2022 Y.I.L Fellows.

Africa's Young Innovation Leaders


We selected people that have shown a track record of excellence in their personal development, career, and academics.


Our fellows have some level of mastery in a hard skill. Beyond getting a university/ polytechnic education, they have obtained further training in some skill.


Our fellows are graduates of various institutions, from diverse disciplines. In this edition, we have participants from Nigeria, the Gambia, Benin Republic, and Ghana.

Kamtambe Zione Esther is a young Malawian innovative project manager with broad experience managing projects in the public and private sectors. Her expertise extends to data management, monitoring and evaluation, and grant writing. She also possesses a proven track record of leading teams and communicating project expectations to team members and translating project vision to reality. She is also an entrepreneur who founded 21st-century business solutions, a WASH (water supply, sanitation, and hygiene) specialist, a content creator, and an author of the book “The heroic Journey of Shiloh which is also available on Amazon Kindle.” In addition, she is an International writers council fellow, menstrual hygiene management champion trained by WSSCC, and a participatory safe water management specialist in African countries trained by JICA. She graduated from the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic with a BSc in Environmental Health, and she received DR David Livingstone’s merit-based award before graduating.

Pedro Kulevala  Chande is a young lawyer, who graduated with distinction in Law from Instituto Maravilha and supervised the chair of Public International Law. He’s also a scout, founder-member, and general secretary of the NGO called Law Student Organization for Citizenship. In 2015, aided by his university colleagues, he realizes a deficit of legal culture that exists in his community and because of that, co-founded the Law Student Organization, so that all levels can provide free legal support. His achievements landed him opportunities for training and events such as the Italian school–COSPE, and YALI/ARASA, both in South Africa. Pedro Chande wants to continue in this dynamic, hoping to leave the world a  better place he dreams of belonging to the legal or human-rights commission of the AU/UN. Pedro’s a great lover of football, nature, and human rights.

Susan Mwandila is an emerging entrepreneur passionate about education and Youth Empowerment. Equipping them with the necessary skill and knowledge to enable them to contribute to the economic development of the Country,  she is doing this through her start Larn Innovation HUB, which is an edtech startup teaching children in primary school STEM lessons and equips them with character competencies such as collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking. She is a beneficiary of various incubation programs among them the Tony Elumelu Foundation Programme, African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperation (AWEC), and Standard Chartered Women in the Technology incubation program, and is a graduate of the DLN entrepreneurship institute. 

Lebogang Priscar Metsileng is is “A Tswana queen in her own revolution”. She holds a BCOM Honors in Industrial Psychology, from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She is a certified people’s operation specialist. She had the opportunity to lead a student representative Council in UJ and has actively participated in the community of Alexandra as a community lead for ‘The community organizing working group-COWG’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, she had the honor of being part of the ‘ASRI-Future Leaders Program’ a program that challenged her perception of leadership. She founded the ’22 and Touching 22 Lives’ initiative which was a sanitary towel drive for young people from her alma mater primary school. She is a young woman with many hats but would love to be seen as an entrepreneur. She is a ‘Junior Achievement South Africa alumni for an Accelerated Entrepreneurship program.  She is also the founder of ‘Tutored by Gomora’ which focuses on academic mentorship for learners of all kinds. She seeks to make an impact in her community by empowering others and helping them see the greatness that lies in them. She is a firm believer in entrepreneurship and Its capacity for economic stability.

Tinokunda Natalia Chimhowa meaning ‘we conquer ‘  in the native Zimbabwean language is a forth year Regional and Urban planning student. She has a Drone and Data Technology certification from the African Drone and Academy, which she got from a scholarship from  Unicef Malawi. A drone specialist who is enthusiastic about drone technology and its implementation in the African community. She has a drone pilot license from the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International from the USA and another remote license from the Department of Civil Aviation, Malawi. Tinokunda has participated in the World Bank Youth Summit 2022 as a delegate working on solutions to inclusion in growth using technology. As a child growing up she’s always had the heart to enhance growth and technology, this opportunity to grow and to be mentored by experts will help her enhance her skills and knowledge. She’s currently exploring Machine Learning and OpenStreetMap data-related technologies which will enhance her cartography skills and artificial intelligence knowledge. 

