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Interview Neliswa Fente, Mandela Washington Fellow 2015

Mark Turpin interviews Neliswa Fente, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, about her experience in the United States, some key learnings, and lessons for young professionals in South Africa.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellowship provides 500 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home.


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