service years, she spent some
double masters degrees in both sciences and          include funding from Shell LiveWIRE as a
                                                                                                       policies for the targeted trading of navigation     time working in paediatrics before choosing to
art, in Innovation Design Engineering, thanks to     Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (2016)
                                                                                                       expertise amongst fleets of intelligent vehicles.   specialise in medical genetics. In 2012,
the essential support of the FirstRand Laurie        and being recognised on Forbes 30 Under 30
                                                                                                       He is now more than ever committed to               Shahida graduated as the first primary
Dippenaar scholarship. Charlotte previously          Europe List 2017 in three categories, including
                                                                                                       achieving social justice through his work and       specialist in medical genetics in southern
graduated with a more traditional engineering        science and healthcare.
                                                                                                       these technologies.                                 Africa. She is currently pursuing a PhD in order
degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering at the
                                                     Charlotte simultaneously co-founded Nettoken                                                          to realise her dream of becoming a
University of Cape Town (2013). After completing                                                       *
                                                     Limited, which is developing a cybersecurity                                                           clinician-scientist, so that she can improve
her masters, however, it was the overlap of
                                                     product to help tidy and manage the                                                                   both patient care and the level of clinical
design thinking and technical skills that set her
                                                     ever-increasing number of accounts that                                                               research in South Africa.
off to establish her two final year master’s
                                                     people sign up to. With a deep user-centred
projects as London-based startups.                                                                                                                         Shahida says not a day goes by without her
                                                     research and design approach, Nettoken is
                                                                                                                                                           learning something new with each day being
Charlotte’s self-started company, Moya Power, is     based at InnovationRCA (the Royal College of
                                                                                                                                                           unique. She is honoured and blessed to be able
researching and developing an alternative wind       Art business incubator) and has been granted
                                                                                                                                                           to work at a university, which is only one of a
energy harvester. Unlike the traditional approach    a patent in a novel method of authentication.
                                                                                                                                                           very few which has attained excellence status.
of using turbines, she is developing what can be     Nettoken looks to release its first product
                                                                                                                                                           Working at the University of Cologne she is
regarded as a flexible building textile to convert   in 2018.
                                                                                                                                                           surrounded by the best researchers, who are
wasted urban space into energy generating
                                                     *                                                                               world leaders in their fields; exposed on a daily
hubs. While working together with London’s
                                                                                                                                                           basis to the newest and best available
CrossRail, through their Innovate18 Programme,
                                                                                                                                                           technologies; and is an integral part of research,
she completed a temporary installation and case
                                                                                                                                                           which has a direct impact on the lives of
                                                                                                                                                           patients and their families.
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                                                                                                        Thyla van der Merwe                               Andrew Paverd
Matthew Butler-Adam
                                                                                                        2012 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship       2011 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
2012 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
                                                                                                        MSc in Information Security at Royal              DPhil Computer Science, University of Oxford
MSc in Economics for Development, University
                                                                                                        Holloway, University of London
of Oxford

                                                                                                        Thyla is currently a member of the Centre for     After completing his BSc and MSc degrees in
Today, Matthew works as a consultant at Bain      Matthew has South African sports colours for          Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal      Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
& Company where he has been involved in           ice hockey, rowed in his college’s first men’s boat   Holloway, University of London, funded by the     University of the Witwatersrand and the
strategy work in financial services, telecoms,    at Oxford, played in Harvard’s Men’s College ice      Engineering and Physical Sciences Research        University of Cape Town respectively, Andrew
mining and the public sector, as well as in       hockey club, and is now an avid amateur Triathlete    Council (UK). Prior to starting her PhD, Thyla    read for a DPhil in Computer Science at the
commercial due diligences in the private equity   – having completed three Ironman 70.3’s               completed an MSc in Information Security at       University of Oxford. His doctoral research
practice area. Matthew was also the director      in the last few years. Matthew was ranked South       Royal Holloway where she was awarded the          developed new approaches for enhancing
of Bain social impact and is currently in the     Africa’s top school debater in Matric, and South      prize for the most outstanding student on the     security, improving privacy, and building trust in
early phase of establishing Bain’s first Africa   Africa’s top university debater while at UCT.         MSc programme and a Computer Weekly-              next-generation computing and communication
Education practice area. He has also been                                                               Search Security award for her dissertation on     systems, such as the smart energy grid. He
employed by various research units at Harvard                                                           the cryptographic mechanisms used in              successfully defended his thesis in February
and Oxford as well as well as at SALDRU,                                                                transport ticketing. Thyla represented South      2016.
