Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe is a South African social entrepreneur.
Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe gained the attention of the world in 2018 when she took centre stage as programme director of the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by President Barack Obama.
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An activist in her maiden days, Pooe once organised a protest through the streets of Johannesburg with girls wearing miniskirts made of recycled materials, speaking truth to power.
It is this activist in her she continues to pursue even in her entrepreneurship journey. in 2019, she famously shared the stage with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, former US president Barack Obama, former South African first lady Graça Machel and South African entrepreneur Patrice Motsepe at the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture hosted in Johannesburg.The likes of businessman Richard Branson, former UN Secretary-Generals Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan were seated among the 15,000 in the stadium as Pooe hosted the event, inspiring thousands.
She is currently the co-founder of Tshimong, a social enterprise providing both the public and the private sector with services such as debating, public-speaking and leadership training programs in line with various social responsibility objectives.
Pooe is passionate about the youth, and together with her co-founder, have partnered with a number of organizations to empower 3,000 youth in the last two years.
They plan to create an academy and curriculum specializing in debate-training for South African youth. Using her voice as a tool and her entrepreneurship as her journey, she is well on her way to influencing more youth as a global activist.
“Debating is a powerful, but unrecognized tool, that is uniquely suited to prepare any child for the world that does not exist yet,” she says.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Tshimong, she has been recognised by Forbes Africa 30 Under 30, Africa Youth Awards 100 Most Influential Young Africans, Standard Bank Top Women Awards, Startup State of the Nation Address Awards, and Inside Education.
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