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Ms. Nomhle Ngwenya

PhD Candidate in Geography and Environmental Sciences

Nomhle Ngwenya is a global citizen passionate about the development of Africa and the world at large. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in which her research interests are based on emerging climate finance mechanisms to finance the low carbon transition in the country. Nomhle is also passionate about science education and communication in which she has used her various writing skills to write various articles which have been published in leading media platforms such as the Daily Maverick and Business Day. She is also a #1millioninSTEM advocate where she mentors young girls on pursuing STEM research and careers. A core tenet of what she believes in is the equal rights of women in different fields and for their voices to be heard and valid especially from developing regions such as Africa.

Nomhle was chosen to be part of the WEF Global Shapers Johannesburg Hub for the cohort of 2021 and officially became a global shaper. She is currently working towards launching a climate finance education project which aims to bring more awareness and knowledge on green investments to the youth and general public. Climate change is a well-known global challenge but it is also increasingly important that more discussions and platforms are open on how to finance the low-carbon transition especially in developing countries like South Africa where government resources are constrained due to pressing socio-economic issues. The role of the private sector is increasingly becoming important in how private sector capital can assist the country in meeting its short, medium and long-term climate change goals.

In addition, Nomhle is interested in literacy issues amongst young people and she is the Gauteng Vice-Secretary of the Literacy Association of South Africa (LITASA). She is also interested in humanitarian and philanthropic work, the circular economy as well as the investment and development of African literature amongst the continent.