J-PAL, and IPA – primarily involved in                                                                  Africa on the International Organisation for
randomised control trials as well as                                                                                                                      Since completing his DPhil, Andrew has taken
                                                                                                        Standardisation committee responsible for         up a post-doctoral research position at Aalto
cross-sectional and panel econometric                                                                   standardising cryptographic mechanisms and
analyses.                                                                                                                                                 University in Finland. In addition to research, he
                                                                                                        protocols for five years. Her contributions to    has enjoyed taking on greater lecturing
Matthew has a Master’s degree in Policy                                                                 this committee drew greatly on her experience     responsibilities and supervising several masters
(Education specialisation) from Harvard                                                                 as a former industry cryptographer.               and doctoral students. In August 2017, he will
University and a Master of Science degree in                                                                                                              present a summer academy in Switzerland on
Economics for Development from the University                                                           Thyla’s research focuses on the security of       the topic of Legal and Technical Aspects of
of Oxford where he was awarded the Luca                                                                 protocols and she recently participated in the    Digital Privacy, organised by the Studienstiftung
d’Agliano prize for the best dissertation,                                                              Berkman Klein Assembly programme at               des deutschen Volkes (German Academic
graduating top of his class. His undergraduate                                                          Harvard University. The aim of the programme      Scholarship Foundation). Earlier this year,
degree at the University of Cape Town was a                                                             was to bring together individuals from industry   Andrew was selected as a recipient of the
PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics)                                                               and academia to solve problems in                 prestigious 2017-18 Fulbright Cybesecurity
which was awarded with distinction in all                                                               cybersecurity. During her time at Harvard,        Scholar Award, which will enable him to spend
subjects. His research includes the effects of                                                          Thyla worked on two Internet of Things (IoT)      six months as a visiting researcher in the
gender, race, and language on labour market                                                             projects and even ventured into the realm of      USA in 2018.
outcomes; analyses of the intra-household                                                               law, drafting a technology law paper with a
allocation of resources; as well as the labour                                                          colleague at Harvard Law School. Thyla            *
supply curves of South African sex workers.                                                             remains active and has recently taken up
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     Nkazi Sokhulu                                    David Hofmeyr                                     David Watson
     2011 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship      2010 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship       2010 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship

     MBA, Columbia University                         MA in Organisational Mathematics,                 MPhil in Civil Law, University of Oxford
                                                      Edinburgh University

     Nkazi is the chief operations officer and        David completed his MSc at Edinburgh in           After studying at University of Oxford, Dave did
     co-founding member at FNB Life, and is           2011, and thereafter entered a doctoral           a clerkship at the Constitutional Court where
     championing a number of innovations to           programme at Lancaster University. For his        he was a law clerk to the Chief Justice Sandile
     change the life insurance industry; including    PhD research, David was awarded the               Ngcobo, and Justices Johan Froneman and
     achieving the fastest funeral claims payouts     Kingsman Prize, given to the best doctoral        Raymond Zondo. He then held a brief research
     and allowing customers to digitally interact     researcher in the department of management        position at the Max Planck Institute for Max
     with their polices via online/app/cellphone      science over the preceding three years. After     Planck Institute for Comparative and
     banking. After working as the executive          the completion of his PhD, he then took up a      International Private Law where he researched
     assistant to the CEO of Old Mutual, Nkazi cut    post-doctoral fellowship within the STOR-i        the impact of constitutional norms on private
     his teeth in the company’s long-term insurance   centre for doctoral training, also at Lancaster   law.
     distribution business division. He has worked    University, which ended in December 2016.