Takudzwa Maweto is a young Boilermaker and a new entrant in the mechanical Industry. He is a trained apprentice at the National Railways of Zimbabwe. He is also the co-founder of Destiny Child Foundation which is an organization that focuses on building capacity in young Entrepreneurs through quality mentorship programs. His ultimate goal for his home country is to be able to create a self-sustaining society that will make his people thrive.

Runyararo Tembani is a master’s degree holder in Child Sensitive Social Policies and a BSC Degree holder in Psychology. She also has a Certificate in Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation. She is a 2021 cohort member of the World Young Women Christian Association (WYWCA), 2019 Young Women Christian Association of Zimbabwe (YWCAZim) Champion under the State of the African Women Campaign, 2017 South African Institution of International Affairs (SAIIA) Young Leaders Conference (YLC) Delegate. She has three years of professional experience in HIV/AIDS programming and sexual reproductive health and rights education for young people. Runyararo is proficient in psychosocial support and diversified skill sets including project management, leadership, social media, interpersonal, writing, and communication abilities. She is passionate about social change, volunteering, leadership, human rights, and advocacy. She is on a mission to be a menstrual health innovator, solving issues around menstrual health and reducing period poverty.

Jessica Chonzi is a Human Resources Practitioner by profession. She holds a BSc Honors in Psychology, Masters in Business Administration. She has 7 years of experience in Human Resources in the Mining industry. Currently, she is working at Mimosa Mining Company, one of the largest platinum producers in Zimbabwe. As an aspiring Human Resources Business Partner, she is skilled at driving the company strategy through HR systems, fostering and reinforcing culture change, building a high-performance culture, talent management, and change management. She is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, especially in male-dominated industries. As an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, she spearheaded the Women in Mining Forum which supports women in Mining in their careers and advocates for the attraction, recruitment, and retention of women in the Mining industry. 


As a YIL fellow she aims to come up with innovative systems and initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace across Africa. 

Naldo Arnaldo Baptista is a Philosophy graduate, Young Human Rights Defender, Youth Engagement, Communicologist, Speaker, and Social and Environmental Activist. She has strong communication skills, project management, facilitating training and adaptation to more than 5 international programs in the areas of governance and leadership, education and its challenges, communication, international relations, human rights, the environment, and technologies.

Chirindja Emerson Luis has a degree in chemical engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University, he currently works as a process operator in a Mozambique brewery and he is a volunteer coordinator at the association of widows and single mothers, He organizes all events and reports. He participated in programs offered by the Petroleum Engineers Association on workshops and drilling problems and their remedies and Chemical treatment of oil, gas, and water. He also participated in Total’s MOOCMOZAIC, the path of digital training in math, science, and the LNG industry. Last year, he participated in the Africa Young Leaders Program (Africa Scholarship Program for Young Energy Leaders) where he had the opportunity to develop his knowledge of renewable energy and his skills as a leader. As John F. Kennedy says, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”, He also had the opportunity to develop business skills, and today, he has robust knowledge in the area of business and business management.

Palesa Mlangeni is a visionary that hails from Emalahleni, South Africa, she is an active force in the youth development space. At the tender age of 19, she co-founded a youth development center called Kuyenzeka Youth Center which gave birth to her other endeavors. She has been the provincial chief mentor for the Department of Social Development in 2019 and became a youth delegate for Unite 2030. Through that global opportunity, she has been part of Ubuntu Leaders Academy, she is a member of the SDG 4 UNESCO network, and she attends various ECOSOC conferences. She is an avid advocate for SDG 4 in the global context and applies that as a leader who implements that by initiating, developing, and executing programs for her center and the teams she leads in accordance with the relevance in her community. These are some of the global opportunities that have shaped her mind that is rooted in the belief in collaboration for the greater good, servant leadership, and lifting others as you rise yourself.

Rebaone Marcia Swartland has A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Heritage Studies from Sol Plaatje University and it was conferred to me in 2021. She had the honor of being part of the participants of the Enke 2015 Trailblazer program that was hosted by the Department of arts and culture and Love Life. Also, was awarded a Peer Educator by Sol Plaatje University in 2020, where she worked closely with the campus clinic and was responsible for facilitating health sessions. Moreover, she prides herself on civic leadership and community development, so she is part of this amazing youth forum in her community, where they encourage and support youth through sports and arts. Further, in 2019, she was the Facilitator of Sol Plaatje University’s Nokuthula Simelane and Sarah Baartman exhibition and the Gender-Based Violence exhibitions and campaign. She is passionate about helping other people realize their potential and discover themselves and she enjoys watching movies with family and dates with friends.

