Neliswa Fente

Springage Lead

Neliswa Fente


5 Magwa Crescent



South Africa


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Neliswa Fente is a dynamic young leader who grew up in Alexandra Township.She is committed to making a difference to the African continent and its people through leadership and innovation. She is passionate about young  people and their ability to be part of the solutions.

World Economic Forum: Curator of Global Shaper Tshwane Hub

Represented the Tshwane Hub in Geneva 

Mandela Washington Fellow: Fellow 2015

The flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leadership initiative (YALI).  

Presidential Working Group:  member of a collection of 15 leaders of youth focused organizations that give guidance and provide new ideas on South African Youth Policy (Presidents Zuma’s initiative in 2015).

Duke University (USA): Part-time Faculty Member

Lecture on Youth-led Innovation and Millennials

Brand South Africa: Ambassador 

Recent Awards and Accomplishments

Top 40 Women Under 40, Destiny Magazine (2014)

Top 20 Most Inspiring Young Person in South Africa, Student Village (2013)

One Young World Advisory Board Member 2013

Spark Changer Maker 2013

Jb     Marks Bursary 2004

Neliswa Fente