                                                                                                        Dave now practices as an advocate, and is a
     as a management consultant and investment        Starting in January of this year, David assumed
                                                                                                        member of Thulamela Chambers. His practice
     banker in five countries, and is a member of     a position as senior lecturer in the
                                                                                                        is a mixture of public and private law. Recent
     the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Finance            Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
                                                                                                        cases that he has been involved in include: a
     Committee. Nkazi is a UCT finance                at Stellenbosch University. Although most of
                                                                                                        case concerning the role of good faith in the
     undergraduate and obtained his MBA from          his time is devoted to finding his feet in this
                                                                                                        law of contract; the jurisdiction of the
     Columbia University, which was made possible     new and sometimes daunting role, he
                                                                                                        Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa
     through the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar           continues to work on his research. His main
                                                                                                        over non-members; waste disposal disputes;
     scholarship.                                     research focus (broadly speaking) is on
                                                                                                        and delinquency applications. Dave also
                                                      efficient algorithms for tackling modern
     *                                                                                appears in commercial arbitrations covering
                                                      data-based problems, in which the number of
                                                                                                        topics such as contractual disputes,
                                                      data may be very large or where each datum is
                                                                                                        professional liability claims, and financing
                                                      described by a very large number of variables.
                                                                                                        arrangements. Dave also does pro bono work,
                                                      A current project involves looking at using
                                                                                                        including matter representing communities
                                                      gene expression sequences to predict the
                                                                                                        against mining conglomerates and traditional
                                                      response of cancerous tumours to a variety of
                                                      different treatment options. Although in its
                                                      infancy, this project seems guaranteed to         *
                                                      satisfy both David’s desire for mathematical
                                                      intrigue and the potential for important
                                                      practical applicability.
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                                                                                                     Lucy Corkin                                         Gus Waschefort
Ben Winks                                           Maryke Bailey
                                                                                                     2008 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship         2007 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
2009 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship         2009 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
                                                                                                     PhD in Political Science, School of Oriental        PhD in Law, School of Oriental and African
Advanced LLM, Leiden University                     MPhil in Intellectual History, University of
                                                                                                     and African Studies                                 Studies

                                                                                                     Lucy completed her PhD in Political Science         Gus Waschefort is a senior lecturer at the
After graduating cum laude from Leiden              Maryke spent the last quarter of 2016
                                                                                                     from the School of Oriental and African Studies     School of Law, University of Essex. Prior to
University with an advanced master’s degree in      contracting out to Instill Education, for whom
                                                                                                     (SOAS) University of London in 2011, funded         joining the University of Essex, he held
international law (specialising in peace, justice   she developed and delivered professional
                                                                                                     by the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship.      academic appointments at the University of
and development) in 2010, Ben spent a year          development programmes for teachers. She
                                                                                                     Her work was published by Ashgate (now              Pretoria, as lecturer, and the University of
serving as a judges’ clerk at the Constitutional    also spent another semester lecturing at Wits
                                                                                                     Taylor and Francis) as Uncovering Agency:           South Africa, as associate professor. Between
Court of South Africa. He then completed his        Education Campus. In 2017, Maryke continued
                                                                                                     Angola’s Management of China’s Credit Lines         2011 and 2013, Gus was appointed as legal
articles and practised as an attorney until         to contract out to Instill Education. She also
                                                                                                     and has been translated into Portuguese.            advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on
2016. Ben now practices as an independent           started working on a project supported by the
                                                                                                     Following a brief post-doc at the BRICS Policy      extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
advocate, specialising in constitutional and        National Institute for Humanities and Social
                                                                                                     Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lucy joined       Gus has also been a visiting researcher to the
international law. Ben values the freedom and       Sciences to produce history resources to
                                                                                                     RMB’s prestigious Class of Programme in             International Law Centre of the Swedish
flexibility this role affords him, to undertake     support and strengthen history teaching and
                                                                                                     2012, through which she rotated through             National Defence University, as well as the
more pro bono and academic work , as well as        learning in South Africa. On a personal note,
                                                                                                     various divisions at RMB, before her passion        Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice, at
to spend more time with his wife and                Maryke became a mom in July 2017, and is
                                                                                                     for all things Africa saw her take up the role of   New York University.
