Sibabalwe Mona

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MS, Nonprofit Management, Schools of Public Engagement

Born and raised in South Africa, Sibabalwe Mona received her Bachelor’s and Honours degrees at the University of Cape Town, where she found her political voice. Driven by her passion for the peoples and politics of Africa, she decided to pursue graduate study in International Affairs and Nonprofit Management at The New School, where she is focusing on urban socio-economic development and identity-based social justice. In 2017, she co-founded a cultural entrepreneurship enterprise, Tropical Jawn, with the mission of connecting New York City’s diverse black diaspora and exploring new opportunities for growth and collaboration. She is currently a freelance researcher and consultant for New York based nonprofits that focus on the development of Africa and its diaspora.

What is the unmet social or environmental need you intend to address?

The lack of infrastructure in Africa’s creative economy needs to be addressed in order to support African talent in creating profitable enterprises and catalyzing economic development on the continent.

What most excites you about participating in the Impact Entrepreneurship Fellowship?

Learning from my peers and mentors in the Impact Entrepreneurship Fellowship will allow me to become a fully-realized professional entrepreneur, putting my passion into practice.

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