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Dr Cherise Dunn

Dr Cherise Dunn is one of the female pioneers bringing 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and innovative education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to everyday South Africans.

In her final year of her doctoral degree in cancer biology within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, she cofounded the Africa Makes 3D Printing for Development (#3D4D) Initiative after extensively researching the social challenges experienced by Africa’s youth. Dr Dunn, apart from being an inspirational technology and research professional, also has more than a decade of experience in curriculum and skills development having cofounded one of the largest adult educational companies in the country.

Recently, Dr Dunn was recognised by the U.S. Department of State as one of the 4IR leaders in the world and was nominated for the International Visitor Leadership Programme (the premier cultural programme offered by the U.S.) for Women in Entrepreneurship. As the only representative from South Africa, and the only techpreneur from the continent, she visited seven states during her extensive visit, engaging with numerous leading public and private organisations.

Dr Dunn was also instrumental in the establishment of - and was the lead ambassador for - the Durban chapter of Future Females, a movement to inspire more female entrepreneurs, and better support their success.

During her studies Dr Dunn was a National Research Foundation Scarce Skills and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fellow.