18-month old son.                                   spending time on maternity leave and cuddling
                                                                                                     business manager for RMB Africa in
                                                    her daughter.                                                                                        Gus’s primary research interests relate to
*                                                                                September 2016.
                                                                                                                                                         contemporary challenges in the context of
                                                                                                     Lucy continues to dabble in academia and has        armed conflict in Africa, including working
                                                                                                     been known to write the odd think piece and         towards enhancing the level of participation
                                                                                                     make cameo appearances at conferences on            from within Africa in the global discourse on
                                                                                                     Africa’s financial landscape, the BRICS             the law of armed conflict. With a background in
                                                                                                     grouping or African countries’ relations with       photojournalism, Gus has extensive experience
                                                                                                     China. Lucy, and her husband Rolf, look             working within active conflict zones in Africa,
                                                                                                     forward to introducing their two-year old son,      including the Democratic Republic of the
                                                                                                     Kai, to his baby sister, due in early September     Congo, Liberia, South Sudan and Angola.
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                                                   MOMENTUM DIPPENAAR
Christie Dorfling
2009 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship
MSc in Engineering, University of Cambridge

Christie is currently a lecturer at the
Department of Process Engineering at
Stellenbosch University. His career in academia
allows him to pursue his passions for teaching
and research. His research focuses on process          Mluleki Shongwe
development and process improvement for the            2013 Momentum Dippenaar scholarship
recovery of base and precious metals. His
most recent projects evaluate processing               LLM in Finance and Law, Duisenberg
options for the recovery of metals such as             School of Finance
copper and gold from electronic waste. Metal
recycling from waste will become increasingly
important from an economic and                         Mluleki is the associate general counsel at HSBC Bank –
environmental management perspective.                  Johannesburg Branch and a tutor for the law of contract course at
In his spare time, Christie enjoys exploring the       Unisa. He specialises in banking, finance and capital markets
Stellenbosch surroundings                              transactions. He was awarded the scholarship to study an LLM in
                                                       Finance and Law at the Duisenberg School of Finance in the
*                                   Netherlands, which he completed in 2014.
                                                       He also holds a LLB (completed with distinction) from the University
                                                       of Zululand and a LLM in Banking and Stock Exchange Law from the
                                                       University of Johannesburg. He is involved in providing mentorship to
                                                       high school students and law students at the University of Zululand.
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Leanne Brady                                                                                           Tracey Millin
2011 Momentum Dippenaar scholarship                                                                    2010 Momentum Dippenaar scholarship

MSc in Public Health, London School of                                                                 MSc Education: Language, Theory and
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine                                                                          Practice, Edinburgh University

Leanne completed her MSc in Public Health at       The project aims to understand the way the          After completing an MSc Education at the            Given the positive outcome of her study, and
the London School of Hygiene and Tropical          South African health system has changed since       University of Edinburgh, Tracey returned to         with a generous post-doctoral fellowship from
Medicine in 2012. Since then, she has worked       the end of apartheid. She is also a pre-doctoral    South Africa to teach English at a secondary        the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, Tracey is
in both a public health and clinical capacity in   student currently working on a proposal that will   school level and academic literacy development      currently working on furthering her research in
a number of different settings in South Africa,    focus on violence and the health system.            in higher education. During this time, Tracey       academic literacy development at the Higher
Swaziland, Malawi, India and Sierra Leone. She                                                         experienced first-hand the discrepancy between      Education Development Centre at the University
                                                   A new area of her work involves documentary
has also started lecturing health policy the                                                           skills developed in the National Senior             of Otago, New Zealand. She is currently a
                                                   photography and film of the health system. She
University of the Western Cape.                                                                        Certificate and the skills required to access and   visiting academic fellow at Otago University.
