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Noluvuyo Mpekelana

Nolu loves solving social problems through technology. Her entry into the ICT sector was at a call centre for one of the largest telecommunications company in SA.

She started off in the industry by helping users with internet connectivity issues telephonically, moved into various roles after that within the higher education sector and the financial services space, fulfilling technical and manegerial roles.

She is also a final year Master of Commerce (specialising in Information Systems) candidate at the University of Cape Town. She also holds a BCom Information Systems honours degree from UCT, a management development programme qualification from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and other IT-related qualifications.

When she was 25 years old she started my her mentorship programme for young disadvantaged girls in Khayelitsha called Inside Out Mentors. The objective of this initiative is to help young girls with social issues and provide them with a solid academic background. Empowering others has always been central to her. In 2018 she also Co-Founded ICT on Heels, a network empowerment platform for women in ICT that is focused on mentoring and empowering women within ICT.

She is currently a Founder and Managing director for CodeNgwana, a coding initiative that teaches young kids how to code with the aim of helping African kids go digital. She has a team in JHB, Cape Town and Pretoria. She has partnered with Streetlight schools to offer coding at their schools.

An area of digital inclusion is very close to her heart which led to TechNgwana Foundation. TechNgwana Foundation extends the coding initiative to disadvantaged communities in partnership with a company called DataNet Solutions. The foundation also focuses on reskilling unemployed youth with ICT skills. Nolu is a true change agent in SA and is always looking for solutions to solving social problems.