Michael started his career by working as a junior project manager for a small firm in Sandton in 2012. He went on to join an international construction consultancy firm where he learnt to specialise in consultancy in the construction industry and worked on improving his expertise in construction project management in industries such as education, engineering and pharmaceuticals. He spent almost two years undertaking pro-bono work for first time property developers assisting them in structuring their property development deals and managing them on their behalf to improve his understanding of structuring, managing and negotiating property development deals. He is currently a property portfolio manager. Michael says he loves formulating new ideas from scratch, undertaking research on the subject matter and formulating ideas into workable business models or prototypes.
Mvelo is 20 and hails from KwaZulu Natal. During high school he made the KwaZulu Natal Youth Choir and completed the Toastmasters programme. It was in high school that he started a clothing brand with a friend, and they sold their merchandise at events around Durban. A second year Accounting Science student at Wits University, Mvelo is part of a sub-committee of ABSIP (a society that works towards transforming the financial sector). He sees his varsity days as an opportunity to grow as a person and engage with people from all walks of life. He says he intends becoming a teacher to those who follow him while learning from those who have preceded him.
Praise is an agent of the creative economy, studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship at AFDA Johannesburg. Being a technology-savvy centennial, Praise helps start-ups and corporates deal with disruptive opportunities that will continue to change the way we do business and perceive opportunity in the world today by being future fit. Before working as a freelancer creative, Praise worked as a sales agent for a student accommodation development and as a marketing contractor for the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival. Praise enjoys studying brand behaviours and now advises brands on how to position themselves digitally for millennials and centennials.
Prince is a 29 and a marketing and communications professional from Benoni. The aspiring media mogul graduated from Boston City Campus and Business School in 2017 with a degree in marketing and is busy with his BCom Honours at the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA). He is passionate about the African continent and what its people have to offer the world. Prince strives to find solutions to bridge the gap between personal or corporate brands and the market place.
Simphiwe hails from Roodepoort and is currently doing his chartered accounting articles. During his postgraduate year he had to stop his full-time studies to start working, putting a dent in his plans to be a chartered accountant by the age of 25. He completed his first degree in 2016.His dream is to be a chartered accountant who impacts closely with the global narrative and society’s needs. He says his skills and expertise will help him as he investigates the future of Africa and innovations that will impact the most rural of communities.