                                                   presented her photo-essay #morethanebola at
                                                                                                       succeed at university. For this reason, Tracey      Tracey has big dreams of returning to South
She has a specific interest in social justice      the Health Systems Global conference in in
                                                                                                       embarked on a doctoral study at Stellenbosch        Africa and consulting with farmers in the
and developing equitable health systems in low     2016 and is currently working on a
                                                                                                       University investigating an academic literacy       Winelands and Overberg region to help address
resource settings. Leanne is currently a           documentary called ‘Life on the Road’ - a film
                                                                                                       intervention to address unequal academic            low academic achievement of children in the
research fellow at the Health Policy and           about the attacks on ambulances in Mitchells
                                                                                                       literacy development at schools in South Africa,    area.
Systems Division at the University of Cape         Plain. She is also continuing her work as part of
                                                                                                       especially for students who do not have English
Town where she is working on a health              the street photography collective                                                                       In her spare time, Tracey still loves to hit the
                                                                                                       as their native language. The results of her
systems strengthening project in partnership       @therealcityofcapetown.                                                                                 trails with her hubby in and around Dunedin and
                                                                                                       study showed that, with the right intervention,
with the provincial Department of Health.                                                                                                                  hopes to find time to go snowboarding too.
                                                   *                                students from impoverished schools can
                                                                                                       “catch-up” in academic writing performance          *
                                                                                                       to those students from more well-resourced
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Kyla Brady                                            Dominique Schafer                                Willem Klopper
2009 Momentum Dippenaar scholarship                   2008 Momentum Dippenaar scholarship              2008 Momentum Dippenaar scholarship
PhD Stem Cell Research, University of Bristol         MSc in African Studies, University of Oxford     MA in Management Research,
                                                                                                       University of Oxford

Kyla completed her PhD in Stem Cell Biology at        Dominique is now in her fifth year of working    After returning from his studies at Oxford,
the University of Bristol in 2014. She then           for RB Africa, where she is a consultant and     Willem joined the FirstRand group for three
accepted a postdoctoral research associate            director. RB develops and implements             years on their CA Training Programme. After
position in the Institute of Integrative Biology at   performance focused solutions for                qualifying as a CA(SA) in 2012, Willem moved to
the University of Liverpool. Over the past year,      management, unions and workforces,               a private equity/infrastructure fund, Pembani
she has continued working on an Innovate              focusing on driving performance through          Remgro Infrastructure Managers, as part of the
UK-funded research project to further develop         people, communication and effective              fund’s deal team.
a stem cell-based product to repair meniscal          relationships.
cartilage. Specifically, her research has                                                              During his time with the fund Willem spent a lot
                                                      2017 has been a year of change. In February      of time travelling other African countries in
focused on optimising a model to study the
                                                      Dominique became a mother to Finley, and has     search of investment opportunities in
repair response to damaged meniscus tissue
                                                      embraced the reordering of priorities and        infrastructure projects and companies that
mediated by stem cells. This project has
                                                      sense of wonder that motherhood brings.          support the growth of Africa’s resource-focused
provided a unique insight into the practices
and processes required to develop a cell              She is still based in East London and on the     industries.
therapy for clinical trial application and she has    weekends you will find her park running (or      Willem recently moved to the Eric Ellerine Trust
thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with                 walking with baby in a sling) and enjoying the   where he plays an active role in the
commercial partners involved in establishing          Eastern Cape’s natural beauty with her family.   implementation of the company’s investment
cell banks, product packaging and designing           *                       strategy and monitoring of their existing
specialised tools alongside a surgical team.                                                           portfolio.
Now in its final year, Kyla remains immensely
                                                                                                       Willem is based in Johannesburg and outside of
interested in this work and contributing to the
                                                                                                       work has remained an active sportsman. He
fundamental science building blocks which are
                                                                                                       plays cricket, tennis and squash on a
an integral component in transforming this
                                                                                                       regular basis.
therapy from the lab bench to bedside for
clinical application. Non-scientific                                                                   *
achievements include conquering Snowdon,
the highest mountain in Wales, accompanied
by her adventurous dachshunds!
