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Samantha N. Ngcolomba

Until February 2018, Sam was the Acting Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Development Academy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, which was founded in 2014 to offer scholarship-based business education and support to previously underserved entrepreneurs in South Africa. The EDA focuses on Youth, Green, Social, Township and Women Entrepreneurs. This role included representation in EXCO and MANCO and managing key clients and contracts obtained including: JP Morgan, Diageo, Wal-Mart, and the Vodacom Foundation.

Sam, an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, US Embassy International Visiting Leader (IVLP: 2018), L’Oréal Paris ‘Women of Worth’ Honouree and Attorney is admitted to practice law in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She previously worked on the Southern African Counter Human – Trafficking help desk, founded and managed a Corporate Social Investment consultancy and award-winning Social Enterprise ‘Lady Liberty SA’. Lady Liberty is a Social Justice and Advocacy Platform that uses a mobile legal office and USSD to extend access to justice to marginalised women. This innovation was previously recognised by UN Women (Singapore Committee) and the Master Card Foundation’s ‘Project Inspire’. Sam also conducts strategic planning and Corporate legal workshops with clients including: Microsoft ZA, Barclays Africa, and Vodacom.

Her other accolades include being a Shuttleworth Foundation ‘Flash Grant’ Recipient: 2016, The Pollination Project (New York) ‘Visionary Award Finalist’ and Grantee: 2015/ 2017, Sunday Times ‘Heroes of South Africa’ Nominee: 2016, Red Bull ‘Amaphiko’ Social Entrepreneur: 2015, Spark* International Entrepreneur: 2015 and SAB Foundation ‘Social Innovation Award’ Grantee: 2015 and a feature in Forbes Woman Africa (Oct/Nov 2016 Ed.). She currently sits on the board for Lady Liberty and Private Shopper (Pty) Ltd, an e-Commerce Retail Aggregator and is currently studying towards her Master’s in Public and Constitutional Law, under the supervision of Professor Pierre de Vos at the University of Cape Town.