Sanelisiwe Mabaso is a freelance journalist with experience working with radio, print, and online publications. She is passionate about advocating for human rights and environmental rights. Currently, she is a member of the United Nations Population Fund South Africa Youth Advisory Panel, a Global Youth Ambassador for the world, the African youth ambassador for the World Youth Alliance and serves as a volunteer on the communication caucus of the African Women Leadership Network. She has a degree in journalism which she obtained with honors and a full-ride scholarship from the National Research Fund. As a student, she received awards for academic excellence and served as the chief editor of the university’s online publication. She believes that the media is a powerful tool, and it is important to utilize its power to advocate for human rights and promote social cohesion. If she isn’t spending her time outdoors, she enjoys reading and watching movies.

Jack, Nonyameko Dimpho is an aspiring Psychologist. She is honest, hardworking, and always thrives to excel in anything that she does. Her focus is on mental health accessibility and affordability for young professionals and people at large, both of which she believes are crucial for Africa’s transformation. Realizing the struggles, she has faced, especially as a student and not having the right information and facing challenges with affording therapy sessions, she wants to create an affordable and easy-to-access space for learners and university students. She is a Digital Customer care Consultant by profession at Multichoice South Africa. Miss Jack has worked with Telesure Investment Holdings and is currently working with Multichoice as a consultant. In 2019, she enrolled at the University of South Africa to further her studies as her passion to help was always at the forefront of everything she did. In May 2022, she took part in the Great Kei Unemployment Hackathon with The Empire Partner Foundation where she was awarded the Nyara Youth Development award for her work and participation in the hackathon. In her free time, she loves to read, write, think, and listen to good music. 

David Alinaswe Sensenta is a goal-driven, Biochemist, that sees a future in which scientific contribution from Africa is well recognized and respected. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, he is an aspiring candidate for a master’s and Ph.D. in the same field of study.  A successful participant in the 2019 Next Einstein Forum, a subsidiary member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, passionately motivated entrepreneurial scientist, who believes  “the only change that one wishes to see, is that which he makes”. This statement drove him to launch SciRech-solutions, a research organization that helps STEM university students in their research. He aims to one day use this platform to change and shape the face of Africa. Currently working at one of the leading tertiary education institutes in the country, he is gaining skills in knowledge delivery and interpersonal relations, shaping the next group of scientists at every opportunity he has.

Chanda Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Certificates in Psychosocial Counseling and Therapeutic Arts, Project Management, and Entrepreneur Mentorship and will be completing his Medical Degree next year. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Empowerment for Sustainable Change, a non-profit organization that empowers communities through academic sponsorships, vocational skills training, financial empowerment, mentorship, and mental health services provision. In volunteering, Steven is the Head of the Medical and Counseling Team at Mother of Millions Foundation, a Project Manager at Lushomo Initiative, a Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld, an Entrepreneur Mentor at German Sparkassenstifung for International Kooperation (DSIK) Southern Africa, and a Counselor at Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Zambia. He is passionate about empowering communities and thus continues to think about innovative ways of scaling up the projects currently being done as well as the implementation of new ones. 

Malama Lovemore is a Medical Doctor, entrepreneur, and innovator with a passion for problem-solving for the benefit of humanity. He is a 2022 young graduate from the University of Zambia where he bagged two bachelor’s degrees; BSc in Human Biology and a BSc in Medicine/Surgery. As a 2020/21 Global Changemakers grant winner, he ran a project ‘Zero NCDs’ that aimed to address Non-communicable diseases using an integrated method of mobile health outreach programs and Telehealth. With a zeal for knowledge acquisition, he possesses certificates in project management, digital marketing, NIDA best clinical practice, and data science( python programming) among many other academic accolades. Currently, he is participating in the ALX software engineering as a means of acquiring further digital skills necessary for innovation in global public health and medicine. Due to his passion for problem-solving, he founded Elmore Evenly Care, a non-profit organization that seeks and utilizes innovative means in solving community problems in health and education. He has experience volunteering in international and local NGOs with exposure to profit-making industries. As a diligent and hardworking young man, he has a keen interest in technologies and innovations leading to excellence and success. He aims to contribute to building and offering scalable innovations that propel the facilitation of development in health, medicine, and education.