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     BURSARIES                                                                     Deena Dinat                                          Tiffany Ebrahim
                                                                                   2013 FirstRand assistance bursary                    2013 FirstRand assistance bursary
                                                                                   MA in English Literature, University of British      MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Society,
                                                                                   Columbia                                             Amsterdam University

                                                                                   Deena graduated with an MA in English                Tiffany is a researcher at the Socio-Economic
                                                                                   Literature from the University of British            Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI). She has
                                                                                   Columbia in 2015. His thesis explored the ways       an MSc in Sociology, specialising in gender
                                                                                   in racialised migrants challenged forms of           studies, from the University of Amsterdam. She
       Sydelle Smith                                                               power in post 9/11 New York City. It asked how       received her BA Honours degree in Political
       2014 FirstRand assistance bursary                                           migrant stories provide opportunities for critique   Studies with distinction through the National
                                                                                   agency and resistance inside the nexus of            Research Foundation (NRF) Chair in Local
       MSc in African Studies, University of Oxford                                western modernity. Thanks to the support of the      Histories and Present Realities at the University
                                                                                   FirstRand assistance bursary, Deena was also         of the Witwatersrand. During her time at SERI,
       Sydelle is a visual storyteller and entrepreneur. Holding an MSc in         lucky enough to present his work at several          Tiffany has been involved in the implementation
       African Studies from the University of Oxford through the generous          conferences across North America.                    phase of the Public Interest Legal Services in
       FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust                                                                        South Africa: Project Report, which is a study
       scholarships, she is inspired by media advocacy approaches in               Deena is currently at the beginning of his
                                                                                                                                        commissioned by the Ford Foundation and
       documenting social injustices. She co-founded the NGO, Sunshine             second year of a PhD at the University of British
                                                                                                                                        RAITH Foundation that explored the nature of
       Cinema, a solar-powered mobile advocacy platform, and is a partner          Columbia. His work in preparation for his
                                                                                                                                        public interest legal services sector in South
       in Makhulu Media. Through Sunshine Cinema, she aims to build a              dissertation considers the postcolonial
                                                                                                                                        Africa, the context in which it operates and how
       media advocacy platform in Africa, which will ultimately give grassroot     South African state, particularly questions
                                                                                                                                        its value and impact can be best characterised.
       voices a chance to be heard, creating the necessary dialogues across        around how and when the nation is posited as a
                                                                                                                                        Tiffany is currently involved in informal
       current economic, generational and prejudicial lines. Through the           political, cultural, and aesthetic project in the
                                                                                                                                        settlement action research and policy advocacy
       production company, Makhulu Media, which is owned by her husband,           wake of the liberation movement. How has the
                                                                                                                                        focused on in situ upgrading of informal
       Rowan Pybus, the duo worked with LGBTI activists and honoured               nation been constructed, from a future-yet-to-
                                                                                                                                        settlements through the implementation of the
       environmental local heroes in the DRC, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia.            be to the historical-present? How has South
                                                                                                                                        Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme
       Closer to home, they have worked with youth affected by HIV-related         African literature grappled with the promise of
                                                                                                                                        to improve access to basic services, livelihood
       issues. She recently survived a car crash returning from Botswana           the nation to come, and then the nation that is?
                                                                                                                                        strategies and tenure security in informal
       with her husband, in which her right index finger was partially             While not reading Deena likes taking                 settlements across Gauteng, North West,
       amputated. Surviving the accident has given her a whole new lease on        photographs, playing football and trying to cook.    Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
       life and she is grateful it has not negatively affected her work. As a
                                                                                   *                               *
       visual storyteller, Smith wants to focus on conceptions of belonging
       and identity in relation to white South African histories framed by
       settler heritage - through a long-term project called Un/Settled (extract
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