Democracy Works Academy 2021 Mentors

Meet the Democracy Works Academy Mentors for the 2021 Fellows cohort.

Our mentors are Melandre Frost – Research Specialist for the City of Tshwane, Ian Mangenga – Designer and the founder of digital hub Digital Girl Africa, Palesa Madi – Deputy Director for the Wits University Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Karabo Maiyane – Lecturer of Philosophy at Nelson Mandela University, and Tebogo Thothela – Assistant Director for the Gauteng Health Department.

These individuals serve the Fellows in five categories, research and academia, diplomacy and policy-making, law, government, and civil society.

The mentors offer their time, experience, and expertise to guide our Fellows in one-on-one consultation during their time at the Academy. Through their expertise, the mentors provide support and skills-building to the Fellows offering a deeper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, the relationship to their environment, setting goals, influencing and communicating with others, adapting to multicultural environments, thinking creatively to solve problems, building resilience in challenging environments and promoting self-care, and developing leadership skills for South Africa’s Democracy.

Every year the DWA recruits new mentors to assist and guide our Fellows based on their goals and career interests.

We believe this is a critical part of our programme that contributes towards a rounded and personalised experience for our Fellows.

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