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Finalist: Zandile Mkwanazi

Chairwoman and founder of GirlCode


Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2020.

Esteemed speaker and social entrepreneur, having shared the stage at the Standard Bank Women in Technology Conference, the Africa Women In Tech Conference and the South African STEM Conference. She has also been interviewed on local South African TV shows like Enca and publications such as Brainstorm Magazine.

Zandile is the Chairwoman and founder of GirlCode, a non-profit organisation aimed at empowering young girls and women through technology. Over the past 7 years, GirlCode has grown to be the largest women in ICT lead organisation in South Africa hosting the largest an annual All female Hackathon with over 300 participants accross 3 provinces. Through her leadership the organisation has grown immensely to host monthly coding and robotics workshops teaching over 3000 girls from primary and high schools. Proving vacation work opportunities to university students and job opportunities to hundreds of girls. In 2019, 8 of the GirlCode community members received job offers in the U.K as a result of partnerships formed by GirlCode with multinational corporations.


Zandile believes in creating opportunities that impact both the social and economic status for women as well as the progress and development of technology companies who are currently still predominantly white male dominated.

Zandile is also the CEO and founder of EmpowerXx, a women in STEM focused tech recruitment startup whose focus is to accelerate women in leadership positions within coorporates across the Globe. Although still in its infacy, EmpowerXx aims to revolutionalise how organisations attract, train and retain their Female Talent.

Educational Background/qualifications:


THE UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND

BSc Computational and applied mathematics


FUTURE FEMALES BUSINESS SCHOOL

Certificate of completion


Zandile believes in creating opportunities that impact both the social and economic status for women as well as the progress and development of technology companies who are currently still predominantly white male dominated.



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